Henry once told me to buy the Sony MDR 7506 headphones and they were one of the best investments I’ve ever made. Everyone needs to get one pair of good headphones. Listening to music with them is just a completely different experience. You hear all these subtleties and nuances that are amazing.
This was reinforced to me recently a couple times. I’ve been listening to Out of the Grey’s latest album at work on my headphones, and the whole album’s excellent; in particular I super dig this song called Waiting. It’s great in every way. Lyrically interesting also – here’s the first lines of the first verse and chorus:
I hesitated for a moment
Now I’m waiting for some momentum
I’m not waiting for a signal
Or waiting for a sign
I don’t know, I just think it’s interesting wordplay. Anyway, musically it’s great also, just lots of interesting elements, really catchy, and her voice sounds incredible in this song. But I listened to it on Eric’s computer speakers and it sounded absolutely terrible. Just drained of all the passion and energy. It made me angry.
Other song is this praise song called I See The Lord. We listened to it at worship team a few weeks back through the youth group system and it was pretty good. But listening to it on headphones, you hear all these different nuances in how they’re singing and playing, it’s a different experience. It just lets you see what they’re doing dynamically that makes the song energetic. Totally different.
I don’t think I’m an A/V snob, like, I watch movies now using the TV speakers and it doesn’t bother me. But I do highly recommend getting just one good pair of headphones – it makes a big difference.