Originally Posted by ag8908
The people picking $3,000 to $5,000 are sort of saying "I don't care to have the best setup out there" because there's no way you're meeting the criteria for that amount . . .
How do you figure that?
There is only one headphone that is priced greater than $5,000 USD.
That's the best setup, and it's not $30k USD, and the HE-90 is rumoured (never heard it sadly) to be equaled by several top of the line current headphones that are $3k to $5k.
In 2014, best setup is $5k for phones perhaps only $3k.
Are you culling for everything?
I could list a Mark Levinson, Krell or Apogee system that is $500k, but we are talking headphones. That's a pair of cans and an amp not the entire chain.
$5k to $8k would get you the best, then you would get into matters of preference with the highest end hps and head-fi amps.
I suppose you *could* run your HE-90 ($50,000) from the taps of a Pivetta Opera One ($650,000USD) or buy a Kipnis Home Theatre System, but that's not a 'headphone setup'.
Why would you need 20 kilowatts at your headphone input? Yikes!