SneezeweedWhat are your favourite headphones?
I've spent the most time with the AKG K701, and I really like them. However, I strongly suspect that I prefer the Sennheiser HD800.
What are your favourite types of headphone; in-ear, on-ear,circumaural or supra-aural?
Circumaural, but merely for comfort's sake: each is necessary for different times.
Do you believe that the current standards for objective measures are useful?
Not particularly. Too often have I seen a graph which simply fails to tell me enough information, or is seemingly contradictory. Further, I have never seen an attempt at defining soundstage.
Measuring speakers is relatively simple. Headphones, due to their inherent proximity and interactions to and with the human body means that no headphone measurement, when taken with the human in mind, can be absolutely true for all persons. Sadly, I suspect that the only way in which a headphone can be tested is by measuring the system with out bodily interference. This is, however, ridiculous, for, as I mentioned earlier, the human body in inherently interacting with the system, thus rendering the measurements useless -- a mere technical exercise in the abilities of the drivers (which can be measured as speakers).
What should headphones sound like?
On the one hand, I desire that the entire audio system be merely a perfect reproducer of sound, that what was recorded be reproduced perfectly and with out any alterations what ever. I also know that I secretly dislike some sounds and like others, and that I desire to hear these sounds. The real question is whether I am willing to sacrifice my ideal sound for sonic purity of reproduction.
What makes a good headphone?
One that does the above, more than any thing else. Comfort is also important, though not as much. Finally, style , but this is nearly irrelevant.