|See - my parents are both AGAINST audiophilism - my dad was surprised when I said that the Bose Wave Radio....well.....wasn't that great.
Well, do you want a list of the stereo componants in my house?
Bose Lifestyle System
Sony Home theater in a box
JVC minisystem with Bose 301 speakers
Koss A/200, Senn600 (as of next week), lots of amps, PCM1702 DAC with SE headphone amp (soon...)
(only 1 of those systems is mine
I don't get money from my parents (except chinese new year
), and they don't buy me anything either, so i have to get everything myself... Lately, i've been trading DIY stuff for lots of cool equipment (HEY COOLVJ, WANT A PORTABLE DAC?
) which has helped greatly.
Don't do what braver says, you can easily get hooked on that stuff, i'd never hurt my own body just to send a message to my parents...
edit- come to think of it, audiophilism is even more addictive than any narcotic
And as others have said, you should really try checking out local hi-fi stores, you shouldn't buy a pair of headphones just to see if you like the sound... The Grado SR80s aren't quite the same as the other Grados, they have similar but slightly worse bass and midrange, but they are no where near as bright as the high end Grados. And the excessive brightness of those models is by far the biggest complant against those 'phones.
Also, if i were you, i'd save up your money for one set of good headphones, rather than buying many pairs of cheaper headphones. The one pair of good headphones should outperform all the cheaper ones, and be more satisfying to listen to. Also, you won't always be tempeted to keep upgrading, to get the last bit of sound out of your CDs (IMO, its fine if you have a well paying job, but as a student without a job, i don't think i can justifying having more than one set of really good headphones. BTW, i've been at headfwize for a LONG time, yet i still have one of the smallest headphone collections).