The only reason I am championing this, is because many experts are now saying IEMs are matching the sound quality, if not surpassing the sound quality of most over-ear headphones. Over-ear headphones seem like an antiquated, main stream way for people to get high-quality audio and I’m all about moving forward in a safe way (for example I wouldn’t wear Bluetooth headphones in both ears 12 hours a day for example due to lack of studies on Bluetooth radiation, but I’m not mortified by them I’ll still wear my buds+ for hours, it’s just not something I try to do if I can avoid it).
To me, the audio scene is similar to the knife scene: people are so rabid about the biggest and most expensive thing and they just assume that it Hass to be the best if it’s the biggest and most expensive, when in reality even experts between many knife steels have a hard time noticing.
For example, I own the “greatest knife steel ever created” (s110v), and that knife is collecting dust whereas my $20 Chinese Kershaw chill knife goes with me everywhere and I absolutely love it for its looks, size, almost identical in performance, with more often sharpening (not like you need to sharpen a knife that often unless you’re a professional always cutting things anyways/ or if it’s a kitchen knife, but if you’re going to use a kitchen knife, a ceramic knife out performs any metal composite anyways, just on that a crystal structure will always cut better than a metallic one, I haven’t had to sharpen my Walmart ceramic knife I’ve had for the past 10 years even once (not like you can haha), cuts just as good as any expensive chef knife without needing to sharpen it, won’t rust, no weird metal taste, etc.
Sorry for giving you that long somewhat unrelated argument: I’ve only been an “audiophile” for 3 years, sounds like you guys know a lot more than I do when it comes to audio and maybe I’m just sounding a little bit ignorant but I’m tired of the bullshit and if I can find it I’ll try to point it out and help people not spend all their money on things they won’t need/ won’t notice.