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post #8161 of 11274
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Originally Posted by Kimx2310 View Post

Had a guy like that in my class once, he was convinced that Beats were the best in the world. Let him try my AKG K550's and he said "where's the bass?" and then tried to convince me that i shouldn't use my money on such "obscure brands" because they will sell it for 10 times what they're worth....... O.o

wow... what did you tell him next? I would have benn quite mad if someone told me thatrolleyes.gif

post #8162 of 11274

Beats are plaguing my school. I have posted about this before, but its just out of control... for Christmas everyone must have asked for Beats, because there is like a bajillion of them floating around now!!!

I got in a discussion on the bus with this kid who was wearing Studios about "good quality headphones" and I told him my Ultrasones were better than his Studios, he said "Maybe, but definitely not better than my Beats Pros!" I argued that they were... but I truthfully don't know, I have never heard the Pros... so what should I do? Bring my Ultrasone DJ1s tomorrow and let him listen? Or are the $400 Pros actually better than them and I should just not bring it up again? tongue.gif

post #8163 of 11274
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Originally Posted by rhcpepper View Post

Beats are plaguing my school. I have posted about this before, but its just out of control... for Christmas everyone must have asked for Beats, because there is like a bajillion of them floating around now!!!

I got in a discussion on the bus with this kid who was wearing Studios about "good quality headphones" and I told him my Ultrasones were better than his Studios, he said "Maybe, but definitely not better than my Beats Pros!" I argued that they were... but I truthfully don't know, I have never heard the Pros... so what should I do? Bring my Ultrasone DJ1s tomorrow and let him listen? Or are the $400 Pros actually better than them and I should just not bring it up again? tongue.gif

 

What kind of bothers me is how some people on this as well as the 'non-audiophile reactions.." thread especially feel the compulsive need to forcibly change other people's views on what 's makes a good headphone. They're just headphones in any case, and although 90% of people on the beats lovers camp are also guilty of this, its not an attractive characteristic to have.

 

This thread seems to have an unnervingly large number of kids in school who post about how they see classmates using beats and how it makes it ok for them to be condescending about what appears to rather trivial to any non headphone enthusiast. If you give them the opportunity to listen to sonically superior or better valued products and they still maintain their opinion that their dr. dre headphones are better, then so be it. It may be because they enjoy fitting into the crowd or like having an expensive necklace as opposed to wearing ugly M50's around, but there is definitely no need to start heated arguments over things like this. Life is just too short.

 

Don't get me wrong, I'm no beats lover. In my opinion they are an example of how good marketing can convince others to buy things that are disturbingly overpriced for the quality that you get. It did get on my nerves during my high school years how kids could pull 400 dollars out of their parent's wallets to participate in the excess that is the 'beats headphone', while I had to save penny by penny to buy my school books , much less new toys and gizmos.

 

This reason is perhaps why I made good choices when it came to buying headphones among other of my personal belongings. I always did research even for more modest purchases, but because of that as well as some hard work, I've been able to enjoy listening to some very nice audio equipment that I've had in my posession; including the HD800, the HD 600, HD650 and the UE triple.fi 10 (not including amps and dacs).

 

Despite having owned and spending memorable evenings listening to the sweet music coming from this calibre of audio reproduction, I've not once felt the need put others down on what they think may or may not be a great headphone; and I do not understand why some people on here feel that it is OK to. Even if for no reason at, a rude beats user approaches you and tells you that your headphones are "inferior" (substitute for a stronger word), why not just smile and tell him that you spent a lot less and can't afford to buy beats? (even if untrue just to avoid confrontation). You won't feel any worse and the rude guy can continue his self validation on his purchase, nobody loses at the end of the day.

 

I now have friends who ask me for my opinion on what they should buy for xxx dollars, and even when they ask if they should buy beats (which sometimes they still do in the end), I just tell them that beats are decent headphones (which they are as opposed to what you get stock standard), but are not worth their asking price and that one can purchase something of higher quality for the same amount of money.

post #8164 of 11274

Great post. 

post #8165 of 11274
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Originally Posted by stainless824 View Post

What kind of bothers me is how some people on this as well as the 'non-audiophile reactions.." thread especially feel the compulsive need to forcibly change other people's views on what 's makes a good headphone. They're just headphones in any case, and although 90% of people on the beats lovers camp are also guilty of this, its not an attractive characteristic to have.

 

This thread seems to have an unnervingly large number of kids in school who post about how they see classmates using beats and how it makes it ok for them to be condescending about what appears to rather trivial to any non headphone enthusiast.

