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After mulling it over (for a very long time) I think I have remembered correctly all my headgear since a child...

2017 - Nhoord Audio Red v2 (DIY)
2016 - Bang & Olufsen H6 v1

2015 - JVC HA-FX750 (my daughter permanently borrowed these)
2014 - Shure SE535LTD-J (these have been whoring away in Cali for the past two years)
2014 - Koss KSC75
2013/4 - Audeze LCD-2 (2012)
2013 - Sennheiser IE-800
2012/3 - Shure SE215SPE-A
2012 - JVC HA-FRD80
2011/2 - Shure SE215
2011 - Yamaha EPH100
2008 - Ultimate Ears SuperFi4
2007 - Beyers DT880 (32 Ω)
2006/7 - Sennheiser HD600
2006 - Apple Earbuds (I almost gave up again! :p )
1995 > 2006 “THE DARK AGES”
1995 - Koss KSC35 (what brought on the darkness)
1994/5 - Grado GR80 (and the misery...)
1990s - Sony MDR V2/V3/V4
1980s - Koss Porta Pro (along with some terrible walkman headsets by Sanyo, Panasonic, GE, Sony)
1970s - Sennheiser HD414 (older cousin gave em to me)
That is an impressive timeline. Just out of curiosity, what happened during the Dark Ages? 2-channel? No music?
 
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That is an impressive timeline. Just out of curiosity, what happened during the Dark Ages? 2-channel? No music?
Regarding "The Dark Ages"... yeah, pretty much "no music" as operation/mission tempo was so high during those years for me... I didn't really have a lot of down-time or even have a solid home base back then to mess with a hi-fi system anymore and the following headphones were to blame for my hiatus from even portable audio:
  • Koss KSC35 - those clips were awfully uncomfortable and never stayed on my ears; I ended up throwing them away after a couple of weeks of battling with them. The KSC75s I bought years later were surprisingly very comfortable in comparision.

  • Sony MDR V2/V3 - absolutely stunk... but they did lead me to buying the MDR V4s in 1992 which were great but they sadly disappeared on me sometime in 1993!

  • Grado SR80s - what a big disappoint. I bought a very early model in 1994/5 and those vice clamps hurt like hell (I guess I was spoiled by the Sony MDR V4s) and I didn't like the Grado house sound at all.
My 2-channel years were very brief, from 1992 until 1995, but they were glorious! My initial system was based around a 1990 Nakamichi Cassette Deck 1 (the closest I could get to a RX or Dragon at the time; I miss that deck); Harman/Kardon 3500 Receiver; and Paradigm Atoms. In 1992 I added a second deck: Sony TC-RX77ES which had a better sounding headphone jack with volume control. In 1993 I added a NHT SW2/MA1 Powered Subwoofer. Then in early 1994 I bought a pair of early 80s Quad ESL speakers for $50 at a garage sale which required a second hand NAD 302 Integrated Amp to drive them.
 
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Long gone past.
1982 Realistic/Koss Pro 60 full-size headphones
1991 Sony MDR-7506 full-size headphones
1998 Sony MDR CD870 full-size headphones
2006 AKG k701 full-size headphones
2010 Denon AHD-7000 full-size headphones


Modern Timeline: 2017-2018-2019 current IEM and headphone inventory




1) Noble K-10 Encore IEM
I knew early on what it was. Reading it was explained to be fairly neutral as well as midcentric and close to being the HD800 of IEMs. Purchased it after a quick demo, all the while knowing it was not my desired sound signature; but more of a complementary add in to what I like. Edit: using the Encore more and more! Right up there with Sony IER-Z1R.

2) Sony XBA-Z5 IEM
Warm yet still an all-rounder. Somehow it always showed what was great about the Encore treble and upper midrange. Relaxed yet smooth like maple syrup.

3) Sony XBA-N3 IEM
Laid-back yet polite. Very much like the sophisticated subdued girl you knew in school. A sleeper with a warm charming personality. I still wanted the treble of the Encore mixed with the Sony bass. Also I was yearning for an involved midrange.

4) qdc Anole V3 IEM
Bass heaven for a BA IEM, though very uneventful above the midrange; just getting it all done. Still offering a more cohesive and involved playback than the N3, yet still not offering the chocolate bass of Z5.

5) BGVP DM6 IEM
Wow, amazing fit and sound personality. After the getting used to period it was pure love. Still one of my most listened to IEMs and coincidentally the cheapest??

6) Sony IER-Z1R IEM
End of the road. End of the story. End of the journey. A consummated marriage of tone and technicality.......perfect 10/10. The lost unicorn.

7) Sony full-size Z1R
The best headphone I’ve ever heard. Super nice at both low level or high level listening. Super comfortable and relaxing yet detailed. Warm yet exciting.................. pretty much the end of the journey as far as full size headphone searching for me?

8) Sony full-size Z7
Fun yet technically proficient in every way. Big on bass, yet detailed and full of authority....blending perfect with most genres I focus on. A nice complement when exciting tone and slightly wild is needed. Smaller and even more comfortable than the Z1R.





The future:



Incoming:

BGVP DM7 IEM
Fearless s6 rui IEM

I currently own and listen to all the above; some more....some less often.
 
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5) BGVP DM6 IEM
Wow, amazing fit and sound personality. After the getting used to period it was pure love. Still one of my most listened to IEMs and coincidentally the cheapest??
There often appears to be a false association with cost and personal audio satisfaction..

(I'm one of the people who wishes "packaging" and "accessory" sections of reviews were omitted.)
 
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The Great Depression (2014) nearly ended my relationship with headphones altogether and was in many regards nearly as bad as the Dark Ages (1995-2005). It began with a silly foray into open-back territory again with the purchase of a pair of new old stock Audeze LCD-2 planars (circa 2012 model) which ended rather badly for them as they ended up just gathering dust until I gifted them away. The LCD-2s were extremely uncomfortable (heavy, clampy, hot n' sweaty)... I could only wear them for a very short period of time before my ears and jaw would ache horribly with my ears covered in sweat. My next misstep towards the edge of oblivion were a pair of Koss KSC75 on-ears which fared no better due to their uncomfortable clips and poor isolation as I could never quite seem to get a consistent fit that sounded good. They did have an astounding sound signature though (for the price) if one were using them in a very quiet room and had some how managed to find that perfect fit :frowning2:. The final nail in the coffin were a pair of Shure SE535LTD-J iems which also sounded wonderful but again soon gave me horrendous earaches and headaches due to their deep fit. Luckily, I was brought back from the brink of despair by the ear friendly JVC HA-FX750 "Woody" iems which were real timbre monsters and super comfortable especially when paired with Comply T/Ts-400 "Comfort" foam tips. My daughter swiped them from me years ago and has refused to return them ever since :rage:... though I must admit that I was starting to get minor ear aches from using them as well so the theft is perhaps forgivable as it was enviable.
 
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