Originally Posted by mminutel
Upgrading is just about all I think about anymore.
A new soundcard and some HD590s and I will be happy, or will I? I hear about people using their first set of cans for years but after i got my k 81 djs, all i think about it upgrading. I often wonder if the next step up is night and day like my first stepup was. I would have a 1200$ stack right now if it wasnt for my parents wanting me to save money for college
You really need to get out of that mindset, once in it there's not really anything that will satisfy you irrespective of what you buy. You'll also never fully enjoy the music because you'll spend all your time analysing the gear and wondering...
Buy new phones because they might be interesting or sound really good, that's not the same as upgrading, it's entheusiasm for new sounds and you'll be buying for the right reason. Better is a subjective term, there are no absolutes in this hoby. Different or expensive is not always better. My personal preferences in sound goes like this...
Stax SR-X Mk3... $200 from ebay, old and out of production.
AKG K1000.... $700 from ebay, old and out of production.
Koss KSC75... $20, new from Radio Shack that to me easily beats the Grados and Senns I've heard for my sound preferences.
I certainly didn't need the expensive AKG, but it was intriguing and I had the cash from selling other gear. No internal pressure on myself, no desperate longing, no crushing desire, just the thought they might be cool and if not I could easily sell them.
Do it for fun, not from a desire for 'better' as better is an endless trip in futility.