Gosh, this takes me back to when I was about 8 or 9.
I used to steal my Dad's Sennheiser Headphones these things were vintage 1980 something. Great set of Cans. I used to hook them into his massive old school Sanyo Record player (Solid Wood, Vacuum Tubes, the lot...(I didn't realise how good I had it! lol) I'd listen to all his Vinyl...I was curious, I'd listen to all sorts of Music, from Chris Rea to the Beach Boys, U2, Neal Diamond and Jenny Morris. Sadly, (when I look back) it broke one day and Dad decided to buy a Pioneer Stereo (back in the mid 90's when a 3 Disc CD Player was $1K lol)..
I'd still listen to Music, lots of Music but we started again with the CD Collection.
My Mobile Sound Experience started with a Walkman that resembled the shape of a slice of Pizza. Then I would listen to Dad's Sony Walkman cassette player..
My First Discman was a Kenwood unit (with a flimsy transparent lid) but it had great anti-shock memory which compensated somewhat.
I was late to the Apple iPod scene and for a short time settled for the stock headphones etc. I didn't even know all these headphone brands existed (like Beyer, Grado, Ultrasone etc.)
Initially, I was using my Sony MZR 60's Active NC's for at Home (reserved for travelling) but I ended up unsatisfied with the experience. They're still good for travel mind you. Bye Bye Crying Babies.
So I started researching and soon discovered my friends were also getting heavily into the headphone scene. They had invested in HD-650's and Burson Amps. One had a set of SR325i's.. Then, a couple of months ago, I had a set of Grado SR80i's (I called this an experiment- I didnt know how good these things could be) shipped from the US and WOW! I loved them, I was able to distinguish individual instruments, plectrums hitting strings, backing guitars and vocals.. though one of the headphones dropped off the rod. Sent them back for repair but the shop I bought them from refunded me instead. They weren't prepared to pay shipping back.
SO.. I found a local Alessandro distributor and bought a set of MS1i's ..even better IMO! ....I hooked them up to a CMoy Amp and have quite enjoyed the warmth it bought to my iPod source.
Now I'm an addict. I recently shipped in a set of MS-Pro's i'm hooked. I love them. The detail and depth they deliver makes me smile every time. It's about as close as I will get to being there. Next on the purchase list is a Schiit Asgard (though a Burson would be nice too). I've just bought a Sieben iPod Dock to hook my future Amp up to and I'm going to have to call it quits for while after that... I have a wedding to save for hehe...
It's turned Music into a Journey for me.