Yeah good points! The fashion accessory angle is pretty relevant .. Personally spending kkks of money on gear is common sense if you can afford and appreciate it. The whole social acceptance thing though is fairly standard in all groups, but in mainstream audio fashion circles it is still quite shocking how unreflexive people are on the real, 'functional' bang for their buck which they are getting. I've always liked to think when im spending kkks of cash on my hobbies function always come before aesthetics. Hell this is why I hate Ugg boots
So yeah the idea that non-beats not being worth the price does show up that the value people place on them is social first. The lastest
glittery in-favor trinket.
But I'm still glad they are popular as maybe 10% then may start enquiring in shops or on headfi. I know I made this transition...first from bose triports to akg k450s ..then a desktop sennheiser setup and now I love my ety er4s. Im totally with you also on the logic of going iems for portable audiophile sound... but i resisted getting them for ages as i had this idea that because cheap buds were bad..how good could expensive iems be..well now i know!
Still my best mate finally had a good with my mobile setup and certainly left impressed, but 300 quid for the glacier still seemed
totally extreme. But I can see his brain turning already..I may try and flog it to him
As with all these balanced iem dac amps coming
out Im thinking of switching up. balanced is such a real improvement imo.
Anyway, im psyched to be heading to the London meet this Sat! Gona check out SE846, some audezes and maybe even cardas iems (for curiousity).. no idea on the final gear list for event.