When I came here in 06, I was at first shocked, then startled at the height that some had gone in this pursuit. Over the years I've since come to the conclusion that budgets and resources are a relative thing and that judgment was a cardinal vice in this hobby. I realized that if it weren't for these members, our hobby would still be playing ear buds from an ipod and decent headphones would be a longing only a few could have afforded.
Today we owe our buffet of quality gear to their spirit and motivation and also to the DIYers with the inventiveness and drive to squeeze that last 1% out of our music. I'm grateful and humbled by the road this hobby has traveled and to the members that have driven it's advancements. At the top of that list is Jude for the countless hours put into developing this site and holding a group of audiophiles together. Gary Bettman has nothing on this man.
To the title, who sticks out to you as one of these champions of headphone audio? To me, Santa sticks in my mind. The gear shots from the headquarters of the Cayman Island Head Fier's executive committee were jawdropping. Another is the AKG master of ceremonies Fitz.