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Solitary Pleasures

PostPosted: Tue Apr 29, 2008 5:29 pm
by Des
When listening to your favourite music on your own, do you tend to play it over the speakers or through headphones?

In my youth I played my records through headphones for the visceral experience of loud, immediate music, but now I find that music through speakers creates an ambience that I find more engaging, especially with world and classical music. For something like Radiohead or other more 'rocky' stuff, it still has to be 'phones.

What do others think?

PostPosted: Tue Apr 29, 2008 7:31 pm
by Dayna
When I was younger & lived at home, I used to listen to my music loud over the speakers. My Mom was always yelling at me to turn it down. One day she was in the den, which is right below my room & the light on the ceiling went crashing to the floor. Fortunatley, she just laughed.

But now, I live in an apartment & don't like to disturb anyone, so if I want to hear it loud, I use my headphones. I would love to be some place where I can listen without them though. Sometimes, if I stay at my Mom's while she's away, I turn her stereo up loud. It's never loud enough for the neighbors to hear, though.

PostPosted: Tue Apr 29, 2008 8:23 pm
by rongould
Now that I am a boring old fart, owning my house with nicely insulated walls I play through the speakers as loudly as the music demands.

Fortunately the lovely Dr. Claudia and I share the same musical tastes so there is not domestic disent.

We are currently sharing the joys of the early Jelly Roll Morton's Red Hot Peppers.

PostPosted: Tue Apr 29, 2008 11:01 pm
by Gordon Moore
I've found that with earphones (esp good quality ones) you are more likely to pick up deficiencies in the recording - not the original, but say when ripped. With a decent loudspeaker system, you get a better positioning of the sound.

I have a Bose speaker system (just the two Biomass? thingies) which with the bass unit is fantastic when I can play it loud. I have a pair of QJays for my iPod. Both are fantastic, but overall I prefer the Bose because you get to "feel" the music.

Unlike Ron, my beloved doesn't share any of my tastes in music at all. It's as though it has a label on saying: Gordon's Music - Do Not Attempt - it's actually very sad for me, but then I don't really like much of what she listens to - Simply Red etc.

PostPosted: Tue Apr 29, 2008 11:24 pm
by judith
I am not comfortable with earphones. I prefer the feel of the music, most particularly the bass, but that's not the only reason. The earphones elicit instant paranoia the minute I put them on. When my son was growing up, this house and the garden outside was full of little boys running around, sneaking around, occasionally hurting themselves or flirting on the edge of hurting someone or something else. I felt I needed my ears about me at all times. Plus, those children had a sixth sense and would have known immediately if I was wearing earphones. Why, I never thought of it till now - They got exposed to a lot of music they wouldn't ever have heard if I had been walking around wearing earbuds.

Gordon Moore wrote:Unlike Ron, my beloved doesn't share any of my tastes in music at all. It's as though it has a label on saying: Gordon's Music - Do Not Attempt - it's actually very sad for me, but then I don't really like much of what she listens to - Simply Red etc.

I am so lucky, Gordon. The music is how my partner and I met.

PostPosted: Thu May 01, 2008 5:35 pm
by will vine
My listening tends to be rock au van on the long lonesome highways of the home counties. I've lived my life with cheap ears,cheap speakers, and a big bag of tapes and multidrop is my name, haulin' the books is my game.

PostPosted: Thu May 01, 2008 8:02 pm
by Tom McPhillips
I agree that music is best listened to through a nice sound system with great speakers, but I recently got some Ultimate Ears ear buds that are fairly phenomenal - a very natural sound, and better than wearing a huge set of earphones.... Earbuds aren't for everyone though, and they take a while to get used to. I liked my previous pair - Etymotics, but my wife banned them after the second time she had to get out the tweezers and extract one of the silicon buds that had separated and lodged itself far too far down my ear canal, and kept pointing out "Well, exactly what would you have done if I hadn't been here?". The UE's are a different design that doesn't ever get too far into one's lugs... and the UE's are much better - even in normal mode I was setting the EQ on my ipod at "Bass Reducer"!

Here Comes The Sun

PostPosted: Thu May 08, 2008 5:47 pm
by will vine
I know I'm going off subject a bit but "Solitary Pleasures" seems to sum up what I want say about the enhanced listening pleasure brought about by the arrival of Mr. Sun.

Solitary Pleasures ? Well, if you do have to go to work, then driving around all day in glorious sunshine like we've had here today, with your right elbow hanging out of the window and Pirates Choice playing over and over......well it's hard to beat. With another fine day in prospect tomorrow I think I'll look out Chuck Berry's Golden Decade and maybe Heartbeat Soukous.

PostPosted: Fri May 16, 2008 1:52 pm
by Dayna
I hate to bother anyone with loud music, so I try to keep it quiet. When I've been at my Mom's house, she has a couple of very interesting neighbors.

These earphones that came with my iPod are actually too big to fit in my ear right.