What do your headphones/IEMs say about you?
Well, firstly, my IEMs represent my passion and dedication to audio. Truth be told, i started my journey only 2 years ago, when i was introduced to the world of audio by a friend. This experience has bee extremely rewarding and after one and a half years, i pulled the trigger on a pair of top-end custom IEMs, the Unique Melody Miracles. The community here at head-fi has been extremely supportive and helpful, especially when i was just starting my journey. For those that are curious, what got me addicted to audio was listening to old and well loved songs that i have listened to a hundred times before, with better equipment and discovering that each song had something more to offer. This made every old song seem new again.
My IEMs also exhibit my constant curiosity to push boundaries in whatever i do. From young, i have always felt the natural curiosity to understand or get a feel of how far can things (eg:technology) be pushed. In pursuing this curiosity, i have found out more about myself. You could call it as discovering your self-identity. In my audio journey, i have realised my preferences for things that i didn't use to care about.
Also, my IEMs represent my need to stand out from the crowd. Don't get me wrong, i am not the attention-seeking type, but rather the type that will stop and question before following the 'norms' set by my peers or my seniors before me. My custom IEM also conveys my individuality, be it through the colour choice or sound signature, my miracles may look unorthodox but i frankly, i love them to bits. Also, for me, i decided to go the CIEM route due the portability that they had to offer. I chose the Miracles for it's supremely balanced sound signature, which was something i was looking for. I wanted something close to a reference IEM, as i always wanted to try out and analyse different songs/audio equipment. When considering this IEM choice, i also thought about getting another CIEM with a more 'fun' sound, after a long consideration, i decided to go for a balanced sound signature as i did not want to get a fun IEM and later get bored of it. Perhaps in the future, i may venture into headphones and desktop setups.
I believe that anyone's headphones/IEMs can represent a part of their individuality. Some people may choose to wear huge bulky headphones while others wearing lighter and smaller earphones. Their choice shows me what exactly do they prioritise in their choice of a earphone/headphone. Is portability a major concern for them? Another example would be the fact that some may buy their headphones/iems based on aesthetics while others rather buy for sound quality. Or in the case of sound, some may prefer a fun sound signature while others may prefer something more balanced and analytical. Sound signature is a personal thing, it differs from person to person and therefore there is a need to have an open mind. For all we know, audio is a small warm fuzzy thing.
Lastly, both my IEMs and my rig in general, represent something even more personal to me. They represent the fact that hard work, dedication and time spent wisely can pay off. Long story cut short, I am a student, still in my studies and not having a job. Therefore, my budget for audio is always limited. For my Miracles, which were a huge investment, i had to work part time during my school holidays for more than a month before being able to afford the miracles. Despite the price, every time i put the miracles to my ears and listen to my music, it never fails to put a smile on my face. For that, i believe that every cent was worth it.
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