Originally Posted by up late
how they measure might not correlate with how they actually sound to you and me.
According to this Beats by Dr Dre are quite nice (at least for some people).
For me if someone is telling that K812 are reference headphones, they should sound like reference headphones, not really nice to someone. It should be as close to perfect sound reproduction as possible. Especially for that price. I bet there are some really good headphones, which sounds as good as K812, but much cheaper.
Example: I won recently Sennheiser Momentum On Ear. I also have K550, which I believe are also tizzy. And overall to listening I prefer K550. They have that nice non-distracting sound to listen them at the work. But I also know that Momentum are better. They just are. More details, better balance (even if there is just too much bass for me), sounds much more clear. So even if K550 sounds nicer for me I still will say that Momentum are better. And measures will prove it. So overall I would rank them higher.
I can justify spending lots of money for chasing the perfection. But spending over 1k $ (I am not living in the USA so for me it is really huge amount of money) just because some headphones sounds nice?