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How do you listen to music? Speakers, headphones, which types, etc., [More options have been added; please see posts #60Ė62]
How do you listen to music?
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skamp
post Jan 14 2013, 15:42
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What kind of speakers do you use for listening to music? Speakers, headphones, IEMs, earbudsÖ Multiple choices are allowed to reflect different use cases.

Notes:
  • a distinction is made between stationary use (e.g. at home or at work) and on the go (when walking / riding / driving, commutingÖ)
  • circumaural headphones surround the ears
  • supra-aural headphones (on-ear) are usually smaller (but not necessarily always) and sit on top of the ears
  • custom mold IEMs require a visit to an orthophonist who makes silicon molds out of one's ears, which are to be shipped to the custom IEM manufacturer
  • earbuds sit on the outer ears and are not inserted into the ear canals like IEMs


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post Jan 16 2013, 21:42
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As Nessuno said, the distinction that I make about usage and equipment is like the difference between listening to a Hi-Fi setup fed by a standalone CD player while sitting on a couch, and listening to some FLACs through "desktop speakers" (monitors or whatever) connected somehow to a PC, while sitting at a desk.

I don't see a difference in usage between any "desktop speakers" (whatever their price is) and "studio monitors", if they all sit on a desk, if they're all self-powered and connected to some kind of PC audio device (soundcard, USB DAC, whatever). I also don't really see the particularity of PA speakers.

That said, my knowledge about speakers is very limited, as I almost never use any. So maybe you could come up with a list of options to add to the poll, describing precisely what they are, how they are used, what they're connected to, and generally speaking, what sets them apart.

Note: I'd like to reiterate that price and quality are not within the scope of this poll, notably because price is not an accurate indicator of quality, and quality is quite subjective.

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QUOTE (skamp @ Jan 16 2013, 20:42) *
I don't see a difference in usage between any "desktop speakers" (whatever their price is) and "studio monitors", if they all sit on a desk, if they're all self-powered and connected to some kind of PC audio device (soundcard, USB DAC, whatever).
But studio monitors do not need to be connected to a PC, whether directly or indirectly, and neither do speakers more traditionally associated with computing. In my example, I can connect devices directly to my monitors, or I can connect via my POD X3 Live to apply effects, and the POD may or may not be connected to a PC and acting as a USB audio interface and mixer. Iíve connected my portable players directly to tinny old £5 Time speakers in the past, cheerfully violating their assumed purpose as computer speakers. Surely Iím not the only person who has speakers, whether theyíre marketed as monitors or for computers or as something else, that are not part of a hi-fi system and to which I connect things other than a computer?

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I also don't really see the particularity of PA speakers.
Whilst I donít think there would be many users listening through a PA on a regular basis, itís perhaps worth having as a separate option for precisely this reason, not to mention the different experience and contexts associated with this type of equipment.

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That said, my knowledge about speakers is very limited, as I almost never use any. So maybe you could come up with a list of options to add to the poll, describing precisely what they are, how they are used, what they're connected to, and generally speaking, what sets them apart.
Iíve said as much as I can offer on the possible options, so Iíll leave it to others to put in their suggestions. I do think more options would be a great benefit, in any case.

Edit: Having just seen greynol’s post, which was also already my opinion, I’m at least going to add those qualifiers to the existing options. Edit: Or am I? It rapidly begins to get confusing, so I think more options would be a better change, if any is to be made.

