Originally Posted by billybob_jcv
So - first off, the "significant differences" often spoken of around here actually range from really being a significant difference to really being a complete fantasy - and everything in-between. We have the "golden-eared" that will claim they can hear a significant difference between a headphone made on Monday and the same model made on Tuesday. (OK, I made that bit up) What they really hear, we have no idea.
Personally, I think your question is irrelevant. Regardless of what some folks think, this is not a contest and there aren't awards handed out or secret handshakes known only to those that can prove their ears are worthy.
Head-fi is entertainment. It's supposed to be fun. So - Have Fun! If you like the gear, then have fun geeking out about the gear. If you like the music, then have fun geeking out about the music. What you hear is what you hear. Don't apologize for what you hear - and always be willing to say what you really hear. You might be surprised how many people will actually agree with you, and you might find that what you hear really might not be as different from the rest of us as you think. Let the "golden ears" say whatever they want - what they hear has absolutely no bearing on what *you* hear - and in the end, that's all that is important!
being an audiophile is... your own thing. If you want to... learn how to pick up the differances in more expensive and higher priced headphones, I'd say wait until you get something like am HE 400i, DT 880, Akg K550 or one of the popular $300 headphones, open or closed
then listen to 2-3 songs on your $300 headphone, then buy your self a $30 Sony MDR 150, the differeances between the two will be huge, and will help you get a grasp on sound stage, clarity and the concept of an overall higher quality sound. Even if you can't put words to it... differentiating is more about knowing what your hearing,
and ofc you can take that a step to far and imagine things too ^^ but if your SO into Audio that your brain enjoys listening to your $3000 headphone cable more than the cheap $100... I suppose in the end that $3000 cable [being extreme here] gives you more pleasure, so do what ever you feel you need to, to increase your enjoyment. But ofc, talking to others and getting feed back on there experinces does help to shorten your path to audio nirvana!