I’ve owned approximately 439 pairs of headphones over the course of my audiophile life — models from AKG, Etymotic, Focal, Grado, Nakamichi, Oppo, Sennheiser, Shure, Signet, Sony, SoundMAGIC, Stax, Superphon and Yamaha. The variations have included in-ear, on-ear, over-ear, open-back, closed-back, dynamic, electrostatic and planar magnetic. A good pair of headphones can sound like an outrageous pair of loudspeakers in a perfect room. And for certain living situations and types of music — say, if you live in an apartment and dig deep-pedal organ works — headphones are a must.
Also, I like headphones.