Originally Posted by 3X0
Probably at least $3,000. The MDR-R10 was exceptionally well-engineered, but most importantly it showcased that it was possible to achieve exceptional performance with a dynamic driver. The TH-900 isn't really close despite Fostex's pedigree and decades of experience. The D7000 is still a clear tier below the HD 800 and T1, and IMHO the TH-900 sits between that difference.
The R10 was a project, similar to the Orpheus. It wasn't meant to be mass produced and therefore stretched the bounds of sound quality via a dynamic driver. Sony gave the group of engineers a blank check to create the best headphone they could, and it turned out to be a revolutionary one. I feel as though the TH-900 is a completely different beast. First of all, their sound is completely different. They both offer unbelievable clarity and detail for closed back designs.
Personally, I've owned/own all three of those headphones mentioned (T1, HD800, TH-900), and for general use I would pick the TH-900. The HD800 continues to be my reference style headphone, the go-to for testing tracks because of its unbelievable airyness and soundstage. Honestly for the average listener that just loves to listen to music the TH-900 will probably deliver the most enjoyable experience. The T1 was good, but wasn't on the same level as the TH-900 or the HD800 for me. You also have to factor in the immense amount of money you have to spend to really take the HD800 and the T1 to the next level. The TH-900 is a lot easier to amp/dac match, and in the end sounds really good out of a DAP alone. Personally the cost the TH-900 is high, but worth it for the heavy enthusiast. Plus, if you're considering the TH-900... don't pay full retail price. It is silly, when you can buy them new for $1500 and used for $1300.
Edited by Greed - 6/26/13 at 10:25am