Why did you start Zaya?
Because after months of COVID lockdowns my subconscious was screaming for distractions, and so down the headphones rabbit hole I went. Zaya is the tool I wish had existed when I started my journey.
What are audiophile headphones?
Audiophile headphones is a category that we can define by process of elimination. You're familiar with True Wireless headphones such as Airpods, and Noise Cancelling overhead headphones such as the Sony WH-1000XM4 and Bose 700. You've also seen gaming headsets - audiophile headphones are none of the above. They don't have any features - they don't cancel noise, they're not wireless, they don't have a microphone and they're often large and heavy. They go a step further and become even less pragmatic, as they're often what's known as "open-back" - that is - they are not sealed. You can hear your surroundings, and everyone around you can hear what you're listening to.
Audiophile headphones sound terrible!
That's not even in the form of a question! And in many ways, yes, audiophile headphones are terrible. But they're also the best, and there's not a person on this planet that thought - that thing over there is the best, but I want 2nd best! At a given price point, audiophile headphones sound better than their equivalent feature-rich True Wireless or Noise Cancelling headphones.
Alright, so they sound better, but why should I care?
Because they sound SO much better that it's a new experience in and of itself. It's like trying out Sushi for the first time - it looks fishy, but hot damn is it good. What do you feel when you eat your usual breakfast? Likely nothing. Try and recall what you felt when you had a brand new food for the first time. That's what it's like listening to your favorite songs with a really nice pair of audiophile headphones.