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Are there any disadvantages to using earphones instead of headphones while practicing guitar quietly. Is the sound quality that bad ?

closed as primarily opinion-based by Carl Witthoft, David Bowling, Richard, Doktor Mayhem Aug 19 '18 at 20:21

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    Sound quality will depend on how good/bad the earphones are. This question is too vague. – Tim Aug 3 '18 at 7:27
  • This question is not only purely subjective, but also makes unwarranted assumptions. – Carl Witthoft Aug 3 '18 at 11:14
  • The reason I ask because I've never heard of anyone doing this. That's all. Everyone SEEMS to use headphones. Are they safer for your ears, less annoying to wear, ect – mike628 Aug 3 '18 at 16:45
  • This is not really the correct forum for this type of question. As it has been stated, this is too vague, and will only elicit opinion based responses. The more $$ you spend the better the quality. – ggcg Aug 3 '18 at 23:26
  • Could the use of headphones be due to the size of the jack? There are converters from the small iphone/cell phone type ear plugs to the standard jack that fits in a stereo or amp. I have some for just this purpose. But as for quality? It's going to suck either way (assume I'm not buying $1000 headphones). Also, you can't crack the volume (nor should you have to) with earphones on. That is dangerous. – ggcg Aug 3 '18 at 23:30
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Earphones are fine for practicing. You may not get to wallow in the full sonic wonderfulness of the instrument and amp. So what? They also discourage your neighbours from getting homicidal towards you. This is an enormous and overriding advantage.

If you're practicing technique, scales etc. maybe you don't need amplification at all?

  • I like the reference to the neighbors; where I live we don't have that to worry about. Just worry about waking the kids. – PerpetualJ Aug 13 '18 at 19:51
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The quality of sound will always depend on the gear you are using. A cheap $10 pair of earphones will work if you just need something to keep quiet. There is an issue though, you'll need to by a pocket amp (available on Amazon for $25+). Most guitars don't have any amplification built in (in-fact, I don't think I've ever seen one). Your traditional earphones/headphones have a smaller jack than a guitar cable.

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    "Most guitars don't have any amplification built in (in-fact, I don't think I've ever seen one)." -- These have been made, but not as quality instruments, more as gimmicks. Of course, resonator guitars were the original guitars with built-in (acoustic) amplifiers ;) – David Bowling Aug 8 '18 at 1:44

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