Through the lens of an audiophile.

My First Year in the Audiophile World (2018)

Learned a lot about my ears this year. Started getting into headphones in the beginning of 2018, as where I live implemented noise limitations past 10PM. Started the year with the Fostex HP-A4BL and AKG K712 Pro. I was amazed at what having good headphones was like. Before this I had always been about bass. The more bass the better, no matter the cost. Once I had the K712s, I quickly realized that was NOT the way. The collector in me awakened and I wanted to try all sorts of headphones. I’ve had over 30 pairs this year alone. Tons of different sources as well. I had bought the Schiit Bifrost and Lyr 2, then ended up with an Yggy & Woo Audio WA 22, finally landing on the iFi Audio Pro iCan, iFi Audio Pro iESL, and RME ADI-2 DAC. That’ll be my main stack for quite some time.

I got a hold of the TH900 MKIIs and oh man. As a basshead, I thought that would be the only headphones I ever needed. As I went along, I started to notice that while I like bass, I was much more greatly appreciating detail. This led me to the HD 800 S and then the Utopia and Sennheiser HE-60. I do still absolutely enjoy fun cans like the TH 900 Mk2, Argon MK3, and Eikon. They’re among my favorites. All in all, just really glad to find so many ways to enjoy music. I’ll never settle on one headphone and don’t believe in endgames. Looking forward to hearing new stuff in 2019. I’ve got my eye on ZMF’s new offerings.

Headphones in this photo:

Hifiman Arya

Fostex TH900 Mk2

ZMF Eikon Ash

Sennheiser HE-60

Mod House Audio Argon MK3

Sennheiser HD 800 S

Focal Utopia