If you don’t like headphones then I worry about you. Do you like sunsets? Puppies? The food? Either way, as fantastic as musical earmuffs are, they can also be a bit confusing. And that is why we are here. Today we are going to answer a common question: what is the difference between an open face helmet and a closed headphone?
Your answer to that might be “who cares?” – and the answer? You. You should care about it. Whether a headset is open or closed makes a huge difference in the sound.
Without messing around anymore, let’s jump right away.
Tell me, what is an open back helmet?
The phrase “open back” is pretty descriptive and gives you an idea of what to expect. Literally, the headphone housing (AKA the bit that goes around your ears) allows sound to travel through.
So why would you want a pair of headphones that let through sound? Well, there are two main reasons: comfort and space.
Open back headphones are more comfortable to wear for long periods of time because the airflow makes your ear holes happier. Sonically, the open-back design allows the audio to move freely, giving that feeling of being in the same room as the musicians. They are really adorable.
But… there are a few downsides to open-back headphones. Because the sound is not blocked by the speaker, cans of this variety are not good for public listening. Unless you want people near you to hear everything you’re pumping.
You can find a bit more detail on all of this here.
We’re about to tell the difference between closed and open headphones, but now let’s see what makes the old one special.
So… what is a closed helmet?
At this point, I’ll bet you can guess it, but let’s go: closed-back headphones have a casing that specifically tries to keep sound out and in and out.
If you don’t know which pair of headphones you have, chances are they are closed. These are the most commonly shipped and sold cans in the world. If you have a pair of headphones like the Sony WH-1000XM4, Bose QuietComfort 35 II or the Sennheiser Momentum 3, then you swing a pair of closed cans.
The biggest advantage of closed-back headphones is that they are ideal for public listening. But they can produce tiny echoes inside the headphones, as the sound bounces between your ears and the speaker. They are also not as comfortable as open-back cans.
What is the difference between an open helmet and a closed helmet?
Closed headphones have a casing that tries to block the movement of sound, unlike open headphones. Here it is in image form:
Are you interested in more information about headphones in general? Then I suggest you go here. Or, better yet, watch the video we created on issues like this. Come on, check it out:
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Published March 31, 2021 – 08:49 UTC