Originally Posted by chinesekiwi
being a Dr of Music does not mean you have the most forefront knowledge of headphones. It means that you have great knowledge in musical composition and theory, that's it. It's called marketing via exposure + associated with an celebrity (or indeed celebrities wearing them). you need to take a marketing 101 course.
The specs often listed in specifications is marketing rubbish that convinces you it's great when in reality, it isn't e.g. 'frequency response : 20Hz - 20Khz'. This is reality means nothing as all headphones do this. Another example of this is say in computer monitors with the load of hogwash that is dynamic contrast ratio numbers and specs like '16.7 m colors'. 16.7 million colours is 24 bit colour, which all modern computer monitors can do. People like big numbers, people like celebrities, people like 'style', people like noise cancelling headphones (even though in-ears isolate more and sound FAR better for the price).
Also please tell me th e amount of headphones you have listened to to make such an assumption of 'beats /thread'. This implies you have indeed great knowledge of headphones and have heard all or at least many comparable alternatives. Also do you actually understand the numbers and terms specified in the specs or are you the usual 'Average Joe looks at big numbers and deliberately placed scientific-looking jargon thinks 'Oh this must be good if I don't understand it and the numbers are big'?
An analogy that relates to your hobby, that being custom computers (often centred around gaming) is like saying 'Alienware /thread'. That's how ignorant and ill informed your 'Beats /thread' post is. You know what's ironic. The Ultrasone HFI-580 is comparable and to many, beats the Beats for sound quality. Guess what the (now discontinued but you can still find them on Ebay) Alienware Ozma 5 is? An OEM'ed Ultrasone HFI-550 / HFI-580. It's $90. You do the math. By the way, It's the only Alienware product I'll endorse and no, it isn't a ripoff like other Alienware products. In fact, it's cheaper than the actual Ultrasone HFI-580's.
All of what your said is true... but all of it is not my situation of being 'duped by marketing' first of all the stereotypical 20hz to 20Khz earphones, are not my earphones, mine are 10hz to 20Khz, 110db, 18ohms earphones, now if the specifications are correct... and they do perform and the reviews and comments are true, that would be some kick ass bass for earphones!!
The amount of headphones I've listen to? I've listened to plenty, music stores jbhifi ext (one being a pair of 595's) I personally own a set of G35's and AD700's, so I think I have some kind of understanding of the difference between good and bad quality headphones.
One situation of being duped by marketing which I will accept is buying the G35's, absolute gimmick, you could invest in buying a good pair of audiophile headsets and have that 7.1channel feel, the G35's have little difference in game with surround sound on to the AD700's... waist of money..
What's this business with Beat earphones? when did I bring up them? they're just some pretty earphones that are terrible quality for what you're paying for, little like the G35's. I can see where you're coming from with the Alien ware example, but you find me a pair of earphones same quality as mine and half the price or at least a 3rd of it (got them for 80AUD)...
I also understand what I did was silly but still that doesn't give you the right to come into the thread and start calling people a dumb-ass, next time, keep your thoughts to your self if they happen to be negative towards the person your aiming them at...Edited by gamingowiz - 2/13/11 at 10:51pm