It sounded great until I used headphones
December 2, 2012 3:16 PM Subscribe
Looking for examples of music made less enjoyable by headphones.
posted by urethra_spanklin to Media & Arts (11 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Personally, I've always found that music I already like is enhanced by decent headphones. It's great to hear a favorite song or album with headphones for the first time and discover a richness that was previously less apparent.
I'm looking for examples of music made less enjoyable by headphones. Ideally, this would be a song or album that you had previously enjoyed but headphones made less appealing (resulting in you either dismissing it completely or resolving to avoid headphones for future listening). Please be as specific as possible. I'm not looking for genres, and I'm not looking for music that doesn't suit your taste. Assume that the headphones are decent quality and without product-specific issues (well fitting, comfortable, etc).
When discussing this with my girlfriend, she said that she found it difficult to enjoy punk music with headphones. Although she enjoys some punk music, she explained that she generally felt that the punk ideology is diminished with headphone use. While I understand her point, I'm not exactly looking for examples of conflicting ideologies or philosophies. I also understand that music which is overly loud, energetic, or dischordant might not appeal to headphone users. The best answers would probably be related to a change in perception of sound quality as a direct result of an intimate listening.