It is my opinion that you started an inflamatory thread.
"Do $200 headphones sound "the same" as >$500, or $1000 headphones? (assuming proper amplification)"
No. they dont sound the same. This thread title is seriously misguided.
Pick 3 $200 headphones. Lets say the DT880, D7000 (based on how they sound, not what some fools pay), and the Grado PS1000. Do they sound the same? Not even close.
Lets pick 3 $1000 headphones. The HD600, the Grado HP1000, and the AKG K1000. Do they sound the same? Not even close.
Lets pick 3 $2500+ Headphones. The HD800, the R10, and the STAX 007 (**** mk2, original, before head-fail made STAX screw them up) Do they sound the same? Not even close.
It is nearly impossible to find 2 different headphones AT THE SAME PRICEPOINT that sound the same, why would you think for a second that it would be possible to find 2 headphones at DIFFERENT pricepoints that sound the same?
If you clearly identify what you are looking for (to yourself) it *may* be possible to find a less inexpensive headphone that has the qualities you like (and does not have the characteristics you dont like) from a more expensive headphone. If you want a headphone that sounds exactly like the (insert model here) guess what you should buy? The (insert model here).
Edited by nikongod - 5/2/14 at 9:07am