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Headphones versus Room Listening

AudioStudies

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Is there any consensus on which is better? I have some preliminary thoughts, thought I haven't researched this well.

With headphones is it hard to get better bass, because bass is felt not heard? If so, could one turn on their
sub-woofer while they listen to headphones? Or put a bass shaker device in your pocket?

It would seem headphones may have advantages - no room reflections to worry about, portability; and the
closed-back versions can be used in airports. (No, I won't bring my sub-woofer to the airport).

My curiosity though is more aimed at open-back headphones versus the room listening. Any thoughts?

Thanks,
Thomas
 

RayDunzl

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I only rarely use headphones.

The speakers speak 24/7 though.
 
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