Originally Posted by BloodTotal
I really want to understand this well right now, forgetting z-5500s, a $1000 pair of headphones vs a $1000 pair of speakers. I want to kind of feel a grasp of it, like a comparative number estimate. headphones are 20% better than speakers generally?
I wonder how different headphones are from speakers for music.
Some of this will repeat a bit what others have said, but when it does, it'll just reinforce it
The thing with speakers is that they are actually much more restricting than headphones. Why? Positioning. To get the maximum, accurate sound out of speakers you have to be fairly precisely positioned, and the room has to be well laid out so as not to have weird sound reflections. To actually get the best out of speakers, you actually can't move around too much. On the other end, I get the best out of my headphones making dinner, folding laundry, and taking walks outsid. I can
hear my speakers while doing all those things, but they don't sound so hot from downstairs, or from a block away.
The bottom line is that a really
good speaker setup will beat a really good headphone setup, hands down. It will have equal detail, but it will sound more natural and exciting. The problem is that you need a huge cash outlay to equal headphones. I have $1000 Klipsch speakers on a decent Luxman amp from the late 80's, and my DT250's (which, SQ-wise, I consider the lowest on the totem pole of those that I own) blow them out of the water in terms of detail.
But I will try to answer your $1000 question, even though it's such a different beast it really doesn't make sense. I'd say you'd need to spend at least
$10,000 on speaker equipment
to be equivalent to $1000 of headphone equipment
, probably more. I mean, you could get some really nice monitors that have great detail for cheaper, but for me, using 3-way bookshelf monitors robs the fun out of speakers that makes me want to pick them over headphones. You really need those big drivers to send that big sound over a decent distance to make you feel
the music, but if you want to feel the music and
get the resolution of an Omega2, it means BIG money.
Personally, I still prefer to listen to my music on my $1000 speakers when I can, even over my $700 RS1i's (which I absolutely adore, and are technically better in every way).