Headphones - Is more expensive really better?
Here is one question that has been bugging me for a bit now: Is there a point where you simply do not notice the 'improvement' in audio quality with more expensive headphones?
I recall watching an Olympic athlete several years ago being interviewed and he said that even the major sportswear manufactures told him (regarding trainers) that once you reach about the £80 price point there is actually no more improvement to be made in terms of the performance a shoe will offer. Is this the same for personal headphones I wonder. It wasn't long back that for a 'top end' set you would pay a maximum of about £100, but now with famous names (mainly rappers whose qualifications in micro electronics and audio engineering I couldn't comment on) putting their names on headsets you can now pay between £200-£300. Are they really worth that much?
I currently have a pair of AKG's which I got several years back from Richer Sounds for £25 and the guy in the shop basically said to forget paying any more than £70 for a good set (these were reduced from £60) as unless you were a piece of audio monitoring equipment you wouldn't notice any sound improvements.
So, do you think expensive cans are worth it, and if so what is your 'limit'?