There are two groups that fall in the headphones category: those who will pay obscene amounts of money for headphones and those who really don’t care. As much as headphones have evolved in the last couple of decades, not many people are keen to using them even though most of us need them to listen to whatever it may be we’re listening to privately. What might not make sense for some people is the fact that some headphones are just so expensive. If you think you’ve seen what expensive headphones look like, put down your Beats or your Sony headphones and check out the five most expensive headphones you can’t afford to buy.
Grado PS1000 – $1695
The look of the Grado headphones certainly has a unique quality to it. It’s very futuristic, machine-like, clean, and yet, it also has an old school feel to it in some way. It’s not flashy for the price, which might be a good thing or bad depending on who’s buying the headphones. This Grado is a favorite among many headphones users and aficionados. If you’ve never heard what expensive headphones should sound like, the Grado is a good place to start. Increase your price range, and you’ll be able to hear sounds that you might not have been able to pick up before with just your generic headphones.
Audeze LCD-3 – $1945
Audeze makes quality and expensive headphones, and all of them will stand out from the rest of the headphones you might be looking at. The LCD-3 has an open back design, which reveals the details of the inside design of the speakers themselves. It has a wooden trim and brown accents. It makes for headphones with a really urban vibe. It reminds us of a fan for some reason, but this headphone is for particular tastes; it’s not for everyone. Some users claim that once you put these headphones on, they’ll be hard to let go of. The sound quality is great compared to others in the line or below its grade.
Stax SR-009 “Earspakers” – $4450
The jump in price might be a little ridiculous, but it’s there because there’s a jump in quality as well. Only those with trained ears might be able to tell the difference, but it exists. You can be completely immersed in your music with these headphones and drown out all other noise. This Stax is another fan favorite in the headphone circle. There isn’t much there when it comes to design, and that might very well be what they were going for ultimately. It’s sleek and sophisticated and definitely something different. However, some people might say that it’s just too plain for the price. A little something extra might make it worth the money, but remember that all the extra you’re getting is in the sound, not the looks.
Ultrasone Edition 5 – $4999
Brown trimmings, wooden back—these are just the aesthetic parts. This Ultrasone may not be about the looks so much but rather the capability and features. This headphone uses some unique materials that might explain the price tag. It even uses Ethiopian longhaired sheep leather. Who does that? Ultrasone did. In addition, this headphone supposedly has a frequency response of 5Hz to 46,000Hz. If you’re not quite sure whether that’s a good thing or a bad thing, it’s good. You just have to ask yourself whether or not it’s worth the $5k. Some will say that being able to experience sound quality that good is definitely worth it.
Abyss AB-1266 – $5495
With its planar magnetic design, many headphone junkies will immediately be drawn to the Abyss like no other. Made with solid aluminum and low carbon steel front baffle, this headphone even has ultra soft lambskin pads. The goal is to produce the sound you’d get if you were in a room with a band, and this Abyss is quite close to there. There’s justification for the price, if you’re really looking, and if you’ve got more than $5k to spare. It’s not much a looker compared to the rest, and it almost has a weight to it. Some people might like it, while others may not. It’s all in your preference.