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I prefer to listen to recorded media via ...

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In-ear ("earbud") earphones of any kind
  4673 votes / 17%
Circumaural headphones of any kind
  4020 votes / 14%
Supra-aural headphones of any kind
  1750 votes / 6%
Conventional electro-dynamic speakers
  10190 votes / 37%
Electrostatic / ribbon / planar magnetic speakers
  1110 votes / 4%
Plasma Arc speakers
  1732 votes / 6%
Something else you ignorantly left off the list
  2657 votes / 9%
None of the above
  725 votes / 2%
26857 total votes.
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  • by unil_1005 (1790334) on Wednesday April 13, 2011 @01:39AM (#35804252)
    Bring on the real stuff made by people!
    • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday April 13, 2011 @01:54AM (#35804332)

      That's why I bring an orchestra with me wherever I go.

    • by mikael_j (106439)

      There is plenty of recorded music which is just carefully mastered "real music".

      That is to say that it's a collection of "perfect" recordings that accurately reflect how the musicians wanted their music to sound. This is opposed to the sound you get at concerts which includes "someone spilled something so one of the guitars went silent for a while", "the drummer got drunk", "the sound engineer needs to be shot because it sounds fine to the band but anyone in front of the stage and up to 500 meters away coul

      • by geekoid (135745)

        Or having listen tot eh drunk asshole next you try to sing along with the guy you paid money to hear.

    • by Anrego (830717) *

      Hiring a pink floyd tribute band to play softly while I code is somewhat impractical. Especially because the guy on the other side of the cube wall listens to techno music non-stop ... real music would probably kill him!

      Live music is awesome, and I'm spoiled by the excellent amount of local talent / bar band scene where I live... but that doesn't mean I forsake good quality recorded music played on decent (not extreme.. just decent) speakers.

      • Especially because the guy on the other side of the cube wall listens to techno music non-stop ... real music would probably kill him!

        If it doesn't, you should hire it done.

  • I make CowboyNeal sing/play all my music.

    What happened to all the CowboyNeal options, anyway?
    • For this poll, that would obviously have been Cowboy music, and probably neither you nor CowboyNeal would have actually wanted that :-)

    • by gnapster (1401889)
      CowboyNeal transcribes all my recorded media.
  • by JanneM (7445) on Wednesday April 13, 2011 @01:55AM (#35804344) Homepage

    I use my laptop built-in mono speaker, or the earbuds I got with my cellphone. I know it may be overkill for the great music of today, such as the three Bees (Bieber, Black and the Bananaphone song), but these great acts deserve it, damnit.

    • by rwa2 (4391) *

      Heh, the Bananaphone song is my ringtone, you insensitive clod!

      Plays great on my cellphone's built-in mono speaker!

      Now I just need a video ringtone so I can play the Friday song.

      • Damn you both!! It is stuck in my head again!! AGH!!!

        Send... Ring-ring-ring, banana phone... help.... Ring-ring-ring, banana phone... please.... Ring-ring-ring, banana phone...

        Ring-ring-ring, banana phone...

  • The bulk of my recorded media (both in quantity and space consumed) is video, followed by static pictures. How come you're not asking what I view it on, or is that the subject of the next poll?
    • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

      by sammyF70 (1154563)
      wish granted : do you prefer watch your pr0n with
      • In-ear ("earbud") earphones of any kind (Oreille Sex for the french)
      • Circumcised headphones of any kind
      • Supra-anal headphones of any kind
      • Conventional electro-dynamic tit-tweezers
      • Electrostatic / ribbon / planar magnetic / steely Dan's
      • Plasma Arc speakers (this one sounds naughty even without tweaking)
      • Something else you ignorantly left off the list
      • none of the above
    • by geekoid (135745)

      does your video have sound? well, there you go.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday April 13, 2011 @02:13AM (#35804420)

    No plasma arc ear buds?

  • I would have wanted a separate option for the in-ear type that doubles as ear-plugs. I guess the first option sort-of covers them, but they are (generally) a lot nicer than the loose hanging variety I would refer to as "earbuds"..
    • agree, my preference:
      1. in ear monitors
      2. huge conventional speakers
      3. supra-aural headphones
      4. never heard others

  • I don't like my music loud but I like be able to feel the bass. Kinda limits my options.

  • by Chrisq (894406) on Wednesday April 13, 2011 @04:39AM (#35805124)
    Unfortunately my answer is "Something else you ignorantly left off the list". Inductive loop and hearing aid.
    • by Gertlex (722812) on Wednesday April 13, 2011 @05:01PM (#35812218)

      I use hearing aids, too. But not the inductive loops (uses the telecoil, right? lots of EM noise, right?)

      My method is Direct Audio Input to jacks on the back of my hearing aids. My preferred setup is a pair of modified bluetooth headphones with short wires leading from audio jacks (my addition) to my hearing aids. I can then listen to music with background sound too, or turn off the hearing aid microphones and hear just music.

      I voted the first option.

  • To cancel out the motor noise of public transportation. Works great, very relaxing. Saves gas.
  • Plasma arc speakers? (Score:5, Interesting)

    by MrNemesis (587188) on Wednesday April 13, 2011 @05:35AM (#35805344) Homepage Journal

    I assume the poll must be referring to a set of these: []

    Sadly, Bang and Olufsen don't make a set :(

  • I don't care much, but cordless headphones are so much nicer than having a cord that gets trapped in chair wheels.

    Sennheiser cordless headphones + logitech desk mic > any "gaming" headset

  • Am I the only one who had to google for those odd classifications of headphone types?

