I've had an excellent run here at Head-fi: I've bought a lot of stuff, thrown stuff away, sold stuff, lost stuff, and broken stuff. I've gone through reams of review paper, met some cool people, and listened to a LOT of great music.
I've got a few review earphones on my plate for now and will finish them in the next few weeks. But, in February, I broke my arm and wasn't able to get earphones in my ears! Since then, I've just sort of gone 'eff this' and done other stuff like read and write. My life is much more productive now, but perhaps less passionate.
I've taken up croquet and bumping fists with blokes much larger than I am. In short, I've become a real man.
And thanks to my steadfast personality, I am still with my all-time-favourite, the CK10 from Audio Technica that I discovered almost three years ago and bought with the feckless abandon of a 27 year old at a keg party. After the a lot of great earphones and customs, I've heard it 'all'. But, I am just not all fun and happy about reading loads of reviews, arguing about headphones, and reading the same old same old "Bose/Monster/Apple (next consumer hit) suxors" comments day in day out, week in week out, month in month out, year in year out.
Headfi is cool, but it is an old boys club; newbies come in with something to prove. The fastest way to prove their are cool is to bash something like the above.
I get tired of it.
And, I've discovered that I my three year old investment is all I need. In fact, it is the metric by which I judge all other earphones for: comfort, sound, build, and ergonomics. Headfi, I'll post in your picture thread and do my reviews, but I think that my love/hate relationship with the forums, with arguing, with heckling the heck out of idiots and geniuses alike, is over.
I'll miss a few names here for sure, but I want to say special thanks to: DFKT, James444, JokerL, Average Joe (others to come) for raising the bar. You are ALWAYS behind true enthusiasm for the hobby. You do real research, make great threads, and gain whuffie the right way. I respect you very much. Joker and Joe, I think you two are the height of headfi's positive role in the earphone market. Keep up the good work. If I ever had a hand in helping you out, I feel privileged in having been able to help. DFKT, you are a genius among reviewers. No one is perfect, but you do a great job of putting on the 'realist' hat while enjoying the debate and the hobby. I was a fan before I was a headfier. James, you are incredibly gifted at bringing peace to the forums, and very giving. Thank you for giving me the CK10 that replaced the one I stupidly sold! What a giver of life! I love your reviews and look forward to more.
Edited by shigzeo - 5/29/11 at 6:49am