There's sound and then there's...music. One is what we all hear from womb to tomb. The other, a form of art that commands attention, or at least should. I'm guessing that most entertainment systems focus more attention and money on video than audio. Yet, as in the enjoyment of wine, where the nose gets short shrift, sound plays an enormous role in the overall experience, yet is undervalued. Spending oodles on earphones where the source is compressed is akin to trying to get a nice photo image on paper from a poor negative. There's no detail to recover or re-create. And there are few artists today that have both the interest and clout to ensure that what is recorded is properly handled from capture, let alone playback. Unless, and until, this is re-instilled in artists of the world (thinking here of those who are so concerned, like Neil Young) the industry and consumers will not be afforded the "luxury" of great music reproduction, no matter our pocket books.
At least there are still venues to listen to the real, live thing -- be it in the concert hall or the back porch.
JVC RS500 - Stewart Firehawk - Lumagen Radiance Pro - Anthem D2V - Revel Salon speakers - SV Sound SB13 Ultra sub - Various sources