Originally Posted by adamlr
its a very subjective discussion. were really talking about a term. which is hard to do.
now i looked up resonance in the dictionary (and its not part of either head-fi glossarys) and it came down to reflection? eco? something like that? i guess i dont understand what it means.
im not interested in what is "correct". feel free to overlook this when discussing sound with me. im interested in what i like. however, going back on topic, im trying to understand what "musical" means, when used to describe gear. so far, the opposite of "analytical" is the best i got. which is good, but lacking. because analytical also means audibility of micro-detail (this is all imo ofcourse). i want to hear the subtleties - the varying sub-bass rumble, the ecoing backstage and all that. "musical" also seems to have micro detail in its meaning. so, as your enjoying the discussion - could you please elaborate? (im enjoying it too btw =])
Resonance is probably easiest explained as "eco" yea. I know what resonance sounds like but I'm not good at scientifically explain what it is as science doesn't interest me that much, physiology do however. :P I know it has to do with low long the given frequencies that is resonating for some reason more than other frequencies in the cup enclosure and how long they last when jumping back and forth inside the cups. Then using dampening with suitable material will greatly reduce it.
Well it really comes down to preferences, we all have our personal preferences of what gets us the most enjoyable sound possible. The only way to truly find out your personal preferences is by hearing different sounding headphones, compare the different aspects of the sound, look at scientific measured data for those headphones and draw some kind of conclusion from that what appeals to YOU. The more headphones you've tried the more accurate idea you get of the sound that appeals to you.
There's many different aspects in the sound, resonance, soundstage, frequency response, PRaT, dynamic range etc. They can be all drawn on a scale to "analytical" or "musical" but I don't think we need to discuss about that anymore though but since the discussion started with the term "musical" I want to refer to your comment regarding hearing subbass subtleties for example. Well that we enjoy "musical" sound doesn't mean we want all aspects of the sound to be musical. Like with everything, we have our own personal taste in every aspect of the sound, exactly how it should be like. Therefore it's so difficult to know what the best headphone is for you until you've auditioned a lot of headphones, know your preferences in the different aspects of the sound, check measurable data as well as "experienced" listeners that can accurately position where the headphones stand like in different aspects. Meaning some aspects you may happen to prefer to hear in a very analytical way, other aspects you may want to hear in a more musical way. Does that make sense to you? :)
The most cost efficient way of learning to know your personal preferences better would be attaining "headphone meets/shows" where you could check the same music with every headphone preferable with an amp that would work somewhat well with all those headphones, otherwise you just have to keep ordering & testing headphones until the picture becomes clear. <insert, "I'm sorry about your wallet" here> :P
Edited by RPGWiZaRD - 12/10/12 at 11:16am