Coming back to the title of the thread:
Non-audiophile reactions to high-end headphones
I recently had the pleasure of listening to a Sonus Faber Aida driven by a McIntosh system, these are $129,000 speakers.
I had tears in my eyes as the emotions of the singer hit me with a sledgehammer and because it was just so good. My colleague who was with me (earbuds and beats in-ears are the best she ever has been exposed to) said: This was the most beautiful music I have ever heard. Both our minds were blown away. At the headphone bar she listened then to a few LCDs and (I didn't tell her the prices) and concluded "these sound amazing".