Haha... Fair point. Although most headphones I brought up in my subjective list cost way more than the Empyrean. And most headphones on your list cost less and IMO sound objectively inferior. I know, cost doesn't always reflect value, but more or less it does. And by 'objectively' I mean the averaged opinion of most sources. All opinions can be challenged of course. The Verite and RAD0 could be added to my list, but I think it is better if we leave it there. It is all about personal preference, audition before buying is crucial. Happy listening.