Which Open Headphone leaks sound the least?


#1

Is there an open HP that has minimal sound leakage? Please let me know if you have experienced this. Thanks.


#2

I think Fostex X00 is considered semi open and they leak minimal amounts.


#3

The Fostex MK3 are really semi open and has minimal sound like but require lots of power or you will be disappointed.


#4

It might be that the volume I listen at is low, but I’ve found the Beyerdynamic DT 990 Pro / DT 1990 Pro and MD K7XX to be pretty low. Just got the MD HiFiMan HE4XX and that’s more noticeable.

That’s holding them in front of me/up to my ear (back of ear cup) while music is playing and also using my knee to sort of simulate it being on a head with the pads flush up against something.


#5

I have the same experience with the DT1990. It’s considered semi open.


#6

Focal Elear has low leakage IMO.


#7

I would agree; Elear has little leakage, which is kind of surprising considering how open it is. The Clear, on the other hand, leaks sound like mad.


#8

If you consider the Audeze iSine10/20 and LCDi4 to be open back headphones, then these are it.


#9

Of my open headphones, the AudioQuest NightHawk Carbons leak the least. They have a special diffuser grill on the cups.


#10

My ME1 leaks less than the iSine 10 I had. Both are IEMs though but fully open back ones.

I had decent luck with the Fostex T50RP Mk3 for low leakage. Depends on how loud you listen to music of course.


#11

Depending on what your reason might be for specifying open-backed headphones, this answer may or may not be of any help:

Seconding the Fostex TH/TR-X00 series because it’s a remarkably open sounding pair of cans for its being semi-closed (save for some cup reverb that doesn’t much get in the way of listening, really, and is actually pretty enjoyable). They don’t leak a great deal of sound but somehow contrive to allow me to hear what’s happening in my environment, provided I don’t crank the volume to absurd levels.

This makes them a great work/school headphone, though for obvious reasons I wouldn’t recommend blasting these in a library.