I have too many headphones. In-ear, over-ear, on-ear, (“underground, overground, wombling free..”), wired, bluetooth, wireless, noise cancelling .. and now.. studio monitors.
Suddenly however, all of my previous headphones sound thumpy, congested and muffled. It’s official. I’ve seen the light. Or more precisely, I’ve heard a neutral and realistic sound from around my head for the first time, and it’s a revelation.
Of course no transducers, be they speakers or headphones, offer ‘perfect’ sound. There’s a flaw or something you wish could be better in every set of phones, or speakers, or indeed any hifi component. In the case of the AKG’s, I find that I do miss some of the subsonic, rumbly bass that, for example my B&W P7’s produce. Trouble is, they also produce a lot of upper-mid bass too and this tends to get wearing after a while.
But it’s a trade-off I’m more than happy to make.
More to follow.
I’ve got a lot to say. I’ll be back…