Originally Posted by valkolton
GREAT POSTS YA'LL! Keep em coming, I am making a lot of final decisions in the last days til I LOCK! My brain is scanning and reminiscing over every post, song, and preference I have encountered in many years to put this into a pseudo "people's choice" open-source headphone.
Regarding 260g vs 230g - the issue isn't the OVERALL weight, its what we call the maximum Grams of Force at each point around the head, ear and skull. If our LP2 is perfectly ergonomic and form-fitting on many heads (as we feel it is compared to the vast majority), it'll feel like less weight than a headphone weighing much less. For instance, MANY headphones put WAY too much force on the top of the ear and for me it's too painful for more than 2 minutes. If any one part of the headphone has too much force, it triumphs more than the overall weight. This is why the Crossfade LP/LP2 reviews say it is so light. It is fairly light for its materials and compared to its peers, but its "felt" weight is much more evenly distributed and what I strive for... a "BESPOKE FIT".
Interesting. I can understand how evenly distributing weight has a certain importance when it comes to comfort.
However, part of my concern when it comes to weight isn't just the weight itself. I'm concerned about weight in the sense of what it means in regard to the physical size of the phones. Of course, heavier phones generally are physically larger-which has an impact on portability. I'm afraid of huge phones because I don't want something massive on my head when I'm walking to class that will make people instantly stare at you (not in a good way). It happens when I do see people walking around with phones like DT 770s: people walking by looking at their cell phones suddenly look up with this wtf-are-you-transmitting-alien-signals look. Smaller phones like supra aurals work perfectly in public because they aren't so physically large that they look funny and attract unwanted attention. And when people do look, if its a more stylish headphone, they give the hey-those-look-nice-ok-back-to-texting look. Now I know that greater weight doesn't necessarily mean greater physical size, such as if it simply comes down to the type of materials used being heavier. But with great weight I fear the sort of massive headband+massive cups combination that pushes headphones that may be attractive in design into an unattractive state. To use a car analogy, it's that sort of odd sports car that is attractive but not, because design-wise it's beautiful, but it's simply too large to be viewed as attractive. The sort of sports car that lacks the basic svelte footprint.
In that sense, I'm willing to compromise a bit on weight as long as the overall footprint is discreet as possible. I'll never buy gigantors because I don't want to walk around looking like a ****** attention whore. Odd, I know, but I can't think of a better way to relay what goes through my mind. Hopefully my input can help, and I'm interested to see what other people are looking for.
Edited by UCLA 15 - 2/3/12 at 12:48am