1 yeah, lack of experience and in general simply poor choice of reference can most certainly lead to different ideas of what is right. but I know many people who simply don't seem to mind much. you and I simply aren't among them. 2 well that's the all Hi-Fi idea. getting a little closer to whatever reference. I'm like a very lazy audiophile in that aspect, but the all hifi bizz runs on people who find small improvements very relevant and "worth it".3 follows on that, to each his own idea of what is worth it. I can talk only for myself and say that I'm rather cheap about audio, my headphone rig right now is odac/o2 and a hd650. not exactly TOTL. but when I saw the kickstarter campaign for the Realiser A16, I took my credit card out of my pocket and started filling in the required information to get one. ^_^ didn't need to think, and didn't for a second reconsidered since, despite how we'll probably get it in 2037(well that's in the game with kickstarter). and I'm not even after any idea of perfection or hifi, I just wish to get something close to the sound of my speakers when it's late at night and I can't use them. because ... neighbors. what I use now feels to me slightly better than using Xnor's crossfeed VST with settings that honestly worked pretty well for my head I sure was glad to have found it at the time. and that felt slightly better than any other crossfeed, and any crossfeed felt better than nothing at all. what's worth it is the most subjective thing there is.