Credit card? No problem... I mean, I'll just pay it back in increments before it's due... yeah... once I get this pair, there's no way I'd consider getting another set along the way anyway, refractory period and all that...
That's been refraining through my brain for a while on these 950's.
You know, with all that being said, I have a thought, suddenly. This is me just thinking aloud, so feel free to ignore.
When I began this journey, I kept saying to myself that I'd keep myself from going too deep, where diminishing returns started to set in. Of course, the newbie in me didn't think that my relative measure for when that would occur would actually change. You see alot of people asking is x worth it for y price, 'how much' of an upgrade it would be and if it was worth the money. Looking back now, those are silly, naive questions because since the audio experience is a subjective qualia, the only measure for whether or not the change is worth the money is with you. This has been said again and again and again. I thought my $50 grados would be the end of it, then it was the $100 B2's, and then my $300 Mad Dogs. The Magni and E10, then the Bifrost and Asgard.
'People compare these to the LCD 2's," I thought, 'Even if they aren't, they seem to be close enough to the point where I'll be happy' I concluded, 'I just don't see myself reaching for that last 15% for such expense'. There's this sort of "reaching without stretching too much" mentality that pervaded my head-fi existence. But to expand on this awful metaphor, my muscles have adapted to the stretching and I feel like I can afford to keep reaching upwards. Upwards $600 to spend on a pair has become reasonable to me now, compared to when I began where $50 was the most I would spend.
The 950's are headphones where that next tier of stretching is taking me, and i can't help but wonder if this'll "finally be the breaking point", or if it'll leave me wanting more. It's a conundrum that's a little scary and a little exciting, and it's one of the reasons that this is exactly an addiction.
Sorry for the rant, I just felt the need to speak aloud since this would really be my first deep dive into end-game-ish gear.
Edited by vaed - 4/24/13 at 11:34am