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post #101 of 156
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Originally Posted by parappa da sneak View Post
From a regular ol' consumer's perspective (not a "hi-fi" enthusiast), there is nothing inherently wrong with a non-neutral frequency response. Many like a coloured sound, and a headphone with the Beats's frequency response curve could sound amazing. These headphones are for listening to music and maybe DJing, not mastering in the studio (although marketing may suggest otherwise...). Build quality and looks are legitimate concerns, but tend to be overly singled out in these sorts of debates. Sure the Beats are plasticky and absolutely ridiculous looking (to me), but so are many other headphones that don't get anywhere close to the flak that the Beats receive, that may even be highly lauded by those who bash the Beats. Ignore comfort, fashionability, morals and reputation of the company, etc, and just focus on the one prevailing criteria that people use to compare and rank headphones - sound quality - or arguably more important within the Beats's price range, cost/performance ratio.

Beats owners - feel free to justify the price you paid with the fashion symbol reason, but if you're defending your purchase with claims of superior sound quality, give up. You've been played by Noel Lee and Jimmy Iovine. Experienced headphone enthusiasts who have heard the Beats line and much, much more universally say that the Beats don't sound good for their price. You may personally think they sound great for what you paid, but you haven't heard the headphones that those criticising your purchase have heard.

As for my own thoughts, I've only heard the Beats Studio long enough to form a solid opinion, and I think they're worth about $200 less than their $300 Amazon price tag. But I can understand how someone would think the Studios are amazing if their closest reference was a pair of iBuds.
this is wells said, and i have to agree seeing as i own DT770 PRO-80 headphones...which themselves have a colored sound signature.
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post #102 of 156
Colored can sound very nice, but not when that means totally sacrificing other spectrums of the frequency range. A good example of how to do it right is Grado - colored midrange that excels at certain types of music.
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i had a pair for about 2 days and they sounded very staticy on an ipod and my pc. i traded it in for some dt880's
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post #104 of 156
Maybe it's just me (I'm not an audiophile by any means, I just enjoy pronounced bass) but when I listened to them, I thought they sounded pretty good. Of course I haven't heard other headphones around that price range to compare them to, so I'm not sure if it is truly a ripoff or not. I work in retail though, and could pick up the solo HD headphones for around $100, which I may end up doing... it seems like a great price for a pair of decent headphones.
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post #105 of 156
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Maybe it's just me (I'm not an audiophile by any means, I just enjoy pronounced bass) but when I listened to them, I thought they sounded pretty good. Of course I haven't heard other headphones around that price range to compare them to, so I'm not sure if it is truly a ripoff or not. I work in retail though, and could pick up the solo HD headphones for around $100, which I may end up doing... it seems like a great price for a pair of decent headphones.
Of course they will sound better than iBuds. You really should listen to some other options before buying them.
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They're just overpriced for their quality, that's all.
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My friend had a pair of these that he scored for $120. I wouldn't say that they don't sound good however they really seem to lack the build quality of other companies offerings. I've seen better for the price but people make out like they're worse than a $15 set of buds .
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post #108 of 156
I was about to pull the trigger on some and then I read a million reivews saying how cheaply made they were, and how easily they break... so I went up to best buy to check them out first hand and all the display models were broken... LOL, no thanks!
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post #109 of 156
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I've seen better for the price but people make out like they're worse than a $15 set of buds .
I think this is largely due to the image being portrayed by Beats users. I know I'm generalizing here but its is one of "coolness", "wealthiness", and "high fashion". Along with this image has come the general public's idea that they are in fact amazing sounding headphones, either from marketing them as Dr. Dre Studio quality or from shifting the "high quality" image to "high quality" sound.

Now put a video card in place of the beats. Say it's a 550 Ti with crazy fire decals and sexy design. Imagine this card get's a following outside of those "in the know" about these types of things, and the general public starts wanting the card for its image and supposed amazing performance (the general user probably would be comparing the card to onboard video, the iBuds in this Beats scenario).

Imagine what would happen to the person who just bought their awesome new 550 Ti and came here to OCN to post about it. They'd be run out of here in 2 seconds. Is the 550 Ti terrible? Not really, it can play modern games well. Is it a good value to those "in the know"? Not even remotely.

To those of us who enjoy audio, it's like we're protecting our hobby in a way. To see a headphone become so popular, largely due to the ignorance and "trend-following" ways of the general public, especially when there are much better options is very disheartening.
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Im disappointed that Beats threads are the most popular topics here
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