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How should I get into this science of headphones/sound?

post #1 of 6
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Hello!

 

I'm completely new to this forum and I don't know anything about headphones. How should I start learning? Is this an individual science, and are there any good books that I should read?

post #2 of 6

I know that Tyll (innerfidelity) published an "Ultimate Headphones Guide" this year for around $10. It should be a good place to start because he's such an easy guy to read and knows all the ins and outs.

post #3 of 6
Just hang around here more often and eventually you'll be familiar with audiophile terminologies. Go thru threads, posts, reviews, etc.
post #4 of 6
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the advice guys! Can anybode tell me how they started out? Did you guys study subjects related to audio in college?

post #5 of 6
Some years ago, I met a lady who lived far away and I needed something more portable than a CD player and K501. So I bought an iPod and IEMs.

But to get the right ones, I had to learn about DAC chips (because the older iPods have better DACs), the different driver types (because many IEMs are balanced armatures instead of dynamic), and impedance (for ER4S variants). So for even that small purchase I had to learn the basics.

Edit: Later, I wanted to use my iPod with K702 so I had to learn about amps.
Edited by Claritas - 3/2/14 at 5:40am
post #6 of 6
Personally I started when I decided to sell my Sol republics to get better headphones. I did my research and stumbled upon this forum. A week later, I ordered my first pair of high quality headphones, ATH-M50.
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