Originally Posted by Manyak
My favorite quote in the article: "Competitors use fancy equipment to determine how headphones should sound, he said, whereas he and Mr. Young simply know how they should sound."
I've heard a Beats Pro, and it sounded like crap. I wouldn't go so far as to recommend any sub-$100 headphones over them, but they're not much better either. The ATH-M50 for example ($150), has a similar sound signature but the mids and highs are SO much clearer and less distorted. I have plenty of friends who were thinking of buying Beats or Bose, and changed their minds as soon as they heard them.
But it's like you said: they aren't exactly a fashion statement.
What source were you listening to them from? Because my pair had pretty clear highs and mids. I listen to rock music with them, not a single bit of rap or hip-hop(unless Rage Against the Machine counts). Out of the range of Queen, Guns N' Roses, Pink Floyd, Red Hot Chili Peppers(and other Frusciante solo work), Joe Satriani, and other not really all that bass heavy music, I've always gotten a decent sound stage, good, prominent mids, very crisp, clear highs, great range overall, good instrument and voice differentiation(especially with the Frusciante and Mercury songs where they will overlay many harmonies over each other, such as in the Prophet Song or Bohemian Rhapsody, or lots of other random little songs. I'm also using a creative sound card, which I'm going to upgrade to as internal Asus card as soon as budget permits(too many darn games coming out this holiday season!) and nothing less than 250kbps mp3's. I'm very happy with my pair, which I got for about half retail.