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Thread: How much can you hear through open backed headphones

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    Join Date: Feb 2012

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    Default How much can you hear through open backed headphones

    The normal complaint about open backed headphones is that everyone else in the room can hear your music. My problem is the opposite. When I'm listening with my closed back headphones I can't hear the phone ring even when it's right next to me. So I'm curious to know how much of the outside noise would I be able to hear if I had some open backed phones.
    Thanks for any advice.
    Howard

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    I use open backs and cant hear a thing at all going on around me when listening...
    John.

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    Thanks John,
    Doesn't sound as if buying a pair of open backs for use when I'm at home on my own will solve the phone problem.
    Howard

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    Quote Originally Posted by howardc1951 View Post
    Thanks John,
    Doesn't sound as if buying a pair of open backs for use when I'm at home on my own will solve the phone problem.
    Howard
    How about a phone with a flashing LED, I must admit I never hear the phone with headphones on.

    John

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    I prefer open backed.

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    "How about a phone with a flashing LED, I must admit I never hear the phone with headphones on"

    Tried that! Bought one of those phones with flashing red lights and extra loud ring. Hence trying to come up with new ideas.

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    How loud are you playing through your headphones?
    It seems to me that you're playing far too loud, and if you were subjected to that kind of level at work then your employer would be legally bound to provide you with adequate hearing protection.
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    if your home alone, why do you need to use headphones?

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    I use headphones because at the moment my hifi system consists of a QLS wav player and headphones.

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