I'm thoroughly enjoying my Westone 4 that I just received but I'm not sure that they are worth $450 to me. Not because of the set, I think they are outstanding & the price is fully justifiable, but because I'm not sure I'm quite that audiophiliac.
Where does the diminishing return drop off the cliff?
I know that $100 will essentially get you 2x the earphones that $50 will get.
It seems that $150-175 will get you about 2x the earphones that $100 will get, if you find a deal, $200-225 if not.
Above the $225-250 mark it seems to drop off, but I'm having a hard time telling how deep due to my lack of experience with different IEM.
Is it purely sound preference above the $250ish mark or are there still substantial differences in quality. I understand that different components & engineering will drive up a price, but if I'm in it for purely enjoying music & not for perfection seeking, is there a general consensus on a budget ceiling?
I guess I'm having an identity crisis trying to figure out if I'm truly the audiophile personality or if I just have an above average ear that has a specific sound signature it prefers.
There has to be someone else who has gone through this.
EDIT TO ADD: Nevermind... it just hit, when I about teared up listening to Springstein live in Dublin "Growin' up". The detail was worth every penny for the 5 seconds it honestly seemed like the boss was in my house singing.
Edited by jamesta - 3/23/11 at 6:34pm