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I'm going to add one comment before I ignore the rest of the insane comments in this discussion. First, if you've been reading discussion you will know that several pages back Will said that on massdrop exclusive items, the "MSRP" is essentially made up. If you thought you were spending $400 to get $1000 sound then you need to have your head examined. Given the discount driven nature of massdrop I wouldn't expect anything better than $600 sound out of these, and that's being generous.
Anyway, this discussion makes me want to vomit, so I won't be back.
Well, that's not exactly what he said... he did say that the MSRP for these is a made-up number, but he also said that *in general* MSRP is a fantasy number that bears little relationship with actual price. Which means you need to take the street price of whatever $1000 MSRP headphone you have in mind and use that, not the MSRP, as your point of comparison to these. (If you really care about that.)
As for whether one gets "more than $600 sound" out of these, I have no idea what that means...
MSRP isnt a fantasy number when ure dealing with a company such as BOSE. there are companies who actually sell at MSRP
The point is the company decides what the MSRP is arbitrarily. There's not some MSRP genie that flies around and says "ah yes, the sound of these headphones is worth $1000". Bose can set MSRP at whatever they want, just like Massdrop can.
That's why I emphasized *in general*.
The company can say the MSRP is whatever they feel like saying. In general, the actual price is less than the MSRP.
In the case of Bose, they have to hold the line because without insanely high prices, they couldn't pay for all the marketing to sucker people in ;-) [Disclaimer: the original 901's were a very worthwhile game changer.]