Too much drama for an earphone thread. Everyone needs to step back and relax a bit.
The elitism and seriousness needs to stop. I'm pretty sure 99%+ of the people posting here are not Audio Engineers, so posts should be taken as suggestions, impressions, and entertainment at best. To call one person's opinion hyperbole makes the whole thread hyperbole. What makes anyone else more qualified to make that assumption?
I doubt many others have designed and built their own speakers here, nor set up the soundboards at major concert arenas, nor play any instruments, but I wouldn't take a stance that i know any better about audio than anyone else either. Those concerts have easily done some damage over time, so someone in their early 20's could have much better hearing. I could pick out a certain frequency by ear where that person cannot though. Both shared opinions give more useful info than just one.
More Doppio, Dunu, Piston, and Sony talk, less of the attacks please.