Re: "Isn't reality only a synonym for perception", it indeed is a nicely turned phrase, and yes I like it, and I also see things the way you do. Everyone should remember it, and when listening and evaluating headphones try to tune out all matters of the glitz factor, the size of the amp, even the brand, and just focus so heavily on the music that all else disappears. I watch customers when they see things at my place, and with many I know they need to have something as soon as they see it, before hearing it. A combination of price (meaning high, that makes folks wish they could have something), appearance, all those other things that go into the "lust factor", I often think about hiding amps or speakers behind a black cloth, I know that the choice folks make would often be different. I wanted to do the same thing with a wine snob, knowing that if I put a much less expensive wine in a bottle that Parker had endorsed he would parrot what Parker had written about the wine and wax poetic about how great that wine was.