Don’t remember what brought this to mind, but i had a thought recently while i was on vacation. Basically it was about how much i dislike the Focal Elegia sound-wise. I used to love them, felt they were as close as you get to a closed back elex, more mature sound sig and something that i generally preferred over the elex. The focal elegia seemingly was everything that i liked, punchy, fast, neutral bright, great timbre, detail etc etc. It’s true that it’s a very good technical headphone but with time the tonal balance in particular stood out in a very very bad light. I remember listening to Stella Jang in particular and just being completely unable to get into her voice, i love her voice but the headphone was doing something that i didn’t like to it. The vocals were too bright, and almost inlated sounding. Like the vocals sounded too fake, too clean. And after that i kept on listening to it and it irritated me. The tonal balance was just off, and then with even more time i came up with a very subjective opinion on the headphone. I felt it lacked soul. I would hear tons of my gear, and it all had soul, some more than other but the elegia had zero of it. It was lifeless after that to me, which was interesting since originally i loved it. Felt like it wasn’t missing anything tbh and it was only with time that i realized that something extremely important was missing from it.
I would be curious to hear from you guys about similiar stories, where you had gear that after time passed you began to really dislike for one reason or another.