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Old February 21st, 2010, 02:01 PM   #1
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Speaker or earphone

My Desktop don't have speaker, I have been using earphone when I am doing editing. Having the earphone all the time I don't like it. Which do you guys prefer using, speaker or earphone?
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Old February 21st, 2010, 02:54 PM   #2
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speakers-not necessarily the standard PC types but IMO they are better than headphones.
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Old February 21st, 2010, 03:22 PM   #3
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I agree with Don.
Headphones will never give you the correct sound that you'll experience in a normal listening environment.
Cheap computer speakers are better than none at all but a decent pair of monitors is a worthwhile investment.
For example, M-Audio has the Studiophile AV 20, AV 30 and AV 40 series of desktop speakers for $80, $100 and $200 respectively that would be far better than headphones.
Prices are manufacturers list so you can definitely do better elsewhere.
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Old February 21st, 2010, 03:39 PM   #4
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Thank you for your input. I will get a speaker sets. For $100 I can get a pretty good desktop speaker. My ears and head get tired with the headphone claming on me for hrs.
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For example, M-Audio has the Studiophile AV 20, AV 30 and AV 40 series of desktop speakers for $80, $100 and $200 respectively that would be far better than headphones.
Prices are manufacturers list so you can definitely do better elsewhere.
Interesting. Just for the heck of it, I searched for them at my favorite audio supplier and, yes, you can do better. But before buying them, double check what kind of input they take. The AV-20, for example, take RCA inputs, so you would need an adapter cable to connect them to a computer with its 1/8" output.

Though I still prefer AKG K-55 headphones. :)
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Old February 21st, 2010, 04:56 PM   #6
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both, speakers to hear like most normal people will be hearing, and headphones standing by to check nuances of sounds that might not get noticed via speakers.
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Old February 22nd, 2010, 09:10 AM   #7
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Really depends on what I'm editing. If I'm doing something outdoors and I want to check for very subtle sounds in the background, especially is my subject is far away, then I'll use headphones.

Otherwise, speakers for sound and comfort.
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Old February 22nd, 2010, 10:42 AM   #8
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There are also speakers that can act as a USB audio interface with the computer. In addition you can use a regular USB or FireWire audio interface between the computer and a set of powered speakers and/or headphones. I mention all this in case your computer's analog audio outputs have poor sound quality.
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Old February 24th, 2010, 03:44 AM   #9
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I'm with Marty on this. If audio quality is critical for you (and keep in mind the old saying that an audience might forgive poor video but not poor audio) then you need both.

It's also not a bad thing to listen on a variety of speakers if you can. I have an expensive pair of reference monitors (well, expensive for me anyway!), plus two sets of desktop speakers, of different quality, hanging off different audio interfaces. In addition, I have an ancient single speaker thingy which lets me listen in mono to make sure everything is cutting through OK. But that might be over the top, I admit, and I don't use that so much these days. This obsession with audio quality comes from my audio editing days but I think they are good habits.

Worth perhaps bearing in mind that lots more people are watching video on their iPhones, iPods, netbooks etc on the train and in airports (and in my case, in bed - best time to catch up for me!). Those people will be listening with headphones or earbuds, so if you want to make sure your sound is right for them, check it on headphones as well.
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