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Closed Back Versus Open Back in open areas

  1. joesuburb
    Curious question for other members. Where do you use your high-end open back headphones?

    I just spent way too much money on what I consider the ultimate closed-back headphone because I mostly use it in an open environment at work and don't want to annoy everyone.

    I haven't even considered an open-back headphone. Is the noise leak really not that big of a deal, or do you listen at home? I could probably get a lot more bang for the buck if I went open-back.
  2. Amish
    Depending on volume level it can without a doubt bother others. My wife comments on this all the time if she is in the room. I don't use headphones away from home so no worries for me.
  3. bflat
    It has been scientifically proven that low volume sounds that the brain can't fully make out, can cause a great deal of anxiety because the brain is designed to identify everything it senses. So no leak is better than "a little leak".
  4. serman005
    I own mostly open headphones but never take them out of the house. Even a little bit of leakage can be a big annoyance to others and I don't want to deal with that.
  5. wink
    Double post for full stereo effect.....
    Last edited: Jul 6, 2019
  6. Spareribs
    I prefer the sound of open back headphones (in general) so it’s usually rare that I use closed back headphones. But I do have an old pair of Sony studio monitor closed back headphones that I may take out in public maybe like once in a blue moon.

    Since IEMs are getting better, out of convenience I think it’s easier,
  7. joesuburb
    I gave up on IEMs because they seem to keep breaking. Have the UE IERMs and I'm so sick of sending them in for repair.
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  8. blackdragon87
    I mainly have open headphones for use at my desk at home. I have a pair of 99 noire for portable use when I go out to use with my phone
  9. yyzpam
    Even at home I go with the closed back.....love the privacy and intimacy of just me and MY music.
  10. SilverEars
    It's not pure high fidelity unless it's open-back. I don't like any reflections or enclosed like sound. I like sound to decay outwards to nothing-ness. I do however use iems due to practicality. I'm obviously not into full-sized closed backs.

    iems don't break on me on their own.
  11. herya
    i really dont like when other persons listen to my music, then they look at me funny :D so closed back all the way when im not home alone D:
  12. Wretched Stare
    I'm definitely a fan of open-back headphones but in outdoor situations I think that closed back is the only option unless you're listening really really loud, honestly I prefer noise cancelling when I'm out and about.

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