Which, for the most part, is my point: for many if not most of us, the reality is that we can't enjoy loudspeaker-delivered music anytime we want, or at the desired volume levels we want. A good pair of headphones is often a necessary option in this case. This is not a "speakers good, headphones bad" screed, simply a cool-headed (so I hope!) assessment of the overall strong and weak point of each transducer. I loves me my Celestions, and my Grados (when I can't use my Celestions), and my Senns (when I'm out and about with my iPod). Horses for courses and all that.
And that is why i listen to headphones. With good loudspeakers and no neighbors, I can feel the music with my entire body. With headphones, I can only simulate that sensation. I listen to headphones b/c whether open or closed, they increase the effect while decreasing the annoyance of the person next to me, or the person next door to me. I would love to crank my loudspeaker set up all day, but that is not feasible, so the headphones are the next best thing. And the sensation of solitude of headphones cannot be rivaled by loudspeakers.
Edited by Eargasmo - 9/9/12 at 2:55am