This is a topic to discuss any and all passive background noise reduction techniques that benefit headphone users. Maybe “room acoustics” is the wrong term but I can’t think of a better one.
Here’s my problem: it gets hot here in Phoenix, AZ. That means my A/C runs a lot. And the return vent is right outside my office. And my office is where I listen to headphones. It’s really all I can do to close the office door in the summer, even then I’m still getting close to 60db of background noise when the A/C is running. Oh and I greatly prefer open back headphones too because I prefer the sound and they don’t make my ears sweat (seriously, that’s an issue here).
So what’s a headphone enthusiast to do? I figured I might be able to rig some kind of isolation box to cut down on the supply vent noise but it would be ugly and wouldn’t have any effect on my ceiling fan noise. So then I wondered if an acoustic panel on the wall behind me would noticeably help. Or maybe I need to make an acoustic panel “cave” for me and my listening chair. Man cave indeed! It would look like *bleep* though.
You get the idea. The problem with these chairs is that they are relatively expensive and the comfort looks ok at best. Plus I already have an expensive and extremely comfortable lounge chair. Well that and I don’t really have any idea if they will make a difference acoustically, but as a child of the '70s they do look cool to me.
Does anyone have any other ideas?