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Discussion Of What Is "High End"

post #1 of 209
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Once determined, can we get a sticky?

Another forum for us newbs to drool over. AAAAaaaaaaaaggggggghhhhhhh! Make it stop.
post #2 of 209
Well, we're working on it....

I guess one thing we won't be talking about in there is gaming headphones.

Apologies to my gaming friends, but I just couldn't resist.
post #3 of 209
With the thread about the Beta22, perhaps the goal is attainable.
post #4 of 209
I don't know what you're talking about I use my R-10's and Zana Deux for gaming all the time!?!

I'm looking forward to drooling along with the rest I suppose.
post #5 of 209
high end is just another way of saying expensive.
post #6 of 209
Any piece of audio that costs similar too a big hefty fine, like a DUI. $2000 range or more.
post #7 of 209
Probably how the item are able to reproduce the recorded sound.
Aka -> Sound quality.

It don't need to be a reflection of its price tag. Even if it usually are so...
post #8 of 209
I'm sure da mods will have plenty of fun with people whining about what is and isn't "high end." Is it the price? The sound? The look? A combination thereof? The mere idea of segregating off a "high-end only" area is playing with fire.
post #9 of 209
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Originally Posted by Iron_Dreamer View Post
I'm sure da mods will have plenty of fun with people whining about what is and isn't "high end." Is it the price? The sound? The look? A combination thereof? The mere idea of segregating off a "high-end only" area is playing with fire.
Yeah, it is. But playing with fire can be pleasant at times.

I think considering price and known sound properties in a convenient mix regarding as high end is good enough.
post #10 of 209
I think it's where you get beyond price considerations and, instead, focus on the best possible sound. A lot of the stuff discussed is the "$300 or less for an amp" sort of thing. The high end is where the $6 resistors and $120 transformers don't matter and the circuit and execution do. Of course, that's a tough line to define. As for headphones, I suspect that only the discontinued ones will get mention.
post #11 of 209
The sound, which is subjective, coupled with the price, which happens to be objective, will somehow create a nice and flexible line with which to separate themselves.
post #12 of 209
Funnily enough when this forum was "in works" before opening, I thought it was going to be about non-headphone related Hiend stuff.
High End usually associates a high price tag, but I've met many high-end sounding devices that don't carry a "high-end" cost, and also many many high-end priced products that sound very mediocre. I'm not very sure a forum like this makes much sense at Head-fi apart from having a kind of "elite" site where no questions about Skullcandy, IEMs, cheapo chinese amps and DAPs, are posted.
Let's see what this ends up being.

Rgrds
post #13 of 209
This is what confused me. At first I thought "B22? Stax?" but I realized that they do offer "high end" performance at affordable prices.
post #14 of 209
I think Uncle Erik is getting close.

Actual price isn't relevant or so far down the list that it's not really a considertion.


Mitch
post #15 of 209
How much do you want a bet that n00bs like me will ask about what headphones to buy under $300. i know i would have a few months ago, they seem high end from an outsider's point of view.
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