Alright so here is my situation; I've been researching for a couple months on this website and others trying to find out where would be the best entry point into the hi-fi world. I made a post a couple weeks back looking for advice on what I should choose and I wound up ordering the TF10, MTPC, and the SM3s. I am attempting to audition the three against each other and figure out which one I prefer the most, keeping that pair.
As luck would have it the MTPC were bad out of the box (right earbud shorted out almost immediately) so I haven't gotten to give them a fair listen. The other two however, I have been able to listen to for the past few days. I started out with the TF10 and found right away that it sits uncomfortably in my ear. Even with the smallest silicon i tend to have to shove it back in my ear every so often, and even when it does stay it is generally fairly uncomfortable. I prefer the sound out of the silicon tips as opposed to the complys however and so I am trying to deal with the fit in order to get the best sound to my ears out of the phones.
That said, after sometimes even short periods of listening I tend to get a headache listening to them. I think the headaches are predicated to certain types of music, as genres such as classical or rap don't tend to cause my any headaches. Conversely, any music that has a lot of highs (pop, some alternative music, I've noticed it happens with a lot of female vocalists, some rock even) give me headaches relatively fast.
IIRC, I've read that in the beginning the TF10 can have some sibilance, the fit issues as I mentioned before are also quite bothersome. In addition to being fairly bright, could these attributes be causing the headaches? Or has anyone else experienced something similar to this when using the TF10? I'd like to try and give each of these headphones equal listening before making a decision on which ones I would prefer, but if my ears are extremely opposed to the TF10 I guess that makes it a little bit easier!
Anyway, I'd appreciate any input you fellow hi-fi'ers are willing to give! Happy listening!
Edit: I didn't add in my main post that when I remove the TF10s from my ears the headache lessens notably. I can insert another pair of headphones right after even and the headache will continue to get better.
P.S. Even given my relative inexperience with hi-fi, I must say that I find the SM3s to be an absolute joy to listen to thus far. I'm in the process of upgrading my music quality to properly appreciate these phones :).
Edited by Warlax - 5/13/11 at 5:21pm