Somewhere I read that the pinnacle of Hifi audio reproduction exists not in speakers and standard high end audio, but in high end headphone systems. Comming from high end audio and selling it for a living, this sparked my interest. If what I was hearing wasn't the best, than what would better sound like?
I've built systems up for customers as well as for myself over the years that when the audio system reaches such a level of the highest resoloution and utter synergy where everything just harmonizes with each other and the music seems to eminate from an organic almost living source, that the system just "Glows". (as I call it) It is a point as I define it where there is a clear difference between merely very good or excellent audio reproduction, and perfection. You could put together a system of all Stereophile class A rated components and easily not reach this level. Only when the synergy of each component meshes together so perfectly can you reach it and the sound you hear will simply glow.
Now, I have heard this glow quite a few times in Hifi and have owned a system that had it to a very high level, but I have not yet heard it in headphones. The closest thing I heard to my minds eye of what I'm talking about was a pair of HD-800's hooked up to a $20,000 clearaudio turntable powered by one of the Headroom amps. To be honest, it my have had exactly what I'm talking about, being of exceptional quality, but I only got to listen for a couple minutes on an unfamiliar LP in a somewhat noisy environment so I couldn't say for sure.
What I want to know is:
1.) Do you think the pinnacle of audio is truly in headphones?
2.) What was the headphone system that you have or have merely heard that GLOWED?