As I’ve spent more and more time with the hobby and learned more about sound generally as well as what I like this process has changed for me several times. It is exciting to get something new just generally, and I have a few test tracks that are just songs i like with some aspect that stands out (treble, bass, soundstage, etc) I then just listen to what I’d normally be listening too for a few days. Recently acquired an lcd2 which i’d been using (and enjoying) the last several days and when asked for my opinion I could pick out a few things i enjoyed about it. However once I spent some time with my other headphones and then went back to the LCD2 I felt like it highlighted some qualities I had not really keyed into as much before, mostly the soundstage depth and separation between the depth that gave a very 3D presentation none of my other cans could quite do on that level. Alternatively some of the headphones I’ve tried really locked me in for a week or more before i even considered switching.
Conversely with gear that wasn’t immediately pleasing How long do you give it before making your decision to return or sell? Of course there is some element of burn-in (be it physical or mental not debating the concept), and with a new purchase you may be working with a return deadline, but at what point do you decide this is not for me? One of my earliest purchases was a meze 99 noir and while i had some other issues with it outside of sound, I don’t feel i gave it a fair shake initially.
Of course this will probably vary greatly person to person, just curious how others approach this.
edit: this could be for any part in the chain just how you evaluate any new piece of audio equipment