Agreed, I don't care about where they put them, I just do not agree with the mentality. If the category would be Ultra High-End, well yes...it should not be there, but in high end it sure has a place. Who sets the price limit?
I have listened to a 7k vaughan near a 2k burson conductor and the differences were minor, actually preferred conductor in some aspects, and I am sure that some people owning vaughan or gear in that price category would say that Burson Counductor is not high end or the differences are enormous, without actually blind testing them both.
Beyond a level, It is very easy to be thrown into psychoacoustic . Blind testing in these cases would show this.
And if it is a price issue, I don't know why other headphones still in the high end category.... In Europe hd800 is the same price as lcd2, even cheaper .
Ok....that seems a rather good explanation, but the rules are kind of foggy and the existing rules should apply to all headphones from High-End .
The problem with head-fi is that people tend to over exaggerate small tiny differences making it seem like it is night and day, and then when you actually go and compare and listen yourself the differences could actually be trivial. In the end you must try the equipment yourself to see if they are worth the upgrade over what you have, I don't believe in spending money in things where the change or improvement is so small that you literally have to strain your ears till your eyes pop out to hear it, I believe spending money on upgrades, whether it the the headphone, amp, etc should have a clear and noticeable improvement. I wish there were more audio stores in America, meet conditions are suboptimal (people talking,etc. very distracting).