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I am looking for high end headphones, I have never been a audiophile, so I have a few questions for you guys who have a lot of knowledge in this area.

If you can help, please do.

1. Do you need to a audiophile to tell the difference?
2. How severe is the difference?
3. Does the difference meet the price?
4. What do you look for in high end audio headphones/headsets?
5. What do you think are a few great price/performance headphones/headsets?
6. Do you need special bit rate to tell the difference, or is it just for all?

Thanks.
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If you've never noticed a difference, just start small. Get 100-200$ headphones with a sound card or amp. For some people that's enough, others need more
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Some people also buy it for luxury. Such as velour or microfiber padding, springy headband, lightweight structure with some kind of exotic metal, etc. Look at Sennheisier. They charge you like what, an extra $100 for a mild tweak here or there. Audio wise I imagine they are pretty incremental upgrades and most of it is probably due to improved ergonomics and materials construction.
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I am looking for high end headphones, I have never been a audiophile, so I have a few questions for you guys who have a lot of knowledge in this area.

If you can help, please do.

1. Do you need to a audiophile to tell the difference?
2. How severe is the difference?
3. Does the difference meet the price?
4. What do you look for in high end audio headphones/headsets?
5. What do you think are a few great price/performance headphones/headsets?
6. Do you need special bit rate to tell the difference, or is it just for all?

Thanks.
1. No you don't need to be an audiophile to tell a difference. I went from good Bose Noise Canceling Headphones to Sennheiser HD280 Pro's, and there was a huge difference.
2. With headphones that love using sound cards/amps, you will notice a huge difference
3. Totally.
4. Doesn't distort, good reviews, sturdiness, crisp sound, loudness, comfortable.
5. Sennheiser HD280 Pro
I also owned a pair of the Skullcandy SkullCrushers, but the subwoofer blew in it after a week so I dont recommend those, although they did sound great during the time I used them.
6. Not too sure on this one, I myself own a pretty good sound card, but they do sound pretty good on my iPod as well.
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I am looking for high end headphones, I have never been a audiophile, so I have a few questions for you guys who have a lot of knowledge in this area.

If you can help, please do.

1. Do you need to a audiophile to tell the difference?
2. How severe is the difference?
3. Does the difference meet the price?
4. What do you look for in high end audio headphones/headsets?
5. What do you think are a few great price/performance headphones/headsets?
6. Do you need special bit rate to tell the difference, or is it just for all?

Thanks.
1) Audiophiles have the same ears as everyone else. Only they usually have more perspective on things through experience and knowledge thus know what to look for sound wise and can judge with greater expertise good sound over bad sound.
2 + 3) Really depends on what aspect of audio you are talking about and from what pricepoint to another pricepoint
4) If the headphone suits my music taste / the way I intend to use it. As with anything, bang for buck factor
5) depends totally on pricepoint and on the answer in 4). There is no point 'blind recommending' as everyone has different needs.
6) 'for all'.
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I fell like almost everyone can hear the difference between good sound and bad. However, you will never know that there is a diffence until you have been exposed to it.

Also, it doesn't take a ton of money to get some good headphones, you just have to know what to look for. For instance a $100-200 pair of Sennheiser or Grados will sound a lot better than a more expensive pair of Bose headphones.

I don't know myself but have heard that upgrading headphone gear is subject to exponential decay in terms of price vs performance. That is to say that the higher up you go in terms of gear, the less of a difference it seems to make.

I'd say a pair of decent cans and maybe a soundcard/dac+amp and you will be good to go.
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