I jumped into higher than average audio equipment when I purchased a pair of Ultrasone HFI-700 headphones after reading reviews on this site about 4.5 years ago. I also own a pair of Shure IEMs but I don't know what the model is. They are 5+ years old, have a large phone/music switch on them for back when cellphones were using smaller jacks than the 3.5mm so they have 2 permanent jacks one 3.5mm and the other smaller size. Since then I have been pretty content with my gear but have recently started looking at new headphones and/or IEMs as well as portable & desktop amplification w/ DAC. I'm 22 now and working enough to make a purchase or two even being a broke student.
Basically I come to the forum for my first post in hopes of finding some literature/articles/posts that will help me develop my understanding of particularly my own preferences when it comes to sound. I've read that different audio setups are described with words like airy, warm, and cold. Often times certain reviews and opinions seem to conclude that the equipment is great if you like a certain type of "sound signature". I want to learn how to explore my preferences.
I listen to a large variety of music and I fear that my desired sound signature will be different depending on what I'm listening to. Any links or time taken to point me in the right direction will be greatly appreciated. I especially desire to learn the -correct- terms involved in describing certain characteristics of sound so that I can better assess what equipment may be right for me as well as identify these characteristics in my own listening experiences.