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Do you watch movies and tv's with headphones on?

post #1 of 9
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I wonder sometimes about moving from a house to a condo.   The 5.1 subwoofer system would have to go.  

 

Which makes me wonder..... what's it like watching on a blu ray movie on a 50" screen but getting the sound from headphones? 

 

Really cool? 

 

Really weird? 

 

Let me know if you've tried this. 

post #2 of 9
I use my headphones when watching movies off my 65". Very immersive, especially with virtual surround tech like Dolby Headphone. It usually depends on what I'm watching though. If its like a comedy or something, in which then I'll use my soundbar.
post #3 of 9

My computer setup is also my movie setup (blu-ray/27" IPS) so headphones get lots of love. It makes it a more intimate experience, and you don't get that "distance" with soft vocals because of the extreme dynamic range some movies have you get with speakers. Everything is there and it works. Depending on how casual it is and if you want to kick back, headphones may not always work. I wouldn't watch tv with them though lol.

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Originally Posted by Jodet View Post

I wonder sometimes about moving from a house to a condo.   The 5.1 subwoofer system would have to go.  

 

Which makes me wonder..... what's it like watching on a blu ray movie on a 50" screen but getting the sound from headphones? 

 

Really cool? 

 

Really weird? 

 

Let me know if you've tried this. 

Should sound nice, would the headphones be plugged into a computer? receiver? TV?

post #5 of 9
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Originally Posted by Jodet View Post

I wonder sometimes about moving from a house to a condo.   The 5.1 subwoofer system would have to go.  

 

Which makes me wonder..... what's it like watching on a blu ray movie on a 50" screen but getting the sound from headphones? 

 

Really cool? 

 

Really weird? 

 

Let me know if you've tried this. 

 

 

Well, there is one genre that it sucks in.. the scary ones that make you jump lol.

post #6 of 9

Movies with very dynamic sound are great on headphones, but would sound better with a speaker rig. For everything else, they are pretty immersing. I think that TV shows, especially the typical documentaries and sitcoms, don't really benefit from headphones since there's not much to listen to apart from dialogue. Of course there are exceptions, like series with great OSTs, those ones with high nostalgia factor. There are also some shows that really pay attention to sound, like Dennou Coil, which has tons of sounds captured in the background for realism. 

 

I tend to use the HE400s nowadays for movies, and they do a spectacular job. Very dynamic for movies. The HD580s are also good for long-term sessions. 

post #7 of 9
I listen mostly on my 5.1 surround system but they kick out far too much bass late at night for my neighbours so that's when I use the headphones and I never feel like I'm missing out, infact sometimes the intimacy adds to the atmosphere. I think as long as you have a large soundstage, big bass and comfort they're a good alternative.
post #8 of 9

Watching a movie and the dialogue is too quiet and the action too loud? Use VLC's built in Dynamic Compression tool - Some starter settings.

 

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Originally Posted by talisman42 View Post

Watching a movie and the dialogue is too quiet and the action too loud? Use VLC's built in Dynamic Compression tool - Some starter settings.

 

Movies are the only thing I will allow a compressor in. It brings up the stupidly soft dialogue sections of some movies up to the bombastic action ones. Highly depends on the movie of course, but good sound engineers do this so the dynamic range really hits you in the theater and sets the mood.

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