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Hearing damage is caused by sound pressure levels. We say "hurts our ears" when we hear a sound frequency we don't like and might even get a headache from straining our hearing around it, but I seriously doubt any specific headphone is more likely to produce tinnitus than another. Very silly.
lol   I can see that scene too, when his friends come to school and decide to test the authenticity of everyone's as-seen-on-TV gangster rapper headphones and his are deemed fake. Then all of the children in the yard chant "Fake, fake! He's-A-Fake!". This is the most traumatizing Christmas ever...       Seriously, as spoiled as I was as a kid if I wanted $300-400 headphones, I had to make a better case than "pimp swagger". Maybe things have changed since those distant '90s.
  He could go the openly aggressive route instead.   Just buy him those Hello Kitty headphones (which look remarkably like a Beats product). When he opens the box and gets all angry and teary eyed, stand up and point at him and yell "Happy now creampuff? You look pretty enough yet, sissy?" then spike them on the floor and kick all the wrapping paper everywhere.   That's what my Christmas mornings were like and now I'm a cold, hard, brutal capitalist with many girlfriends.
  The thing about studios is that they're buying so much gear that they often go with 50 wholesale pairs of the "industry standard" when it comes to little doodads like headphones. Those are the K 240 Studio and MDR-V6.   Neither of which are very neutral by modern standards - but in a studio with tens of thousands of dollars of external monitors sitting around they aren't mixing on headphones anyway. At most they see tracking or "headphone-friendly panning check"...
http://recording.de/Magazin/Testberichte/2621/Vergleichstest__Studiokopfh%C3%B6rer_abgeh%C3%B6rt.html#article   In so many words: SRH840 scores the highest overall but he likes the HD 380 the most because they were not fatiguing and the robust bass can be adjusted for. He also likes the M50s but not quite as much praise as for the other two.
    Not so much to teach him a lesson (how much worse can they sound than the real thing?), just to save money.    When the "Beats" fad is over and he shows a serious interest in audio the same money can go towards something truly nice.
Some of those could use an amp some don't really need it. My HFI 580s for example sounded so, well, "ultra" from any source, that I would struggle to notice subtle source-to-source differences. I haven't tried the Custom Ones but if I recall they were designed specifically for very low output devices with ohms of 16 or so...
I just got an email from Santa and it says that any boys who make new Monster/Beats threads will be getting coal this Christmas...
He's 11. Get him counterfeit Beats for $11.95 and watch them rot in a corner a week later. Grouchy old 20-something man advice.
M50s really aren't that special. They're not terrible either but really? Nothing touches ATH-M50s in accuracy? ... COME ON...   Speaking of the HD 380, there was a studio headphone shootout recently by a German audio/recording magazine between about 25 models and he actually picked the HD 380 over everything (including HD 800s, 600s, top end Beyers, etc.). But I talked to the writer and he pointed out that his grading scale included "non-fatiguing" as one of the...
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