I have read from Young & Geller (2007), College Physics 8th Edition, Pearson Education Inc. (pg 385) that we hear sound at pressure anti-nodes rather than displacement anti-nodes as microphones sense pressure variations.
When we have 2 speakers facing each other to form a standing wave between them, it forms a standing wave with open ends at both speakers. This means that the ends closest to the speaker are displacement antinodes and thus pressure nodes. However, going by the above fact that we detect loudest sounds at pressures antinodes, this would mean that when we place a microphone closest to the speakers, it should detect very soft sounds. Yet, many experiments online showing standing wave formation between 2 speakers seem to show that the loudest sound will occur closest to the speakers.
So where exactly do we hear/ detect sound?