And that, right there, is why I will never be an audiophile.
You simply shouldnt have to suffer for the sake of the 'art' of enjoying music. It conjurs the image of John Atkinson sitting in a basement in New Jersey with 350K of gear, listening intently to a rare vinyl pressing for some obscure artefact that 99.9999% of us could care less about. Sad.
Good post, and I agree, but it is a bit puzzling to see that point made on an internet forum (ie alone on a computer) about audiophile headphone gear. I mean you do have 3k posts here. But I guess you think you enjoy your gear, and don't analyze it? Do you enjoy music more than the guy wearing earbuds? You clearly analyze your gear more than the ibud guy. Do you enjoy music more than the looser in the basement?