Originally Posted by Ishcabible
I definitely would concede that the RS2 sounds a lot more exciting than the ESW9 (Most of the Bust Buys in upper Illinois have the ESW9 for demo actually. Best Buys have A LOT of stuff to demo. Do you actually live in Chicago or a suburb?) but for some reason, I can't form an opinion on the ESW9. I really don't like how wooly they can sound, but their midrange is wonderfully warm at the same time.
Honestly at 15, you probably have better things to spend/save money on, like a car. Heck, I shouldn't even be thinking about getting a $1000 setup when Boston University (or any college I'm looking at) is going to cost me $50K+ a year... On the flip side, my irrational side is telling me it's just a thousand more to make college a little more bearable.
The ESW9 was just by way of example. It was the cheapest woodie I could think of. I live in a south suburb, and I can testify to the fact that a Best Buy around here will not have any decent equipment to audition. You probably have to order your headphones for delivery if you happen to find a pair on their site that isn't made by skullcandy, beats, bose, sony, or those $2 earbuds that everybody will inevitably need to replace.
I would probably be worrying about a car, if it weren't for the fact that there is already one waiting in the driveway for me once I get my license . I might have worried about financial troubles at this point, but I honestly don't spend much. My mom worries about my money more than I do. She won't let me spend on things she deems useless. Smart of her, yes, but she absolutely freaked out when I bought some $40 headphones (some cheapo ultimate ears;they broke within a few weeks), and as you can imagine, all online transactions have to go through her account.
That's partially why I wanted a grado, they're supposed to sound great with any source unamped. Imagine this...
"Hey mom, can I get these headphones?"
"What????? I can just get you some headphones from best buy!"
"Umm...these sound better..."
*Weeks of contemplating*
"Ok, order those headphones"
"Oh, and I need this DAC/Amp thingy..."
"What is that supposed to be?"
"It makes the headphones sound better..."
"...$200 [just throwing a random price range out there]"
You can imagine how well that would turn out...