This is one I’ve been wondering about for a bit. I listen to masked only. I’m curious if there’s a benefit to headphones over speakers? As far as responsiveness to subs go.
I’ve been thinking about a theory for a bit regarding perceived volume and where something originates from. Headphones have a very “inside your own head” effect. And usually things are just naturally louder as they are closer to your ears and don’t have to travel through air. The two of these combined might mimic the volume and location of your internal dialogue.
Just a theory like I said. But maybe if you can match the imagined volume of your own internal dialogue and simulate it coming from within, the subconscious will see it as less of an outside thing and more of a naturally internally generated thing.
Going to be experimenting with this myself. At the very least I think there’s something with volume that plays a significant role in how we respond to subs. Calibrating that correctly seems very subjective and nuanced though.