Okay, so I went visit a local headphone shop the other day as I am looking to upgrade my cans. Anyway, I was listening to a variety of cans on a Burson Soloist (HD800's, T1's, HE-500, TH-900's, etc) and the volume knob never went past 11:30. Anyway, the fellow working at the shop commented that the best way to audition headphones is to crank it (a bit). Not to crazy levels, but reasonably loud.
In the speaker world, one of the signs of a good design is that you can listen to music at lower volume levels and still get the resolution and detail of higher volume levels. I've just always auditioned at lower levels. In addition to that, I tend to listen at lower volumes because I find I get tired of listening at high volumes for more than a song or two.
To me, a music at higher levels has more of a wow factor (slam and such) but I find my ears start to not be able to differentiate details, hence I don't care for it when doing so critically.
Anyway, should I be doing the critical listening/auditioning at higher volume levels, or or lower, or is it just a matter of preference?
What sort of volume do you listen to with doing so critically?
Thanks in advance!
(oh the issues we have....)