Originally Posted by jjsoviet
Meh, Beats are barely better than what you get from other brands of headphones, and they sound far worse per-dollar against the top dogs like Sennheiser, Audio Technica, AKG and Grado. Their offerings are far superior in terms of technical performance - soundstage, frequency response, etc. - and yet offer a majority of them within or even below the $300 the Beats is asking for. Tried a pair and it sounded too muddy and too bassy, almost drowning out what's left of the midrange and treble. I'll stick to my HD25-1 II's, thank you very much.
I'm a Shure E530 guy myself and wouldn't buy Beats, but isnt listening to them in a store a bad way of really judging them, since you generally have no control over the audio source? Bass is clearly a main selling point of Beats Audio, so maybe the mids and highs were deliberately drowned out from the audio settings? after all, to listen to them in a store, all you typically do is push a single button, no?
Just playing devils advocate because it's clear a lot of people here hate beats for the simple reason of them being trendy. I figure they're like Bose - high priced but with reasonably decent sound for a majority of people, just not the best for the money. You're clearly paying for the brand but it's not like sound is THAT bad. Funny how everyone becomes an audiophile when Beats is mentioned.
I'd also expect the differences between upper end headphones to become less apparent when using mp3 players and other gear less equipped to properly drive them.Edited by ForumViewer - 11/20/11 at 8:55am