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When you listen to stereo speakers, you always hear both channels with your two ears. Headphones don't have that problem; the left channel is only heard by the left ear, and the right channel only by the right ear. That's why stereo sounds smaller over headphones, and of course, it's all, or mostly, in your head.

And once the sound is there, the headphones' job is done, but with speakers, you're always hearing the speakers' sound, plus the sound bouncing around the room. The closer you are to the speakers, the more direct sound you'll hear, and less of the room's sound.

That's what I love about desktop speakers; at home, my ears are about 28 inches from my Emotiva Airmotive 4 speakers. Their sound approaches the directness of headphones, but the stereo image is still in front of me.

Stereo over headphones never sounds as realistic as it does over speakers. But room acoustics and reflections always diminish the accuracy of speakers' stereo imaging. So headphones' biggest advantage is taking the variables of room acoustics completely out of the picture, and that's great, but unless you listen to headphones in very quiet places, environmental noise will mask some of your headphones' sound.

That's true even with noise-canceling or isolating headphones. They reduce but can't eliminate noise; the very low-frequency rumble of a plane, train, bus, or car is always there, covering a lot of your music. Midrange and treble noise also intrudes, so it was an ear-opening experience to hear how much different a given set of noise-canceling or noise-isolating set of headphones sounded on the NYC subway vs. my apartment. The only way to get around that is to listen at a very loud volume to cover the noise. Crank up the volume to cover the noise and you'll risk damaging your hearing over the long-term.

No headphones can ever compete with a big tower or subwoofer for bass punch or impact. I have to admit that sound quality isn't a big priority when I'm on the street or subway; there are too many distractions to ever really focus on the sound, compared with the way I listen at home. I'm always amazed by folks agonizing over what sounds better, lossless or MP3 files on an iPod because once you're out in the noisy world, sound-quality issues are dwarfed by everything around you. Home listening over speakers is, for me, a much better experience. That said, I really love the detail and clarity of a great set of headphones.

Where you stand on the headphones vs. speakers question might depend on your age. Under-30 folks tend to favor 'phones, and over-30 types are more likely to gravitate to speakers as their primary music-listening source. Right, price plays a big role, and I have to admit that's one area where headphones always trump speakers.

You can get an amazing-sounding set of headphones for $100; to get an equivalent level of quality from speakers you'd need to spend three or four times as much. The world's best headphones top out around $2,000-$5,000; extreme speakers go for 50 times more. It's the same story with headphone amplifiers vs. speaker amps. Headphones are the least expensive way to get a great sound.

