My High-Fidelity Headphones Experience Part 1
I became interested in high-fidelity headphones about two and a half years ago. About a month before my 13th birthday, I wanted to upgrade to higher quality headphones. Unfortunately, at the time, I didn't know much about headphones, or earbuds, or anything, so I asked for Beats. I know, I know, you're probably thinking to yourself: "this kid doesn't know anything about high fidelity headphones," as you shake your fist in the air, but let me finish.
As a teenager, I often buy things based on word of mouth, NOT based on what a reviewer who is being sponsored by the company who's product they are reviewing says. Many of my friends have Beats, and when I asked them if they're worth the 300 dollar sale price they all said "yes." I thought that if all my friends said they were good, they must be good. Beats are also very expensive, so I thought: "Well, they wouldn't be expensive if they were bad headphones, right?" No, 12 year old Jade. No. I asked my parents if they'd get me Beats, and I think they would've bought them if it wasn't for my Uncle Mikey. Instead of the Beats I wanted, Uncle Mikey lent me a pair of V-MODA M-80s. I liked the sound of the music through those headphones very much, but there wasn't enough BASS. Uncle Mikey said: "Gotcha, I'll lend you my V-MODA M100s." I fell in love. These were obviously better quality headphones.The sound was better, the build, the cables, everything, but I returned them to my uncle saying they were "uncomfortable.” I also gave him his M-80's back.
Truth be told, they weren't uncomfortable, I was just upset that I didn't get what I wanted. But, the more I listened, the better my music started to sound - and I would get "lost in it" as Uncle Mikey says all the freakin' time...
So you read The Secret? F___ YOUR JOY. It's called common-sense. I wanted better-quality sound, so my uncle hooked me up.
I never experienced music more vividly. I always used those 10 dollar Apple earbuds that come with every iPhone. I never truly heard high fidelity music before. I listened to my music with the borrowed V-MODAs every chance I could, So my parents bought me a pair. Eventually I bought a microphone, and started to use them for gaming, I got the memory foam pads. I was decked out. The sound and fit improved with those foam pads (thanks to uncle Mikey for installing them) - and hey V-MODA: How can I get another pair of those pads? Unfortunately, my M-100s got crushed and I couldn't repair them from home. I was devastated. I sent them back to V-MODA to have them repaired, and I waited. Then I waited some more, and then some, and before I knew it, two weeks passed and I never got my V-MODAs back. My dad emailed the company, asking where they were, and they said they delivered mine the week before. So yeah, I guess some dickwad stole a kid's V-MODAs off my front porch.
Hey, dude, if you're somehow reading this: F__ you.
Anyway, my uncle was able to hook me up with a new pair, and I was happy again. My ears, too.
Uncle Mikey's been hanging around more recently, and he's let me try out a ton of different headphones, like Audeze LCD-XCs, LCD-2s, Oppo PM3s, Master & Dynamic MH40s, all of which I loved, and wish I could afford! I recently went on a three day trip and my uncle let me use one of his favorite pairs for travel and DJing: The Sennheiser HD7s, with this slick little cable from Double Helix? Think I got it right...
All my free time was spent either listening to music, or listening to music while talking to my friends. I came back today, and I asked him if I could help him out with his reviews or other things on his blog, and he asked me to write about my experiences with music or headphones or amps, really anything to do with music in general, so here I am...
I couldn't be prouder. Jade IS OUR FUTURE. So while people flap their lips about things like “well, if you're the social media wizard behind Astell&Kern and writing about them” - I NEVER DID ANY SOCIAL MEDIA WORK FOR AstellnKern. But thanks for the compliment! After all, I was spittin' about their gear AND streaming services like TIDAL before JAY-Z bought em. SO – AIN'T NO SHAME IN MY GAME... You worried about what WE'RE DOIN'? What are YOU doin'?
Love & Gratitude