Originally Posted by eke2k6
Comments like this upset me because they belittle the engineer's efforts in designing and implementing a product. All three of these iems employ technologies that are relatively unique, and can be classified as niche. The key here is "value." How much do you value this item, and how much are you willing to pay? Would you ever walk into a car dealership in the Beverly Hills, and tell the salesman that the sexy black Lamborghini Murcielago is "Massively Overpriced and impractical"? If the senior head-fi'ers that own the iems mentioned (apart from the Senn, of course) and say they're better than anything other universal they've ever heard, then who are you to say that's not worth something. In the vehicle world, you can pay upwards of $50,000 extra to get a fraction of a second increase in 0-60mph times.
If you feel like the iem is not worth it, then look at the thread and pass by without comment. As far as impracticality goes, it's been said that the FI-BA-SS and K3003 are extremely comfortable, and deliver sound equivalent to flagship full-sized headphones without the need for massive amps, and they're tiny in comparison.
I don't mean to offend. I love technology of all varieties, and also happen to be a dedicated car guy. I understand that it take tons of craftsmanship and engineering effort to make such a device, but I also belive that we don't need to take ourselves too seriously once it's done. The K3003 and FI-BA-SS are amazing earphones, but there's no doubt in this world that they are materially overpriced. I'm not saying that they're inferior because of that, and if I had the money I'd snap up a massively overpriced, impractical device like a Stax SR-009 in a moment. What I'm saying is that it's okay to admit to ourselves that it doesn't take $1000 to make a K3003 or a FAD IEM, and even if they're revolutionary there's still an above-normal profit margin in that.
I restore Shelby Mustangs and Cobras for a living, and love every minute. The best part of the job is seeing an owner get his (or sometimes her) concours-ready car from our shop and just hoon the hell out of it, even though the restorations can run into six figures and he or she just knocked at least a few grand off the value by even getting a speck of dirt on the thing. When the final bill is tallied we often get comments from some of the people who've come to us more than once about how they now have to bubble-wrap their cars somewhere due to the cost, but it's all in good fun. We readily admit that our cars, from a parts and mechanical standpoint, are impractical and massively overpriced. That said, that's nothing to be ashamed of. It's just something to joke about, because inside we know that we take pride in that impractical and massively overpriced beauty.
Edited by ssrock64 - 4/15/12 at 7:03pm