I think at least most of us have had this happen at least once.
Whether it be based on looks, recommendation or some other deciding factor, it’s almost inevitable that we will buy a headphone that we find out we’re not particularly fond of.
For me, the HD6XX was an example of this. The hype got my expectations pretty high (arguably too high). I decided to pull the trigger.
When they arrived, I was so excited. I immediately plugged them into the single ended jack on my BTR5 and… well, I wasn’t impressed.
At the time I was coming from a V Moda M100 Master and to say the Senns lacked the same dynamic impact was a gross understatement. I ended up giving up on them after trying all the different sources I had. I even bought a balanced cable off amazon to try and get as much juice as I could out of my poor BTR5. Alas, no bueno. Returned to Drop and bought an HE4XX…
Fast forward a few months (maybe even a year) several pairs of headphones and some proper source equipment, I decided to try them again. Armed with a Magni 3+, a Grace SDAC, and a little more experience, I gave them a listen and I was a LOT more happy with them. I can’t put my finger on what exactly caused me to like them more. Was the better source config really playing that big a part? Was I just more mature in my headphone listening career? I’m sure it was a combination of the two, maybe even more. Regardless, they stuck, grew on me and became my choice open back. I haven’t found anything that can even come close to replacing them, and don’t think I ever will. I’m just too attached.
Will I ever try any other open back? Hell YES! At least for me, this hobby is about the journey. It’s the adventure of trying different things, and sometimes you run into something that just sticks around, even if at first it seemed to not be worth while.
The moral of the story is that IMO, sometimes (maybe even most) it takes a few days or even weeks to really get the feel for a piece of audio equipment. Don’t dismiss something completely until you’ve given it a good go around, and a good chance to try and impress you.
I wanted to share this story because I know I’ve abandoned things in the past after only listening to them for an hour, or maybe even just 10 minutes.
I was wondering if any of y’all had similar experiences, any audio based anime redemption arcs that you wanted to share.