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Hello all!

 

Like most of you, I'm obsessed with headphones. Ever since I could remember, I'd love going into stores a just seeing what headphones are in stock. I loved hearing what my friends' headphones sounded like, and I loved taking mine apart to mod them. Lately I've been seriously wondering how I can become a headphone reviewer of some sorts; getting in shipments of headphones in and reporting back to companies on how they sound. I also was interested in manufacturing (sort of) but I know there will be a lot of science that I will NOT know how to do due to my lack of care for science lol. just wanted to know from some of you on how you fell into the "industry" and how a college kid (19) like me can fall into it as well? I apologize if this question has been asked before.

 

Thank you! 

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I guess some kind of engineering degree could get you in, if you want to.

 

EEs are involved in things like DSP, amps, DACs and etc. Acoustic engineering is what will get you involved in headphone and speaker designing although you might end up designing rooms for acoustics and etc. For the mastering side being an audio engineer is what you'd want to be I guess. 

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Originally Posted by Parall3l View Post
 

I guess some kind of engineering degree could get you in, if you want to.

 

EEs are involved in things like DSP, amps, DACs and etc. Acoustic engineering is what will get you involved in headphone and speaker designing although you might end up designing rooms for acoustics and etc. For the mastering side being an audio engineer is what you'd want to be I guess. 

Oye Vey, all that science! But thank you, that's really interesting. I'm going to look into it. 

Anyone else have opinions?

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Everyone and their brother wants to be an electronics reviewer so they can get cool new swag to play with. I know some that have done it - including several here on head-fi. I'm not one of them - I have a day job. IMHO, I think the answer is that first you must become a writer or video blogger that people actually pay attention to. Why would a company ship product to someone that writes a review that no one reads/watches? If you have an audience, and you can prove you have the eyeballs from clicks, likes, subscribes, etc - then the product companies will take you seriously.

For an example of 4 great head-fiers (and nice guys) that have been around headphones & audio for years and are now giving it a go: http://www.audio360.org/
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As one of the aforementioned guys (thanks billybob!), I'll chime in here if you want to go with the reviewer route.  I know some of this will seem very much like vague generalizations, but here are a couple of things that everyone should consider:

 

You have to love music.  No, I mean it.  If the love or appreciation of music doesn't lie at the heart of this hobby for you, you're going to find yourself in a tough spot sooner or later... because loving gear is not enough.  Believe me when I tell you this, getting nice gear sent to you gets old REALLY FAST.  I mean it's cool yeah, but cool is not enough.  I think that - if you were to ask any of the founders of audio360.org, they'd tell you that music has transformed our lives in profound ways, and continues to be something very central to our beings.

 

You have to love the community.  What we do in terms of sharing our experiences is all for the good of the community.  And if I were to have to specify what I meant by community, I'd have to say Head-Fi in particular.  For all of us Audio360 founders, we consider Head-Fi our home in the online audio space.  We absolutely dig hanging out with fellow Head-Fiers every chance we get, whether at shows and meets, or just for afternoon coffee.  We share our love of music - and the gear that delivers that music to us - with each other and the rest of the community at large.  That's a big part of why we do what we do.

 

There's obviously more to it, but those two things are crucial IMO.  :smile:

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