Originally Posted by JR4599638
This may seem like the dumbest question on headfi, but seriously, why are some headphones more expensive than others? I have apple headphones that came with my iPhone 5, ws55's, and SRH840's, and I honestly can't tell any significant differences in sound quality. For example, everyone on headfi praises the SRH840's for being revealing, but my apple headphones are just as revealing! I just don't understand why I would pay an additional $170 on SRH840's when I feel that other than features and small specs, they are equal in quality! Is it just me?
a headphone is more expensive mainly because it has more enginering on it, and it is more expensive because it has a better magnet, higher quality voice coil or an exotic material on the diaphragm.
If you cant hear a diference between your earbuds and the shures is just because you dont have a refined ear, I had apple earbuds too, and yeah they sound nice, warm and pleasant, but they are murdered by my shure 440, the shures expose a lot more detail and a far more coherent image of the music, and im sure about this because im a musician, i have playied trumpet in anorchestra for more than 5 years, i have a trained ear.
There are some phones (betats, bose) that are expensive only because companies want to steal your money, but real listeners headphones, like shure or audiotechnica, are more expensive because they have better enginering and higher quality materials on their drivers, and if you look at the measurements that makes them technically superior to other mainstream phones.
I suspect that you think the earbuds sound better with lower quality recordings than the shures just because they have a more "mainstream" and easy frequency response, the shures seem to sound worse just because they are more precise and honest, and that makes them actually better, is like crt and led tv, lower quality pictures (analog tv) look better on the crt just because it stretches and smooths the pixels (distorts it) and on the led it looks bad because the led tv isdesigned for higher quality material.