Below you'll find examples of what sanctuary looks like to some of our customers. What does your HeadRoom look like?
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This entry is on behalf of my 6th Grade Music class at Lindenwold Middle School in Lindenwold,NJ.
After 2+ years of asking my Administrator for decent headphones for my Music classes and explaining why they needed something that would be appropriate for their work in my classes, they finally filled my order with HeadRoom for 25 Sennheiser over the ear headphones that were very reasonable. My kids love them. When I got your email about the Shure giveaway, this class wanted to participate badly! What you have in these 3 Video's is their work- a paragraph about Headphones. with a beat made on Soundation Studio; a Rap, with another SS beat and a poster made by one of my girls. In the last one, you will see 2 of my camera shy kids with the Sennheiser headphones on...lol
Many thanks regardless and my students are incredibly happy with the headphones they now use and this class made me proud.
We hope you enjoy the Video's!
5-8th Grade General Music
Lindenwold Middle School
Some prefer speakers in a room for soundstage and visceral bass. I like something more intimate: a private island of sound. Be it blazing funk beating down--or, cool a cappella voices blending in the air. The thunder of metal or the booming surf of rock--with an occasional industrial storm. Perhaps the deep bass of the Rastaman cuts through the dense morning smoke. Maybe, as the sun goes down, the azure sky leads to a joyful lament. My sound world--all inside my head. It's the only music room I'll ever need.
Wayne E B.
I've more or less been a headphone enthusiast since I lived in NYC where I had little money and wished for DAPs and headphones on my birthday. My music library sat in my pocket as I traveled from home to class, swayed on the L as I left Brooklyn, and while I read the Odyssey in a week in the library because I'd dodged it all semester (accompanied by Manitoba's Start Breaking My Heart and some Adderall). My first setup was a Toshiba Gigabeat S60 paired with some Shure E2c's. What a reverent combination they were- Squarepusher never sounded so frenetic and succinct. The E2c's lasted for years but I killed them probably by riding my fixed gear bike over the Williamsburg Bridge like a drunken maniac and sweating out the connection. I remember the night they died, I was arriving at a party in Greenpoint and the right bud ceased to carry tunes. I screamed out an expletive before I ripped them out and threw them on the lawn.
Fast forward some years. I since have made a permanent return to Los Angeles where the background static is loud and pervasive and fucky. It's hard to stay present with so much baseline sensory input, something I forget until I go where it's greener.
Because I spend an unforgivably large amount of time in my car (traffic) I've been buying CDs, making up for all the music I once shamelessly pirated as a poor college kid. CDs, I've found, are great because I end up listening through the whole album a bunch of times before swapping for another. I get to know my music well. (This also encourages a strict approval process when I add new CDs to my collection. Who wants to listen to an entire album with only one good song?) I've always thought about a home setup but haven't ever had the money or the time or the man cave for something severe. I dug through some old electronics and found a CD player I used to listen to Aphex Twin's psychotic Drukqs on before football games in high school: an inexpensive Sony Psyche player from like 2002. I busted out my old Beyerdynamic DT-770s and my nearly forgotten HeadRoom Total Bithead. I was somewhat impressed, enough to get curious about current PCDPs (portable compact disc players) and discovered there's not such great technology available now. I searched forums and blogs for something better and it led me back in time. Turns out the good stuff was produced pre '95, apparently anything pre '95, so I got onto eBay and searched through 100s of listings for vintage PCDPs. The old Sony stuff is still expensive (this was an experiment after all), but I found a lesser known Panasonic NP40 player from '94 still in box for $30. I excitedly unboxed it a week later and laid it out on my coffee table. Not until another week had passed did I understand.
I'd had a long month and an hour to spare before I had to leave the apartment again for more drudgery on a Friday afternoon. I'd recently picked up Clarke's new self titled album and popped it into the NP40. Electrons streamed from the line out to the Total Bithead to the Beyerdynamic DT-770s to my ears and- fuck! Here were all these new details I hadn't noticed. Headphone music listening hadn't been so revelatory since those E2c's and a Gigabeat S60. I listened to the whole album unmoving, bound to the couch by the lack of anti skipping technology and utterly quenching sounds. I filled up with music. When I walked out the door the day seemed brighter, the smells smellier, sounds chirpier- it was as if I were dreaming. Something about the focused listening brought about by those crispy tones and forced isolation had wedged me back into the present.
