See this set of headphones? How much do you think it costs? Looks pretty lux, no? Those soft white earpads might even look like they're made of Ethiopian sheep leather (be truthful, you knew there were sheep in Ethiopia; you just didn't know they gave their lives for headphones). Well, good guess, because that's what $3,000 and a dream gets you from the one German headphone heavyweight amping up audiophile fetishism like it's the next de rigeur Hollywood club theme. This is but one set of the 999 Ultrasone edition7's in existence -- the best headphones in the world bar-none -- and I'm not happy I got to play with it this week. It sounds so clear, clean, balanced, warm, and detailed, I experience an intense depression. How would I go back -- even to my budget Grados? Does "Dark Side of the Moon" really feature all those extra layers of sound? Are my iPod's MP3 files as tinny and rough as I think? No, this didn't happen. I'm not writing a big headphone test piece. I dreamt it all. My imagination is overactive. The bastard.