So, yesterday I decided to take the afternoon and visit Headfone Shop in Toronto. Charles was really helpful, friendly, and informative. I checked out the Q701 (clipzip (rockboxed)>>fiio 12>>>AKG Q701) and they blew me away. Way better than my KRK KNS 8400 (as much as I love them). Afterwards, I headed to Moog Audio on Queen St. They didn't have any amps, so I couldn't test anything out. But, the guy working there (who I must admit was really, really rude - but that's beside the point) told me that you can't use open headphones properly unless you are in a treated room. He claimed that the sound waves moving outside the headphones are in a sense unaccounted for, and that if someone were to open the door to the room I'm sitting in the frequency response would be changed. As a neutrality freak I was really disturbed by this claim.
TLDR: Do you need a treated room to listen to open headphones properly? Or is such a claim bogus?
PS: I live in a small bachelor apartment, and where I sit at my desk there is a wall directly to my right. Should I be worried about the frequency response of my open headphones (which I am interested in purchasing) being affected by that wall, or even just the room itself?
I'd really appreciate responses on this. Thanks for taking the time to view my thread.
Happy listening, fellow head-fiers :)
Edited by Sonic Atrocity - 9/19/13 at 10:09pm