[Writer's Note: First part is mainly flavor, feel free to skip to the 2nd post to actually read content]
See, I always knew there was more out there... something just around the bend that as you turn the corner you get that "Aha!" moment. In that second you realize that you'll never be quite the same because things are revealed to you and you can't go back. You can't live in your normal blah world knowing that there's more. More clarity, more depth, and more sparkle to this day-to-day life.
Putting on my first set of headphones that weren't disposable was just such an event. I'd always known that music didn't sound quite the same when you listened to it over the tinny little earbuds you could buy at Best Buy, but who knew it was this different? It's reminiscent of the first time you listen to fully Dolby Digital in a 3d Movie theatre when you've always listened to your TV speakers. What a revelation!
So, on to the beginning. I recently decided that I needed a nice pair of headphones. My in-ears just weren't doing it for me anymore, the girlfriend wanted to watch shows while I was working, and as nice as they can get, chewing with in-ears is annoying (for me) to say the least.
Thus I figured I'd get some gaming headphones. Sounds like a good plan. They've got SEVEN POINT ONE SURROUND SOUND headphones out now. With microphones that turn off and on when you move them around. This MUST be the epitome of headset design! How wrong I was. With Best Buy's help I tried out some Logitech G930s. I honestly pondered whether I'd attached small bricks to my head. The comfort left a lot to be desired BUT they did sound much nicer than I was used to. Then I decided I'd try out the (supposed) holy grail of gaming headphones, the Astro A50s. That's some nice packaging right there! Still as nice as they might have sounded, I still wasn't sold on $300 headphones not being as comfortable as I hoped.
(Writer's Note: Don't kill me for the next part) So wandering over to the headphone section I tried on various pairs until I managed to rest a pair of Beats Studio on my ears. Now that's the comfort I'm talking about! They felt so cushiony, like little angelic clouds whispering music into my ears. Still I questioned the idea of spending $300 on some headphones so I thought I'd do a little research.
(Cue the entrance of Head-Fi)