This may be a rather obvious point to most folks but, at home, speakers allow you to be far more productive that headphones.
For the past few months I’ve been using headphones when at my desktop PC instead of speakers. The reasons for this have been many, including desk space and the fact that Ex and I play WoW side by side.
When playing side by side it’s rather unfair to have one player sitting there with booming 5:1 surround sound which is drowning out the audio that the other player is trying to hear through their headphones.
Needless to say, in the interest of fairness, it’s best for us both to use headphones.
Over the past few months I’ve become stuck in my ways of using headphones and failed to realize that they were reducing my productivity.
The best thing about speakers (say when listening to podcasts) is that you can just crank up the volume and wander around the house and make a cup of coffee without interrupting what you’re listening to.
Speakers allow you mobility in your house / office without the tethering wire of the headphones.
Using my headphones, if anything is more that 8 feet away from my desk, then I have to pause the audio, remove the headphones and then un-pause when I return.
There’s a loss of productivity here as it may now take me a number of minutes longer to get to the end of what I’m listening to. That might not sound like much, but if you listen to a lot of podcasts and it takes you 5 minutes extra per podcast (due to being on pause) it starts to add up.
Ex is away today so I just put the speakers back on to my second screen this morning and am loving the fact that I can again wander around while listening to the latest episode of “The Instance“.
I know I could listen to podcasts on my mp3 player and have full mobility. I know I could buy wireless headphones. But why bother?
I’ve got a perfectly good volume button on my speakers…
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