Main question: "Are they worth it? and "What degree of experience is needed to delve into such waters?"
My journey started when I stumbled upon head fi. I always knew apple buds sucked, but didn't really care. Then I saw Dre Beats and thought they looked awesome. BUT, then I found out they were garbage. I obsessively poked around this site until I could fathom almost everything possible. I bought MTPG's and looooooved them. I was kind if a naive bass head back then. I took a break from the audiophile world when school hit back up. BTW, I'm a Senior in High School. Unfortunately, they were stolen. Now the opportunity is here. I want to upgrade. I was thinking about customs. The UE 4 Pro's. Those would probably have me set for a LONG time. The only thing I am concerned is that although I do feel as if I have heavy experience with audio, I may not. I don't amp my ipod for I like the portable aspect of it. To carry around an amp...sigh. BUT if I do get these, I will amp them. Please feel free to give any advice. Criticism and all. Were all friends here just trying to help each other out right? Riiiiight?!