The title pretty much says it all, but here are the details:
A) This is new territory for me. I have fairly nice audio equipment in my car and home (lots of Polk Audio - RTi A series in home theater and MM series in car). I've never, sadly, owned headphones worth more than $20 though.
B) This will be a Christmas gift, so budget is limited. The $216 for the Westone 3's is already stretching it.
C) I'll be listening mostly to metal and rock. I love bands like Tool, Dream Theater, Leprous, Oceansize, Metallica, Alter Bridge, etc.
D) I'll be listening to this music from my Verizon GSIII. Now, I am also getting a mini-micro USB cable and a FIIO E07K (Andes) DAC/Amp to bipass my subpar on-board DAC. So I'm hoping this will help make these new headphones sing! Also note that the music files are all lossless.
E) I'm looking for the best value. This is ultimately my question: is $216 for Westone 3's worth the extra $88 from the Sennheiser CX985's? I suspect it is, and the Westone 3's were nearly $300 just a few weeks ago. But this is where I need your expert help!
F) If there's an even better deal, I'm open to listening! These are the two I've picked from my research and price range so far though.
G) Any thoughts on the FIIO part working with my GSIII? I've heard people say it works, and some say it doesn't. I'm sure it depends on the ROM/kernel combination, but I'm not sure which ones work with it. Any experience on that end would be icing on the cake!
Thanks guys - this is my first post here but I read things on here constantly. Great information can be found on this site!
Edited by PsiPhiDan - 11/26/13 at 7:04pm