That the LCD-4 is hand-built is interesting. Manual labour is expensive. Is this intended to be long-term. Does market research show there will be a steady order book or is this a 'statement product'. Can follow bemoaning the increasing price trend of headphone audio, imitating speaker audio. You have lost me with being "out". What is "high end" cannot just be defined by the manufacturer rsp. If that is your yardstick then clearly the marketing psychologists have worked on you! Other headphones remain available. Indeed some members bemoaning the ultra high-end releases in actuality own 3-to-5 still-quite-expensive headphones! For a great deal of people they would be better served by building a system around the HD600 / HD650. Be happy. If you wish to invest in the game then avoid buying multiple headphones and demo carefully / selectively. The ultra high-end is just window-shopping and escapism. Purchasing reserved for the well-heeled or crazy. It is worth repeating: Audeze still sell other models. If you are upset by Audeze targeting a different type of consumer then simply vote with your wallet.