I've said this several times in several ways, and you just cannot comprehend it. It is NOT better to be an audiophile with a $30,000 system.
In certain ways, being an audiophile is worse. It means that you listen to the hall reverb, instead of listening to Pavarotti.
(2) It is very well known that if you put two identical TVs in a room, one that is professionally calibrated to make everything look realistic and accurate, and one that has color, contrast and sharpness turned up to 10, people will prefer the latter one. This is not new or controversial, all TV sales guys know this and setup sets in Walmart, Best Buy, and so forth in accordance with this.
Similar things are in play in audio, just compare the sales - even to head-fi members - of "accurate" and "neutral" headphones to "fun" headphones...
(3) The idea that "quality matters to everyone" is very funny. Certainly only someone living in Upper Middle Class World could think that.
There is probably a better example, but the plot of " Fight Club " touches on the ridiculousness of that idea (amongst many others).
I am pretty sure I have heard some amateur trying to get down the hill on racing skis, saying "I felt like my legs would explode".
By the way, the thread running through your comments is " more expensive means quality ". Every time I mention expensive professional gear, you replace the word "pro" with "quality"...
Where have I mentioned money? If all I cared about was the cost of headphones, there are many many more option above $600 I could be talking about. The entire reason Dan has created his lines, is so quality can be had for less money.
Your analogy was more along the lines of if I bought a high end TV at a high end electronics store, there would be no way for me to enjoy it as much as the TV I buy at Walmart, because I am not trained enough to understand it. That somehow the lower quality TV would provide me a better viewing experience.
That's just BS.
As for desiring quality, I didn't know that was a class based thing. I get that those in a lower price bracket can't obtain the same quality as those with means, but that's not the same as them not desiring it.
Anyway, this conversation is going no where, and has nothing to do with Alpha Dog headphones, so lets just drop it.