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100% speakers / 0% headphones 241 56.57%
75% speakers / 25% headphones 104 24.41%
50% speakers / 50% headphones 30 7.04%
25% speakers / 75% headphones 39 9.15%
0% speakers / 100% headphones 12 2.82%
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post #1 of 94 Unread 03-13-2015, 06:26 PM - Thread Starter
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How Much Do You Listen to Music at Home on Speakers vs Headphones?



Many headphones provide a superb listening experience, but have they supplanted speakers for music listening at home?

At the recent AES conference on the future of audio-entertainment technology, one presenter claimed that over 85% of music listening is now done on headphones. I don't know how that was determined or even if it's true, but it led me to wonder about the listening habits of AVS members.

Of course, listening to a portable player on the go is almost always done on headphones, but when you bring that player home, you can connect it to your main audio system or one of the myriad wireless-speaker systems available today. On the other hand, perhaps you prefer listening on headphones even at home—or you're compelled to for the sake of domestic tranquility.

So my question to you is this: How much do you listen to music at home on speakers versus headphones? I realize that the choices in this poll form a rather coarse scale, so select the ratio that most closely reflects your listening habits; it needn't be an exact match.

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Headphones are my preference if I am relaxing in the bedroom away from the chaos in the rest of the house or mowing the lawn. Otherwise, I prefer speakers.

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100% on my speakers!! Though I do have a very good set of headphones, and older pair of AKG K240DF. They never get used anymore though, not since I got some much better speakers.

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Headphones can be fun. I have a pair of Akg 701. I use them when I have to so others are not disturbed at 3.00 am. Otherwise I am pretty much a speaker person. While a good pair of cans, can give a wild performance, nothing really compares to the bass and intensity achieved blasting some speakers, and subwoofers.

With huge growth in condo living, renting etc. headphones are a necessity for the audiophile who can't afford a home suitable for full scale electronics. 100 percent speakers and zero percent headphones would be the closest.

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I use headphones when playing my drums, or shooting guns! Never for music or movies!
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I can't remember the last time I used headphones at home, even though I have a nice headphone amp and two good full-sized headphones on my desk.

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I voted 100% speakers because I do all my serious music listening on my main speaker set up, in stereo. A pair of Polk RTi8's powered by my Pioneer VSX-1122 and a pair of SVS cylinders (PC12+ and a PC-Ultra). I like the tactile feel the subs add to the music, especially in some progressive music where they utilize ultra low bass tones on the key boards and bass pedals.
This is partly out of necessity too however because I don't own a pair of really nice head phones. My head phone listening is done through a cheapo pair of skull candy ear buds while I'm cutting the grass or playing my drums. Although the recent review on the Klipsch Reference series headphones here on AVS has me seriously considering getting a pair.
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I put 50/50 because that's the closest to what I do. I think AVS will skew more heavily in favor of speakers because of it's abundance of members with excellent home theater systems. If this was the general public it would most likely be headphone dominant.
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Another poll. /// 98.967485% Speakers. ...The rest Headphones. ...And only when well rested.
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50/50 not including the gym. Since I never listen stereo sound as 2ch on my HT rig anymore, headphones are the only way I'm exposed to stereo sound, wish there was more binaural recordings for headphone enthusiasts.

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Mostly speakers because good speakers placed properly in a well treated room can provide better sound. However, sometimes, even when I am at home I like to sit outside my dedicated listening room for a while. It's one of those moments when my Astell & Kern portable DAP and my Westone ES60 custom IEMs get pulled out of the closet. The Astell & Kern MQS streaming software is installed on my Asus notebook PC. My Asus RT-N66U wireless router sports excellent signal range and stability so it is formidable for enjoying a reliable full fledged spectacular Hi-Fi experience while sitting anywhere in the living room or outside in the garden space. The AK240's user interface doesn't make me feel like I am really missing the various bells and whistles the user interface of my foobar2000—with WSH Panel Mod component and some other nifty DIY customizations—has to offer.
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my T5p headphones for everything.
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This poll will be biased based on the AVS demographics, mainly older geezers in their mid-late 20's as entry and up ..
Let's be honest, AVS is not a place where college/young adults hang out.

