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Whose ears do you trust?

post #1 of 37
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Whose ears and ability to communicate sonic phenomena have you learned you can trust? (other than your own )

For me Asr and markl are at the top of the list. When they describe the way something sounds I get the sense that they are actually hearing what they describe and accurately describing what they hear. I've listened to headphones they have reviewed to confirm this "sense," but it's apparent that they rarely fumble for the language needed to accurately express subtleties in sound.
post #2 of 37
So far, my ears only the only ears I trust. I've made a lot of purchases based on the suggestions and comments of other Head-Fiers and found that my impressions were drastically different. That's not to say that I don't value the opinion of anyone here, though.
post #3 of 37
'Spritzer' might rank on top of my list.
But there are certainly lots of other members with great insight to the world of electrostatic headphones as well.
post #4 of 37
I listen to the people that have similar taste in music and preference in headphones... for obvious reasons.
post #5 of 37
I'm sorry to say that no ones ears and descriptive abilities can tell me what my ears want to hear. I guess the best evidence of this is depicted in my profile. You just have to go through the process and spend the time and money. I never would have guessed, two years ago that I would end up with my present rig. IMO.
post #6 of 37
Certainly not any other Head-Fier's ears, that's for sure. No offense, but they just aren't trustworthy enough. Unlike them, I am completely invulnerable to the placebo and expectation effects. Only my own ears (and brain) can properly discern the truth.
post #7 of 37
Trust no one - except yourself. Do consider though, other people's opinions, especially those you hold in high regard.
post #8 of 37
patrick82
post #9 of 37
I almost always seem to agree with tonyfiore75...he has the same sonic taste as I do, and does not seem to suffer from placebo. If he dorpped a lot of cash on something, and it doesnt make a big difference, he is not too proud of his gear to say so. Of course his ears will always be second to my own.
post #10 of 37
1) My Ears.

10) Very well articulated (In vocabulary I take to be suitable) opinions of others who have obviously real knowledge of what they are trying to articulate. At a quick guess, about 10 or so head-fiers meet this criteria and it is this for which I strive when trying to speak of sound I hear to others when I review sound.

50) Articulate but unfamiliar listeners.

10,000) Those I do not know on some level but whom articulate well.

1,000,000) Those I do not know and whom are badly articulate.
post #11 of 37
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Originally Posted by Duggeh View Post
1) My Ears.

10) Very well articulated (In vocabulary I take to be suitable) opinions of others who have obviously real knowledge of what they are trying to articulate. At a quick guess, about 10 or so head-fiers meet this criteria and it is this for which I strive when trying to speak of sound I hear to others when I review sound.

50) Articulate but unfamiliar listeners.

10,000) Those I do not know on some level but whom articulate well.

1,000,000) Those I do not know and whom are badly articulate.
Agreed. Nothing comes close to your own ears and brain.

In terms of fellow HeadFi-ers it's how they articulate what they are hearing that makes the difference (combined with respect for them based on previous experience).

For instance, [AK]Zip is a regular reference point for me and knows that he and I have different preferences in overall SQ (For instance he knows I'll prefer detail/clarity even at the sacrifice of some bass quantity - I'm a HE60 owner and prefer Moon Audio Silver Dragons with my tube amps over [AK]Zip ICs - which I prefer with my solid state equipment.).

Like Duggeh, I find myself conversing with a select range of fellow HeadFiers who respect our differneces in sound preferences yet are able to assist based on their experiences.
post #12 of 37
mine
post #13 of 37
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Originally Posted by mrdeadfolx View Post
I almost always seem to agree with tonyfiore75...he has the same sonic taste as I do, and does not seem to suffer from placebo. If he dorpped a lot of cash on something, and it doesnt make a big difference, he is not too proud of his gear to say so. Of course his ears will always be second to my own.
See now I don't necessarily have the same taste as the two Head-Fiers I mentioned, I am just reasonably sure that they are capable of picking out subtle information and accurately describing it. There are a couple Head-Fiers who I share taste with and this helps when determining which equipment to pursue. Obviously in the end it comes down to my own ears, but I'm not sure what we'd all be here for if not to read up on other people's opinions.

There are a couple prolific Head-Fiers in particular whose command of audio language seemed to indicate that they were eminently capable of knowing what they were hearing and expressing it, but after listening to things they raved about I've almost entirely discounted their opinions.

It's an interesting place, this "Head-Fi."
post #14 of 37
I trust the ears of those who have similar taste in music and/or headphones. Asr, swt61, redleader, looser101, yourself, etc.

Now as far as trusting opinions, that is a bit more complicated.
post #15 of 37
There are two people whose ears I can reliably trust. Swt61's, because we are twins and operate on identical wavelengths, and Patrick82's because he is the only other Head-Fier who has achieved true enlightenment (it's a lonely club).
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