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Loudest and leakiest headphones on the market?

post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 

So I know this is a weird request, but can you guys point me towards the loudest and leakiest (ie: open) headphones possible? 

The reason I'm asking for these unusual characteristics is because I'll be hiking in an area dense in rattlesnakes, and obviously I don't want to completely block my hearing with my usual IEMs. I thought about just bringing a portable speaker, but the battery life just isn't long enough. Therefore, I'm planning to just have headphones around my neck and listen to whatever sound I can.

 

Obviously, some of you are going to say that I should just go without music, but it's a 350 mile section hike, so...it would be tedious without a soundtrack.

 

These headphones would be powered by an iPod Nano or a smartphone, which I know adds another layer to this question.

Thanks in advance!

post #2 of 15

Might want to post this in the "Headphone"  section

post #3 of 15
Thread Starter 

I'm actually hoping to avoid "full-size" headphones.

However, I realize that I should have posted this in the "Introductions, Help and Recommendations" section, and I've asked the Mods to move this post. My mistake.

post #4 of 15

The loudest headphone I've ever owned is the slightly vintage Pioneer SE-450.

Funnily enough, it's a closed back DJ headphone, but it's very sensitive and gets really loud really quickly.

I'm sure it would suit your needs quite well, and I think it'd be difficult to find something better.

You can get them really cheaply 2nd hand. Usually around $25.

post #5 of 15
Thread Starter 

Hmm, so no luck finding Pioneer SE-450's so far.

Any other options or opinions? :)

post #6 of 15
Grados leak a lot and I don't see why you wouldn't be able to turn up the volume with them.

KSC75 with or without the headband mod.
Edited by Claritas - 3/22/14 at 4:43pm
post #7 of 15
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Originally Posted by Claritas View Post

Grados leak a lot and I don't see why you wouldn't be able to turn up the volume with them.

KSC75 with our without the headband mod.
The problem with both of these is that you only predominantly hear the upper frequencies being leaked.
The SE-450 actually leak a decent amount of mids and high bass, AND they leak louder at the same source-output volume ;)

 

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Vintage-Pioneer-SE-450-Stereo-Headphones-VGC-boxed-/321352936546?pt=UK_AudioVisualElectronics_HomeAudioHiFi_Headphones&hash=item4ad220ac62

But I guess you don't live in the UK. :o 

Whereabouts are you based?


Edited by GREQ - 3/22/14 at 1:29am
post #8 of 15
Thread Starter 

Canada :)

post #9 of 15

Grados leak and don't isolate at all. 

post #10 of 15
Those issues with Grados can be fixed with modding: bass vents and tapped cushions. But you may be right about the Pioneers, GREQ.
post #11 of 15

The beats studio are portable, are loud as f#ck, and leak more than my neighbours throwing a house party. They are quite expensive and have a terrible build quality though. Also the sound quality is pretty bad.

I'm talking about the original beats studio's, not the beats studio 2.0, these leak next to nothing.

 

I would never recommend beats to anyone, but well.. This might be one of the rare times.

 

Oh they are also closed by the way, so no worries that something might get stuck in the driver.

 

Edit: If you mean that you can still hear what's around you, then nevermind this post. I thought the sound leaking out.. You don't hear a thing with these on.

Edit2: After reading it again (I somehow managed to skip the "around the neck" part), you won't even need an expensive one (like the beats studio), I don't know any cheap loud headphones though, sorry. The post below this one seems like a good option though!


Edited by kilspeed111 - 3/22/14 at 12:55pm
post #12 of 15

why not go for a super long life rugged Bluetooth speaker, and couple it with a large external battery to charge not only the speaker but any other devices.

 

I'd recommend the Braven BRV-1, it is waterproof, drop proof and has a 12 hour playtime. I've left my braven in my car turned on for a week and it still had 70% battery left.The BRV-1 can be found for under $100 at most retailers

http://www.braven.com/braven-brv-1-waterproof-bluetooth-speaker.html

 

 

I'd pair it with a large10,000 mah battery such as this

http://www.amazon.com/EasyAcc%C2%AE-Brilliant-Ultra-Slim-Bluetooth-Smartphones/dp/B00H9BEC8E/ref=sr_1_2?s=wireless&ie=UTF8&qid=1395509770&sr=1-2&keywords=10000mah+external+battery

 

you could also try to find the braven 440 which has the same internals as the brv-1 in a cleaner but still waterproof case, the 440 usually sells for around the $50 mark.

post #13 of 15
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Those issues with Grados can be fixed with modding: bass vents and tapped cushions. But you may be right about the Pioneers, GREQ.

My Grado already has 4 vents per side opened up, and I honestly don't think it would come close to the Pioneer with the rest open.

They're already leagues apart on the leak scale - these Pioneers are truly something to behold. When blasting they sound better than some of these cheap little radios or mobile telephones.

 

I am liking the portable bluetooth idea though. Much more practical, but also MUCH more expensive.


Edited by GREQ - 3/22/14 at 4:42pm
post #14 of 15

i was thinking of the k1000 before i actually read the post lol.

 

For your needs, i'd say you should just go with earbuds like the yuin pk1 or pk2 or pk3. Koss ksc75 works too (maybe).

post #15 of 15
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i was thinking of the k1000 before i actually read the post lol.

That's a good idea! I want pictures of "rattlesnake walk with K1k."
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