Been wondering about this lately! Can we have a sequel for this topic? Some people are so knowledgeable and I enjoyed reading that!
Lately I’ve been testing the headphones collection my dad owns most of which are old models anyway ( gone 100% KZ now lol ) and found that, amazingly, though I still didn’t care for most brands ( IIRC Sennheiser ; AudioTechnica ; Edifier ; Koss and AKG … Sony was OK though ) I ended up liking Bose headphones a lot. At which point I solified my black sheep status probably. They’re not regarded as of high sound quality, but they’re good for what I’ve been listening often (lotsa nostalgic pop punk and rock indeed, it IS lacking/just average for, say, dance music …) and OE / OE2 in particular feel extremely comfortable and cozy, the way they’re noise reducing because of memory pillows is great to me because pairs with active noise cancelling bug me SO much, they often feel like someone is pressing my tympanum uselessly lol. And I like on-ear > over ear. Besides, I have sensitive ears and can tell when a pair goes too hard on the bass because it hurts my ears even at low volume. Wondering why is it that I like Bose OE so much ( other than being on-ear ) and which pair I should get for myself, for enjoying music on PC … I was thinking a Shure because I heard they’re good for rock music and he doesn’t own one of those yet so if I don’t adapt I could hand them down. Do any of you own Shure headphones? Do you recommend? Do they hurt your ears? How’s the bass?
Anyway I went back to reading the old topic after being able to test some headphones myself and I find it funny that some people said “I still prefer iPod earpods” or anything to that effect because that’s kinda how I feel. (Unsure about this but aren’t iPod earpods basically Beats ?) There IS the fact that I’m used to having earbuds on my ears all day and I have a big head so they’re often more comfortable, (but in-ear is still a no-no…) but there’s also the fact that when you consider flac/320kbps rips + a FiiO amp + a properly equalized rockbox ipod it’s hard to say which is “better” if you’re not an audiophile … Sure higher end probably sound more faithful to the original sound but in terms of enjoyment midrange seems to perform well enough. In the end, comfort matters lots in my experience. (In that sense - mad I lost my favorite Sony bundled-with-E435F-Walkman pair. No idea where I threw that pair it’s so good I just wanted another like that. The replacement ones aren’t the same … ; ; )
Anyway, please share the earphones/headphones models you use for listening to music! I’m still using my old-and-faithful Sony MDR W08 mostly because they do the job so no recommendation from me …