What product is so socially unacceptable that its makers hide it in cigarette boxes? Why, CMoy headphone amplifiers, headphones, and related audio equipment, of course. These ADDICTED audiophiles spend more on audio equipment each week than a methhead will spend in a month on drugs. The main fix comes from headphones, of which many self-admitted audiophiles own dozens, even hundreds for some who, like celebrities on drugs, are rich enough to fund their addiction almost daily.
Most audiophiles start off with entry-level gateway "cans", as they're called on the street, like Sony and WeSC products, and some are smart enough to get off that high before it gets addicting. However, a minority of headphone users get ever more expensive and inebriated in their tastes. These people buy continuously more expensive headphones, and eventually the quality of the drug needs supplementing, which leads them to the ever more expensive purchases of amplifiers, sound cards, and full portable rigs. In their quest for the next even higher high, they lose track of their personal finances, their social lives, and the family that they formerly loved. However, as they adapt more to the sound of high-end cans, their highs get less and less. Somebody moving up in dosage from a Sennheiser HD650 to an HD800 will feel much less affected by the audio quality as, say, a person who moved from a CX150 to the HD800. In the end, all they're left with is an insatiable demand for better audio quality and a bunch of unused, obsolete equipment left behind.
It is a vicious cycle, and it is awesome.