Do you really enjoy headphones?

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  • Viking64Viking64 Posts: 2,527
    From the mid-70's until 1984, I used speakers exclusively. From 1984 to 1990, I used headphones exclusively. (Pioneer, Realistic, Precept.)

    In 1990, I bought my first pair of Polk bookies (4.5's) and then in 1992 my 2.3TL's.

    I have used speakers almost exclusively since then except for a pair of Sennheiser HD 545's I bought in about 2001, which I probably have no more than 50 hours on.

    I have been lucky enough to have lived alone in 2 different places in the last 7 years with my closest neighbor about 1/4 of a mile away, so headphones are currently a non-issue. :p
  • acmf74acmf74 Posts: 844
    makes commuting in NYC somewhat bearable. drowns out noises and people talking while trying to sleep. wish it could do something about the smells. =)
  • rooftop59 wrote: »
    The trend continues, when the Mrs. doesn't want music blaring then I put on my cans. I also use them at work for almost the whole day. I started with HK CLs, graduated to Grado Sr80e's and a Bravo V2, then moved onto a little dot 1+. I dig headphones and the Grado's paired with a tubed amp sound really great, the soundstage is there but obviously nothing compared to my SDAs. I rarely get to listen to my 2Bs now a days so I find myself listening to my headphone set up more and more, hoping to score some Philips Fidelio L2s this holiday season...we shall see.

    Love my fidelio L2s! Got them for less than a bill shipped too!!

    Dang that was a DEAL right there buddy! Excited to hear them, I was mainly looking for something comfortable with good SQ.
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  • WLDockWLDock Posts: 2,122
    headphones are awesome for air travel, and late night action TV watching when even at low volumes the HT surround is a bit too full and disturbs others. I like them for music when the house is too noisy to critically listen to speakers.

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  • mrbironmrbiron Posts: 4,714
    To answer the OP, i don't know yet.

    I am slowly investing the money. If i like it, i will keep doing it. If i don't, i sell everything and move on. Nothing ventured, nothing gained.

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  • 250GTLusso250GTLusso Registered User Posts: 158
    I have a pair of STAX SR34 Electrostatic headphones that I purchased 30 years ago that I still use when I cannot use my SDA speakers. They sound amazing. I haven't seen anyone mention electrostatic headphones, but they should be experienced.

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  • sucks2bemesucks2beme Posts: 4,798
    I used to do 30% headphones. I would do speakers for a month, or two, then headphones.
    It was a combo of do not disturb and just plain changing things up. I had multiple
    pairs of decent headphones. After moving to Memphis, I haven't had a 2 channel
    system set up for almost 2 years. I moved back into a house and haven't had a chance to
    get back to my son's house back in Dallas to pick up my Proacs. I mostly use my Stax
    sr-202's either with my homebrew energizer/amp or my Sansui au-717 and a srd-7
    transformer box. I've also got sr-30's and 80's, as well as Grado ps500's and AKG Q701's.
    The Stax setup soundwise gives up nothing to speakers, other than some comfort.
    They are a bit clunky to wear. The 202's were updated with leather earpads.
    The good thing about headphones is you can have several different rigs stashed
    away without filling up the house with gear.
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  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 17,621
    edited January 14
    250GTLusso wrote: »
    I have a pair of STAX SR34 Electrostatic headphones that I purchased 30 years ago that I still use when I cannot use my SDA speakers. They sound amazing. I haven't seen anyone mention electrostatic headphones, but they should be experienced.

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    Not to be a kvetch, but those particular Stax are, as the box says, electrets (like an electret microphone)-- not electrostatic. :|

    The are darned fine headphones, though.

    EDIT: I looked for a really clear & succinct differentiation of the two via Google, and found -- a lot of crud.
    This is the best I could do on short notice :p

    https://www.audioasylum.com/cgi/t.mpl?f=general&m=52930

    Mechanistically, they work like electrostatics, but don't need the HV polarizing voltage. They do still need an interface box, though (as you know). There are also self-energized electrostatic headphones (I think Koss once made one), so it gets kind of -- complicated. ;)
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  • Viking64Viking64 Posts: 2,527
    mhardy6647 wrote: »
    Not to be a kvetch, but those particular Stax are, as the box says, electrets (like an electret microphone)-- not electrostatic. :|

    The are darned fine headphones, though.
    I am glad you kvaught that. Good eye!
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 17,621
    edited January 14
    I think STAX has also made some electrostatic earspeakers*, but most of their products (at least the even semi-affordable ones) have been electrets.

