Huh, guess you're right. Just over a year ago I got mine off B&H for $70 with free shipping. They're at $108 now. My mistake. Regarding the Oppo, its not that it's not pretty, its just that it reminds me of of headphones like the Momentum, MDR-1R, KEF M500, etc, which are all around the $300 price mark. It looks like the housing was designed first, and that it was given priority; like more was put into the design of the housing than the sound.