Artis BT12 Classic Retro Wireless BT Speaker with FM/USB/AUX in & Hands Free Calling
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Brand: ARTIS Model: BT12
Wireless Portable Speaker with TF Card Reader, FM radio, Aux input, And Hands-free callingThis speaker has a 10 Meters operating Range & a Rechargeable 1200mAh Battery for 4-5 hours of playback time on a full charge.For a true wireless stereo (TWS) effect, you can now connect 2 x BT12 speakers t..
₹1,600 ₹2,500
Ex Tax:₹1,600
BE110M TWS Earbuds
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Brand: ARTIS Model: BE110M
Enjoy the truly wireless experience with Artis BE110M Stereo Bluetooth earbuds. Packed with advanced features, it promises to deliver a powerful and clear sound while the secure fit ensures that you enjoy music all day long without worrying about them getting damaged by sweat. With Bluetooth (BT5.0)..
₹2,499 ₹5,499
Ex Tax:₹2,499
BE310M Bluetooth Wireless Neckband Earphone
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Brand: ARTIS Model: BE310M
The in-built mic provided enables hands-free calling and volume control is easy with the dedicated buttons. Furthermore, the In-ear sports design helps to keep the neckband lodged in place during physical activity and are ergonomically designed for a comfortable and precise fitSPECIFICATIONSSports B..
₹1,449 ₹2,499
Ex Tax:₹1,449
BE410M TWS Earbuds
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Brand: ARTIS Model: BE410M
The Artis BE410M earbuds are equipped with latest wireless technology and chip-set which provide superior audio quality and lets you experience crystal and powerful sound without anything to hold you back.SPECIFICATIONSStereo dual earphones output during phone callsA single earphone can also be used..
₹2,650 ₹5,999
Ex Tax:₹2,650
BE810M TWS Earbuds
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Brand: ARTIS Model: BE810M
The Artis 810M earbuds are equipped with the latest wireless technology and chip-set which provide superior audio quality and lets you experience crystal and powerful sound without anything to hold you back.SPECIFICATIONS1 x Earphones, 1 x User Manual,2 x Extra Ear Buds.Stereo Dual Earphone output d..
₹2,399 ₹5,499
Ex Tax:₹2,399
BE910M Sports Bluetooth Wireless Neckband Earphone
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Brand: ARTIS Model: BE910M
The Artis BE910M is light yet sturdy providing supreme comfort and sharp sound. The Artis BE910M is a powerhouse providing upto 10 hours of playback on a single charge. It is IPX5 certified for water resistance and the 10mm sound driver helps to produce deep thumping bass. Furthermore, the In-Ear sp..
₹1,649 ₹2,799
Ex Tax:₹1,649
BE930M Sports Bluetooth Wireless Neckband Earphone
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Brand: ARTIS Model: BE930M
Have a seamless wireless experience with the Artis BE930M. The Bluetooth 5.0 chipset ensures you can effortlessly switch between music and calls for a longer duration. It is IPx5 Water Resistance Certified to combat sweat and moisture during strenuous physical activities. It has exceptional clarity,..
₹1,949 ₹3,299
Ex Tax:₹1,949
BE990M Sports Bluetooth Wireless Neckband Earphone With Active Noise Cancellation
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Brand: ARTIS Model: BE990M
Have a seamless wireless experience with the Artis BE990M. The Bluetooth 5.0 chipset ensures you can effortlessly switch between music and calls for a longer duration. It provides up to 12 hours of playback time on a single charge, fast charging capability & 290 hours of standby time. It is IPx5..
₹2,699 ₹5,499
Ex Tax:₹2,699
BT09 Black Bluetooth Speaker
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Brand: ARTIS Model: BT09
Artis BT09 is a Wireless Bluetooth portable speaker with Mobile Holder. Its input modes apart from Bluetooth are TF Card Reader, Aux input, USB input, And Mic. for hands-free calling. It is a 12W RMS stereo speaker. It has a Dynamic Sound Effect with Crystal Clear Sound Playback. This speaker has a ..
₹1,300 ₹2,000
Ex Tax:₹1,300
BT09 Blue Bluetooth Speaker
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Brand: ARTIS Model: BT09
Artis BT09 is a Wireless Bluetooth portable speaker with Mobile Holder. Its input modes apart from Bluetooth are TF Card Reader, Aux input, USB input, And Mic. for hands-free calling. It is a 12W RMS stereo speaker. It has a Dynamic Sound Effect with Crystal Clear Sound Playback. This speaker has a ..
₹1,300 ₹2,000
Ex Tax:₹1,300
BT09 Red Bluetooth Speaker
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Brand: ARTIS Model: BT09
Artis BT09 is a Wireless Bluetooth portable speaker with Mobile Holder. Its input modes apart from Bluetooth are TF Card Reader, Aux input, USB input, And Mic. for hands-free calling. It is a 12W RMS stereo speaker. It has a Dynamic Sound Effect with Crystal Clear Sound Playback. This speaker has a ..
₹1,300 ₹2,000
Ex Tax:₹1,300
BT11 Bluetooth Speaker
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Brand: ARTIS Model: BT11
The BT11 Bluetooth portable speaker has style as well as the sound. Embodied with a stylish look, The BT 11 comes with a TF Card Reader, Aux input ,USB input And Mic for hands free calling. It is powered with a rechargeable 600mAh battery with an operating range upto 10 metres.SPECIFICATIONSWireless..
₹949 ₹2,499
Ex Tax:₹949
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