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forgive me, for i knew not what my ears were doing
children of dune - leto 1
I've become one of those people.

Last year, I got a pair of v-moda headphones from my mother, which I can tell you now, is something I would never, never, never buy for myself because start value = two 2T drives or 1 4T + tax when on sale which no. Yes, I think like that. Also--foolishly, I admit--I never really thought I noticed or cared beyond certain really wide parameters of sound.

One year later, having used nothing but my v-modas, my ear has been retrained, and boy has it.

My cord broke and though I'm sending for a new one for them, I grabbed a pair on sale at amazon in the interim that got good ratings and was under the price for 1 1T drive on sale (YES I THINK LIKE THIS OKAY; EVERYTHING IS PRICED COMPARATIVE TO COMPUTER PARTS), got them today, plugged them in, and...it took me two tries to realize in horror I know this song, of course I do, but it sounds wrong wrong wrong. The bass is off (what the hell), the treble is too sharp, and they're too light--I have no idea how to explain the abomination. It's like--faded or something, or unsupported--what's the word for nothing is right anyway?

Currently I'm listening to my entire short playlist in fascinated horror at how wrong everything sounds. Also, they aren't heavy enough, which is really bothering me. I'm used to a reassuring pressure of them on. These aren't reassuring.

I used to make fun of people who went on about their need for super perfect audio quality headphones and the words they used to describe what was lacking in less elite models. I mean, really, what the fuck is this. I feel--horribly--like a commercial of some kind who is praising the wonders of--better tonal quality?--and have been converted to their masses.

Is there like, an intervention for this kind of thing? This is embarrassing. These are doing truly atrocious things to A Time for Lions and Carolina Liar.

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This might be the best argument against adjusting to good headphones I've ever heard. D:

I am so sorry for your trauma!

Don't doooo itttttt. You'll be doomed, I'm telling you. I'm pricing a second pair of v-moda M-100 and I don't have that kind of income bracket for a casual purchase.

Today the man I live with got a package in the mail. It was his new headphones. They are... very good. I would not want them to be my everyday headphones, but gosh. This resulted in me reading him this conversation.

He recommends these as at least as good as what you have, at a cheaper pricepoint: http://www.amazon.com/Grado-Prestige-Series-SR-60i-Headphones/dp/B0006DPMU4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1389663729&sr=8-1&keywords=sr-60

(He also was affronted that I said his headphones sounded better than music in real life, though he also acknowledged that my experience was probably, you know, actually my experience. Fucking audiophiles, man.)

I made the mistake of trying my audiophile friend's headphones when she visited.

I'm so sorry. I feel your pain, really.

I got a pair for Christmas. This can only be the start of a long and slippery slope. I am not sure what to do with myself,other than feel deep shame.


*hugs* for this is all I can do. You're a goner, hon'. ^_^;;

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