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post #16 of 29
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Problem is, head fi is here because most of us can't do that.

 

Which is why I really can't see myself shelling out more than say $100 for something I've never heard.

post #17 of 29
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Which is why I really can't see myself shelling out more than say $100 for something I've never heard.

I was ultimately satisfied and many were with shelling out post $100 on head fi. Head fi exists in a sense for this reason. User reviews and feeback. If you go with the mentality in headphone audio of only getting things you have heard that are over $100, most head fiers would just go with beats.

post #18 of 29
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I was ultimately satisfied and many were with shelling out post $100 on head fi. Head fi exists in a sense for this reason. User reviews and feeback. If you go with the mentality in headphone audio of only getting things you have heard that are over $100, most head fiers would just go with beats.

 

Or the ATH-M50, which you can get for $99 on the rare occasion.

 

Which, in my opinion, is the best thing you can do with $99. For most people it will be the only headphone they will ever need to buy in their lives.

post #19 of 29
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Or the ATH-M50, which you can get for $99 on the rare occasion.

 

Which, in my opinion, is the best thing you can do with $99. For most people it will be the only headphone they will ever need to buy in their lives.

For most. Not me. I need moar.

post #20 of 29
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For most. Not me. I need moar.

 

Well, I would never shell out my money for things that cost more than that based off just things I read...because face it, it's audio. Everyone have different preferences. There's nothing non-subjective here.

post #21 of 29
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Well, I would never shell out my money for things that cost more than that based off just things I read...because face it, it's audio. Everyone have different preferences. There's nothing non-subjective here.

You can argue that, but if everyone thought that way for not buying stuff over a price that they didn't personally hear. Then the capitalistic system may have some trouble in terms of private hobby materials.

post #22 of 29
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You can argue that, but if everyone thought that way for not buying stuff over a price that they didn't personally hear. Then the capitalistic system may have some trouble in terms of private hobby materials.

 

It depends on your income. If you have a ton of cash then of course you can do it.

post #23 of 29
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It depends on your income. If you have a ton of cash then of course you can do it.

Most don't, but yes. I can see what you mean by not buying past a certain price but many can't do that as they can't access the demo's used with no meets or anything.And sure, they may be hurt but in the long run, trying and getting into audio is better than never trying, and staying with fear of losing that $200. My depression has shown me this. That uneventful and not trying to not get hurt is nice and all, but you can't live life this way.

post #24 of 29
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And sure, they may be hurt but in the long run, trying and getting into audio is better than never trying, and staying with fear of losing that $200. 

 

That's called having a ton of spare cash.

post #25 of 29
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That's called having a ton of spare cash.

Which brings us back to not many do which does lead to again, saying that many do put trust in head fi and sites like this

post #26 of 29
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Which is why I really can't see myself shelling out more than say $100 for something I've never heard.

 

I don't think you got Bowei's point: most people outside the US don't have the privilege of hearing something before we buy it. Measurements and impressions are all we have available. So if we did like you... we'd never buy anything.

So far I haven't been disappointed with the reviews I read, if you do a lot of reading on something you get a good idea of what to expect. First of all not all reviewers are alike, you can tell which ones are all hype and which have some experience. Second, you can look for common keywords, like if 7 out of 8 reviews mention good detail, then it probably does have good detail.


Edited by LizardKing1 - 8/20/12 at 4:24am
post #27 of 29
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I don't think you got Bowei's point: most people outside the US don't have the privilege of hearing something before we buy it. Measurements and impressions are all we have available. So if we did like you... we'd never buy anything.

So far I haven't been disappointed with the reviews I read, if you do a lot of reading on something you get a good idea of what to expect. First of all not all reviewers are alike, you can tell which ones are all hype and which have some experience. Second, you can look for common keywords, like if 7 out of 8 reviews mention good detail, then it probably does have good detail.

 

Yes that's exactly how I get an impression about how something is supposed to sound. I don't take any individual review as gospel but if I hear a number of people say something sounds a certain way  think its highly likely that thats the way it sounds.

post #28 of 29

yeah, now if i was a normal person who wanted to hear stuff well id be limited to the brands the 4 local stores have which includes some overlap  (try and find a uk audio shop that doesnt stock B&W) now if i wanted to hear something different it means traveling which peopel just arent going going to do unless they atleast have an awareness of another brand or product.  thats where i think what hi works, it tells you something exists.

post #29 of 29

Cambridge audio have been feeling the brunt of what hifi's 5 star reviews by getting 4 stars with nearly everything they have brought out lately..top retailer richer sounds in england said if something doesn't get a 5 star review it plods along and hardly sells..


Edited by our martin - 9/10/12 at 3:15pm
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