Life is often a series of trade-offs. We gain here, lose there, creating tough choices because gains and losses are rarely black and white.
Such is the case with headphones for me. On the one hand, they are wonderfully focused sonic microscopes. They offer privacy and intimacy, and their output seamlessly covers the entire range of audio frequencies few loudspeakers can match.
And yet, I prefer loudspeakers.
Loudspeakers offer one thing headphones cannot. Their sound is palpable. Just like live music.
I notice increasing numbers of young music lovers enraptured by headphones. And I do not mean Earbuds. Master and Dynamics, Audeze decorate heads still with hair. The good stuff. But not for me.
Maybe it’s because I grew up with the sound of loudspeakers and live music, or maybe feeling music’s air pressure on my skin adds another dimension missing with cans covering my ears.
I’ve put a few more thoughts together on the matter in this video available here.