Simple topic, really. Whatever it is, lets share what annoys us the most in the world of headphones. Here's some of mine;
-"Screwing it up". When somebody (usually on a youtube video review on unboxing) holds the adaptor in place and screws / twists the cable into the adaptor, as opposed to holding the cable in place and screwing the adaptor on like you're supposed to, it gets my panties in a bunch. You're just tangling the cable up, and it just seems so obvious that you're supposed to do it the other way round, that it kind of astounds me that people do it that way. Maybe it's just me...
-"It wasn't designed for that, ya dolt!". When somebody (again, commonly in youtube reviews but also here) complains that a large, full sized (whether open or closed) with a long, thick cable isn't portable. It's fine just to note a headphone isn't suitable for portable use by explaining that it's really for home or professional application. However, when they say "it's not portable" like it was a design overlook or flaw by the manufacturers, it really gets on my ****. It's honestly the same as complaining that a super car sucks at off-roading. You don't say?! I know some people are mad enough to use full sized circumaurals for portable use instead of something that's actually portable like a good IEM, for various reasons, but as long as you acknowledge you're using it in a way that it wasn't intended for, then that's fine. I think this annoyance of mine is most common amongst average consumers who don't understand the concept of a Desktop or Home Rig, and expect one pair of headphones to do absolutely everything from computer use to smartphone listening.
-"Loud and obnoxious". Something that's always mystified me is the obsession with loudness. I don't mean people listening at an optimal level, I mean from a 'potential performance' perspective. When I've showed my headphones and / or amplifiers to non-audio inclined friends, they almost always ask about how loud they can go. Why?! I really don't get it. To me, it's always been an aspect of audio that I've shown absolutely zero interest to because seems irrelevant to, well, absolutely everything. Having a large volume overhead just doesn't strike me as interesting, impressive or anything. I really, honestly, genuinely don't understand why so many people want to turn the volume up really loud when they first encounter a headphone amp or high end headphone, as if that is what's indicative of the performance, rather than the sound quality. Some of the crappiest headphones around can go really loud. It means nothing! The only thing I can think of is that they've had experiences with their mp3 player -> earbuds set ups where they often don't feel the loudest is loud enough, so that's the first thing that comes to mind when they encounter good headphones. I dunno.
-"They don't even sound better". Simple one. When you show somebody a good headphone rig and they claim that it doesn't sound better than their $50 headphones. I don't know whether to chalk this up to denial or a total lack of perceptiveness. A little bit of A and B, probably. Either way, it's annoying.
-"That much just for headphones!". It's not uncommon for regular people upon learning how much a good hi-fi or summit-fi system costs to retort with "You could buy a whole stereo system with that!". What I find actually rather funny is how when I ask them why they would spend $1000 on a stereo instead of just a cheap $50 2.1 they almost always say "Because it sounds better, duh!". Not sure why they have trouble applying that same basic logic into headphones, but I suspect it's probably due to the assumption that headphones simply can't compete with speakers, due to the abysmally low standard of headphones that they're accustomed to.
-"Quality =/= Quantity". This one is more easily forgiveable for me as I can understand (and fair enough, really) why this misconception exists, but it's still a little irritating. People insisting that bass quantity is the sole deciding factor of the quality of a headphones bass response. Understandable, but mislead and wrong, nonetheless. It's still not as utterly annoying as citing that the bass quantity is responsible for the sound quality as a whole . But, usually people will at least say something like "This is really clear" and they'll have no problem with me.
That's all I can think of for now. What annoys you guys?