Originally Posted by ninjames
Man 2013 has been so disappointing in music. I've settled back down and am still consistently amazed by my HE-400 but the actual albums themselves have been sucking pretty bad this year. So far I've only got two or three I like.
But yeah after spending some more time with my HE-400, my next upgrade is definitely going to be one of the top two Stax units. So I'm .. pretty far away from that.
I feel quite the same but come out with a different conclusion.
I feel that diminishing return sets in huge after the HE-400s and therefore do not wish to invest hundreds if not thousands into hifi as of now.
The thing which is most important for me (and should be for everyone really imo) is the enjoyment factor when listening to the music through the headphone. These HE-400 may not be the most technically advanced hp, but they do well enough to get me engaged in music with no problems.
Sometimes, I think that from reading through this site, that too many people care about minimal technical differences which may not have much effect at all after brain burn in sets in. And this imo makes themselves forget that actually they are supposed to be interested in hifi to enjoy the music you love more rather than trying to be critiques/reviewers.