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why do you choose headphones?

post #1 of 107
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why do you choose to use headphones instead of loudspeakers when listening to music .

what do you feel are the advantages of using headphones?

any answers are great, just curious
post #2 of 107
I use headphones because my neighbors wouldn't like it if blasted my music at ungodly hours of the day and night.
post #3 of 107
They aren't as loud.
post #4 of 107
1. I'm married. 2. A similar sounding speaker setup would cost a heck of a lot more!
post #5 of 107
Really detailed.

Intimate.

Small (not necessarily portable, but compact).

Cheap(er).

Private. Not only can no one else hear it, but no one else will be bothered by it. I can listen to the weirdest stuff I want without worry!
post #6 of 107
1. Portability
2. Lack of Space
3. Not disturbing the neighbors
4. Price
post #7 of 107
Headphones give you detail you can't get from the surround sound (even though I still like to blare music on my surround sound sometimes).

You will probably hear things in headphones which you have never heard over the speakers in many songs.
post #8 of 107
Loudspeakers comes first over headphones in terms of music fidelity for me. I go to headphones for convenience and respect to others who don't want to be disturbed.
post #9 of 107
Yeah biggest thing really is the lack (relatively speaking) of funds needed to get a truly amazing sound.

You have to put a lot of money into speakers to get anywhere near what a 500$ headphone could give you...

Not to mention selection, and resale. Every headphone has a unique signature, much like speakers... but they are much cheaper to choose from, much easier to audition, and lastly much cheaper and easier to sell to others if you are unhappy or want to upgrade.

Look at how many people have multiple pairs, and multiple amps... all do something better than another... sure you don't NEED it, but then again what else do you NEED other than water, food, shelter, and sex?

Not to mention... you can't use loudspeakers in an airplane, on the metro, on a nice walk on a sunny day... etc.

<3 headphones
post #10 of 107
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Originally Posted by Graphicism View Post
1. I'm married. 2. A similar sounding speaker setup would cost a heck of a lot more!
I debate point 2. I think a decent speaker setup blows away most mid-level headphones. Something like an Audioengine A5 or even an Apple Hi-Fi can put quite a few mid-fi headphone rigs to shame, IMHO. And that's to not even get into all the nearfield monitors out there.

Now, I admit its somewhat a matter of personal taste, but my point is that I think its not quite the undeniable truth that headphones give you more bang for the buck. Sometimes head-fi makes it out like you can't even question that.
post #11 of 107
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Originally Posted by fjrabon View Post
I debate point 2. I think a decent speaker setup blows away most mid-level headphones. Something like an Audioengine A5 or even an Apple Hi-Fi can put quite a few mid-fi headphone rigs to shame, IMHO. And that's to not even get into all the nearfield monitors out there.

Now, I admit its somewhat a matter of personal taste, but my point is that I think its not quite the undeniable truth that headphones give you more bang for the buck. Sometimes head-fi makes it out like you can't even question that.
. . .I hate Apple. . .do you know China (as in the country itself) owns part of Apple's stock?

China Owns U.S. Debt and Now Holds U.S. Stock « Free Us Now Weblog
post #12 of 107
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. . .I hate Apple. . .do you know China (as in the country itself) owns part of Apple's stock?

China Owns U.S. Debt and Now Holds U.S. Stock « Free Us Now Weblog
So? Lots of countries own lots of companies' stock. NBD. I'm not an apple fanboy or anything, I built my own PC, but the Hi-Fi is a pretty good sounding little speaker setup, though it's soundstage is a little narrow.
post #13 of 107
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Originally Posted by Ze_Blitzkrieg View Post
. . .I hate Apple. . .do you know China (as in the country itself) owns part of Apple's stock?

China Owns U.S. Debt and Now Holds U.S. Stock « Free Us Now Weblog
The heck does that have to do with headphones?
post #14 of 107
As posted in a different thread (Why headphone? Why not stereo speakers?) just a couple of weeks back...

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Originally Posted by krmathis View Post
For several reasons:
* Intimacy.
* Sound quality (ex. the weakest micro details).
* Lack of suitable listening room for speakers.
* (Trans)portability.
* Physical size.
* Head-Fi.org
* Flexibility (ex. switching transducer in a matter of seconds).
* . . .
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post #15 of 107
I disagree completely with everyone who says you get better sound from headphones than speakers at the same price point. IMO it is the other way around. You can get speakers for $500-$700 that will blow any headphones out of the water. I use headphones because I live in an apartment with not much space for a big speaker system and also the neighbors complain even when I crank up my PC speaker so I shudder to think what they would do if I had massive floor standing speakers blasting at night. The other thing about headphones is that it is a more intimate experience but that does not necessarily make it better than speakers.
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