Originally Posted by Asr
" The recurring argument/excuse that the HD800 (and other headphones as well, not just the HD800) present music as recorded is getting extremely tiresome, tedious, and honestly it's the stupidest excuse to try to assert 1 headphone's subjective superiority over other headphones. Unless you recorded, mixed, and mastered the music you're listening to, you have no idea how the music you're listening to was recorded. Also there are plenty of other headphones that can just as easily be claimed to present music as recorded, so the argument/excuse for any one headphone in particular is patently absurd. Plus the recording people/studio invariably used their own monitor speakers and/or headphones so ultimately unless you use the same equipment as they did, you're hearing another version of the music as recorded."
While you have a point, there are headphones that clearly do a better job than other. There are headphones that are obviously colored. One example is if headphone "A" reveals more details in music than headphone "B" not only is headphone "A" more accurate, it's not even a subjective preference. If headphone "C" has a 15db bump in bass above flat and headphone "D" has a roll off in bass of 5 db, again this isn't subjective. No matter how the music was recorded or mastered, a headphone that measures more flat than another (given that all other variables are equal), the flatter headphone is going to more accurately portray what's on a recording.
Whether or not someone prefers a more colored (fun) or more flat (accurate) headphone is where the subjectivity comes in.
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