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View Poll Results: How Do You Primarily Listen to Music?
In my car 144 29.15%
At live concerts 22 4.45%
With headphones 105 21.26%
On a full-sized stereo or surround-sound system 381 77.13%
Using wireless lifestyle audio speakers 31 6.28%
Through a TV, soundbar, or sound stand 7 1.42%
I play an instrument and that's what I listen to the most 11 2.23%
I don't voluntarily listen to music 10 2.02%
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post #31 of 64 Old 03-23-2017, 11:00 AM
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Years ago I might have voted differently as I played for recreation in a jazz group. Was quite fun entertaining people in pubs as well as getting half(or more) sloshed regularly. Number of us seemed to play better as the night wore on and the more we imbibed . All that lost a good amount of appeal though after the doc telling me no more alcohol or it would trigger my digestive issues. Sadly I very rarely pick up the T-Bone anymore but still enjoy the heck out of music on a full size system.

I also grabbed a decent pair of headphones and listen when on the computer, and have expanded my music library extensively. I've even listened to some Kpop !
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My 5.1 'home theater' is in the living room. I run it in 2.1 for listening to music.
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My proper reply isn't listed. I don't listen a lot, but it's almost exclusively done on my B&W PC near-field speakers while I work or play.

Otherwise I'll listen with the family via our Martin Logan soundbar, or in the car if we're together (so I can't listen to my preferred talk radio).

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How do I listen to music.

I love to listen to music on my beautiful Monitor Audio Platinum speakers.
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My home theater only came about because I had already invested heavily in music system upgrades. Adding a few thousand more for HT was simply a consequence of loving that high quality sound.

For me, this has held true for more than 57 years. My first "allowance" money went to 45s. I had no idea what quality sound was, but I sure understood music -- from Elvis Presley to Beethoven. By college, I was tinkering with whatever I had available to make that music sound good including my first "kit" component. Built my own speakers in the '70s and added way more advanced "kits" (Quadrophonic sound). So the music revolution/evolution of the 60s had a wonderful arena to show off.

We heard THX on the Fifth Element when it first came out and consequently moved up to high quality component separates with (Lexicon) audio and my (still current) Mirage speakers. And that's when "home theater" changed from having a great stereo placed around a CRT TV to Dolby surround and DTS. Eventually the practicalities of a retirement budget pushed me to an AVR, but still could out-weigh the "need" for my audio fix. That caused me to replace my first Yamaha with the A3060 -- and that again pushed me upward with my home theater.

See my sig for details of this setup, but the most important fact is that all this is driven by the need for excellent, visceral-level audio. And the visceral-level is why headphones for me always take a backseat. And it's why I can't truly treat music as "background" -- the better tracks or riffs will just pull me out off whatever is supposedly the "main" activity into a true music session -- even if I have to change over to the high end setup.

So forgive me if getting this post out has been a bit of a tussle with some great Tom Petty memories...

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In my home theater, but using stereo speakers only.
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Surprisingly few chose live concerts.

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audiophiles are gonna hate me, but I could never figure out how to listen to music more than casually.


for me, it's background noise in the car, and IF I listen to it anywhere else, it's on headphones to drown out whatever I'm around(cutting the grass, snow blowing, etc)


when I was younger I tried to appreciate music, but just couldn't. does nothing for me unless it's part of a movie...


to make things worse, it's pretty much 100% FM radio. I haven't paid for music since high school.

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At home i listen to music primarily on a full-sized stereo. My sources are mostly cd, radio and tv music channels. Also i have a lot of concert blurays. But when i'm on road mostly headphones. I also love live music too.
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When the wife is away, it's the full surround or stereo system. When the wife is sleeping, it's headphones. When I'm on the road for a long journey, it's CDs in my car's stereo system.

I like to actively listen to my music. I'm not one for background music as I'm doing my chores. That's what talk radio is for.
agreed about active listener, talk radio for multi-tasking
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On my 7.1 system in my mancave. For serious listening, it is SACD/DVD-A or downloaded hi-res files. For the casual stuff, it's iTunes & CD rips. My wife likes to listen to the music channels on D* when she is cleaning, but even that is on a 5.1 system in the main room.

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I have run the gamut from 2.0 stereo, live concerts, expensive headphones, car stereo, back to 2.0 stereo, and now both headphones (on computers, Stereos, Ipods, etc) and multi channel stereo surround in my home theater. Years of concerts and work in loud computer rooms makes it imperative that I not play anything too loud (especially headphones and in the car) so I try to mainly play in multi-channel at home at a reasonable level, and I'm probably enjoying music more than ever...if that's possible.

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I primarily listen to music through headphones (ear-buds) so as to not disturb the rest of my family. I have a long commute, so number 2 will be in the car. I flop back and forth between talk radio and music, depending on my mood. Unfortunately my car stereo setup is not up to par. That's something I am going to need to fix soon.


I would prefer to listed on a full fledged Stereo/surround setup. And I do occasionally, but unfortunately, the speakers I have currently are weak for music. I hope to remedy that in the future and when I do, I will listen via stereo speakers far more often.

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Just occasionally listening to music...
It would be an insult to the ears not to listen in Full Sized surround or multi-channel stereo - especially classic and panpipes!

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I spend more time listening at work with headphones than I do in the lounge, but I'd still say my primary listening location is the lounge in front of my HT.

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I chose full system as that was closest to what I use. I work from home so 90% of my music listening is through the computer. I listen to lossless CD rips stored on a NAS. I use a Audio Technia AT-HA40USB USB DAC line out to Aktimate Mini desktop speakers (Creek Amp & Epos speakers). It was the purchase of the Aktimate Mini's in 08 that got me really into audio then home theater.
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There are lots of ways to consume music. I'm curious as to where and how you do your listening. Click this link to read more, or simply vote in the poll located above this post. I made it multiple-choice, just in case you feel no one option covers your situation.
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1. While standing up (Magnepans are tall and sound as good when you're standing as they do in other positions.)

2. While dancing (Magnepans are tall and .... oh, never mind).

3. While sitting (often with a wee dram in hand).

4. While lying down (with herself .... or after one too many wee drams).
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We are clearly a weird bunch.

"According to the report, nearly two-thirds of millennial owners use a soundbar to listen to music/audio content aside from when they are watching TV, and spend about 22 percent of their time doing so, compared to the total population which spends about 15 percent of time using the soundbar for just radio, music or podcasts."



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We are clearly a weird bunch.

"According to the report, nearly two-thirds of millennial owners use a soundbar to listen to music/audio content aside from when they are watching TV, and spend about 22 percent of their time doing so, compared to the total population which spends about 15 percent of time using the soundbar for just radio, music or podcasts."



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I'd never use a soundbar for serious listening, but if we move our old 55" Panny plasma into our bedroom or small dining/entertainment area once my JVC RS600 and AT screen are installed in our HT room next month, I might just well pick up a soundbar to put below the TV or to stream music from the Internet or iDevices. So it's not mutually exclusive with real speakers . But having both flagship towers in the HT room for music listening as well as a soundbar is probably weird among in the 56% of soundbar owners in our age group.

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Split 50/50 between in my car and on my old-school home audio component system.
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I usually listen through my Sennheiser HD 598 headphones paired with an Asus Xonar Essence STX. Otherwise through my living room speaker setup.
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Right now just on cheap logitech z5500 speakers, but soon on some svs ultra's, can't wait to hear how music sounds on those.
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