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Must be deaf or something

post #1 of 9
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Greetings fellow headphone users,

This is my first post in this forum... Some time ago
I got into headphones. It all started when I bought
a pair of GRADO SR60 and was amazed at the
difference I could hear, compared to my other
cheap headphones. So I started reading reviews
and buying headphones like there is no tomorrow.

In a very short time I acquired the following:

CRADO: SR60, 80, 225,
SENNHEISER: HD600, 570
SONY: V6, E888
Headphone Amplifiers: Headroom Airhead, Grado RA-1

After listening to each with my MD and CD, I decided
that I am deaf or something and I cannot hear significant
differences between these. For example, in the Grado
line, the 225 does not sound very different than the
60. Or, at least, not $200 different. Other factors like
what kind of earpads you use or if you put your hands
around the headphones, etc., seem to make more
difference for example.

Also, I cannot hear a difference between a CD and
the 5:1 compressed MD made from it. Absolutely no
difference! And I cannot hear a difference between
a DC played in a cheap CD player versus a much
more expensive one.

I cannot also hear a difference when an headphone
amplifier is used, vs. not used. Even when the Airhead
amplifier is used with the processor ON.

This situation bothers me because I have an interest
in stereo photography and I am always preaching the
benefits of good stereo viewers (the equivalent of
headphones but for the eyes). There are people
who do not see a significant difference between very
different viewers and I was always amazed by this.
Now, I am doing the same thing in a different area.

Anyway...

I have decided to sell most of my headphones.
I am only keeping the SR60, the V6 (for a closed type
headphone), E888 (in the ear) and the RA-1 amplifier
just in case I want to listen to music very loud.

That's my sad story... Thank you for listening!

George Themelis
post #2 of 9
Why don't you look at it this way: if the differences you hear are insignificant to you, you might consider yourself lucky.

What's the alternative: doing some MAJOR upgrading?
post #3 of 9
Yeah, if you are content with your current equipment you better say away from here

Or you might finally find that the threshold at which you start hearing a difference from $200 is $20000

CACKLE
post #4 of 9

You have achieved nirvana

I'm the same way with alcohol. I don't consider myself a "lightweight", I consider myself an "efficient drinker" (as in, gets buzzed with fewer drinks).

You have achieved the ultimate goal at a very early stage in your headphone acquisition. So consider yourself lucky.
post #5 of 9

Re: Must be deaf or something

Quote:
Originally posted by DoctorT
Greetings fellow headphone users,

This is my first post in this forum... Some time ago
I got into headphones. It all started when I bought
a pair of GRADO SR60 and was amazed at the
difference I could hear, compared to my other
cheap headphones. So I started reading reviews
and buying headphones like there is no tomorrow.

In a very short time I acquired the following:

CRADO: SR60, 80, 225,
SENNHEISER: HD600, 570
SONY: V6, E888
Headphone Amplifiers: Headroom Airhead, Grado RA-1

After listening to each with my MD and CD, I decided
that I am deaf or something and I cannot hear significant
differences between these. For example, in the Grado
line, the 225 does not sound very different than the
60. Or, at least, not $200 different. Other factors like
what kind of earpads you use or if you put your hands
around the headphones, etc., seem to make more
difference for example.

Also, I cannot hear a difference between a CD and
the 5:1 compressed MD made from it. Absolutely no
difference! And I cannot hear a difference between
a DC played in a cheap CD player versus a much
more expensive one.

I cannot also hear a difference when an headphone
amplifier is used, vs. not used. Even when the Airhead
amplifier is used with the processor ON.

This situation bothers me because I have an interest
in stereo photography and I am always preaching the
benefits of good stereo viewers (the equivalent of
headphones but for the eyes). There are people
who do not see a significant difference between very
different viewers and I was always amazed by this.
Now, I am doing the same thing in a different area.

Anyway...

I have decided to sell most of my headphones.
I am only keeping the SR60, the V6 (for a closed type
headphone), E888 (in the ear) and the RA-1 amplifier
just in case I want to listen to music very loud.

That's my sad story... Thank you for listening!

George Themelis
You are deaf. But also lucky, so be happy. And don't come 'round here no more, cus surely you'll become undeaf and broke as well.
post #6 of 9
This is like rubbernecking at the scene of an accident: you get a little thrill from subconsciously realizing that there are other people worse off than you. I'm no audiophile, but of all the equipment mentioned -- the Senn 570 and 600 (actually the 580 in my case) and the Grado SR-60 -- I can hear clear differences. I was beginning to wonder if I was deaf, too. Apparently not... I hit my limits much quicker than many here, but not nearly as quickly as DoctorT.
post #7 of 9
DoctorT , how can you buy so much equipment and only then realize that you don't really hear a significant difference?
Somehow I would think you would have caught on earlier and stopped your buying spree
post #8 of 9
And I heard a VERY CLEAR difference between the (Sennheiser) HD570s and the HD590s (not to mention that I haven't heard the HD600s): The 570s were WAY brighter than the 590s (at least on the consumer-grade equipment I demoed them with), and I own a pair of the 590s.

As for the (Grado) SR-60s and the SR-80s, the differences between the two are audible to me, however subtly.
post #9 of 9
Art students are taught to see not just look,this takes practice
but the same also applys to sound,
so with application you too will begin to see,and look at all that
lovely kit out there, and say I too can see the light and I to will
give generously,all my money to the that worthy cause
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