Perhaps that is what he is saying, but that would just be a reason to buy them in my book. I can't even be bothered with mediocre recordings, much less lossy files. I'm surprised that anybody on head-fi would admit to preferring storage capacity over sound quality - surely a sign of the Apocalypse.
I have to disagree with this argument. Even back in the day of my first decent IEM(decent at the time) the se310, i start to hear quantization noises in mp3 files encoded at anything below 256Kbps, things gets progressively worst as i move to tf10 and se535. I end up removing all lower bitrate files and re-ripping all my CDs into lossless. Now i only carry lossless files in my iphone, that's what the 64gigs are for and carrying a little over a thousand songs around at a time may be a limitation to some, isn't quality not quantity that counts? The 4.Ai being one of the best universal IEMs around, should be expected to clearly and correctly reproduce any flaw in the mastering or encoding process, otherwise, why pay so much for a highend iem? If i want shiXXy mp3s to sound good, i just need to plug in my ibud and be done with it.
+1 on both statements, agree completely!