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Worth saving for JH13/16 instead of buying P7/NAD HP50/Momentums?

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My circumstances are such that my portable setup will be where I listen to 90% of my music from. I'm ready to upgrade to some really good headphones and a portable amp (coming from Sennheiser HD 280 pro, unamped) and from the limited selection I can survey in my area, I like the B&W P7s the most.

 

My question is, if you were to only have one pair of headphones and for that pair to be your sole listening device, and it as required that said pair be portable, do you think the quality jump from something like the P7s/Momentum/HP50s to the JH13s/16s is large enough to warrant the extreme jump in price? I know that valuing sound quality in monetary terms is highly subjective and circumstance-specific, but given that I may not be able to audition the JHs for myself I was hoping you guys could give me some of your feelings.


Edited by audioops - 1/30/14 at 7:03am
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One last try. I thought this was a good question.

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humm... to be honest i can't answer your question directly as i don't have the JH13 or 16's, but i've had the Shure SE line of In-ear monitors for a while starting with the 2's and now on the SE535 for over 3 years. I think for 99% of my use the in-ears are a better bet. Granted at the prices of $1000 i'm i'm sure you'd need at least $10,000 in audio equipment to get the most out of those headphones. I love my SE535's and would never give them up. If your looking for in-ears the big jump between $4-500 and $1000+ i think is only warranted if this is your likelihood or you are an extreme audiophile. Other than that there's no reason to dish out that much in In-ears since for the same price you could receive monitors that would produce much better sound (open-back monitors). even the new SE 846 i find little reason other than bragging rights or profession that you would actually need those, since even with portable amps,better cabling and filter mod with my fiio and cowon i feel the SE535's have a lot growth potential left based on source.   

 

That's just my two cents

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I think you should start up the ladder slowly. You can get the momentum's or whatever headphone, then sell them to get some JH 16's. You can experiment a little, and see what you like. The JH 16's are a top-tier IEM , and are somewhat "end-game".

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