I'm actually hoping the progress on the head-fi front would help to reverse (slowly) the trend to mixing for the lowest denorminator in the industry. The loudness war and decreasing dynamic range to me is just to make their music sound better on the crappiest of the crappy gears - 128k mp3 on mp3 players/phones with dollar buds. When I'd never be caught dead in a pair of Beats, I should thank them for bringing realization to the mass that their music can sound better than iBud with iDevices.
Actually, the new iBuds (aka the Earpods) are very good phones, and the latest iterations of the previous iBuds weren't as bad as many people make them out to be; the (4G) iPod Touch is an excellent DAP, BTW.
Unfortunately, there are far too many people on Head-fi—and I'm sure in other audio forums—who think that bashing Apple products (particularly the stock Apple earphones), Beats, Bose, etc. makes them an audiophile, and that the more obscure / esoteric (and often [very] expensive) the products they own, the better these products sound, thus believing they've become an even bigger audiophile.