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    Whilst I have decent kit I'm spending 90% of my time using cans these days. Here's why: https://www.stereophile.com/content/...-experienced-0
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    mostly using cans myself now
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    but the best headphones are more truthful messengers than the best speakers. There are fewer ways for the sound to go wrong.

    Cobblers. There's no bass. How can that be more truthful?
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    You can't beat a good set of cans

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    Quote Originally Posted by Macca View Post
    but the best headphones are more truthful messengers than the best speakers. There are fewer ways for the sound to go wrong.

    Cobblers. There's no bass. How can that be more truthful?
    plenty bass
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    Quote Originally Posted by southall-1998 View Post
    You can't beat a good set of cans

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    That is my current dilemma. Recently bought Grado's and although they are stunning in the mid and treble, there's no low bass.
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    My Sennheiser HD580 can's have very impressive bass extension to below 20Hz... mainly noticeable on film and TV soundtracks. I've never noticed any REALLY low stuff when using them just for listening to music... I use mine almost exclusively for films and TV and almost never for music though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by doodoos View Post
    Whilst I have decent kit I'm spending 90% of my time using cans these days. Here's why: https://www.stereophile.com/content/...-experienced-0
    Oh I don't know, as an ex STAX owner, and still having some Grado RS1s, Sony MDR-V6, Jays V-Jays etc. there is a magic in speakers that is lost with headphones IMHO. Most of it I think is because stereo sound is designed for speakers, and not headphones, if all recordings were done in binaural too then I do very much think that headphones would destroy speaker sound at a much more modest price, but as it stands I find speakers more natural and less fatiguing in the long term.
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    Quote Originally Posted by struth View Post
    plenty bass
    plenty of imaginary bass.
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