    * I remember that, at least, "back in the day" (when I had hair, e.g.), STAX very fastidiously, and assiduously referred to their (extremely fine) products were not headphones but rather earspeakers.
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  • stangman67stangman67 Posts: 773
    edited January 14
    I've owned various sets of headphones over the years from expensive audiophile to el cheapos and everything in between. I would say in general I dislike headphones, they close me out to the outside world and every single one I have owned gets uncomfortable after an hour or two. I currently own a set of V Moda crossfade M100's which are a riot. I like the energetic sound and I use them from time to time, but I much prefer my speakers
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  • 250GTLusso250GTLusso Registered User Posts: 158
    @mhardy6647 , thank you for that link! It reminded me why I chose to buy those STAX SR34s some 30 years ago. STAX had several other models costing two, three, and 4 times as much (I think $1000?), that were really comfortable, and were "open-air" phones that sounded amazing. The SR34 was the best bang for the buck at the time for me. I thought everybody has to have a set of phones, right?
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  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 3,450
    The KOSS variants are still available and get a ton of positive feedback: https://www.koss.com/headphones/over-ear-headphones/esp950
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  • DSkipDSkip Posts: 14,486
    If you can't find comfortable headphones, try the Sennheiser 598. I could wear these for a dozen hours and experience no fatigue - either via comfort or sound.
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  • oldrockeroldrocker Posts: 1,776
    Not a big fan of them now but back in the day after many "turn it down" from mom & dad, I do remember using them much more.
  • dr1978dr1978 Posts: 185
    Now that I have some decent speakers I use headphones less often, but I never let a new release from one of my favorites (Radiohead, Queens of the Stone Age, Tool, Modest Mouse, etc) go by without giving it a spin or two on my headphones. I'm sure if I'm able to upgrade my rig over the years things will change, but for now using my Sennheiser Momentum 2's is still the ultimate listening experience. Being fully enveloped in the sound lets me drift away a little easier.
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  • verbverb Posts: 2,554
    I use mine mainly for air travel, of which I do a lot for my job. Bose QC15 has pretty decent noise cancellation. I just picked up a set of B&O Beoplay H9's which are wireless. At home I hardly use them. Much rather rock out with my 2B's and soon to be completed 1C's!!!
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  • JaybeezJaybeez Posts: 650
    I'm retired now, but used Shure in-ears when traveling on business. Took up less room than the Bose noise-cancelling unit which is quite good (and I'm not a Bose lover) but bulky.
    If I want to watch / listen to something while surfing after my wife goes to sleep I use a set of Sony MDR 7506's.
    If I were serious about a set of cans for critical listening I'd pick up some Blue Ellas.
    But no, not a big headphone fan. Give me a good set of speakers any day!
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  • K_MK_M Posts: 1,014
    edited March 11
    Yes...
    Can hear things that are not apparent easily on speakers.
    Downside, you can hear problems that are not (always) apparent on speakers.....
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  • BC6BC6 Posts: 48
    We have a small house and my wife doesn't always approve of my choice of music, or more specifically the volume, so I bought Audeze LCD-XC headphones. At first I tried the open back version, which sounded great, but she could still hear the music, so I switched to the closed back. They didn't sound as great. It's taken about 2 months of tweaking and playing with Roon settings, but I finally have them locked in really well. I love listening to them. I especially enjoy digging up the old cd's from the 80's and hearing things I didn't hear back then. However, as much as I enjoy them, whenever I hear something really good, all I want to do is fire up the new 2.3tl's and crank it up. I love the headphones, but for me, nothing beats the physical experience of sitting in a room filled with sound.
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  • steveinazsteveinaz Posts: 18,198
    Never was much of a headphone listener.
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  • txcoastal1txcoastal1 Posts: 9,602
    But I also like a speaker that produces a good sound stage, and the nuances a "good" room produces. Gives you that live feeling
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