This is based on my experience. Having recently bought a pair of JH13fp. CIEM's.
If you are reading this, the likelihood is that you were not able to do a bit of research on the internet, buy a pair of headphones and go of to happily listen to your music.
Instead, like me, you probably bought a pair of headphones that you thought were very expensive and were surprised to find that they did not sound marvellous. Good yes but there was something... Missing.
There then followed much excitement, frustration and disappointment, during which time the gear associated with music reproduction became an interest. Even a hobby.
In the end it starts to make sense to go right to the TOTL. Scrimping and saving or, more likely, spending money you cannot afford on one "endgame" purchase.
Don't do it. It doesn't work like that.
IMO. The high end shares characteristics with the mid tier. There is still no such thing as the perfect headphone. What there are is products that do certain things superlatively well. In the same way that mid tier does certain things very well. There are also similarly different presentations and emphasis. Maybe even flaws and compromises. With the mid tier due to budget. TOTL sheer physics.
You need to have the disposable income to afford to experiment within high end in the same way as perhaps you can in the mid tier. Otherwise it might be better to stay with gear that is designed to get the best out of limited possibilities.
It cost me £1000 to learn this. I offer it here for free!
Edited by krismusic - 5/14/14 at 1:15am