Headphones are like toothbrushes: they're a very personal thing. As someone who has used headphones for work and for play daily for decades, I've come to know what I like and what I don't. In case you're wondering, the cans I use in my home studio are Sony MDR-7506s. For on-air work, my favourites have been Sony MDRV-500s. You probably disagree--which proves my point.
But ask yourself this: why do you like a certain brand/model of headphones? What is it about the sound that you find pleasing?
My answer is "They sound natural and neutral, something I believe to be important." To me, purity is everything.
But given the rise of Beats by Dr. Dre and other bass-boosting models, some of we purists are wondering if the era of the neutral-sounding headphone is over. Check out this comment from Audiophile Review:
After listening to the most popular headphones on the planet, which have enough extra bass response to turn any frequency below 200 Hz into a sonic sledgehammer, I can't help but wonder whether transducers with a neutral harmonic frequency presentation are a thing of the past.
Voicing, or varying from trying to achieve ruler-flat frequency response, has been around for many years, but only lately have earphones become so obviously and intentionally skewed. It's as if the folks in control have decided that just as there's no such thing as too loud, there's no such thing as too much bass.
Again, I get it. Some people want lots of bass. My fear is that the marketplace for bass-heavy 'phones will become so huge that purists will be largely left out of the game. More worrisome is the fact that people will never get a chance to hear the music as it was intended. Thoughts?