I will post this here as I know you guys can take it! This kind of strikes at the heart of what HeadFi is about. I love being on the forum. I probably spend as much time on here as I do listening to music. (I might want to address that!) Anyway. I went to CanJam London yesterday. Met some great people and listened to a lot of gear. To tell the truth I was shocked! Nowhere did I hear anything that blew me away. Some nice sounds but nothing significantly better than the K10's straight out of the iPhone. I get home and HeadFi is full of chat about "awesome" and "sublime". Am I missing something? Are all these people gullible and deluded? It was the Chord AK set up that shocked me. For that kind of money I would want the music to sound like it was coming at me from six feet away. Surrounding me with detail that I could almost touch. Not struggling to detect tiny differences from an iPhone!!! I used to be very into 2 channel speaker based systems and went to a few HiFi shows. There I heard just a couple of systems that I would have bought without hesitation if I could afford the 10k+ that they cost. I have never heard a headphone rig that had that effect on me. Based on what I heard yesterday, I would say that once you have a nice pair of headphones, that is the end of it. The electronics that you pair them with will have only a small effect on the overall sound. That sound, regardless of price, will only ever be good within limitations. Again, am I missing something?