First off, I will NOT consider myself to be an audiophile as I am yet a beginner, an apprentice. For much of my life I was in the dark, unable to see the light. So, the Beats style headphones was all I knew, and I cared not as DAT BASS was all I ever wanted, all I knew and unfortunately...all I ever cared to know. I was the Trump supporter of headphones, unable to unveil the shroud of lies fed to me through society, as I scuffed at the mere idea of open back headphones because I viewed them as overpriced, weak sounding, and just odd looking. We all experienced the recent events that transpired, this invisible enemy that ravaged this country as we were forced to bunker down at home. And it was during this time where it finally dawned on me, as I failed to quantify the importance of how a set of headphones "looked" when the only judge was a mirror that I seldom looked into. So, as I wanted to buy a new pair or headphones, I finally decided to give the Philips SHP9500's a try. Shuffled through many reviews stating that they were a stellar option for the "foot in the door" in the world of open back headphones. And oooh lord...The self guilt that punched me in the gut as I finally understood why people loved open backs. No longer were the varying frequencies gawking over one another to give me what I want to hear, they were delivered in formation as a proper unit should. Now I caught a glimpse of the light and I wished to see more. So after much consideration, I bought...well more like splurged on a pair of the Sennheiser HD58x's and the Hifiman 4xx's, along with a Schiit stack Dac/Amp combo. And HOLY SCHIIT!! Now I have stepped out of the darkness that was the cave of ignorance. I was greeted by a symphony of angels in audio heaven, each note supporting one another in perfect harmony to create this hair-raising experience as you become immediately entranced in the vocals that deliciously breathe into your hear. The bass, the SUB BASS that I haven't known to exist until this moment, only to confirm my stupidity of neglecting myself this very experience! The clarity of it all, the realization that the bass I was showering my ears with was just disgusting mud. The highs that I used to suppress, as previously they used to attack with a screeching vengeance, causing my ears to hide in fear. Now they shimmer along so peacefully, as you catch glimpses of the their brilliance as they pass on by. The tranquility of the natural tones, like a steady stream that weaves between the rocks, to the thunderous crash of a waterfall, yes these headphones sound like how nature intended it to be. And sadly, just like nature, it is exploited to make us believe that it provides us with no purpose, as we are told time and time again that "convenience" is what we must desire. I now realize that mainstream headphones are only compensating with the boisterous bass response to hide their lack of clarity an quality, as they force us to believe they are superior because of convenience. But I ask you, are cords really that "inconvenient"? Before we even draw our first breath, are we not the very definition of the miracle of life? Connected to our mothers by a "cord" I might add. Embrace the cord, shun the mainstream world we live in as I did. My ears are open for the first time, and I will never again judge a headphone through a popularity contest. Open your heart, your ears, your headphones, and you will find a truly magnificent experience, and you will never look back in regret.