Originally Posted by roguegeek
I think you may have misquoted or something. I wasn't really debating that. What I did say was everyone's ears are different and everyone hears things differently. I don't really consider that to be half true at all.
I think what I was trying to say is that even though I agree people hear differently, experienced listeners of various headphone and genre preferences are still better at making comparisons regarding timbre/colouration; and despite their preferences and differences in hearing, those experienced listeners will still pick out the same headphones as being coloured, or uncoloured.
Meaning that there are some absolutes that trained ears are better at picking out.
It sounds like what you were saying is that some headphones will have the correct timbre for some people and others not - but I believe this is not the case, or rather impossible.
Subjective disagreements are made, but there are always emerging trends regarding certain headphones that are known to be especially neutral with truthful tone.
For example ff someone posted that the HE-500 wasn't neutral, people would first ask what kind of source material and amp they were using. If they persisted with their claim I think most people would simply consider them to be an untrained/inexperienced listener.