Also, alot of people that prefer IEMs to HPs include the practicality when judging their preference. You showed few examples but the truth is majority of people on this forum prefer the sound quality from a full sized can whilst appreciating what their CIEMs can do and perhaps use it more than the cans due to their portability etc. Also, do note that this was when the JH13 hype was beyond ridiculous too. Guess what? Look at their profiles now. Of about 5 people that were raving on how great the JH13s were in 2009, they are back using full sized cans again!
You mention iems have better accuracy and quality of sound. Well how accurate is the sound when the soundstage on an iem is nowhere near the original recorded soundstage? The point I am trying to make is, everything is subjective and as I said, the rank comes down to personal preferences afterall. There's no right or wrong answers unlike what you are trying to portray. No, IEMs are not "simply better" than full sized cans, vice versa. I guess that's what you want to hear at the end of the day. Whichever kool aid you wanna drink, is up to you. But don't expect everyone to start drinking the same kool aid as you.
Edited by jay567 - 12/1/14 at 8:08am