I generally listen far more to my IEM's during any given day (music or Audiobooks) than I do to my full-size headphones at my office or at home. I bet I probably listen to IEM's at least 5-6 hours a day and some days maybe even more...sometimes I wear them to bed, listening to music as I fall asleep.
The reason I ask about the "average" hourly use per week with your full-size headphones is because I just ordered a new set of HE-400's and I'm trying to decide if its REALLY worth it (should it be worth it, given my weekly usage) "to me" since I probably listen to my full-size headphones about 4 - 5 hours a week and that may be stretching it a bit. I'm sure that there are many weeks that I may only listen for an hour or two.
Is this about normal use for your full-size headphones or much less than you use yours?
See, I've read (been told) that the HE-500's are worth the $300 price difference over the HE-400's (better midrange and highs) BUT would they be worth it to most of you IF you were only using them a few hours a week?...and maybe you are...I don't know what average use is. I'D LOVE TO KNOW
At work, in my office I mostly listen to stand mounted speakers (right now: B&W CDM-1NT's) and when listening to my main system at home, once again, I primarily listen to speakers (Magnepan 1.7's). It's mostly later in the evening when I try to sit back and listen with my headphones.
Its funny, you want something for a while and you're sure of what it is that you want (the HE-400's) but once the time comes to pull the trigger to buy that "thing" all these other options start flooding in. Should I have bought the HE-500 rather than the 400's? Do I use them enough to justify paying nearly twice as much for the 500's?
Another thing is I like Grado's, I've been intrigued by their RS1i's for a long time...now $700 seems steep. Its hard to rationalize the price being twice that of my 325i's when both have leather headbands, neither use plastic earcups...I have zero doubt that the RS1i's sound GREAT but why given their design do they cost more than twice that of my 325i's? I just thinking/typing out loud here...not really expecting a reason.
I'm sorry, didn't mean to go on rant...I have too many hobbies and not enough cash to throw at all of them <grin>
We ALL want the best sound possible but I'm not sure that I listen enough to my headphone rig to justify paying $300 more on one set...but maybe they are worth the price difference!?
If you could give me feedback as to about how many hours a week you use your full-size headphone's I'd truly appreciate it.
Thanks so much!