Why did we start The HEADPHONE Community?We are brothers who love great sound and we want to share that love with as many people as we can.
We feel like the headphone world is closed-off with too much jargon and dogma (like most online enthusiast communities) and it’s not friendly enough for non-experts. We want to change that.
We think great sound is one of life’s true pleasures. Honestly, if more people had access to incredible sound we think the world would be a little bit happier.
Who is this community for?We're hoping to find people out there who love great sound as much as we do and are happy to share that love with others. The community should have a good balance of experts and people who are new to the hobby.
Every time someone stumbles into this community who’s only used the earbuds that came with their phone (or has shelled out for a pair of Beats) we have an opportunity to open a new world for them.
It’s important to remember that at the end of the day, what matters is the amount of enjoyment you get from sound. If someone is happy with a “bad” pair of headphones, should we tell them they’re “wrong?” If they’re happy with their headphones they’ve achieved the nirvana that many of us who are on the search for perfect sound will never achieve.
A community is only as good as the actions of its members. Be yourself, leave your ego at the door, and enjoy making the world a little happier through great sound.
Is there a Loaner Program?You bet. Read this for more information:
How is the Community FundedIn short: no sponsorships, no ads, no promoting headphones.com. There ARE Amazon affiliate links. For more details check out:
Useful Things to KnowOur community has a feature called "trust levels" which allows you to do more in the community as you earn trust. Everyone starts at Zero and you earn each stage. Higher trust levels unlock the ability to do more things within the community. You can get to trust level 1 by Entering at least 5 topics, reading at least 30 posts, and spending at least 10 minutes reading posts.
Feel free to start new topics, just make sure it isn't already covered somewhere else. If you'd like to start a new official product thread, send a message to one of the moderators and they'll set you up.
Industry Insiders Must Identify ThemselvesPeople who work in the headphone industry often end up there because they love headphones. We believe that industry insiders have a lot to contribute to this community, but the incentive to use an engaged community like this one as a promotional platform is strong. We want to avoid bias as much as possible, and we certainly want to avoid "shilling."
If you want to talk about your company or brand in the community, just let a moderator know who you are, and then familiarize yourself with the Industry Insider Guidelines:
The best way to promote your company in the long-run is to be a helpful and trusted member of this community.
If you are caught pretending to be a regular member in order to promote your company, you will be banned, and the attempt will be exposed to the rest of the community.