I'm confused about headphones, bear in mind I'm very new to learning about audio, I've been reading a lot on forums and informative websites about headphones, sound cards, and the like. I've been asking around what makes a good headphone? I've been finding out what Frequency Range is and Frequency response is. So far, I'm finding that headphones generally have the same stats if you want to look at them that way. When asked specifically or by looking at forum posts such as from http://www.head-fi.org/t/372051/how-to-tell-if-a-headphone-is-good/30, what makes a good head phone? The only answers I can muster to find are "You have to listen to a lot to get experience" or "If you enjoy the way a particular headphone presents the music to you, then it's good." However, then I find answers like "In this case, your K340's are better." Which, in this case, this individual must have some knowledge to say headset X is better than headset Z.
So I guess my questions are these:
1.) Are headphones something that you can compare statistically like a graphics card or car?
Yes, by which someone can take stats from them and compare aspects by saying "Oh, yea this graphics card is better because it has 4 gigs of memory and the other 2 gigs" or "Yea, this Volkswagen GTI is awesome because it has an extra 45 horsepower compared to a Honda Civic."
2.) Are headphones something that you can not compare? It simply comes down to listening experience and being able to tell the difference that way.
No, These ATH-M50's and Ultrasone EDITION 5 HEADPHONE are simply about just knowing the difference between them by listening.
So then that leaves me with my final questions:
3.) If they are comparable statistically what should I be looking for?
4.) If they are not comparable statistically why are ATH-M50's $125.00 and Ultrasone EDITION 5 HEADPHONE's 4999.95$?
Thank you for reading and for any answers. I'm really just trying to figure out the audio world so any help is appreciated. By the way in case you are a car lover, I don't really know if and Volkswagen GTI is better than a Honda Civic in horsepower etc, they were just the first cars to come to mind. I guess you can answer that question if you like as well.
Edited by Fruhstuck - 12/6/13 at 10:14am