6 Years ago I bought a HD555.
It was good all around and I used it mostly for games.
Then one day I went to my really rich uncle's house in China and I plugged my HD555's into his $10,000 cd player.
I remember being completely WOW'd. It sounded so real. (keep in mind up until that point, I had not listened to any flac files)
This is what first peaked my interest in audio.
A few years ago, I started getting more into headphones.
I bought a HE-400(first batch) and ran it straight out of my computer. It sounded better than my HD555's. But there were balance issues so I returned them.
Recently, I bought an asgard, modi/magni, and HD600's.
Yes, they sounded better than my HD555's, but $500 better? not really.
The improvements were too big. Better bass, better extension, more musical, pretty much same amount of detail and clarity.
I just expected to be wow'd. With the HE-400's, HD600's, Asgard... I kept expecting to hear night and day, as if trying to recapture that first wow moment I had at my uncle's house.
I keep trying to rationalize that I will get that wow feeling once I get something like LCD2's or HE-500's.
But the more I read, it seems like these headphones are just yet slight improvements upon the HE-400's and HD600's.
Does the unicorn I'm chasing after not exist?
Even my HD600's from unamped to amped sounded quite similar. I was expecting mud vs crystal clear sound, but it was just slight improvements again.
I don't even hear a difference between my magni and asgard... and any that I might have heard was probably placebo.
I'm not the type of person to obsess over tiny details. And I do have at least decent ears to be able to tell the difference... being a violinist all my life and having every teacher I've ever had tell me I had one of the best ears they've ever seen.
I want a sound that is JUICY. Not too spacious, but engaging. CLEAR and punctual bass. Colorful mids. DETAIL and CLARITY. I just want a sound that is... well, sexy. Like melted chocolate.
Maybe I'm barking up the wrong tree with Senn's, because I did like the transparency and clarity of the HE-400's better.
But it just seems like no matter what I get, I'll always be disappointed.
So, does the Unicorn exist?