Very keen to order a pair of these, but I'm trying to save my pennies for a HD800 First world problems
The way you put it as "earned the right" shows that you are missing my point.
The audiophile terminology for what I am talking about is "high end" and "mid-fi". Someone who just listens to music casually - 99% of people - will actually find that mid-fi gear sounds better to them.
However, most people don't even use mid-fi gear. They use the Apple ear buds with their iPod, or their iPod in those little iPod cradles with two little cheap speakers. So, if you let them listen to high-end gear, they will find it sounds better. But they won't think that Alpha Dogs sound better than Sennheiser HD598 or AT M50.
Rubbish. I have had my parents, brother, girlfriend, friends and more notice many differences between a pair of Phillips L1 and a pair of HE500 before ~ in the favor of the HE500. None of whom had listened to anything beyond cheap earbuds, skullcandies and cheap micro systems. I have a buddy who owned a skullcandy hesh note differences with differing models and what they seem to be better for.
Even still I'd be amazed if Jeremy didn't hear a noticeable improvement with the AD over the M50.
Anyway, I had to have my 2c. Back to the alpha dogs I guess.