My kids come home, have their ear buds on, I offer they can listen thru our HT family room system, they say "it's ok dad, we like our headphones".

I've offered to make and install good bookshelf speakers for my daughter in her bedroom, so she can experience better sound quality, experience sound outside of headphones in her own "space", she's not interested

Heck - at my work the "younger generation" walks around with their ear buds on and listen, I have to throw away my prejudice feelings of "they are just listening to music and screwing around" .

So, I voted 100% speakers, but I can see the AES presenter's viewpoint also.
Did he present the demographics of his sample?

For the record, I'm a early 50's male.
I use headphones when traveling on a plane, or once in a great while while zoning out during lunch....
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While I clicked on 100% speakers, I very occasionally use headphones, but never for critical listening. But then, I have a custom built dedicated room that's fully treated and a killer multichannel setup.

The experience of Steven Wilson's 'Hand. Cannot. Erase' in full 5.1 high-rez (TrueHD from the BluRay edition) at reference levels just can never be equaled by cans, no matter how good they are.
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My headphone use is only ~25%, for late night listening so I don't bother the family.
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I have never cared for the sound of headphones and use them only when absolutely necessary. I find the sound in the middle of my head of 'phones totally unrealistic.

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I have never cared for the sound of headphones and use them only when absolutely necessary. I find the sound in the middle of my head of 'phones totally unrealistic.
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home theater it is all speakers - but i my wife and i work at home. we each have dual screens on our comps and stream on one and work on the other so i used head phones when working - they are bose qc2 that my mother in law gave me for Christmas years ago - they sound great. i just replaced the earpads and cord to keep them going longer -
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The only time I don't use speakers to listen to music is when it's late at night and I don't want to disturb my wife.
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Voted 25% headphones, but its closer to 5-10%. Basically only headphones while I'm doing "chores" (vacuum/mopping, laundry, etc).
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Has anyone read the latest info on bacteria growth under those headphones. Suspect they're will be lots of ear issues in the future to keep some of the medical community busy!
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I only use headphones when traveling.

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I've owned some lovely headphones about as long as I have speaker systems.

this is my current favourite for headfi listening,







and the sound is simply sublime...gorgeous...

but and I dont care what anyone says there are some things headphones simply cant do....and I say this having owned all sorts from dynamic, open back to closed back from base models to very high end...to even the very top level electrostatic ear speakers...ie basically a couple of electrostatic panels that hang in front of your ears...

and no headphones cant image like speakers do...they will image with a sound very much in your head ...or slightly out side it...speakers can give you a holographic room filling experience...that headphones just cant match.

speakers ...and subwoofers can shake the whole house...give you a bass response you can feel...recreate a seething atmosphere in a room...that I dont care what the freq response claims of headphones say they cant match.

the other thing headphones cant do...is surround sound....again I dont care what claims are made re dolby headphone or anyother processing systems...I've heard them all !

I still very much enjoy headphones for what they are giving a very intimate experience...something for when you dont want to recreate a room filling experience...dont want to shake the house or a whole body experience of speakers ! they have their place...and hence why after all these years I still find much to love in headphones

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I too only listen to headphones on my commute to work.
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I listen 100% speakers at home when out in the public it's headphones when I have my coffee at Starbucks it's headphones so I'm not disturbing anyone. But at home speakers and subs I not only want to hear but feel the sound...
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25% no sound (closed captioning)
10% headphones (wireless Dolby 5.1)
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What if you don't listen to music at home? What if you listen to music only outside your home? What if you don't listen to music at all?
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Not quite 100%, but a lot closer TO 100% than 75% of the time, I listen to speakers over headphones at home. VERY VERY RARELY, for late night listening, I use headphones.
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No need for headphones when I have a dedicated home theater - music room built to an acoustic analysis by Chris Huston.
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