Yup. These are the benchmark for price/performance ratio.
No, you won't get 5x the performance with $1500...but you should get 2x at least...and I'm pretty sure we're not getting that on average.
Glad you're enjoying them.
I think the main reason it takes a little while to sense whether a headphone is really for you or not is that you have to have enough time for your head to develop its "fuzzy filters" for that headphone. That just takes time.
Dude, I been doing this a long time. I've used parametric EQs plenty.
There's stuff up there, and it's pretty easy to hear on good headphones.
I listen to headphones quite often with regard to the amount of energy they portray in the top octave.
Lots of hurky jerky measurements in the top octave, and like you say that matters not too much,
but the total amount of energy there matters quite a bit.
I can hear a headphone that's too hot above 10kHz no...
You'll be hanging for longer than that. I've just got the latest LCD-3 and the new LCD-2 will be in on Monday.
They need to get measured and listened too in comparison with the older vesions I have...
...and then, because there geeks just like you hanging on in the LCD-X, LCD-2, and LCD-3 threads,
I have to review the LCD-X and it's fambly relations, before I get to the PM-1 review.
And I have to compare the PM-1 with the LCD-2 I'll be getting Monday for a...
Spent an hour or so playing with the 8kHz and 16kHz sliders of the EQ on an AK240 driving the PM-1.
Even to these old ears it was amazingly easy to hear adjustments in these areas.
There might not be a large quantity of information there, but a proper sprinkling of it graces the edges of cymbals and strings and such in an awefully lovely way.
There's plenty of information to be appreciated in that top octave.