I can't take credit for the following post, but I thought that a very interesting question was posed. So Marcus if you reading this and think "Hey I wrote this!"... You did and I hope you don't mind.
Too many people seem to want "the best" headphones around, without taking into account that there's really no benchmark. It's like asking for "the best" food. Does "best" mean "most expensive" or something else?
Watching Iron Chef you'd think that "the best" food would be a mixture of Foie Gras and Truffles.
Now I don't mind a bit of pate, but I'm not a big fan of mushrooms so the truffles would probably be wasted on me.
Best? Hardly. Give me a good burger any day over Foie Gras, truffles and lobster drizzled in champagne.
I remember when I first got into audio - anything above what I had sounded great, because what I had was crap.
When I first dipped into decent sounding audio it was like a veil was lifted, but just a veil, not a wet futon, it wasn't like discovering a new colour, I just discovered some of the finer details of what I'd been missing.
Taking the crap from my system and upgrading to something not-crap was an experience I've yet to replicate, chasing that original "wow" factor when upgrading my audio system just doesn't happen to the same degree any more.
Is this a bad thing? No way, now instead of feeling like I'm missing out on something if I don't have "the best" equipment I can enjoy my music, which is why I got into this in the first place.
When it comes to headphones, some of my favorites are the ones that technically aren't that great.
Beyer T1? Love it - as much as I love going out and enjoying fine dining, that is to say now and then but not every night.
But the headphones that I pick up and listen to the most are actually mostly lower end models. Brainwavz HM3, Alessandro MS-1, AKG K520 and K540, Audio Technica ESW9 and of course my house favorite, the Beyer DT531 (last sold for around $250, if they were sold these days we'd probably see them around the $150 mark or even lower).
That's not to say I don't love higher end models (AD900, DT880, W1000X, MSPro, aforementioned T1), but I can be just as happy listening to a pair of K540 (like right now) as I am when listening to much higher end models.
So... what are your favorite not-the-best headphones?
Beats by Dre? Koss Cheesephones?
To be honest I have fallen into the trap of "getting the best" to the point where I don't sometimes even listen to my music, but rather analyze. And the focus has shifted from listening to music to testing out my headphones. And music I have always loved gets shelved because the recording is not so great and my headphones has dictated what I listen to. Silly isn't it?
So what's your favorite go-to headphones you enjoy. The ones that lets you enjoy to your music or movies with. Like your favorite T-Shirt that your wife threatens to though away when ever she sees it, but you don't care?
For me... Beyerdynamic Custom One Pro!
Edited by SirBenn21 - 7/24/13 at 5:21am