Originally Posted by mvw2
What do you guys think of the format? It's a little different than what I typically do, but I think it might help people "follow along" with the reviews/impressions. You can also listen to your own earphones and get an idea for what you hear or don't hear with the same information and how your particular earphones seemingly compare (although different ears/minds I know). I haven't decided on picking "winners" for each selected piece as each tend to do certain things well. I think it's more about what differences each individual prefers. I may include some comments in my final thoughts for each earphone at the end that highlight certain strengths and weaknesses with each earphone, and that might help individuals pick and choose products for their own liking.
I may end up adding some comments about each test sample discussing maybe what I'm looking for from each earphone, and that might help provide some key points that each of you should listen for while you go through it with your own hardware. For example, brass instruments resonate. They blat and ring at louder volumes. There's a lot of texture in the notes that many earphones have trouble portraying. The sound should have a warm, sweet sense. Some earphones can't really make it sound like that object. Do you or do you not hear the breaths of the player? What about sense of the room he's in? Does the earphone portray the reverberations of the room created from the instrument? How does the earphone deal with subtlety and explosiveness of sound? For the drums does the bass drum hit you? Does it should hearty and well bodied? During complex passages does the earphone keep all the sounds separated and unique? Do all the instruments sound like they should? Is there a good whack/thud? Do cymbals crash, shimmer, and ring with a lengthy decay? Are hits well textured as in do you hear the whack on the drum head from the stick and the vibration of the drum head and body? (drums are noisy devices) How is the balance across the frequency spectrum? Are deep bass hits as well defined as the midrange snare and crash of the cymbals? Does anything seem lacking of overpronounced? Did you notice the audience? Did they sound well represented and distanced?
It may be these kinds of things. I just haven't decided if I actually want to make you listen for specific things. I think they might be things that you should or may not pick up on naturally as you listen. Maybe me commenting might help you focus and think about some of the areas you might listen for in order to help determine if your own earphones over or under develop certain things.
Feel free to comment and make some suggestions. I'm just toying with a slightly different format here and am curious what you guys might like to see from it that could be helpful.
I like it. I thought of doing something similar using some of the free tracks available from HDtracks.com. Like you said, it's easier to follow along when you have the same material. As for comments, get them out there. The more you share, the more someone takes away from your experience. That and others can offer their findings, thoughts and opinions based on the similarities or differences they hear. I'd even go as far as setting some time references to your comments.. and asking "What did you notice at (insert time here)?? Did you hear (insert X here)?? I learned quite a bit about my IEM's and Cans by using the test tracks that Head-Fi helped assemble with HDtracks. They cover every aspect of sound and the liner notes are very descriptive and helpful. They basically point out what you should hear or listen for on each track. Great stuff...
Personally, I'm kind of leaning away from declaring definitive winners in my reviews going forward. I'll leave that up to the reader. I may declare a favorite for certain genres or recommend certain IEM's/cans for certain things, but that will come with the usual disclaimers.. for me, to my ears, based on my preferences, blah, blah, blah... I say list their strengths and weaknesses and let the reader decide... but that's just me.. Anyways.. keep at it, can't wait to see how this evolves...
Edited by JoeyRusso - 11/15/10 at 2:05pm