Actually, two paths of mine converged and crashed here on Head-Fi.
Story arc A--I've always been interested in audio/video but my only focus was movie watching. So the sound I went for was accurate reproduction of film. It was about 10 years ago that I was finally in a place where I could afford truly high-end home theatre. But I knew much more about video/film than I did about sound. I just knew what sounded good and when the right elements were there or not. I relied on my advisors to help me with the sound set up.
Story arc B—I've always loved music. When I was a kid, I used to lock my bedroom door and I did what a lot of kids did. NO, NOT THAT—I'm talking about lying on the floor with my stereo speakers jammed up against my ears. I found that with my cheapie stereo I could hear fine details with close proximity to the speakers and lower volume. That intrigued me, but none of the headphones I tried matched the speakers-on-the-ears experience. Alas, somewhere along the line, I decided that adults don't lie on the floor w/ stereo speakers pointing directly at their ears and the whole thing fell behind me.
After college I began to make my living as a singer. When I was still a puppy I worked in NYC and on the road in the chorus of shows. But my only experience with personal audio was still the crappy headphones that came with the many walkman/CD players I had bought. I always thought it strange that a trained singer didn't have an "audiophile ear". But I just shrugged it off and thought that's one of life's little jokes. I also thought that I had probably ruined my ears by spending so many years in loud discos in the 70's and early 80's. End of story, I thought.
Fast forward to several years ago. I work for American Airlines and we use those (ok, I'm just going to say the word ) BOSE Quiet Comfort headphones on our international flights in first class. I was VERY impressed w/ the noise canceling quality of them but I just thought they sounded very …well…BOSE-ey. I could tell there was coloration and no integrity to the intended sound at all, but again I thought that was just that I had a bad ear. I mean, everyone raved about them, you know? So I bought a pair and that became "tolerable" to listen to my PCDP at home. At least it was better than the 90.00 earbuds I had tried. And to me the noise canceling aspect was worth the price since I fly so much.
So a few months ago I thought, "Gee, I wonder what other people think of the sound from these headphones. Maybe this is how I'm supposed to be hearing." So I sat down at my computer and typed in HEADPHONES into Hotbot.com.
And so there I was minding my own business, not bothering anyone and I FOUND YOU GUYS. I read every thread I could find about everything I could think of. I stayed up until 4:00 AM that night and the ENTIRE next day reading everything I could on HEAD-FI, HEADWIZE and on HEADROOM's page. After lurking for weeks, I decided to try out a TA from Headroom. I was extremely impressed. Wow. Much better, but not perfect. So then, I ordered the Cosmic Traveler Package w/ ER-4S from Headroom. I figured that I couldn't beat the 30-day guarantee so what did I have to loose?
I'm completely struck dumb trying to find the words to describe what I have been experiencing since then. I know you know what I'm talking about. I feel like I have 40 years of wasted listening to catch up on. I really want to express my thanks to you all on these forums for helping me with your participation. I appreciate how kind you are (for the most part
) to each other. Of course my financial adviser is cursing your very being, but what the hell. I ain't takin' it with me!
So as they say in B-movies…this could be the start of a very meaningful relationship!
Steven in Dallas