there is no inconvenient truth imo.
to each their own.
a colleague i know feels headgear is subpar to a nice speaker setup.
he once had a US$70k system (his interconnects alone were $5k each)
..he preferred his beloved sonus faber speakers and wadia cd player and esoteric $20k japanese shindo tube amp.
but he also had to spend 2k on room treatments, too.
he's recently downsized 90% but still prefers 3d speaker sound.
he feels headgear can't compete on imaging, space etc.
in fact he only uses his cans (senn momentums) for late night listening
so as to not disturb his wife while sleeping.
(but give cans a few yrs: more tech is coming out to take that 'in our head' sound
to make it more speaker and 3d like).
i just got back into audio last yr...started off with head gear.
recently, however, I realized that i missed the larger, room filling music from speakers.
eg., when cooking or cleaning up having some live music to add some joy and life to my apt
or while surfing at my desktop.
so i started with a desktop setup near my kitchen: got the audioengine a5+ and a pioneer sub
...love the live music that can now spill out around me.
now moving up to trying to find some focal alpha 50s to replace the audioengine a5+.
additionally I am now looking at the new kef ls50 wls speakers to start
setting up a home system in the living room.
but that said: i also love the fab resolution and bang for buck value that good headgear
can deliver, esp when i want to crank things up guilt free and not worry
about pissing off my neighbours....looking at the focal elear to replace or compliment my senn 650s
so in the end: different strokes for different folks...i love both, to be frank
which is ideally what many of us perfer...but in the end it's a matter of limited $$$.
Edited by canali - 1/31/17 at 5:24am