Mods, can you add a "banging-head-against-the wall" smilie?
The bar = the price tag? Are there actually new levels to be reached or discovered? Or just the usual moving of the goalposts at a giant expense? I suppose 'new levels' could be something close to a perfect-measuring headphone but we seem to be in a trend where poor-measuring headphones are sounding great and are being preferred by a lot of people. What is it that we really want out of a headphone? I bet a lot of folks don't really know....they just want new and "better" headphones, with "better never being properly defined. Are headphone manufacturers just finding more ways to separate us from our hard-earned cash?