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How about when people say they hear no audible difference between two things but the other is somehow "less fatiguing"? I don't see how there can be a difference in fatigue unless there's a discernible difference in sound or comfort (pads, clamp, etc.). Personally I think what's making them fatigued is the stress of knowing vastly less expensive stuff sounds the same. Have there ever been blind tests for fatigue?
In my experience, the fatigue comes from long exposure to treble-centric cans/speakers. Especially, when listening via a studio monitor which tend to stress on the treble. Listening to those details can be desirable but then ears and mind can't bear that extra stress and it becomes uncomfortable.
Great point. In and amongst snobs like myself, you want reference gear. If I sneak a nice tube amp into the mix after my transparent DAC, rolled to further suit my taste in warmth and relaxedness, that's gonna have to be our little secret : )
I also lean towards instrumentals, whether it's Animals as Leaders, Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band, or Thelonius Monk!