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Neil Young had the right idea. But there's more than the resolution of the music source involved. Had those people making the comparison been people who typically listen to music performed on natural instruments (acoustic), and who listen with discernible ear using high dollar reproduction equipment, these are the conditions where the difference is very definitely heard. Personally, I use AirPods Max during the day while I'm at my desk - they sound really good and they're certainly convenient. But I listen to Qobuz high res music via a BlueSound Node 2i source to a STAX headphone (ear speaker) system for serious music listening. There IS a difference.One other point, expense wise there are people who spend big dollars on tricking out their car audio systems. Hey .. That's what they love .. Cool! It's no different for those of us who spend the big bucks on classical / jazz home music systems. That's what we love. That's cool too.