Just found this thread after reading tons of "appreciation" threads/posts and have realized that so many people essentially regurgitate, almost verbatim, what the OP has written, and then pass it off as an original thought. Some of the posts are literally word for word, without quotations or reference to the OP. This is why I don't read reviews for movies before I see them, easier to keep an open-mind that way and then you know that your critique is honest, unbiased or less biased, and truly your own thoughts and feelings. Unfortunately I have no way to demo any headphones, so I have to rely on other people's reviews.
But I digress, I wonder where the OP ranks the TH-900 value wise now that they have dropped down to $1500. Really surprised he ranks them so poorly. Would have guessed they would have at least been in the top 20, sound quality wise, based upon everything I have read.
I think thats because the reviewer believes that HE-6, HD-800 performs better than the TH-900 (especially since he emphsizes the importance of neutrality often) so in that aspect to him, the TH-900 is a poor value since the previous two phones are several 100 dollars cheaper. Since they are 1500 like you said, i would guess that his take would be slightly different?
But even at 1500 its still more expensive than HE-6 and HD-800