Posting an ad-hoc list of my top-5 favorite headphones, even with position 4 technically covering three models, since I was undecided about that slot, generated an unholy shit-storm of messages … mostly private, but a few on various sites.
Some favorites, without naming names, and paraphrasing/collating/grouping to protect the guilty:
"What no <brand XYZ> in your top 5?!"
I responded to a few of the more incredulous ones, just to stir the pot a bit …
No <brand XYZ> in my top 10 …
That just stoked the fires of disbelief and indignation, of course.
"You’re wrong about headphone XYZ!!!"
How’s that then?
I’m pretty sure I have a much better idea of what I listen to and enjoy the most, than anyone else on the planet. That you have different preferences is great - but also wholly irrelevant as this was my top 5, not yours.
Notably they don’t post theirs.
"XYZ should be in your top 5, especially driven by ABC and DEF - its ENDGAME!"
Well, if we took the most common products/brands cited for “XYZ”, “ABC” and “DEF” then it certainly would be endgame; if I had to listen to those at length I’d wind up quitting the hobby entirely!
"How come there are no closed back models in your top 5? You should have XYZ closed-back on your list!"
Shocking at is may seem, it was my top-5 open-back models, so putting a closed-back unit on there would be rather silly.
But, at least a few asked a more sensible question, which was, of course, what are your top-5 closed-back models?
- ZMF Verite Closed
- Focal Stellia
- Sennheiser HD820
- ZMF Eikon
- Focal Elegia
Sadly, though, sense left the building at that point, and the predictable pattern of indignant/offended “Why do you think XYZ is better than ABC-headphone-that’s-not-on-your-list!!!” ensued.
If the topic had been about DACs … I think some would have been triggered to the point their heads may well have just exploded …
Unless you sent me a PM whining about it, this is not referring to you. Most of it was from other sites/direct.