Originally Posted by Simca
Specs are really more difficult to look at and decide whether they're good or not than with other pieces of equipment. You can't just see the bass response range in khz it outputs and say "O that must be good."
It really comes down to listening to it most of the time. You can get an idea of what you're looking for with specs, but really it comes down to the pads, the drivers and the build quality. You'll find a lot of crappy headphones with wide bass response, but that doesn't make it good.
This is very true, but I'd like to see the specs anyway. When I don't see specs, it makes me suspicious in high end gear that is highly branded. Dr Dre is a musician, not an audio hardware engineer. Its just an endorsement that they are pushing like a qualification.
Originally Posted by Iceman23
That's especially true in the case of headphones. The "flat response" is not actually flat due to the way sound is percieved with the driver so close to the ear. Thus the frequency response of a headphone is not always the best place to draw conclusions from.
I'm talking about comparison. You can decide which has a flatter response by the frequency graph. I don't want to overstate that though, because I understand listening is the only way to make a final decision.