Ritualistically now I listen to CDs on my couch with a 21 year old CD player. I close my eyes and lay back, letting go of all the nonsense. This is my sanctuary. This is my journey to the present.
I’ve spent the last six years earning my bachelor’s and master’s
degrees in Aerospace Engineering at two different institutions on
opposite sides of the country. As you can imagine, there were more
than a few long, late study sessions, but it wasn’t all bad. Hitting
the books for hours on end meant getting to shut out the world with
some music and a killer pair of headphones. I started small; stock
Apple earbuds, or those behind-the-head earpad headphones from 2004
everyone wore at my high school (gelled-up hair was a thing, and they
didn’t mess up your spikes. Yeah, I was cool like that). The turning
point was my first pair of Audio-Technica M50’s; since then I’ve gone
high-fi and never looked back. No longer in college, I still spend
most of my 40-hour work week (or, you know, 50-80 hours, depending on
the week) jamming at my desk with a set of my cans. HeadRoom has
fueled my headphone obsession since graduating, and now I typically go
to work with three or more headphones in my backpack. Good thing I
didn’t discover this site while I was a broke student! Anyway, whether
at home or work, on the east coast or west, you guys help me keep my
music sanctuary right between my ears!
Here’s the gear shown in the picture:
1. Grado Prestige Series SR80e with custom S Cushion/G Cushion
hybrid earpads and AudioEquip universal headband
2. Sennheiser HD598 with ZY HIFI Cable upgrade
3. Audio-Technica ATH-M50x with NewFantasia mic cable and
Sennheiser HD558 Head Cushion
4. Polk Ultrafocus 8000 Noise-Cancelling Headphones
5. Motorola HT820 Stereo Bluetooth Headset
6. Samsung stock earbuds with Decibullz Custom Molded Earphone Adapters
7. Apple stock earbuds with Earskinz
8. Etymotic Research ER4P-T MicroPros with V-MODA Sport Earhooks
and Comply T-100 foam tips
9. Bose SoundSport In-Ear Headphones
10. JVC HAEBX5B Sport Clip Headphones with Comply T-400 foam tips
11. Pioneer DJ Headphone Case
12. Not shown: V-MODA Crossfade M-100 with custom engraved shields
and XL Memory Cushion Earpads
13. Not shown: Fiio E18 Kunlun Android USD DAC & Headphone Amp
I'm making no exaggeration when I say that my job is a matter of life and death every day. One bad day can lead to death for hundreds of people.
I'm an aerospace safety engineer. I design aircraft and engines to insure that they're safe. It involves making design decisions that can lead to either minor pilot inconvenience, if done right, or catastrophic aircraft failure. To add pressure to the situation, I oversee dozens of suppliers for thousands of engine parts flying on aircraft that range from small bush planes to helicopters for oil rigs to large business jets for billionaires. To say that work is chaotic is an understatement. The way I describe my life is, "the whispers of chaos cannot begin to utter the cacophony in my mind."
My headphones are my oasis away from the chaos. When I need to take a moment away from evening, I put on my Shure SRH440s connected through my Fiio E07K DAC. Music allows me to recenter my life in order to take a deep breath and continue to make difficult, important decisions. Whether I need to concentrate with some Explosions in the Sky, get pumped up with some Passion Pit, or mellow out with The Local Natives; my headphones allow me the space from the rest of the world so I make the right choices.
Being able to shut out the world for a few moments can mean life or death.
This is my reality. This is #MyHeadRoom.
I'm once again out on the road for work, listening to headphones to drown out the airplane drone.
Unfortunately I can't embellish this much more.
That said my headroom looks like this:
complete with flying Pigs...
Music to her ears.
Here's my submission for the contest. The attached picture shows me in my personal headroom here in NYC, and all the ways I need/use headphones for my work.
On the left, I'm rocking my SR60s while writing the latest installment of my Bert Shambles mystery series; next, I've got my Logitech mic headset to record a few chapters for an upcoming audiobook; then I've got my California Headphones Co. Laredos because they capture that nice guitar twang so well; finally, I'm relaxing with my wife's Philips O'Neill cans because they have the kind of low end I need to unwind at the end of a long day.
A guy who wears a lot of hats needs a lot of heads.
As you can see, other than the Grados, there's still plenty of room for me to get things "right between the ears"--all 8 of them! I really hope you can help.
Thanks for being awesome!