Well, I admit that this car analogy may be my bad! I should've took clothing instead, or anything else. I wear a 25$ Dickies working pants, because I like the fit, the length, the color, etc. I just can't imagine myself paying a hundred or two (and more) for having a hyper trendy pair of jeans. But I was fine paying 171$CAN for my phones. The point is, any domain in the world (cars, clothes, headphones, building materials, name it!) has differents niches, and that for accomodate the most of us. You know, 7 billions of human beings can't have all the same taste in all the categories of produced products.
Exactly. Or as Kod said - everyone is entitled to their own opinion.
Also, just to get nitpicky on the history side - Sony is responsible for the majority of advances being attributed to Beyer and Sennheiser (angled drivers, advances in diaphragm materials, etc). Really, there hasn't been any "major" advance or "breakthrough" in the last ~20 years (and this isn't a bad thing), at least with dynamic drivers (STAX and Koss have certainly continued with ESPs, and various manufacturers with planar magnetics though). And I'm pretty sure 1971 came before 1972...not that it has any bearing whatsoever on this discussion or the price of tea in China.
Edited by obobskivich - 1/8/13 at 8:20pm