OK, so I'm learning about the home recording process and on Tuesday I will be doing my first session. I believe I have the recording equipment side of things right. Now, the issue of the listening device comes up. The store I've been buying equipment has lots of different headphone brands and so on. Headphones seem to be the standard for recording purposes. Why? What's wrong with earphones? Especially inner earphones (the kind that have a rubber seal that fits inside your earhole)? When I'm listening to music on my iPod, I have a natural inclination to prefer earphones to headphones. When I listened to a $150 pair of headphones the other day, I still felt that my $70 pair of Senheiser earphones sounded better with more clarity and definitely more bass. If I were to make the investment in a good pair of headphones, why would I be doing it? What's the advantage? A guy at the store said that headphones are sealed and that earphones can bleed in to the mic a bit. That is clearly rubbish because no sound can be heard from outside when I'm listening to my earphones.