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Hi there, I currently have Audio-technica ATH-A900 over ear cans running off a Little Dot MKIII tube amp with factory tubes. The ATH-A900's are closed headphones and I'm starting to look at getting a pair that's a step up. As such I've become aware of open air headphones (i.e. Sennheiser HD 650) and am wondering: exactly how "open air" are open air headphones? I realize it's not the brightest question but I figured I'd better swallow my pride and ask. If someone were to walk by me while I was listening to them would they hear much? I certainly won't be using these in a library, but I'm still curious about how much ambient sound open air headphones put out.  

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Hi there, I currently have Audio-technica ATH-A900 over ear cans running off a Little Dot MKIII tube amp with factory tubes. The ATH-A900's are closed headphones and I'm starting to look at getting a pair that's a step up. As such I've become aware of open air headphones (i.e. Sennheiser HD 650) and am wondering: exactly how "open air" are open air headphones? I realize it's not the brightest question but I figured I'd better swallow my pride and ask. If someone were to walk by me while I was listening to them would they hear much? I certainly won't be using these in a library, but I'm still curious about how much ambient sound open air headphones put out.  

 

If you use a Little Dot MKIII to drive your headphones, I'm assuming you would not be running around in public, using headphones.

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True, I do have house-mates though. Just wondering if they're going to sound "noisy" to the folks around me.

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Yea, people in the same room will hear your music at moderate listening levels. But if you have any alone time to use the Hd650s I say go for it! You have a perfect tube amp for them! The synergy of the mkiii and hd650 is great! Although like I said, people will hear your music no doubt. These are nice for alone time In the house jam sessions. You could go semi open and get the dt 880. People (and myself) agree that you can't hear them too well at moderate listening levels, and they're a good match for tube amps, but the sound is quite different from the Hd650. If interested I can give you a slightly better comparison but if not tell me what you're thinkin!
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