Easier on the ears - headphones or monitors?

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  1. phaedrus

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    Thinking about this from the perspective of hearing protection.

    When we play with others we all use earplugs right?

    So when you are playing at home, which would be considered gentler on your hearing, playing through headphones or using monitors to play guitar?
     
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    Playing with your electric guitar unplugged is the gentlest.

    Plus it's sooooo transparent.

    You can really hear the guitar's toan.
     
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    I think it’s easier to overdo it with headphones, but you can damage your hearing either way. Just use common sense.

    Cheers,
    Geoff
     
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    You are going to hear better definition with headphones. That, and the fact that you can work at any sensible volume, any time. I've been doing this for 30 years with no hearing problems at all.
    By the way, Sennheiser HD280's are doing the job for me.
     
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    These phones are the best bargain around. Having said that, I prefer to use monitors.
     
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    I like monitors.
     
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    Headphones is safest by far.

    They block out my wife.
     
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    Headphones can be over cranked just as easily as studio monitors. Just my opinion that headphones can probably be more dangerous when too loud just because of their direct proximity to sensitive ear giblets.
     
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    I know you are right in that anything that close to your ears
    can't be too good for you.

    As you know, the average mixing environment
    is around 82db to 85db. That is pretty damn loud.

    However, a great pair of headphones will sound fantastic
    and without distortions which pacify your sonic ego
    while still damaging your hearing sensitivity.

    I have a pair of JBL 2445 compression drivers.
    You know, the ones with the beautiful sounding aluminum diaphragms.
    Well you can crank them and the lack of perceived harshness
    can fool you and lull you into a sense of it doing no harm.

    [​IMG]
     
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    I think I prefer monitors, but right now I'm stuck with using headphones 'cause my current speakers are not designed for mixing.
     
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    The easiest thing on the ears is low volume--whether cans or monitors.

    Neither is "easier on the ears" strictly through the nature of how they work. Either one, with high volume, can do damage over time.
     
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    Pete Townshend says that what really damaged his hearing wasn't being onstage with a towering wall of Hiwatts behind him, but getting drunk and playing guitar through headphones too loud.


    I use HD280s for PA work because of the isolation and the fact that for headphones, they're reasonably flat. For more critical or prolonged listening (HD280s feel like having your head in a vise if you wear 'em too long), I really like the Allessandro MS1.
     
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