Best place to test out headphones ?


Senior member
Jun 14, 2012
Where do you live?

Headphones aren't really something I want to put on my head/ears unless I know exactly where they've been. Last I recall, many places won't even let you return them for similar reasons.

The demo stations you typically see are most likely sponsored by the manufacturer, which I can't imagine often cut deals of that nature with local stores. And with many of the headphones that people would want to try before they buy costing as much as they do, I can't imagine any small store opening bunch of their merchandise for that purpose.

That said, the closest I've seen (and believe me, I haven't looked) is the setup that Best Buy has. But they only have like 3 or 4 headphones to try. If you're just looking for comfort, this might be an option. If you're looking for sound quality, I wouldn't trust a demo unit. That stuff is fine tuned to sound awesome in the given environment, IMO.

"Check out these Bose speakers! Stand exactly in this spot. Now squat down a little bit.. A bit more... There! Doesn't that sound great?"

Not all, but some Guitar Centers have demos set up, according to the Internet, or they will let you try them out of the box. That information is old, though.
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Hans Gruber

Senior member
Dec 23, 2006
I think the best place to test out headphones. Now some may argue with me but I am going to say on your head over your ears. Final answer.
Oct 18, 1999
I miss J and R music world. They had a great headphone selection and would let you try them out. I don't know of any place that does that except Bestbuy but they usually only had the trendy crap to test.

Vimlesh Rai

Junior Member
Jun 19, 2018
If you want to test your headphones, you have to read the functionality of headphones carefully like as how much volume should be and other things. You should use your room space for testing purpose.
Dec 12, 2001
Sam ash or guitar center have some on demo but maybe not the ones you are looking for. If you go to an event like CES they probably have tons of demos.

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