While this may be my first post, I assure you I am not new to the world of headphones or this forum. I started to really get into this hobby around 2000, but had some interest in the late '90's. At the time Headwize was the authoritative forum. Then Head-fi appeared and grew. It was a great place where people formed their own opinions and shared with the community. I lurked for a few years. I was getting a lot out of it, but not contributing. Maybe I was selfish, maybe I thought I had nothing to offer, maybe I thought people were more knowledgeable than myself? I do not have a good reason for being a member for almost 10 years and making this my first post.
I am not trying to go off on a rant, but I think it is important for people coming to this great hobby to understand that there are many great opinions here, but there is equally a lot of misinformation. How can someone recommend something - a headphone, a DAP, a DAC, an amp or even a cable without even trying it? How can they dismiss it? This forum is filled with people with thousands of posts posturing and declaring an opinion that is not even their own as a fact. The headphone market has grown over the last two decades (thanks mostly to Apple and Beats) which has brought about pseudo-experts. For the people who have enjoyed this community for years, they have learned who they can trust, but often a very vocal or prolific user does not have the knowledge or experience to make a thoughtful recommendation. Music is personal, sound reproduction is personal, our ears are all different. There is too much regurgitated circle jerking information here.
I don't know if this post will be deleted, but my whole point is that sometimes it is best not to talk, but to listen. Please don't make a headphone recommendation to someone if you have not owned the headphone in question. Listening to something in a store or at a meet does not qualify you as experienced with that item. I have owned or own most TOTL headphones HD800, LCD-2, TH900, T1, ED8 and many others, yet I have not felt the need to pass my opinion off as fact. Please be considerate of others and don't just copypasta other people's thoughts or give praise to your latest purchase when you have nothing to compare it to.
This rant is over. I will continue to lurk, but I want to thank all of the experts on here for the great advice and recommendations over the years and let you know how difficult it is to sort through all of the BS to find you...
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