- Jan 30, 2011
- Bucharest, Romania
You should do both - spend enough time with an IEM / headphone to become accustomed to its signature, and then take regular breaks with a known reference IEM / headphone to ensure that you have a baseline to compare. If you're not doing both (IMO) how can you comment on the signature? It has to be with reference to something - and preferably to a baseline that anyone can understand.
That is correct for us as reviewers. I was thinking about the users, who generally take one IEM and forget. Even when I had boguth ie800, ie80, and Dj One Pro, I'd never switch in the middle of a listening session. After having something U shaped for 15 minutes in their ears, the users might start to think that this should be the new normal.
This led me to develop some kind of personal anti-bias. Basically, I take repeated sample listenings to the same song, different times of the day, different days, different moods. Basically what you do with reseting, but over a longer period of time. I think that doing this leads to a fair result, since I usually also reset my hearing in between. But I wonder, can this increase the error, or decrease the precision?
Or this should be relatively effective?
I'm doing this to avoid the mood affecting my impressions, since maybe one day I am in a good mod and I easily like things, and one day I am too depressed and can't like anything at all.