So, after finding this site and spending ALL my tiny student budget on headphones, and promptly returning those that failed to suit my taste, I realized there is a HUGE unmet demand that this website both helps to create, and can help to alleviate. To cut to the chase, here it is:
This website informs people about a vast vast array of different, often expensive, headphone options. But from what I gather based on obsessively scouring the forums in search of the "perfect" (for me) headphone, I can tell that not everyone on here is totally rich. So, someone should create a headphone rental company. Period. It makes soooooo much sense. (PS, if this already exists, then this is the lamest post ever, sorry, LOL).
I also happen to be into photography, and I also look at digital photography forums, and I realized there are many parallels. Both offer huge varieties of super expensive, equally alluring, equally SUBJECTIVE products. The difference is, photographers have lens rental programs that allow poor people like myself to experience (albeit, briefly) the joys of a $2000 lens for a mere $20/day!!
Imagine how this would translate into better informed headphone purchases!! I know, I know, IEM rental, nasty. But come on ... think of bowling shoes! It would be VERY easy to clean and disinfect silicon tips, or even include fresh re-usable tips.
Imagine being able to rent the 5 or 6 headphones you happen to be obsessing over (for me right now I'm torn between the Westone 3 and 4, Shure 535's, and Monster Cable Turbine Coppers), pay $100/week total, and make a decision based on your own experience and perception! I think it would be perfect.
I know there are Canjams or whatever, and certain communities have listening parties? But I still feel this business model could thrive and really help people make better decisions. It could obviously include portable amps, high end cables, etc.
Also, feel free to tell me which IEM's to choose, I cannot decide!! And I really cannot afford to buy them all and try them.
I like ALL kinds of music, but tend to listen to electro, folk, and indie most often. I'm really attracted to the MCTP, but they seem like glorified Skullcandy ... are they?