I just got my first pair of headphones and headamp(both brand new) last Saturday. They currently have about 30 minutes of play-time as I haven't got much time to listen during the weekdays. Having lived with a loudspeaker-based system for more than a decade now, I find that I can't listen to the headphones for long, even at low to moderate volume levels. Listening fatigue kicks in pretty quickly and I find it quite uncomfortable to have the headphones on my head for long. I find it necessary to take a break between tracks.
I have come up with two possibilities with this current situation. Perhaps the gear, both headphones and amp need some time to break-in. The headamp manufacturer/designer suggested that the gear will sound better with 100 to 200 hours of burn-in. Secondly, and most importantly, I think I need to adapt to the new listening experience, to get used to listening to headphones.
There isn't any doubt that the sound quality produced by the headphones is quite stellar and enjoyable. It's just that I can't seem listen to it continuously at prolonged sessions.
I would appreciate some thoughts and information on the listening patterns or time spent on your headphone system.