Originally Posted by Sonic Defender
Unless you were spending in a manner that was rash or dangerous I fail to see why you couldn't keep the headphones. Do you work and contribute to the household? I hate to say it but women typically never approve of such expenses whether they are actually affordable or not. I would support your wife's view if you were being crazy and spending well beyond your means, but if you could pay the credit card hit off in say 4 months then you should keep them. You may look back and say why did I let her tell me what to do. Women are frequently angry where our audio behavior is concerned and if you let them dictate your gear you will be listening to music through Sony earbuds and a Walkman they found at a yard sale for $2. I have a PortaPro and they are certainly nice, but I do hate hearing about women telling us what to do meanwhile a trip through their clothing collection is often interesting, but of course that is different. Cheers, and sorry for your loss.
Hesitated to weigh in, but now I have to. Not consulting your spouse on a $900 purchase is foolish, irresponsible, and probably both; unless you're made of money, of course, and dropping a grand here and there is no big deal. Also, my wife fully understands that I want these cans, and is not against the idea, but by mutual consent it'll take my birthday or Christmas before that happens. And even then, I'm not so sure about them. Can I justify the expense in light of how often I use my HE-500s, which I love. OTOH, she recognizes this is my hobby, and really the only one that costs any serious money to pursue, and in that sense she is very supportive.
It's a tough lesson to learn, having your wise pissed at you. It's not pleasant. Hopefully Art learned a lesson or two, as they are certainly there to be learned. That said, I agree that one shouldn't allow oneself to get pushed around. It's all about finding that balance. Unless you're @hifimanrookie, who seems capable of hiding even bigger expenses, communication is best.
Back on track, keep all those impressions coming. It's interesting to watch the hype train suddenly become a roller coaster of sorts.