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Loudest and leakiest portable headphones on the market?

post #1 of 6
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Hi everyone!


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


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 with the volume on high.

 

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 6th Gen or a smartphone, which might add another layer to this question.

Thanks in advance!

post #2 of 6

Grado's leak ALOT, but I'm not sure how loud they go. They have superb sound quality, but I'm not sure that applies when not wearing them on your head. They are also not the most durable which makes them not necessarily ideal for hiking. I saw a while back headphones that can be used as normal headphones or turned around as speakers. They were called flips. You can check out their website here at www.flipsaudio.com/. They do have a battery, but it's only used when using the speakers. At medium volume it's supposed to last six to seven hours. Not sure if you can interchange batteries allowing you to switch them when they die. Give me a bit to read up on them and I'll report back ;). Hope this helps.

 

     

post #3 of 6
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the quick reply.

That is definitely an interesting concept, however the battery life sort of kills it for me. I'll be out there for 3 to 5 days at a time, so unpowered headphones would definitely be a bonus.

 

Just as a baseline, I do own PortaPros and they are almost loud enough to suit my weird needs. However, if there is anything even a bit louder I would love to know :)

post #4 of 6

I'd like to know your price range so I can set a baseline of what I'm looking for. Thanks.

post #5 of 6
Thread Starter 

Anything under $200 would be fine. (Edit: Heck, make it $300).

Thanks again for the assistance.


Edited by MACinMTL - 3/6/14 at 1:02am
post #6 of 6

I don't see a budget, so... AKG K1000's.

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