Hey all! I was recently watching Jude’s latest head-fi video about the history of head-fi.org. As I was watching, I realized I had been on the site since 2008. I also realized that I haven’t really contributed very much to the community and how I wanted to change that. Anyway I wanted to share how I got into headphones and how my journey began.
My journey started when I was playing a certain computer game, in college, by the name of Counter-Strike (Half-Life mod). I started out just playing it casually but as I got better and better I eventually got into competitive play. This is about the time I realized that my current speakers just weren’t cutting it. I wasn’t feeling as immersed in the game, as I was told I could with a pair of nice headphones. My first pair of decent headphones was a pair of Sony V600s, which I used for at least 6 months and loved very much. Then one day I went over to my buddies computer as he had asked if I could help him improve his Counter-Strike skills. At one point he asked if he could watch me play on his computer. After about 5-10 minutes of playing, I became perplexed as my machine was better than his in every way but yet I could hear more on his machine than on mine. Shortly there after I realized the only difference between our machines was his headphones, he owned a pair of Sennheiser HD570s.
Well after a few weeks of hearing the HD570s and researching why these headphones sounded as good as they did, I came to the conclusion that these headphones were just eons better than what I using. I eventually used some internship money to purchase a pair of hd590s and used them throughout my competitive Counter-Strike career. Later in my journey, I decided to pick up a pair of V700 how much I enjoyed the V600s, I figured the V700s would be even better. Oh boy was I wrong, sound-wise they were an improvement over the V600s but holy hell did they hurt your head after an hour or two. I’ve never felt such a strong grip from a pair of headphones since then. Anyway I ended giving them to my ex-girlfriend as a parting gift, I was hoping they would give her the same displeasure as I had felt :D. Anyway I’m getting off topic a bit.
After I got out of college and got a job, I decided to pick up another set of headphones. I went from the HD280s to the DT880s, picked up a headphone amp, and well here I am today. I'd say I'm part headphone collector and part headphile.
How did you get into headphones?