A few words about myself: I'm 50, 30+ years in audio, worked in the industry, owned SOTA high-performance systems for almost 2 decades; though, my current system is a bit more modest, and I simply cannot understand the (real) basis for many sonic assessments on the forum. I'm not a headphone guy. Not really. I bought a set of cans, loved the experience, bought another and a couple of amps, and here I am. The bulk of my listening is via a speaker-driven system (not sure how to phrase it in a site-appropriate manner).
Let me give an example as to what I mean regarding the thread topic: I own (headphone-wise) DT990pros and DT880/600, a LDIII with upgraded tubes and a BCL clone. Frankly, both amps pail in comparison to the internal headamp in my Oppo105, but that's kinda beside the point. To my ears, the LDIII is a fairly mediocre performer - limited extension, opaque presentation, lack of true detail, limited dynamics, blah, blah, blah. Similarly, the DT990pro don't sound bright to me at all, as I often read on the forum. If anything, they're fairly laid-back. I can go on, but I think you get the picture. In all honesty, I came here for some guidance, but cannot trust much of what I see based on my own listening experience. So, what's the issue? Are many members here using substandard source material? Do folks not have even the most basic, decent amplifiers? I understand that much of the population is young, which I love on a personal level, and the enthusiasm is truly addictive, but the sonic assessments can be puzzling to say the least.
Edited by Shaffer - 10/15/13 at 12:24am