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posted: Jun. 9, 2014 @ 8:15p
Just bought a pair of these for a little more. Worth every penny. You will need an amplifier to get them to really show their worth - and an amplifier designed for high impedance headphones. (Check out the bottlehead crack)
belgique said: Does anyone think a $700 headphones are twice as good as $350 headphones? Could they be 7X as good as $100 headphones. I would guess the manufacturing cost of this product is under $50 Outside of the narcotics world and patent protected drugs, there are not many products that carry a 90+% profit margin, so I would guess they cost a little more than $50 to manufacture.
belgique said: Does anyone think a $700 headphones are twice as good as $350 headphones? Could they be 7X as good as $100 headphones. I would guess the manufacturing cost of this product is under $50 You might be right, but the allocated R&D expense likely contributes quite a bit to the final cost of this product. Otherwise there would be equivalent knockoffs available for $99.
belgique said: Does anyone think a $700 headphones are twice as good as $350 headphones? Could they be 7X as good as $100 headphones. I would guess the manufacturing cost of this product is under $50 No one thinks $700 headphones are 2x as good as $350 headphones. That said, I've paid $350 for a pair of headphones yet find it patently ridiculous that a forum for flashlight enthusiasts exists. So whatever floats your boat, really.
himynameisDio said: I have never paid more than $100 for headphones. What would the difference be? I can't wrap my head around it even though I have never experienced it. There are some subpar very expensive headphones, but for the most part it is very easy to tell a $100 pair from a $700 pair. More dynamic range, lower bass, nice even frequency response, larger, more realistic soundstage should all be present in the more expensive pairs, There are still a few places out there that will let you audition gear like this, so you can see for yourself. Now the increase in performance certainly isn't linear so it is going to be up to the individual if it is worth the money.
Bizatch said: Numerous studies have shown that $2 wine, poured out of a $100 bottle, is rated just as highly as the $100 wine it replaced.
I'm sure headphones are the same. For wine, as with headphones, that maxim only applies to some people. I live in wine country here in California and have a moderate palette. I can usually distinguish under $20 wines from better more expensive wines in a blind taste test.....depends on the wine (some more expensive wines are truly crap while some, like say a Kosta Browne Pinot Noir, are consistently fine). I have friends and relatives who can, with near 100% accuracy, taste and identify lower rated less expensive wines from higher rated better wines, tasting blind.
You can have a crappy expensive wine, but you rarely if ever have an exquisite inexpensive wine.
I have yet to taste an under $5 wine that can compare to a decent French Bordeaux or many expensive California Pinots or Cabs. I have tasted expensive ($50+) Pinots that compared poorly to a $10 or $15 varietal, but rarely.
I am no audiophile but I would imagine the same holds true in that realm.
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