Originally Posted by BigEat
Well in many ways, that is the essence of music itself...not to sound too philosophical. The same sublteties I suppose that make some prefer one headphone over another also make one prefer Rock over R&B. Certainly subjective taste in the end is a major factor particularly where the engineering, build quality, etc are for most part at or near the higher end of what is readily available. I'm also a believer that pairing headphones with proper amplification is of key importance. The same is true of floor systems. Many share that opinion here, but I wonder sometimes if in our haste to identify a particular brand of amplifier and headphone we lose sight of the importance of a good match sonically and from a performance standpoint. I think some disapppointments come from reflexively ordering X name brand amp and pairing it with Y name brand headphone. But, that said, there is a wealth of good advice to help folks make the handy comparisons.
Excellent post x 10 !!!
Preconceived notions are tough to ignore. Oddly, the look of something, more often than not, derails sales of a piece of kit that would actually be a match for the end users system's sonic signature. How many times have I heard/read this refrain, "I love it.......I'd buy it in a heart beat if only I could live with it's looks". Arrrrghhhhhh !!
My motto is...I don't care what the looks are, the final arbiter is SQ (for me at least) much to my wife's disdain, who prefers symmetry & uniformity. My systems fits neither of those criteria save for the fact the L/R speakers are the same