|Originally posted by ablaze
I won't go into my music tastes. too diversified. and shouldn't a good set of speakers/headphones sound good with all types of music? thats why I want something neutral I guess. so everything will sound the way it should, uncoloured, unenhanced..just the way it is
Most folks seem to value soundstage over all else followed be smoothness and then overall tonal balance. Mine seem to begin with timbre, then tonal linearity (beyond it just being balanced, it also has to not seem peaky), and then detail. Of course, soundstage and smoothness are important to me too, my point is only that they land in a different order for some people than others.
Many people seem to rearrange their priorities differently for different genres of music. They, for example, find smoothness and focus more important for jazz quartets, bass and attack more important for rock and timbre and detail more important for classical. My priorities are consistent across different genres. I want a jazz piano to sound every bit as much like a piano as when I hear it in a concerto -- and I'm willing to make the same sacrifices to achieve it.
If you're like me, you're somewhat unusual, but the best thing you can do is to audition as much stuff as you can to try to get an idea of which qualities are most important to you and be able to describe what it is you do and don't like about them. This won't keep you out of arguments since people do quibble about the qualities but it'll make it easier to find what you're looking for if you haven't already.