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post #1 of 10
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I'm deciding on a new set of headphones, and have set my eyes on a few open headphones. I'll be using whichever headphones I buy in libraries, offices and public transport, as well as at home. My main concern was with the noise leakage. I've viewed several videos on Youtube as well as written reviews that show the leakage to be bad for those situations I'll find myself in. However, if I hold my current set of headphones (HD202s) at arms length with the speaker pointed towards me at my normal listening volume, they are barely audible. Am I missing something, or would this give a tentative "yes" to being able use open headphones in public and quiet environments without disrupting others?

 

If it depends on the headphone itself, I was asking in reference the following:

Beyerdynamic DT990

Beyerdynamic DT880

AKG Q701

Grado SR80i

Sennheiser 598


Edited by Word Of Madness - 9/30/13 at 4:17am
post #2 of 10
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Originally Posted by Word Of Madness View Post
 

I'm deciding on a new set of headphones, and have set my eyes on a few open headphones. I'll be using whichever headphones I buy in libraries, offices and public transport, as well as at home. My main concern was with the noise leakage. I've viewed several videos on Youtube as well as written reviews that show the leakage to be bad for those situations I'll find myself in. However, if I hold my current set of headphones (HD202s) at arms length with the speaker pointed towards me at my normal listening volume, they are barely audible. Am I missing something, or would this give a tentative "yes" to being able use open headphones in public and quiet environments without disrupting others?

 

If it depends on the headphone itself, I was asking in reference the following:

Beyerdynamic DT990

Beyerdynamic DT880

AKG Q701

Grado SR80i

Sennheiser 598

 

Both the Beyers do leak at low levels. But I used my Dt 880 in my Campus Library for a year an no one noticed. 

post #3 of 10

I own the SR80s and I certainly wouldn't want to listen to them in a library or a quiet office. I was surprised at the amount of leakage myself, and I was expecting some. 

post #4 of 10

Sennheiser HD600: completely unusable in a library or similar quiet place, same might go for 598 too, or any open headphones in general..

 

But they were quite funny to use when walking to places, the soundstage is pretty cool when you walk outside, if there's not much noise around

post #5 of 10
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Originally Posted by Word Of Madness View Post
 

I'm deciding on a new set of headphones, and have set my eyes on a few open headphones. I'll be using whichever headphones I buy in libraries, offices and public transport, as well as at home. My main concern was with the noise leakage. I've viewed several videos on Youtube as well as written reviews that show the leakage to be bad for those situations I'll find myself in. However, if I hold my current set of headphones (HD202s) at arms length with the speaker pointed towards me at my normal listening volume, they are barely audible. Am I missing something, or would this give a tentative "yes" to being able use open headphones in public and quiet environments without disrupting others?

 

If it depends on the headphone itself, I was asking in reference the following:

Beyerdynamic DT990

Beyerdynamic DT880

AKG Q701

Grado SR80i

Sennheiser 598

Headphones like the AKG K240 series, Superlux "clones" of the K240, and Samson (made by Superlux),

are not as open as other "open" headphones, so at low volume, other might still hear the audio, but not enough that it would "bother" anyone, at least anyone that is reasonable. but I guess use in a libaray of even semi-open headphones would still be a no no.

 

If your going to use headphone in public areas, get some JVC HA-S400 (or HA-S400) closed headphones, they fold up and you can get difference ear pads for them for around $16, off eBay.

post #6 of 10
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Originally Posted by PurpleAngel View Post
 

Headphones like the AKG K240 series, Superlux "clones" of the K240, and Samson (made by Superlux),

are not as open as other "open" headphones, so at low volume, other might still hear the audio, but not enough that it would "bother" anyone, at least anyone that is reasonable. but I guess use in a libaray of even semi-open headphones would still be a no no.

 

If your going to use headphone in public areas, get some JVC HA-S400 (or HA-S400) closed headphones, they fold up and you can get difference ear pads for them for around $16, off eBay.

 

My dt 880s where usable in my Library. Although I natrually tend to sit in the farthest part or the most isolated art of the library 

 

still closed headphones ar ebetter, I have a pair of Shure 840 Modded that sound VERY  much like a closed Dt 880 check my sig

post #7 of 10
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Originally Posted by Word Of Madness View Post
 

I'm deciding on a new set of headphones, and have set my eyes on a few open headphones. I'll be using whichever headphones I buy in libraries, offices and public transport, as well as at home. My main concern was with the noise leakage. I've viewed several videos on Youtube as well as written reviews that show the leakage to be bad for those situations I'll find myself in. However, if I hold my current set of headphones (HD202s) at arms length with the speaker pointed towards me at my normal listening volume, they are barely audible. Am I missing something, or would this give a tentative "yes" to being able use open headphones in public and quiet environments without disrupting others?

 

If it depends on the headphone itself, I was asking in reference the following:

Beyerdynamic DT990

Beyerdynamic DT880

AKG Q701

Grado SR80i

Sennheiser 598

Maybe add the AKG K550 to your list.

Check eBay for a refurb.

post #8 of 10

Why open headphones, op, if you are mainly using them in public where you are prone to noise (?)

 

That said I think some semi-open headphones may not leak as much, while still sharing some soundstage qualities of open headphones.

post #9 of 10
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Originally Posted by Headzone View Post
 

Why open headphones, op, if you are mainly using them in public where you are prone to noise (?)

 

That said I think some semi-open headphones may not leak as much, while still sharing some soundstage qualities of open headphones.

 

yar the Dt 880 don't leak to to much

post #10 of 10
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Originally Posted by patrickboyle View Post

I own the SR80s and I certainly wouldn't want to listen to them in a library or a quiet office. I was surprised at the amount of leakage myself, and I was expecting some. 

Ditto for the HD598.
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