Originally Posted by hatefulsandwich
I've not seen anyone trash the Tenores and call them "unworthy" because they don't compete with $500+ IEMs, so this seems unnecessarily defensive. What I think is being trashed is the massive hype, not the earphones. Considering this, it's actually a good thing to put things into healthy perspective: These are great earphones, amazing for the price, but they shouldn't be expected to beat $500 IEMs, even if some might prefer them over their more expensive IEMs. The way people are carrying on, I can quite easily see someone ordering these and being disappointed that they don't beat their $1000 CIEMs because of hype levels.
Preference is not an indicator of quality. I prefer my Koss Porta Pros to some of my more higher-end headphones for general use for the reason they AREN'T super-revealing, detail monsters. I don't want to hear a very accurate and detailed portrayal of compression artifacts in most online audio and video. I don't want to have my ears bleeding as I scrub through dialogue all day. I love them, but I don't claim that they're better than my Mikros or MS-1s, for example.
Also, tips and burn-in? Defective units? What does that have to do with anything? These issues pertain to almost all IEMs.
I think every audiophile and headphone enthusiast is either directly or subconsciously looking for an end game phone. That would be the end of head fi, and the end of this hobby, so I'm glad I haven't found the perfect iem.
What is exciting is how technology is advancing, and I don't have to spend a thousand dollars for something that will sound phenomenal.
I enjoy having several (40 and growing) sets of iems. I think we look for the most versatile iem too often. Instead, I look for a phone that matches what I want to hear that day.
I think that's why the tenore is so popular right now, because it will make just about every genre of music sound good. It doesn't mean I'm going to sell everything I have to get 5 more pairs of these.
If I'm going to listen to live music, I have 3 pairs that come to mind, and I think that's cool to have something for every kind of music I listen to.
Headphones don't become obsolete, something just comes out that is tuned differently and puts a new spin on the song or soundtrack we've heard a thousand times. The porta-pro, the gr07BE, and the ath-m50 are the first 3 that come to mind.
I'm not looking to beat them, I'm looking for something to compliment them. The only time I'll get rid of something is if I know I'll never listen to them again, and that doesn't happen very often.