You've been here 2 months and that qualifies you as an expert on Head-fi? Some of your comments in this thread are flat out ridiculous. Take a back seat, try not to post for a while, read, experience, then decide if you think you are ready to contribute. Suggesting someone who owns the headphone in question has less valuable opinions than someone who has read reviews is just wrong.
That's not what I said.
So... you think just because you have a certain headphone and that you have an opinion about it makes you legit? On the other hand, there may be other reviewers who may have their own opinions on the same headphones.
The point is, due to the abundance of clear descriptive reviews, once you've read enough of these on the same headphone you'd have more credibility and valuable information as opposed to someone who's only listened it but haven't read up on the opinion of others on the same subject.
Also, aspects of sound quality can be proved objectively, and such knowledge does not require experience with the output itself in order to discern differences. In fact, such knowledge has more credibility than personal experiences due to the human brain's tendency to fool itself.
Someone who owns the headphone in question but has not read up on the experiences of others on the same subject has less valuable opinions than someone who does not have the headphones themselves but has read the reviews and has spotted enough patterns to form a suitable argument for why or why not one should get the headphone.
In comparison, someone who owns the headphone in question and has read up on the experiences of others on the same subject has more valuable opinions than someone who has formed their own argument through the patterns but does not own the headphone themselves.
Right now I'm hearing people saying second hand opinions and regurgitating information. I'm not even sure what you guys are arguing against anymore.
I've been lurking on and off for a while now, but I had to make an account just to say this.
I really don't want second hand opinions. If you've never listened to a pair of headphones, you are not qualified to give your opinion, period. Unless you've been intimate with a headphone, you'll never know all the nuances of it. You'll never know how strong the clamping force is, how comfortable, the build quality, the details in the sound. All you'll be able to do without actually hearing it is regurgitating what someone else said. And that becomes a game of telephone where details are lost or, worse, malformed.
When I need an opinion on some headphones, either give me your experiences or point me to someone else's.
P.S. To Head-Fi, thank you. I love the RE-2's and Panasonic RP-HTF600s I got thanks to recommendations from people who actually tried them. And when I can find the money to upgrade, I'll be looking for more first-hand experiences.
The first two are difficult to measure, so we usually don't recommend headphones based on these aspects, and the third and fourth are questionable. Build quality can be easily discerned through a paragraph-long description, and sound quality can be objectively measured.