Originally Posted by chowmein83
On that topic, I have actually managed to compare my 400i to the Ether on the same setup - this was with a Schiit Ragnarok and Yggdrasil combo at SoCal CanJam. When I compared the two, the 400i actually stood its own against the Ether - sure, the Ether was definitely better, but the 400i was actually not far behind. It was quite impressive to me, to say the least, that a $500 headphone could go against a $1500 headphone and not embarrass itself.
I have to keep reminding myself of this, and the law of diminishing returns.
I always lust after the most expensive, and in my mind therefore best, that I could possibly buy.
I have to have the most expensive headphones or the most expensive pair of handmade in England leather shoes.
I have to research for weeks to get the best new phone or the best new laptop.
The reality is that I was listening to my JVC HA-RX700 headphones the other day and I loved them.
I am not sure if it is my source, the quality of the music I listen to, mostly 80's punk rock, drone metal and Tom Waits and Nick Cave, or my ears but they sounded 80% as good as my beloved TH900's.
I could most likely be forever satisfied with the 400i's but I will always want the Ether's or the next best headphone.
I may have deep rooted psychological problems.