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post #31 of 64
Speakers, no contest.
post #32 of 64
The room factor is a big drawback of speakers, but if you get it right, a speaker based system can produce a sense of realism that even the best headphones systems can't touch.

I've just made a major speaker upgrade and am now in the hunt for amps that will drive them. I'm also adding a vinyl rig for the first time so my guess is that I'll be moving away from being mostly a headphones/digital guy to being a mostly speakers/analog guy.

But my vote in this poll is a firm "I enjoy them equally." (At least for now.)
post #33 of 64
speakers
no many dubts..
post #34 of 64
I know this question is somewhat ambiguous, but how much do you guys think it would cost to get a speaker system that is comprable to lets say a $600 dollar or so headphone system (not including a source). Would you be able to get 5.1 speaker setup, with reciever that could provide the accuracy of a good $600 headphone system? Or, basically are good speakers and components much more expensive than good headphones and headphone componets?
post #35 of 64
(meant for it to be one post)

The only memorable 5.1 setup i have heard is Bose top of the line lifestyle system (i forget the model number), and that was because they had a demonstration room at my local mall (pretty fun, got to watch part of the lion king) and my old neighbors had one. While I was genuinely impressed, they cost $2500 or so dollars, which could pretty surely buy a pretty sick headphone steup.
post #36 of 64
Quote:
Originally Posted by Silentpug387
I know this question is somewhat ambiguous, but how much do you guys think it would cost to get a speaker system that is comprable to lets say a $600 dollar or so headphone system (not including a source). Would you be able to get 5.1 speaker setup, with reciever that could provide the accuracy of a good $600 headphone system? Or, basically are good speakers and components much more expensive than good headphones and headphone componets?
mm
my opinion is , I think that with 1000$ , lurking the used market , you can be bery well introduced to a very nice speaker setup ( amp + 2 speakers ) , that's worth comparison with any headphone system .
post #37 of 64
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Originally Posted by Silentpug387
(meant for it to be one post)

The only memorable 5.1 setup i have heard is Bose
oh noooooooooooooooooooooooooo

:runs away in fear:
post #38 of 64
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Originally Posted by uzziah
what i am asking is: are heaphones a marriage of convenience, or one of true love?
I'm not sure exactly what the poll is asking, so I didn't vote. I haven't heard a good speaker setup in years, and am basically a headphone guy for life... not sure which I like better sonically since it's been so long. But speakers are just too inconvenient/expensive to me, and I really like headphones a lot.

Obviously most music is mixed with speakers in mind, so it seems to me the point is sort of moot... why even ask?
post #39 of 64
Given the choice, I prefer speakers.

However, here is the list of the things I DON'T have for a speaker rig.

-A dedicated listening room
-The money for a good set-up
-A quiet enviroment
-Neighbors that don't mind me listening to my stereo system

My biggest problem with speakers is the room, because it makes a HUGE difference. At my parents house there's a room that's pretty decent acoustically and in there I can make a 200 dollar set up sound DAMN good; however, anywhere else and the set up is complete garbage.
post #40 of 64
I voted that I enjoy them equally, but that is largely based on circumstance.

Lacking the cash and room for a great speaker rig gives headphones the edge, but even if I had both of those things, headphones still give an imtimacy that no speaker can reproduce.

I just can't imagine getting the same enjoyment with speakers when listening to something like Sufjan's Seven Swans. But, with music like Oasis, headphones bow down to good speakers.
post #41 of 64
For me it'd have to be speakers, because I auditioned quite a few of the nicer ones (nautilus 800, avantgarde duo...), and I was completely blown away by the sound. I have to admit that I "only" heard Sennheiser 650, 595, and 555 phones, Sony CD3000, and Beyerdynamic DT990 headphones up to now.

A good thing with headphones is that you get definately more quality sound for your money, and you can position yourself in your room the way you want.
post #42 of 64
I think I've come full circle, like many here. I started with some pretty awful speakers and was thrilled when I first started getting into high-end headphones. Then, when I considered myself finally happy with my headphone setup, I started paying attention to speakers again.

Since finding some speakers I'm really happy with for my computer setup (which is the only place I use headphones) I've found that my headphones rarely get used.
post #43 of 64
Here we go again, the same old question.
I can't really answer it because my main system is K1000 plus speakers playing simultaneously--does not fit into simple categories.
post #44 of 64
I much prefer my speaker based system, but am grateful I'm able to enjoy music while working in my studio using cans.
post #45 of 64
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Originally Posted by Sleestack
That's not true. The room correction technology available today (and which I use) can get you perfection without going too nuts with acoustic treatments. A certain amount of room treatment is always good, but there is no need to build a room completely around acoustics.
Room correction? Room correction can take care of cancelation, constuructive interference, phase differences, group delay, reflected waves, standing waves, etc?
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