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Are you a headphone or speaker guy?

Which way do you consume your music?

  • I mostly use speakers.

    Votes: 101 53.7%
  • I mostly use headphones.

    Votes: 47 25.0%
  • I use headphones and speakers equally.

    Votes: 40 21.3%

  • Total voters
    188

RedFuneral

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#61
I've been a headphone listener since the start with a few year long honeymoon into speaker land. I'm operating out of a bedroom and space is at a premium, I returned to speakers when I realized how critical the room was to get the speakers sounding right and how much space was wasted arranging the room around proper acoustics. That and sitting in front of a computer monitor pretty much mandates headphones unless you're ok with a nonexistent center image.
 
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#62
Speakers mainly.
Although I now use headphones more often, due to circumstances...
And I like the SQ I get from the Focal Elegia + RME :)
 

esm

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#63
I switch back and forth a lot; the main problem is that I live in an apartment, so while I have competent speaker setups in multiple rooms, outside certain hours I just can't use them, and in general I'm a lot more aware of loudness with the speakers (I have a good relationship with my neighbors, and want to keep it that way). So for focused listening, or even just particularly dynamic/soundtrack-heavy movies, I wind up with headphones on at some point.

Plus, travel means headphones, although that's more about silencing the outside world than SQ; I'm basically married to my 1000XM3s when I leave the house.
 
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#64
Definitely speakers. For me, it’s mostly about situational awareness. Why people purposely handicap themselves while in public spaces is beyond me. I feel little sympathy for the pedestrian who is struck by train/trolley/bus/car while walking/biking/scooting through busy, high traffic areas with headphones/IEM’s. Darwin award nominee, for sure. Be safe, people!
 
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#65
Childhood- parents’ small speakers
adolescence- headphones
single adult life- speakers
married life- bigger speakers
parenting life- small speakers and headphones
^^^^^ - currently here:
retirement life- ???
 
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#67
Speakers , tried headphones, but to bulky when lying on sofa , bought “hifi “earplugs in 125 usd range after rave reviews, Utterly useless ****** sound compared to iPhone standard earplugs.
 

Dogen

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#68
I came across an odd audiophile term the other day - “forensic listening”. That pretty much describes my experience with headphones. I can certainly enjoy them, but speakers seem to weave the performance together into an enjoyable whole, while headphones reveal every unfortunate mix decision and distortion.
 

Roen

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#69
My choice of the day is:
Sierra-2's played off the Sony Receiver
HD6XX played off the KTB / 789
Some chinese IEM's 4 BA + 1 DD Musicmaker Shockwave III's played off the D50 / O2

Decisions decisions
 
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