I think all you guys make some valid points. It is a fact that great cheaper stuff is harder to come by than mid fi products that are readily available..Truth be told how many great cheapo cans are there really. On this site we are talking maybe 3 or 4 cans..And that is because a few of us realize that there are such thing as great sounding cheaper stuff and others agree..I only wish there was more cans like the Somics and the HA-S500s of the world but truth be told there are limitations of these cans in one way or another. And we mod them to no end just to get them to sound better. This is certainly a fun way of trying to improve the stock product to make them sound like much more expensive cans and for the most part it is easily done. But in the end no mater how much modding you do or cables you use or magic dust you throw on your cheapos they are still cheapos. An orange is an orange no matter how you slice n dice it.
It is awesome to find a cheapo can that can reproduce 90% plus of a higher end can which is again easier said than done. But do they actually replace the higher end cans and their sonic abilities?..Not really. It can come close no doubt but it doesn't. But at the same time cheapo stuff has it's role. I remember listening to the MP8320 for the first time thinking. Wow these things sound great and how can these little iems cost only $7.11. See for me there is no commitment for stuff like that. You can just throw it in your ears not to analyze it's faults but just to enjoy the music..I think it is the smart headfier that try out a budget can to find out what they like in a sound before committing to something higher end. As even higher end stuff guys end up selling just to try n find what they truly prefer. I don't ever recall people being 100% satisfies with any can at any level. Even the mighty grail of headphones the HE-90 has guys buying them and then selling them.. I think it is more important to find ones preference in sound more than any other factor in this hobby to pursue the ideal headphone for you..
I actually encourage guys to find them gems. I know there are out there and they exist. With audio gears at an all time high in popularity, if a cheaper product get noticed it only encourages companies to do one better. And who don't want better..