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When do you find time to put headphones on your head?

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I am 45 years old. I have owned several pairs of decent headphones in my life, and I usually end up giving them away to my kids. The last was a pair of Grado 325s. I just never find time to put headphones on my head and cut myself off from the rest of the world. I can't wear headphones at work because I am always helping people, either on the phone or in person. My office is 4 miles from my house. I drive about 250 miles a week for my job, I've put about $3500 into the stereo in my car to make it sound good, which feels a little immature at times. If I listen to music at home, I just crank up my hifi and shake the house. When I was young, I would spend hours with headphones on every day. If I lived in a big city that had public transportation, I suspect I would listen to headphones while riding. I guess what I really want to know is when do you find time to put headphones on your head, and how does listening to headphones affect the relationships you have with the people around you?

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I also have a good system at home, but I started with headphones many years ago. I'm a graduate student so I'm at home a lot. These days, I use my headphones to listen to some music during breaks (mostly in the afternoon). With these short listening sessions, it doesn't make sense to turn on the big system, which has a tube integrated amp. (By the time it warms up, I'm done with the listening session. On the other hand, my headphone amp is solid state so I leave it on at all times.) 

 

The headphone system is also used a lot for watching TV and movies. I like hearing the little details in TV shows.

post #3 of 8

I find the time to put headphones on my head because I gave up on the acoustics in the one room that I can use. If that isn't a problem, then there's really no need to set-up a reference headphone system. I mean, it has its own limitations and issues, and personally if you're not dealing with the main issues with speakers (noise isolation and room acoustics), then just stick with the speakers.

post #4 of 8

I put my headphones on at work mainly, so that's about 6 hours a day, 5 days a week!

post #5 of 8

At home really...

 

I spend 5 days a week outside of my house so it is a really good feeling to put the HD600s on my ears

post #6 of 8
Great topic! I go out for lunch about everyday. During that time I always listen to music, podcasts, or audiobooks through headphones. I find it too distracting to try to wear them at work. At home, I often arise before my wife and listen then. I listen when working outside alone. I sometimes listen as I fall asleep.

I am in my mid 50's and my children are pretty much grown and gone. I understand your point about those around you feeling tuned out when you are wearing headphones. I often use Bose IE2 as they do. It isolate and allow me to stay aware of my surroundings including conversations.
Edited by bubsdaddy - 11/15/14 at 5:33am
post #7 of 8

Work or when I am at my desk at home. Though my desk at home has decent speakers I often switch back and forth between them and headphones.

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Originally Posted by bubsdaddy View Post

Great topic! I go out for lunch about everyday. During that time I always listen to music, podcasts, or audiobooks through headphones. I find it too distracting to try to wear them at work. At home, I often arise before my wife and listen then. I listen when working outside alone. I sometimes listen as I fall asleep.

I am in my mid 50's and my children are pretty much grown and gone. I understand your point about those around you feeling tuned out when you are wearing headphones. I often use Bose IE2 as they do. It isolate and allow me to stay aware of my surroundings including conversations.

 

That's what I really like about the Bose IE2. They are not completely in the ear like most IEMs.  It feels weird to be completely blocked out, even when I'm home alone. The Bose IE2 achieves some isolation while allowing me to be aware of surroundings.

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