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My Audio Journey / The Casual "Audiophile"
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I really like this post. I myself have had this sort of realization recently; just bought a set of headphones that could be considered "endgame" for about $400 (Hifiman HE-500), and while I do notice and appreciate the sonic differences to a certain degree as compared to my other headphones, it didn't blow me away like my first transition from Apple earbuds to my HD598 did. I am definitely a casual enthusiast like yourself (though I did let myself go crazy with the purchases for a bit...), and, except for the LCD 2's (someday), don't see myself ever wanting to pursue audio further than this. I guess it's a case of exponentially diminishing returns after a certain point, and honestly...I don't think an extra $1000 is worth that 5% increase in audio fidelity that so many people chase (for me). I doubt I could hear the difference anyway, haha. This got rambly real fast...