This isn’t the typical purchase advice thread. But, I felt this was the best category for this thread.
I want to start a discussion on the relative value of home theater systems, headphones and IEMs.
I recently tried to build a new home theater system. I auditioned a bunch of speakers and selected a fairly high end amp. I am privileged enough to have a decently large budget. But it got me thinking about comparative sound value.
I was not happy with the amp or most of the speakers I auditioned. This is what lead me to headphones. Of all things, the sony xm4 headphones made me start looking at real headphones. I had purchased them during the speaker audition (for an unrelated reason) and found those terrible headphones to be better than the comparatively obscenely expensive home theater I was trying to build.
This basically blew up my audiophile existence. I cancelled the home theater (temporarily).
I started down the over ear path. This is somewhat documented in my blessing 2 dusk review.
Ultimately, I landed on IEMs as, by far, the best bang for your buck. I could buy empire ear odins for each member of the family and still spend less than I would on an arguably inferior home theater system.
To me, that statement is bat crap crazy. Like seriously? That’s an argument that says $3400 IEMs are possibly good value? Really?
What I really want to hear about is how does your personal audio experience compare to your theater experience?
How is the quality comparatively?
Which is the better value and why?
Does the crazy surround sound of 11.2 systems actually add value for you? Atmos?
Anyway, I would love to hear about others journeys.