Exactly something along those lines I was thinking of. As much as I dislike(d) CD there is no denying it did improve the quality of listening for majority of listeners. Analog of course is better - but at what cost multiple of CD rig it really makes sense to go analog ? RBCD by its very definition will never be able to provide "perfect sound forever" promised at the time of its inception.
Nanotubes have no such inherent built-in limitation as CD - let's support manufacturers who are doing pioneering in bringing us better sound at lower cost.
If what you guys who already have it say is at least partially true, which I have very little ground to doubt, then we might finally become transducers
that seem to do music justice. Frequency AND dynamic range approximating real thing - how many existing headphones, regardless of price, have you heard to do that? I consider Stax Omega very flawed design - it is smooth and sweet, yet its dynamic range is just plain insufficient. To its credit ( auditioned with its tube amp ) is the fact it clips eminently civilized - like a car that just will not go over say 60 mph nomatterwhat, you can push the pedal through the metal - it will still sound civilized, but 10 seconds hearing piano live will expose it as being compressed. I prefer Labda Pro/SRM 1 MK2, it is more balanced performer considering both sound signature AND dynamic range - it is less smooth/rafined but let's say its dynamic range is "sufficient". I could go on and on, my beloved AKG K 1000 have their limitations and one must steer clear of the tracks they are incapable of reproducing ( anything with good deep dynamic bass ) etc. JVC HA-S seems to be the jack of all trades and possibly master of some - at about one tenth the price. Yes, I would love to have circumarals of somewhat bigger dimensions - but Rome was not built overnight either. I do not think it was a coincidence JVC came up with IEMs with carbon nanotubes at first - perhaps technology has not matured yet to consistently produce bigger diaphragms , or the price would be too high - they are obviously taking one step at a time. JVC has very good track record when developing new technologies - CD-4 quadrophonia, although ultimately unsucessful in the market, did more than anything to improve phono cartridges ( and reproduced sound in home ) in say last 40 years and everyone must be familiar with VHS video. And their original first gen products in those fields are still considered valid even today. Hope HA-S500 is following suit.