For those folks especially, the headphone-based high-end is a really nifty place to explore.
Take Pendulumic, for example.
Their top-of-the-range Stance S1+ is $199. That’s not pocket change, but it’s pretty damn affordable. It’s also wireless, featuring the latest aptX “wideband” Bluetooth protocol (and Bluetooth 4.0 and A2DP), and a 30 hour playtime. They’re built well, sound great, and look ma, no wires! Wait — just ran out of juice? Aww, too bad — just add a wire, and you’re back in business. The design folds flat, and has an option for AAA batteries to back up the on-board rechargeable. Pretty nifty.
Sonically, the Stance S1+ appears to carry more of a pro-audio voicing, which is fine, but they aren’t going to be knocking out any of the $1,000+ headphones anytime soon. That’s also beside the point. They’re not $1,000. And for their wireless competitors, I think these are definitely in the game.
Looking forward to seeing more from Pendulumic.