My feeling after seeing the interview is that we as Headfiers are a minority who try very hard to get that 'perfect' headphone which unfortunately, the majority don't appreciate.
Many people like a big bass and firms like Sennhesier are now thinking about trying to please both markets. The problem is that most typical headphone listeners won't pay the prices that many of us are prepared to pay, so the market demands that Sennheiser looks more into the consumer market.
There has been a surprise with Beats becoming a massive seller; also at a premium price. Its selling point is the huge bass that it creates. To Headfiers this really isn't good, so sennheiser are kind of 'piggy in the middle'. In effect, trying to tread a path that keeps audiophiles happy as well as keep their fair share of the market.
It's all very well to have an 'ideal' for headphone response, but ultimately, if it doesn't sell enough, then it's the end of the headphone as far as the companies that make them go.
Sennheiser make great headphones and are in a position to perhaps 'educate' youngsters as to what exactly good sound is. They need to be weaned off of things like Beats so headphones need to look good and also make some compromises (at first) for a market that demands big bass for mostly poor quality files/downloads.
A difficult path to tread for a major headphone company, since if you ask most kids if they know what Sennheiser, Beydyanamic or AKG make, they couldn't tell you. However, they all know what beats are unfortunately (even fake Beats are popular) and that company is dominating the headphone market, even at premium prices.
So Sennheiser need to penetrate that market if they can, so that they can continue to produce the audiophile products for the minority. Unfortunately, that's us!!
Edited by iancraig10 - 3/24/14 at 12:09pm