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Are you a headphone or speaker user?

Which way do you consume your music?

  • I mostly use speakers.

    Votes: 141 50.0%
  • I mostly use headphones.

    Votes: 78 27.7%
  • I use headphones and speakers equally.

    Votes: 63 22.3%

  • Total voters
    282

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.
 

Rja4000

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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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#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
 

rocknss

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#70
Definitely a speaker guy, have them all over the house, garage & patio. However voted 50/50 since I listen to headphones a few hours a day at work., recently picked up a pair of Bowers & Wilkins PX for this purpose.

On the speaker front I made a major leap a couple of months ago to a pair of Legacy Whisper XDS.
 

cshake

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#71
Voted headphones, as that's how I listen to music most of the day in my cube at work, and what I use at my computer at home (better for positioning in games than an equivalently priced desktop speaker setup, plus my wife and I will often play next to each other, so open headphones win).

I have a 5.1 system in my living room for TV and movies, and my wife and I will often sit on the couch in the evenings and have the TV on, but that's less total time used so I can't say "equally".
 
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#72
I seem to be in the vast minority here! I prefer headphones. I hear so much live music pumped through massive speakers all the time at my job that I prefer to cut myself off from the rest of the world and get lost in the music. I do have a turntable hooked up to speakers, but I don't get to use it as often as I'd like because it bugs my roommates.
 

Snarfie

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#77
Speakers. I can't get the 3D imaging with headphones. Headphones for monitoring my Xone4D mix consol. I fear the day that my more or less deaf neighbour of 92 will pass away.
 
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#80
I own many sets of headphones. I started with Sennheisers when I was 13, which is almost 30 years ago. They still work, though my wife misplaced them last week. I recently got on a noise cancelling kick and bought over ear Bose and in-ear Sony. I end up listening to audio books on headphones when I sleep, for like an hour+ per day. Then I listen to music in the car on the car stereo, but that's just a 15-20 minute drive. At home? My old stereo is such crap, either from age or lack of room correction, that I can't stand it. Hence me coming here, looking for information.
 
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