Yeah, but Ultrasone isn't trying to sell the Pro900s at RadioShack...they're built to be used at home or on turntables, by audiophiles or DJs, with an amp, not around the city from an iPod/iPhone. I doubt the M100s will compete with something like that, even amped. Even if Val is calling this a "modern audiophile" headphone, the bottom line is, he's selling them at RadioShack, and the only headphone amp they sell there is a piece of junk that is designed ONLY to amplify volume for multiple listeners; nothing anyone here on Head-Fi would ever even consider using.
I understand where you're coming about price/performance ratio with an amp, but it's not the only factor in this case. The Pro900s cost $500 and are a totally different beast than what Val describes the M100s as being designed for.
$330 new at B&H before the now $500 price-tag
And to again bring up what has been said by a couple of people- if we're going to talk about the average, non-audiophile consumer, so many people have happily paid $300 for Beats Studio that under-perform headphones under $75. They basically perform like $50 XB500's. I'm sure the average non-audiophile will not care if their circumaural M100 they purchased is on-par/slightly under-performs the supra aural M80. And the audiophile will surely appreciate the premium SQ achieved with an amp.
I definitely understand your point. I'm just saying that the M100 will be a better value if they excel with an amp.
I will venture to say that you will be content if the M100 unamped performs on-par with the M80?
Let's just hope that Val can accomplish this!
Edited by MrNurse - 2/5/12 at 7:34am