If you have them you can see 'hidden pictures'. And find Waldo much quicker.
Like all things in cycling, and most other sports, if your basic equipment is set up correctly and in good shape the differences are going to be pretty small. It's often quoted that quality aero wheels can save about 1 minute an hour while time trialing when compared to your basic aluminum road wheel. That matters to some (or at least they think it does).
For me, well I build my own wheels and don't need much of excuse to start on another project.
I only use Lightweights.
You're just trying to start an argument to show how smart you are.
You buy carbon wheels for the SOUND they make as you blow past the Starbucks group, the Krispy Kreme group, and the ******* Barrel group on your weekend ride.
To be in the beer group, carbon wheels are required.
I bought Planet X wheels at Christmas and have 1500 miles on them with zero issues. $500 is hard to beat for 50mm clinchers.
I train and just ride around on openpros because they ride nice, and are inexpensive, not because they will get me further...
Those Planet X clinchers sure are cheap.
BTW, I like your byline- about riding- quite true.