    I doubt anyone but the most devout '80s recreator would bother with supra-aural headphones these days.

    • I've got my supra-aural KOSS Porta Pro's and I'm happy with them, you insensitive clod!

  • Car audio has come a long way and I mean that offered by manufacturer, not aftermarket. I plug my iPod in and listen to the fine old fidelity of Gunsmoke, Fibber McGee & Molly, Have Gun Will Travel, Dragnet, Burns & Allen, et all via my car speakers.

    • I love listening to X Minus One, and Dimension X on my car stereo.
      Nothing beats that old school radio SciFi.
    • I listen to some of those on long drives sometimes too (once drove from NY to CA listening almost exclusively to Dragnet, and NPR news when I was near cities), but the recordings available on the internet are mastered at ridiculously low levels - I have to turn the volume all the way up on my playback device (MP3 player previously, nexus one now) and then turn the volume up on the car stereo to a ridiculously high level as well. Loads of hiss, sometimes unintelligible anyway if there's a lot of noise from t

  • by Thomasje (709120) on Wednesday April 13, 2011 @10:22AM (#35807500)
    Apartment with thin walls.
  • Even though circumaurals give better sound quality, they're just too uncomfortable, so I use supra-aurals.

    • by afidel (530433)
      circumaural's can be plenty comfy, I busted the headband on my HD555's because I fell asleep with them on =)
  • by spaceyhackerlady (462530) on Wednesday April 13, 2011 @11:38AM (#35808614)

    I've lived in an apartment all my adult life, so I spend my money on headphones. I like real headphones, not those hideous earbud things. Ugh!

    My main at-home music is for workouts. I use a crappy old RCA Lyra MP3 player I bought years ago, with headphones similar to these []. They work. I was amused the other day to note that my workout music spans five decades, from 1976 (Daddy Cool by Boney M) to 2011 (Born This Way by Lady Gaga). The act with the greatest longevity is Bananarama, from 1986 (Venus) to 2009 (Love Comes). The Weirdest Combination of Languages Award goes to Glukoza for Schweine, with verses in Russian and the chorus in German, while the Most Unintelligible Lyrics Award goes to Dana International for Maganuna. She also gets the Most Irritatingly Catchy Song Award for Love Boy.

    My headset for flying is a much more serious (and expensive) piece of kit. I showed a total lack of imagination and bought one of these. []


  • Something else you ignorantly left off the list
    None of the above

    So if I select none-of-the-above, then I'm saying it's neither on the list, nor left off the list.

    • by ildon (413912)

      Something you left off the list - some other method of listening to recorded media.
      None of the above - "I am deaf or I can hear but do not listen to recorded media at all."

  • by Xelios (822510)
    I've never been a fan of earbuds. Bass is almost non-existent, I could never find a pair that were comfortable and you get noise leaking in both directions. Then I tried the pair of IEM's that came with a Sony Ericsson years back and haven't looked back since. Since then I've gone through 4 pairs (my only remaining complaint, small things like earbuds just don't last the way cans do) and they've all been great. Noise from outside is all but gone, very little noise leaks to the outside, they're comfortable a
  • If you want top quality sound for the least investment, get yourself a pair of headphones. If you don't already know, the Grado SR-60 is prepared to rock your world. $79

    No affiliation here, just thought there might be someone thinking to themselves "Man, I wish I could get a totally awesome audio experience for less than $100. But how?" These relatively cheap Grados have been the standard for ass kicking headphones since about 1994, when they first came out. I got myself a pair back in the day, they lasted

    • I have SR-60's. Been using them since about 2004, so I guess it would be before the revision you're referring to. I don't use them constantly, but they've held up quite well. One side detached from the headband, but I think it's designed to if you twist and pull it in just the right way, and it goes right back on though it's a little loose now. Doesn't cause any issue anyway.

      The sound is fantastic for the price. Even after all this time, though, they still do get uncomfortable if I wear them for more than 4

  • I don't want to hear music. I want it coupled electrically to my soul.

  • You didn't list anything involving Monster cables with gold-plated connectors!

    Seriously, though, I was perfectly happy with a pair of Sennheiser PX-100s (so that's supra-aural, although I had to I look the definitions up) until the wiring near the jack went flaky. Unfortunately these used to be available for $40, but recently the price has doubled! So I'm using the white earbuds while I debate myself wrt spending $80 on headphones.

    • Unless you need the ultra-portability of the PX-100, get Grado SR-60's with that $80 instead. Amazing sound for a relatively low price. I've tried the PX-100 and they were pretty good, but a lot of their appeal comes from the fact that they sound decent while being small and portable. At the old price they were a great deal for portability, no argument there, but the SR-60 blows it out of the water in terms of quality.

  • I have a pair of KEF Concertos for serious listening .. a pair of KEF 104AB II for the home cinema (along with a Yamaha center and a pair of KEF eggs for the rears) and a pair of Mission 700s in the office hanging on the computer. I find that the Concertos are smooth, effortless and extended, and cost me peanuts off a certain auction site. Modern speakers are bright, efficient and punchy, but can't touch 70s KEF.
  • About to stick on some pixies and go to bed.
    These things get me high when I'm stone cold sober. Go to you audiophile store, check them out (they probably can't order a DAC1 because they don't make enough money off them, so try a 30 day money back guarantee from the internet).

    You will not find a bad review with this combination. They are about a month's salary for the pair for a reason.

  • .... driven by a stylus on a wax cylinder.

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