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Rob Beschizza at 12:30 pm Mon, Aug 20, 2012
“Blah blah blah blah thumping bass. Punchy midrange. Crystal clear highs. Warm sound. Some shit about female vocals.”
Change thumping to tight and you’d also have a review for every pair of audiophile headphones on head-fi.org
I laughed. I’m an audio nut but not one of the subjective variety, and these “reviews” are always entirely subjective.
Headphones often do sound radically different though. There should be a standard set of tests regarding isolation, frequency response (on a dummy head), durability and so on. Magazines like Stereophile are full of flowery ‘philespeak, but they do actually do lab tests.