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Ordering multiple headphones to find the one you want...uncouth?

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I'm in the market for a pair of headphones after not having or using any for quite a few years. There are several models in my price range that I'm interested in trying, to see which works the best for my tastes. (DT880 / HD600 / HE400 / Q701 / Mad Dogs). I visited a local hifi store this week as they are sellers for all of these brands (except the MrSpeakers Mad Dogs of course). Unfortunately, they only actually carried the Sennheiser HD600 out of these. I was told by a salesman that I should just order up the ones I'm interested in, and then return the ones I don't like.

 

I feel kind of bad doing that though. Is this common practice? I know headphones (and speakers) are a very personal thing. We all hear a bit differently and will have different preferences. But is it considered uncouth to order multiple HP's with the intent of only buying one pair? How do you guys and gals go about making the choice when certain phones aren't available locally? Reviews certainly help, but again- we all hear differently and I really want to hear before I decide.

 

 

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I've narrowed down my choices to two headphones and then ordered both, but returned one. Why not? I know of Internet direct speaker manufacturers that specifically push their "in home" demo hassle-free return policy. As online dealers continue to put local hifi stores out of business, are we consumers supposed to just buy audio products without hearing them and be NOT expected to return them? Any online retailer that thinks that is just out of touch smily_headphones1.gif
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Thanks for your response :)  You make a good point too. Since B&M stores are few(er) and far(ther) between these days, and most of them that are still rely on direct/drop shipping to reduce the needed storefront and warehouse space, we get a very thin selection to see up close- if any. Really, the only way to demo in those instances IS in the home I suppose.

 

 

Again, thanks.

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I suppose I should start a thread now on the couple of phones I HAVE been able to demo and my impressions to get recommendations on which 2 or 3 phones to pick up...

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