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How do you listen to music? Speakers, headphones, which types, etc., [More options have been added; please see posts #60–62]
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, earbuds… 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, commuting…)
  • 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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greynol
post Jan 16 2013, 22:36
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This is suggesting that desktop speakers cannot be high-fidelity. There is simply no weaseling out of it.

I had crafted a post and decided to leave it alone thinking there was mutual understanding and agreement. I may have been too quick in assuming.

Near Field = desktop speakers and monitors

Far Field = PA speakers and traditional stereo speakers which stand on the floor or on stands/shelves individually.

I have no idea how to classify surround speakers.

Active/passive should not play a role. Who cares where the amplifier resides?

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post Jan 16 2013, 23:40
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QUOTE (greynol @ Jan 16 2013, 22:36) *
This is suggesting that desktop speakers cannot be high-fidelity.

Me? Not at all! I haven't used any sonic attribute on purpose. It's only a question of how you use, not how much you can enjoy them. As a matter of fact, when one says "hi-fi system" or even "stereo system", as well as "desktop", people think to a rather precise image, without actual direct SQ implications.
If we then want not to use the term "fidelity", let's find another one: "floorstanding"? (even if they could be on stands)

Please, do consider also that English is not my first language, so I could very well miss some semantic nuances.

P.S. By the way: some people, me among them, like very much to listen to small, neutral, high fidelity speakers from little distance, comfortably seated on a couch or an armchair. This practice is generally referred to as near field listening opposed to far field listening, where the listener and the speakers are placed toward opposite sides of the room. There are, fidelity wise, many advantages and some drawbacks in doing this.

Edit: reading again your (Greynol's) last post, I agree with those two definitions. And, yes, active/passive play no role.

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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, and… 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 can’t 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, I’ve 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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