It's not easy creating the perfect headphone. Music is so subjective that one person's perfect pitch is a little lacking in bass for another, and too bright-sounding for pedant number 3. The PFE 012s do about as good a job of satisfying disparate tastes as any in-ears we've tried.
Building on the success of the pricier 111s, they dig up bags of detail, deliver sweet vocals and a palpable soundstage, and up the bass to party-worthy levels. They're also barely-there lightweight and subtly attractive and they could easily sell for twice the price. What more reason do you need for a place at the head of our best headphones table?