Ive been really curious if anyone else has experienced this.
theres been a few points when i've listened to music that ive noticed that my headphones sound brighter than they normally do, i've always blamed it to the poor recordings, loud volume, earpad positions, or just the fact that they where bright headphones. sometimes they just sound completely different (ie. sometimes i feel like hd 800s are bass anemic, sometimes i feel they're quite punchy or sometimes i feel like my LCD-2 sounds quite shouty and congested, other times, i think they sound absolutely amazing)
A few weeks ago, i remember I had a bit of a headache, not too annoying, but it was there slightly. anyways i put my beyer T1's on and listened to music. and i noticed it sounded quite harsh. as if the treble was very hot, even on good recordings. the sound was kinda congested and well overall, harsh. Anyways, i thought i'd pop in some different tubes, maybe something was wrong with the amp or it wasn't warmed up enough?
nope, still the same harsh sound, i ended up playing around with my setup for a few hours and then i just got bored and went to sleep. the next morning, i woke up and i put my T1's on again and i was surprised, it sounded normal again, it sounded as good as it should. thats when i began thinking, how much does our mind/body really matter as far as what we hear?
today i had another experience that led me to finally realize headaches can affect sound quality negatively. today i decided to listen to my Denon D7000. now sometimes, i feel like the d7000 are too bright and sibilant and recessed in the mids, other times, i feel like they sound amazingly detailed for a closed headphone and feel like they're very fun and dynamic.
well today, i woke up with a headache, and to my surprise, the denons sounded quite bright and harsh, i thought at first that maybe since i was just listening to my LCD-2 the day before and i wasn't used to the denon sound again. but then i remembered my experience with the T1 a few weeks back. so i just popped an advil and kept listening to music, though at a lower volume since it was bright sounding. eventually, my headache went away, and then i raised the volume back up on the denons and there it is again, they sounded like they should! smooth with no fatigue.
so now im pretty sure headaches have something to do with how my music sounds. but what shocks me is how a simple headache can drastically change the way my music sounds!
so now, im starting to think, what else affects our hearing, like besides psychological things (like your mood)? like has anyone sometimes felt that when they're tired, music sounds different? or sometimes when you're stressed out, music seems to sound different too? like sometimes it feels like music is going too fast, or too slow. similarly, we know some substances can also affect the way our ears perceive sound as well.
anyone got any experiences like this or is it just me?