Having spent a significant amount of time listening to a diverse array of sound signatures - from the warm tonalities, to the Harman target, bright music, and even the raw, unfiltered essence of live concerts, I've had a realization. I'm by no means a professional musician, but an observation has dawned upon me.
In our everyday experiences, it seems to me that the sounds reaching our ears tend to have a warmer bias. Why might this be the case?
1. Reverberation: Environmental sounds often undergo natural reverberations, bouncing off walls, objects, and other surfaces, which can introduce a warmer tonality before they reach our ears.
2. Live Concert Amplification: Most live concerts utilize dynamic amplification systems. These systems often impart a warmer sound signature
3. Music Production Trends: There's a tendency in music production to create mixes that cater to dynamic audio systems. Many of these systems have a warmer characteristic, which might influence the mixing and mastering choices made by producers.
Given these observations, headphones with a neutral-to-warm sound signature might come closest to replicating the sounds we experience in our daily life. This leads me to wonder if this is why headphones like the Stax SR007 are so highly regarded. They might capture that natural warmth that feels so familiar and authentic to our everyday listening experiences.