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Poll Results: How much money would you pay for a headphone setup that is guaranteed to be the best out there, for all types of music, i.e. a system where you would never have any doubt that there is no other set up out there that will sound better to your ears?

 
  • 47% (20)
    $3,000 to $5,000
  • 16% (7)
    $5,001 to $10,000
  • 23% (10)
    $10,001 to $20,000
  • 2% (1)
    $20,001 to $50,000
  • 0% (0)
    $50,001 to $150,000
  • 0% (0)
    $150,001 to $500,000
  • 2% (1)
    over $500,000
  • 7% (3)
    I already have such a system
42 Total Votes  
post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 

Survey - how much money would you pay for a headphone setup that is guaranteed to be the best out there, for all types of music, i.e. a system where you would never have any doubt that there is no other set up out there that will sound better to your ears?

 

Keep in mind this is a system custom built for your subjective tastes across all music types (or it could be a generic non-custom system if that happens to be the one that satisfies the criteria).


Edited by ag8908 - 4/12/14 at 11:56am
post #2 of 17

I think some your poll choices could be better. I don't think there is even headphone equipment or headphones that cost over 5,000 or 10,000USD

post #3 of 17

You are missing the option "I would not pay close to any of these amount because I don't care to have the best setup out there."

post #4 of 17

Just knowing how this works even if it was undeniably the best for my music, I'd probably still crave a different sound signature overall.

 

Quote:

Originally Posted by Joshua277456 View Post
 

I think some your poll choices could be better. I don't think there is even headphone equipment or headphones that cost over 5,000 or 10,000USD

 

Sony R10, Sony Qualia, Sennheiser Orpheus, Stax 009, JPS Abyss. Amps like Blue Hawaii and dacs like the Diamond dacs

post #5 of 17
Thread Starter 

who voted that they already have the system?

post #6 of 17

I am not so sure you can have a best.....you could have the most expensive, however.

post #7 of 17

I would never spend more than 500 EUR/USD on any headphone.


Edited by Blinxat - 4/13/14 at 4:11am
post #8 of 17
I assume the OP is referring to a headphone and amp pairing combination only?

In that event the top line cans are 3,000USD, the Abyss, Stax 009 are 5,000 and the Orpheus HE-90's are 15,000 to 40,000, if you can find anyone willing to part with their pair.

One setup up? Not a stable of 6 great hps?

Then it would have to be the Stax-009 with activator and a matching high SQ amp.

$5000 to $8000 USD.

But once one does that, the entire rest of your audio chain needs to be upgraded...but yeah - $5k.
post #9 of 17
My 2 biggest spends to date were ATH-L3000 headphones (which I no longer own) and my RudiStor amp that I have had for 7 years now
post #10 of 17

Where's the sub-$1000 level:P?

post #11 of 17
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Za Warudo View Post
 

You are missing the option "I would not pay close to any of these amount because I don't care to have the best setup out there."

 

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 . . .

post #12 of 17
That's probably correct but based on that criteria there probably souldn't be any options under 20.000 or even 30.000. That sum is based on my real world financial situation. If I won the big one, the sky's the limit.
Edited by nc8000 - 4/15/14 at 12:44am
post #13 of 17
Quote:
Originally Posted by ag8908 View Post

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!
post #14 of 17
Quote:
Originally Posted by marone View Post


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!

I think someone is not understanding the theoretical nature of the OP's question. We're talking about a magical non-existent headphone amp system that is guaranteed to play your music better than any other out there. How much would you pay to have it be yours? 

post #15 of 17

anything above 5k is very marginally good. i will save those 500k monies for the HeadFiFoundation. 

( after i cleared the VISA payments...hmmmm ) 

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