If you are someone new to the world of audiophile and are looking to discover the wonderful side of audio you have never known before, this audiophile headphones guide is just what you need.
Audiophile world is a whole new side of entertainment world where a lot of audio enthusiast enjoy their audio and music listening equipment. The level of audiophile music is completely different from what you are used to. Audiophiles focus more on the art of the music and try their best to achieve the best sound, one that is as close to the original as possible, with their equipment.
Equipment on the other hand, ranges from the various types of speakers and headphones to amplifiers and special cables.
You know, a friend of mine once said to me, “what’s the matter with this audiophile equipment junks? I listen to my songs and still enjoying them with my ear buds.”
I let him listen to my Sennheiser HD 650 amplified with Little Dot MK V and he converted his religion straight away from casual music listeners to audiophile. It’s a totally new experience, and I’m going to show you how to start your own.
Buying an Audiophile Headphones
So you want to experience the world of audiophile? First of all you will need the right equipment. You have to buy an audiophile speakers or headphones. But speakers (especially the book shelf types) often cost a lot of dime. I don’t recommend someone new to straight away jump to the speakers. Try headphones first.
There are some considerations you should put into thought before you buy your first audiophile headphones. They are the types of sound you listen to, the price tag of the audiophile headphones you want to buy and where to buy one.
Types of Sound You Listen to
First of all, you should understand and know very well the types of song or sound you often listen to.
Because different headphones carry with it different sound signature. The first thing you need to know when it comes to audiophile headphone is, not all model will appeal to everyone. Each person has their own taste and music types they like. I for instance, prefer something like Il Divo (Si Tu Me Amas). My little brother likes to listen to rock songs.
It all boils down to personal preferences. Some prefer rock (where Grado series is the best for these people) while some other prefer the sound signature Sennheiser carries.check more information here!
Bottom line is, you need to know what kind of songs you often listen to. I know some people who own various models of audiophile headphones because they enjoy listening to more than one type of songs.
But if you are just starting out, even one is enough for now.
The Price Tag of Your Audiophile Headphones
You also need to consider the price tag of the model or brand you want.
Simply put, how much are you willing to spend?
You see, premium audiophile headphones often produce good sound quality over some el-cheapo ear buds you could get at Wal-Mart. Unfortunately, they do not come cheap.
The top end unit of Sennheiser, the Sennheiser HD 800 is priced at about $1,400 the last time I checked.
If people asked you what unit you want, and all you have to answer is “give me the best out there”, you are in for a huge surprise, both on you and your wallet.
So think hard about how much you are willing to spend, and look for something within your budget.
It is also important for you to know that sometimes there are situation where more expensive headphones are not worth it.
Another friend of mine from an audiophile forum once tested the HD 800. He came to conclusion that unless he has the amount of money to spend, he won’t get it as the sound signature pretty much is the same with previous lower end Sennheiser model.
Try your best to get the best out of your money.
You should do proper research first to make sure you are really satisfied with your purchase. Otherwise you might end up with a unit you don’t really like. If this ever happen you will feel cheated. As if you should only pay half of the price. I know this, been there, done that.
My first unit was Phillips SHP 895. And I felt as if it was worse than my cheap Sony ear buds. I really dislike the sound signature at that time. I bought it because a friend of mine recommended it for me stating the headphone to be “the best bang for the buck I could ever get”. Different personal preferences I guess.(http://www.forbes.com/sites/amadoudiallo/2013/09/13/headphone-buyers-guide-under-500-dollars/)
So when you are looking for a new audiophile headphone, do your research first.
Where to Buy Your First Audiophile Headphones
The next thing you should really consider is where to buy one.
There are two options here. First, buy it straight from your local shop. Or second (my favourite) buy it from online retailers.
The obvious advantage of buying straight from your local shop is you can test the sound signature first before you commit yourself to buy. You can’t do this if you are buying online.
However, the nature of audiophile headphones is completely different from your usual normal headphones. Audiophile headphones always require certain amount of burn-in before they will sound good like they are intended to (I will go through this in my future post).
Now, my Sennheiser HD 650 sounds totally sucks when I first get it. I was depressed. For a while. But after about 120 hours of burn-in session, the sound is completely different!!
It sounded as if the person or group performing are performing directly in front of me. Unlike the first few hours when I first got it (it sounded worse than my cheap $5 ear buds).
So testing the unit sometimes doesn’t do justice at all.
Because of this I don’t buy my audiophile headphones from local stores anymore. I prefer to buy through online retailers like Amazon.
Because first, I don’t have to go out of my house. They will send it to me.
Second, they always (especially Amazon), offer cheaper price.
The last time I checked, the list price of Sennheiser HD 650 is about $600. But from various online retailers, you could get it for as cheap as $499. And Amazon carries this unit for only $429 (the last time I checked – keep in mind that Amazon prices often fluctuates so the next time you check, it might not be at this price anymore).
One last thing for you to consider is the warranty. Sure, buying through online retailers will get you cheaper prices. But you should also pay attention to the warranty. Do those retailers offer you full coverage? Do they offer you warranty?
You know, sometime accidents do happen. We want to make sure when it happens our audiophile headphones are covered with warranty.
It’s like a peace of mind of you ask me. I’m pretty sure you also know the importance of warranty as well. So always consult the sellers and check to see if the warranty offered also covers the model you are buying.
So What Now?
Go get that audiophile headphone you always dream of owning. You won’t regret it. If you are still here reading, that means you are already one step closer to the real audiophile experience. Just remember the guidelines I’ve shared with you above. Just to recap, they are the types of sound you listen to, the price tag of the audiophile headphones you want to buy and where to buy one. Trust me, you won’t regret buying an audiophile headphones.