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Originally Posted by reflex99 View Post

in my mind, beats have a certain value to society see here:
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He continued: “You wouldn’t watch ‘Avatar’ on a small screen with a blurry picture, and yet people were consuming music like that. So we said: ‘You know, everything else out there looks like medical equipment right now. Let’s make it look cool and have a good vibe about it. But yet make it powerful.’ ”
point is, they may be ridiculously priced, but they have increased the overall appreciation for sound quality.
Not like i would ever buy them, but if you try to convince your average teenager to buy 555's or whatever you audio people recommend now a days, you would probably get laughed at.

I don't think beats has really increased the overall appreciation for sound quality, but rather just made headphones an accessory that people love to spend a lot of money on without regards to sound quality

I like how the quote mentions that stuff looks like medical equipment. I find my K701 and ESW9 headphones to be much better designed, but I guess the crowd that would go for the beats "style" wouldn't like the elegant design of those two pairs of headphones rolleyes.gif

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Originally Posted by Ghost23 View Post

I always wondered what dubstep would sound like through beats. Are they really -that- bad? If I owned a pair, I would only have used them for Dubstep and the like.

For stuff like that, you can do much better for $300 biggrin.gif
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post #32 of 204
A bunch of kids on campus have Beats, and (surprise!) they're all tools.

I've listened to beats on multiple occasions, and they have zero sound stage, are very muddy, and just have a crap ton of bass. They do not sound good, but they are a fashion statement and have much more bass than most other consumer headphones.

People are stupid and sheep will be sheep.
    
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For some reason the Beats remind me of Apple products

it said it in the article that the person that designed the beats is the one of the old apple designers.
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So we know why Beats sound bad. They were designed to please the ear's of an old man who is probably half deaf.
    
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The people that buy Macbooks are generally the same guys that buy Beats.

100% true.
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The most interesting factoid in the article - Dr. Dre's company pulls in 25% of annual headphone revenue in USA.

I'd never even heard of "Beats" until reading this article, so it was quite surprising to hear how fast they'd acquired market share.
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3 out of 5 times that I see someone with these they're around their neck.
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3 out of 5 times that I see someone with these they're around their neck.

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Why do people buy them?

They are Veblen goods http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Veblen_good simple as that.
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I wonder how much Dr Dre got paid to say that. I also saw this:
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Whether Beats are worth the money is open to debate. Reviews are mixed, but many people love them.

Someone doing the same course at my college as me has a pair of Beats headphones he says they are the best headphones ever made, I asked him if he has tried other headphones that cost about the same. He said no. Some other guy in my course knows that for £150 you can get something a lot better and he did, he got a pair of Sennheiser HD280pro. I have heard both of them with the same song from the same iPod and the HD280pro had better sound quality, they also cost slightly less than Beats. Beats headphones is just a fashion accessory.
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Why do people buy them?
They are Veblen goods http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Veblen_good simple as that.
Yeah I had a friend who sent £950 on a PC with a Core 2 Quad 2.5GHz, 3GB RAM and nVidia 8800 GT just because it was slightly more expensive than the 2500K PC the shop was selling at the time he thought it would be better because it cost more.

EDIT: The Beats headphones I am talking about is Beats Solo
Edited by andrews2547 - 11/20/11 at 2:23am
    
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