I have been exchanging emails with a friend back home on the topic of audio quality from both a hardware and digital formats perspective. He is a ‘active but casual listener’. This was interesting to me. Note that my friend is a software kind of guy (now retired).
Where I last worked there was a guy who was a highend-audiophile buf. He would build (put together maybe, not sure how deep he got) his own stuff. He bought a new, really high end set of headphones and let me borrow his older, kind of high end headphones (I don’t think I would have been allowed to use the new headphones) to let me hear the difference compared to my $25 headphones. When I would be coding I would use my headphones and play classic rock at very low volume I guess to drown out the noise in the office. Using his headphones was a completely different experience and I have never understood what was going on. After just maybe 10 minutes it was like the song was drilling into my head, no matter how low the volume I was using. I tried it around half the volume level I normally used with my headphones and would still get that feeling of the song drilling thru my brain even though I could barely hear the music. It was so distracting there is no way I could concentrate to be able to develop code at all. Strangest thing I ever experienced.