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- skamp   How do you listen to music? Speakers, headphones, which types, etc.   Jan 14 2013, 15:42
- - dhromed   I'm not sure I agree with your specific distin...   Jan 14 2013, 16:12
|- - skamp   QUOTE (dhromed @ Jan 14 2013, 16:12) The ...   Jan 14 2013, 16:17
|- - dhromed   QUOTE (skamp @ Jan 14 2013, 16:17) I stan...   Jan 14 2013, 20:27
- - skamp   About IEMs: I was never able to get a decent fit w...   Jan 14 2013, 17:00
- - DonP   One common type of portable head phone I'm not...   Jan 14 2013, 17:08
- - DonP   So far looks like a pretty low percentage use car ...   Jan 14 2013, 17:12
|- - Hotsoup   QUOTE (DonP @ Jan 14 2013, 09:12) So far ...   Jan 14 2013, 17:27
- - db1989   I mostly use headphones IEMs, as much of my relati...   Jan 14 2013, 17:26
- - skamp   QUOTE (DonP @ Jan 14 2013, 17:08) One com...   Jan 14 2013, 17:34
|- - Nessuno   I voted for IEMs and Hi-Fi speakers even if actual...   Jan 14 2013, 18:34
- - almostmitch   QUOTE (DonP @ Jan 14 2013, 11:12) So far ...   Jan 14 2013, 18:50
|- - Engelsstaub   QUOTE (almostmitch @ Jan 14 2013, 11:50) ...   Jan 14 2013, 23:50
- - skamp   Portable headphones (both circumaural and supra-au...   Jan 14 2013, 18:55
- - yourlord   I use virtually every type of speaker on the list ...   Jan 14 2013, 19:52
- - thesoundista   I use the following: Sennheiser CX 300-II for eve...   Jan 14 2013, 20:15
- - Rescator   Just an addendum to my circumaural headphone vote,...   Jan 14 2013, 20:56
- - mzil   I don't see a category "Galactic Princess...   Jan 14 2013, 22:12
- - Mach-X   Sennheiser cx300 series II iems. Huge improvement ...   Jan 15 2013, 03:37
- - probedb   I've used Westone IEMs for maybe 10 years now....   Jan 15 2013, 08:54
|- - JJZolx   QUOTE (probedb @ Jan 15 2013, 01:54) neve...   Jan 15 2013, 10:52
|- - probedb   QUOTE (JJZolx @ Jan 15 2013, 09:52) I wou...   Jan 15 2013, 12:59
- - pawelq   So I am using Adam A7 which are on my desktop and ...   Jan 15 2013, 20:46
- - jimijabble   I use Sony MDR-XB500 and some crummy speakers on m...   Jan 15 2013, 22:08
- - Canar   Bought myself a pair of Mackie Thump PAs for a rid...   Jan 15 2013, 23:54
- - krabapple   5.1 system, Behringer 2030p monitors all around, h...   Jan 16 2013, 08:55
- - skamp   QUOTE (pawelq @ Jan 15 2013, 20:46) I am ...   Jan 16 2013, 10:22
|- - yourlord   QUOTE (skamp @ Jan 16 2013, 04:22) QUOTE ...   Jan 16 2013, 16:44
|- - DonP   QUOTE (skamp @ Jan 16 2013, 04:22) Forgiv...   Jan 16 2013, 16:53
- - RonaldDumsfeld   My category isn't really covered in the poll. ...   Jan 16 2013, 12:36
|- - skamp   Sounds like desktop speakers to me, by my definiti...   Jan 16 2013, 13:31
- - KozmoNaut   Hi-fi speakers, headphones, desktop speakers, a li...   Jan 16 2013, 14:44
- - RonaldDumsfeld   QUOTE Sounds like desktop speakers to me Not to s...   Jan 16 2013, 16:12
|- - Nessuno   QUOTE (RonaldDumsfeld @ Jan 16 2013, 16:1...   Jan 16 2013, 19:54
|- - db1989   QUOTE (Nessuno @ Jan 16 2013, 18:54) So w...   Jan 16 2013, 20:54
|- - greynol   QUOTE (Nessuno @ Jan 16 2013, 10:54) ...   Jan 16 2013, 21:36
|- - Nessuno   Let's see if this fits: "desktop speakers...   Jan 16 2013, 22:31
- - Canar   How they look. XLR inputs, which I've got hook...   Jan 16 2013, 17:49
- - BenB   I'd say about 75% of my music listening happen...   Jan 16 2013, 18:51
|- - db1989   QUOTE (RonaldDumsfeld @ Jan 16 2013, 11:3...   Jan 16 2013, 19:12
|- - Canar   QUOTE (db1989 @ Jan 16 2013, 10:12) Canar...   Jan 16 2013, 19:26
- - skamp   As Nessuno said, the distinction that I make about...   Jan 16 2013, 21:42
|- - db1989   QUOTE (skamp @ Jan 16 2013, 20:42) I don...   Jan 16 2013, 21:55
- - Canar   The only PC audio device these could connect to is...   Jan 16 2013, 21:55
- - greynol   This is suggesting that desktop speakers cannot be...   Jan 16 2013, 22:36
|- - Nessuno   QUOTE (greynol @ Jan 16 2013, 22:36) This...   Jan 16 2013, 23:40
- - db1989   I do think that a distinction must be made between...   Jan 16 2013, 22:44
- - yourlord   So what does this qualify as? That was my compu...   Jan 16 2013, 23:42
|- - Engelsstaub   QUOTE (yourlord @ Jan 16 2013, 16:42) So ...   Jan 17 2013, 08:16
- - greynol   Please consider what the "fi" is hi-fi m...   Jan 16 2013, 23:55
- - skamp   You guys are giving me a headache! So, what...   Jan 17 2013, 10:16
|- - db1989   QUOTE (skamp @ Jan 17 2013, 09:16) So, wh...   Jan 17 2013, 15:15
|- - krabapple   QUOTE (skamp @ Jan 17 2013, 04:16) You gu...   Jan 17 2013, 16:32
- - RonaldDumsfeld   I was going to suggest 'console tops' to d...   Jan 17 2013, 12:48
|- - Nessuno   QUOTE (RonaldDumsfeld @ Jan 17 2013, 12:4...   Jan 17 2013, 13:17
- - skamp   I'll leave it to you to make the changes to th...   Jan 17 2013, 15:21
- - db1989   Done, andÖ QUOTE (Canar @ Jan 15 2013, 22...   Jan 17 2013, 15:53
- - mzil   In the interest of keeping things straightforward ...   Jan 17 2013, 18:39
- - RonaldDumsfeld   QUOTE I canít conclusively tell from your wording:...   Jan 17 2013, 21:11
|- - db1989   QUOTE (RonaldDumsfeld @ Jan 17 2013, 20:1...   Jan 17 2013, 22:04
- - DonP   "2.1" counts as surround? Isn't tha...   Jan 17 2013, 22:21
- - db1989   Yeah, Iíve edited the name in response to your pos...   Jan 17 2013, 22:43
- - greynol   It is still completely unclear to me as to whether...   Jan 18 2013, 01:05
|- - Ed Seedhouse   QUOTE (greynol @ Jan 17 2013, 16:05) It i...   Jan 22 2013, 21:19
|- - Canar   QUOTE (Ed Seedhouse @ Jan 22 2013, 12:19)...   Jan 22 2013, 21:29
- - RonaldDumsfeld   The OP wrote. QUOTE You guys are giving me a head...   Jan 18 2013, 02:03
- - greynol   To spend time attempting to perfect polls, like we...   Jan 18 2013, 04:32
- - Nessuno   At first it seemed to me the emphasis was more on ...   Jan 18 2013, 09:28
- - skamp   QUOTE (Nessuno @ Jan 18 2013, 09:28) By t...   Jan 18 2013, 10:15


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