The gerenal rule of thumb for headphones and discounts...10% helps define the bass a bit, 20% brings more defined/rich mids and highs, 30% gives more textured bass, more rhythm/bounce, 40% widens the soundstage, 50% and above brings more space between instruments, better imaging/definition, and richness to the whole presentation. I have the graphs to prove it.
very nice observation! however, if they are free or less than 5.00 they become worthless or will be given away to non audiophiles as gifts. at about 75% off there is sweet spot where the sound quality becomes hallucinatory clear. in fact, you can disconnect them and they continue to play at that high level through the vibrational inspiration of the good deal.
thank you for pointing the hierarchy of discount/sq to our attention .
I generally agree on the low price end, howerver...any headphone list >$150 that one gets $10 or less will automatically transport you to the original studio or concert venue of the recording being listened to, free stuff <$50 list doesn't have this property, but I'll take them if anyone is getting rid of anything good...
Edited by doctorjazz - 11/28/13 at 3:36pm