OK, I have been lurking around the forums enough and now I have to make a final decision: Cowon S9 + Earsonics SM3 vs the Hifiman HM-602 + RE262
Well, as far as I have seen, there is a grand total of zero person outside of Hifiman who have even seen the 262(I may be wrong), and I shouldn't judge the SQ of the 262 from its predecessor. There are also not many people who have heard the hm-602, and I have to gamble.
I really am a treblehead, and I love the lively music full of smooth highs(hate the grainy highs of the M50...at least I feel its highs are grainy). Bass is not a big consideration for me, and mids should be a little forward.
Option 1 : I can just buy the SM3 and plug it into my S9, and enjoy the music. Forget the bargain of HM-602+RE262. Right now, upgrading headphones will give me a better experience. Oh yeah, I would have to sell my M50.
Option 2 : Grab the bargain. Well, I would have to sell my M50 and my S9.
Right now, my budget and time is limited(because the preorder is valid until the end of August). It certainly is a gamble, and I can't figure this one out, so I'm asking YOU, the almighty of Head-fi to say what you would do if you are in this situation.
I'm not limiting the possibilities only to the above two options, any suggestions other than the options above are welcome. The budget is around $300+M50(about $50)+S9(about $70), and I live in Korea so I need to consider the tariff when buying from overseas.
I don't care about losing the chance to buy the HM-602 in a cheaper price. I just want the best out of my money. I won't look back after this choice, and my next upgrade will be at least a year later.
You don't have to reply, just help me decide by voting above!
Edited by yooss - 8/18/10 at 9:36am