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 Personally and being a treble head, I don't think AKG 501 have more resolving highs than HE-4s although these were two different times and memory can't be trusted per will. I found them a bit soft and having a definite roll-off but then I am comparing them to E-stats and SA-5K. The HE-4 highs are more amp dependent and if you try them out of speaker taps, there is a noticeable bump in resolution. I have noticed planars always need a lot of current to show their true...
 The Stax sound makes me stop worrying about highs, mids, bass and lets one assess the music and the instruments in them as a whole. Besides, like you said to each his own so the highs a reviewer feels as evident enough would be too much or too less for the reader... Orthos don't have poor quality highs, If you listen to Magnepans you would know. Their membranes being heavy with sputtered resistance traces(for cans and Apogee,Piega) or copper wire(for mags) have an earlier...
 Thanks for your explanation, I do not know how thoroughly you could assert that cheaper driver material doesn't affect the end consumers. The discussion started from the links xecutor posted about planar magnetics where they talk about lighter materials being the direction of progress and consequently to my link of the seminar. I hope this makes it clear where I am coming from. Regards,
 If you go thru the seminar, you will notice that the fraction is indeed significant. 60% of the costs are in magnets and rest make up the material, the frame, support etc. When NCC is cheaper than many driver materials used today and twice as efficient, we might not need rare earth magnets to guarantee better efficiency...which will cut down the costs by quite a bit. Yes I agree its a rip-off  but I do not think that planar magnetic companies have a target profit pricing...
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 FFLs seem to be another myth now huh... renaming an old technology with a new name.   You mean planar magnetic or just planars? Planar mags heard re-paded Hp-3 over a week and HE-4 for a short time from speaker taps. Never owned any. They are so puny when compared the Magnepan 1.7s I heard, planar mags at its finest. Other planars I auditioned - Stax 3030 system and Wacharas DIY cans. What makes you so curious what I heard or didn't ? 
  Yes, nano-cellulose might be a logical progression from today's industry but that is because we are taking for granted that the 'best' principle of sound reproduction is lower driver mass than the air in front it. 
    Materials form only one dimension of this progress. Sputtering machines can have a similar commercial curve to the now affordable 3D printers and hence newer manufacturers can provide more affordable market solutions. Its also the case that a different principle which doesn't need lower Q value to work will eliminate the need to find the lightest material with commendable rigidity. I mean if you see the advancements in normal speaker materials like kevlar and...
I like the direction of this discussion. Nano-cellulose will probably make headphones & Speakers more affordable by cutting down Magnet costs. There are still technologies unexplored in the Headphone world that can probably do equally good as others.   
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