Originally Posted by Tristan944
What price do dealers pay for the HE-400 when they order them from HifiMan?
I think HifiMan makes them for around $50-$70, dealers buy them for around $150-$200, and dealers normally sell them for $399.
mmm... headphones can probably be made pretty cheaply (I would guess maybe 25% of the retail price), but keep in mind the serious headphone companies do a lot of R&D and the other consumer brands like beats/bose spend a lot of money on advertising. And companies aren't in the business to give you deals, but to make $$$$ lol. So basically ALL headphones probably retail at least 50% markup from manufacturing price, but you can say similar things about most electronic product categories. Cheap parts + cheap manufacturing costs, but you are paying for the finished product + brand.
Just look at how the ue6000 dropped to $70 from retail of $200 and the Yamaha pro 500 dropped to $300 from $400. Both headphones probably cost about the same to make, but you are paying for the brand name.
Originally Posted by mogulmaster
I listen to mostly electronic music, but not the usual crappy trance/dubstep that most people think electronic music is... i.e. I like Nightmares on Wax, blockhead, amon tobin, burial, boards of canada, air, etc.. and i think that the timbral errors that i notice on the he-400 has will be hugely better on the lcd2 for artists such that i have listed. as they use a lot of natural instruments and vocals.
lol... i love electronic music, so i checked out your first recc Nightmares on Wax's top song: Da Feelin....... and ummm... no offense, but it's pretty terrible. it's way too repetitive w/ barely any variation. i wld say the "crapppy" top40s electronic music is much more interesting to listen too. tho I do like the idea of hip hop beats & a soul/funk vibe in electronic, but I don't personally think his music is very enjoyable. personal opinion of course. :)