I'm going a little hypothetical here and was hoping to gain your input on a question I've been asking myself for a while. Now, this question of course will lean towards subjective answers, but I think it it would be great to get some consensus on this 'what if' question. Think of it as a class project ;)
So, the question is this.
You are assigned to review a pair of headphones. You are only allowed to use 5 key attributes to describe the sound quality of said headphones, ie..sibilance , bass, soundstage. What would those 5 attributes be?
Again, this is a what if question which should be thought of as a classroom assignment. I'm not looking for replies such as "I don't review headphones using a class system" or "reviews of sound quality should never be limited to 5 attributes" or "why don't you just figure it out yourself?" or even "..you were probably a baby the last time I stepped into a classroom". This thread should be thought of as a fun way to share what the most important attributes are for you when describing sound quality.
For me, I find it a little difficult to choose only 5, yet is the reason why I find the question interesting and challenging. But, if I had to use 5 attributes to describe the overall sound quality, it would perhaps be bass, mids, highs, soundstage and presence. What may also help to figure out what words/attributes are most important to you are is asking yourself, "If I were to find that a pair of headphones had an overall sound signature of being bright, what 5 attributes did I use to come to this conclusion?".
I understand that some headfiers may be put off by this question, but as mentioned, think of it as a fun, challenging and creative way to collaborate your thoughts on something that can help the overall community. Not only would you be helping me, I think this would be a great way to provide other readers additional insight and ideas the next time they put on a pair of headphones.
Here is the Head-Fi 'Describing a Sound Glossary": http://www.head-fi.org/a/describing-sound-a-glossary
I've used it plenty of times to go back and relearn words.
So, grab a beer, give some thought to it and post what 5 attributes are most important to you! Thanks for reading!! -Dave
Edited by mangamonster - 2/17/14 at 9:11pm