Having Really Good Headphones
Great balance, i.e., lows, mids, highs are balanced (usually)
Well built (my Sony MDR-V700’s are quite comfortable)
You get what you pay for (most of the time)
At least for audiophiles (I’m somewhat of an audiophile), you want EVERYTHING you hear to be high quality. This means if you’re not buying CD’s, i.e., if you’re downloading your music from the internet, you’re probably getting 192kbps as a bitrate…or…-thunder sounds-…lower. Yikes.
Luckily websites like Bandcamp give that option when you download/purchase music to receive your audio files in various formats, e.g., FLAC, MP3, WAV, etc., although their selection is limited to whatever is uploaded to their site. You’d be surprised how DIFFERENT songs sound with the right headphones. At this day and age if you’re still buying CD’s, and you’re ripping your files to your computer, you might as well import that sh-t as FLAC (with iTunes it’s Apple Lossless aka m4a); seeing how storage space nowadays is f-cking dirt cheap it’s a win-win situation. When you want to put those songs on a portable media player you can just convert that sh-t to some lossy format (I still don’t risk it though…at least 256kbps unless I can’t find it any higher which is sometimes the case with mixtapes…-sigh-).
Sorry, I totally went off an a tangent.