|The STAX SR-009,|
arguably the best headphone on the market
|The world famous HD800|
The HD800 was famed for providing incredible imaging and soundstage, and it was the first $500+ headphone ever to be mass produced. And it was in fact so popular that eventually it's price almost doubled to $1500. As a result it lost some of its popularity, but the real reason was the introduction of other top class models.
After the HD800 there was the planar magnetic revolution in 2009. Two companies released new top of the line headphones that supposedly would be able to beat everything out there. These two companies were the American Audeze (pronounced Odyssey) and the Chinese Hifiman.
The LCD-2 costs $950, and the LCD-1 (now discontinued) cost $400. We can see a pattern here, one we could see in Sennheiser as well. Demand for >$1000 is there, and as a result companies start asking ridiculous prices for these cans. .
Currently Audeze is at the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest presenting the LCD-3, which costs a whopping $2000. However it has been famed to beat the $5000 STAX SR-009 by some initial impressions, I'm curious as to whether it can keep up this status. Although I highly doubt this since the SR-009 wins in terms of ergonomics. The LCD-3 is simply (like the LCD-2) far to heavy to be comfortable. This is because Audeze put in a very large amount of magnets in to create a strong uniform magnetic field, but unfortunately neodymium magnets are far from light.
|The serene HE-6|
|The Tesla T1|
I'd love to have one of these two, but it won't be for another 10 years or so until I can have a job earning even close enough to justify these.
|The peculiar K1000|
|The Infamous Edition 10|
This article is supposed to serve as an introduction to everyone that isn't literate with high end cans. In contrary to the speaker market, the high end headphone market is fairly small. I'm not implying I will ever buy even one of the cans I mentioned here, but they are definitely very interesting marvels of audio engineering.