David, I've been reading through your review again and while overall I find it almost flawless, I have an issue with your points about lack of euphony in certain headphones that you otherwise describe as technically brilliant, like HD800 for example (I haven't heard any of the Stax 'phones, so can't judged based on those). In particular you describe that euphony are certain distortions that add humaneness to the sound. I would agree that distortions present in recordings can do that, but when distortion is present in the gear, I think it actually makes the music sound less humane, because it adds things to recordings that weren't there originally and that would almost certainly not be added by the sound engineer. Thus, if a headphone is technically brilliant, then it should allow the listener to hear recordings the way they were meant to be heard (provided that the source is equally brilliant of course), and should allow whatever emotion was captured in the recording to be heard well. Personally, I found HD800 very fun sounding with with some music.
believe it or not, we are both dancing around the same fence. It's hard to explain, but if you can think of tubes as providing more harmonic distortion than solid state, then maybe that will be a good base point of where I'm coming from
I'm not really sure what this means haha
I would presume the average young person around 20 would be more familiar with Beats and Bose
Maybe as one climbs the ladder in age you become aware of Sennheiser, Grado, Shure etc
But I don't think I see where you're going with that statement.
Also, it would never sadden me to have shared taste in something with a 60 year old. A lot of the music I listen to is 300 years old haha.
Edited by DavidMahler - 11/13/12 at 10:08am