I don't buy that at all. Where was that rule written and I missed it? Compare headphones to IEMs? Wouldn't that be a little unfair to the headphones?
But if you don't think usability factors in to the equation, you simply haven't been to very many live performances - well, not as close as I have, anyway. Creed, Black Crowes, 3rd Eye Blind and all the rest of them? The band themselves use IEMs. Now, the sound engineers, the technicians and everyone else backstage or in the dark wear headphones. Its that way because Eddie Vetter, Neil Young, Sammy Hagar and Tina Turner do not find headphones very usable for live performances. And who, my friend, is going to tell them any different. You?
I guess if I could do with headphones what I do with IEMs, it would make sense - but I can't, so it doesn't. I listen to IEMs on an average of 6 hours a day. Sometimes more. Being limited to headphones would reduce that figure to 2. So you can see how it is hard for me to get all warm and fuzzy over headgear that so cripples my enjoyment of music. Because I can assure of this much - NO ONE enjoys listening to music more than I do. It may be possible that someone enjoys it as much, and maybe they are better at it, but for sure, not more.
And yeah, I take it THAT seriously, so yeah, I use IEMs. And that is not likely going to change.
That was sweet . Technical and visceral. I was stuck at isn't that comparing apples and oranges in my head. That makes it all clear.
Game set match
But be fair headphones/cans had their day in live and recorded music with their curly cords as well. And they provided us with some of Rocks greatest images. For your consideration .....Uncle Ernie, ....The Bellboy himself...The Late Oh so Great never to be repeated replicated or surpassed...
Keith Moon (1946-1978)
His death marked the end of "prop" value of Headphones
Edited by Monty Burns - 6/11/14 at 7:32pm