This appears to be more a thread that’s slowly become an impromptu, random, personal blog than anything else. Certainly not the original intent, but I guess I’ll go with it for now …
The rationalization/simplification of my portable audio setup is complete. Well, excepting some minor odds and sods that aren’t really worth expending the energy to sell.
- Astell&Kern SP2000 Cu
- Chord Hugo 2
- Lotoo PAW S1
- Empire Ears Odin
- Etymotic ER4-XR
Even then, most of my portable use cases are just iPhone/AirPods [Pro | Max].
I do have a Sony MDR-1000X, WH-1000XM3 and WF-1000XM3 I also want to sell, but those may be “craigslist” material.
My dream to get down to a single headphone system and, indeed, single high-end headphone has been brutally killed. Callously slain at the hand of Sennheiser’s staggering lack of responsiveness.
That’s both in regard to trying to get the purchase process going (“Please take my $60,000!”), as much as (not) getting any information on their future in relation to the “Sonova” situation.
Particularly since I sold my relatively recently acquired HE90/HEV90, something I’d not spent more than 100 hours with before having to pack it back up, in the face of an offer I couldn’t, but clearly should have, refused.
The HE-1 issue, coupled with not having listened to headphones for more than two hours in the last two months, raises other questions.
Is it even worth me keeping a “proper” headphone setup?
If I do, it is quite clear I do not need nearly the level of specialization and variety I have now.
I suspect another round of rationalization, starting this week, in the realm of “conventional” headphones.