One of the most interesting industry stories I've seen since Head-Fi's founding in 2001 (and before that) has been Audeze.
I remember talking to Sankar Thiagasamudram (Audeze's Co-Founder and President/COO) on the telephone in 2009, when he was explaining to me that they (he and Alex Rosson, Audeze's Co-Founder and CEO) were starting a new company to make high-end planar magnetic headphones. Sankar came off as very nice, and highly intelligent, but still I couldn't help thinking to myself, "Yeah, well, good luck with that."
I heard the Audeze LCD-1 at the 2009 Los Angeles CanJam event, which had Audeze-made drivers mounted in a non-custom headphone chassis (the make and model of which I can't recall). I was impressed that these guys could pull off the sound they did, but I certainly wasn't thrilled with it. Still, I thought to myself, "Nice work for DIY, guys. Again, good luck with all this."
Then, at the 2010 Chicago CanJam event, I heard the all-new Audeze LCD-2 (complete with Audeze's own full chassis), and was absolutely blown away. Like so many others, I put an order in--for two. The Audeze LCD-2 went on to become what I think is still the most discussed $500+ headphone in the history of Head-Fi.
Anyone who's been around Head-Fi for a few years or more knows about the products Audeze has since released, and the rest of their story--well, their story up to now, anyway, as I'm sure there's still a long way to go, and many other amazing products to come.
Check out Audeze CEO Alex Rosson on Bloomberg TV. While I would've been surprised to see this in 2009, I'm certainly not surprised by it now.
Alex, thanks for the Head-Fi community mentions, man.
(By the way, in case you're confused by the company name as it's pronounced in the video, it's supposed to be pronounced AWW-diz-zee.)