I think it was in the January of 2004, that I have tried for the first time a bulky, heavy yet stunningly high fidelity headphone.
It’s a beyerdynamic 931. Truth be told, I didn’t really like the sound it produced, somewhat too “bright” though there were a lot of details. Yet it didn’t hinder me from going deeper and deeper into this HIFI territory. I got my first ER6 few months later and a HD580 shortly after it had been discontinued by the maker. The crazy time didn’t last long. ER6 has been “handicapped” for 2 years and HD580 was adopted by another person about 1 year ago. And now, I am getting a, wait for it, Bang & Olufsen.
I admit it is not the sound that attracts me. The sound of course goes largely beyond the normal consumer standard. More importantly it is the design – the charm brought by the cutting edge industrial design firms. One typical example is the A8 designed by Anders Hermansen, which has become so successful due to its elegant appearance that the Apple Stores began to sell them in despite of the relatively high price. Hollywood even used it as a future handphone in Tom Cruise science fictional movie “Minority Report.” I am a fan of A8 for 6 years, but the 200+ price has always been a barrier. Well, since recently you can find more and more people walking down the street with a pair of A8 hanging around their ears, it’s really no point for me to add one more headcount into the already big yet still expanding group, although it is still eye-catching.
My target has gradually shifted to Form 2, an older model but like the rest of B&O products, it’s never lack of timeless design.
Let’s mark this date: 19 Mar 2008. When Gnaix meets Form 2, what sparks you will see? Story will follow soon…