 

Most of the Beats users I know know that Beats are overpriced. The problem for me, is that the vast majority of people still treat audio no differently than before they got their Beats, i.e. "sound is sound, I'll still hear the same song from a $2 earbud as I will from more expensive headphones." Now that they've gotten Beats, however, it's turned into something like: "good sound is good sound, as long as I spend $200+ on a pair of headphones I'm guaranteed to get good sound, so why not just buy the most popular brand?"

 

So what bothers me is that they treat audio/headphones as one of the few product categories for which they don't have to do any research before buying. Which is why it's so refreshing to see someone walking down the street with a pair of HD555's on, even though they aren't meant for portable use and look pretty fugly to boot.


Edited by viralcow - 1/22/13 at 10:45pm
post #8166 of 11274

They're more like daily sightings since they're in my cohort, but one person has a Bose IE2, one has a Power Beats (those things are so ugly, oh mah gawd), one has a Bose AE2, one has a Sony XB500, and one has a Grado SR60i.

 

And today on the bus I saw someone with an AKG K 518 (orange). They stick out pretty far out from the head, but the coloured plastic is a nice touch.

post #8167 of 11274
Spotted some DT990 Pro's on the train today.
post #8168 of 11274
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Originally Posted by rhcpepper View Post

Beats are plaguing my school. I have posted about this before, but its just out of control... for Christmas everyone must have asked for Beats, because there is like a bajillion of them floating around now!!!

I got in a discussion on the bus with this kid who was wearing Studios about "good quality headphones" and I told him my Ultrasones were better than his Studios, he said "Maybe, but definitely not better than my Beats Pros!" I argued that they were... but I truthfully don't know, I have never heard the Pros... so what should I do? Bring my Ultrasone DJ1s tomorrow and let him listen? Or are the $400 Pros actually better than them and I should just not bring it up again?

People tend to like what they are used to. If he is used to beats, at a first listen, he will probably dislike the DJ1s. Also, beats have a lot of bass. Not necessarily good bass, but lots of bass. If you like this signature/are used to it, it will be hard to enjoy other headphones, even ones considered to be "better" by the vast majority of Head-Fi. In the end, there is no "best" or even "better" headphone-it is purely a matter of perspective, and is a case by case decision-for example, if you want to listen to low-bitrate/low recording quality pop or rap, the HD800s will just show you how bad the music quality is. I wouldn't bother bringing your DJ1s to show off-what is the best that can happen? Either he likes the Beats better, and you feel like crap all day, then come on here and rant, or he likes the DJ1s better, and feels like crap because he wasted his money on Beats.

post #8169 of 11274
Guy wearing pink beats solos...
post #8170 of 11274

stainless824 and ender323 made some great points. I used to be like that too, I became aware of good headphones before Beats was around, which was not until I came to the US for college, and when I saw them in stores and then tried them on my BS sensor immediately went off. At the college I go to Beats are like the plague as well, and this is a school in the top 40 so you'd expect the students to be smarter than average. But now I never feel the need to make more enemies than I have to by directly going out and bashing their choices. A good friend of mine talked to me yesterday, saying that he just bought the Skullcandy Hesh, admitting that he got influenced by my headphones collection/obsession. Seeing the happy look on his face, I can't help but feel happy for him as well. At least he's enjoying what he has, so are most Beats users, in the end that's the most important thing. If anyone wants to listen to my rig I'd be glad to oblige, if they find their Beats better, that's their opinion. And that's where a bass heavy headphone in your collection comes in handy beyersmile.png  I feel that my D7000 setup playing Rack City by Tyga can convert any Beats user, will have to try that some time. Once in a while I do it to myself to remind me why I haven't sold the D7000 yet.

 

I do feel worried about the kids in the school of business studying marketing with Beats on their heads though...It's like taking an exam that you know you'll fail.

post #8171 of 11274
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Originally Posted by rhcpepper View Post

Beats are plaguing my school. I have posted about this before, but its just out of control... for Christmas everyone must have asked for Beats, because there is like a bajillion of them floating around now!!!

I got in a discussion on the bus with this kid who was wearing Studios about "good quality headphones" and I told him my Ultrasones were better than his Studios, he said "Maybe, but definitely not better than my Beats Pros!" I argued that they were... but I truthfully don't know, I have never heard the Pros... so what should I do? Bring my Ultrasone DJ1s tomorrow and let him listen? Or are the $400 Pros actually better than them and I should just not bring it up again? tongue.gif

He'll say the Pros are better. My friend tried a pair of Beyer DT770 and still claims his Beats Solos are better.


Edited by Mheat122134 - 1/23/13 at 4:57pm
post #8172 of 11274
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Originally Posted by LinkPro View Post

stainless824 and ender323 made some great points. I used to be like that too, I became aware of good headphones before Beats was around, which was not until I came to the US for college, and when I saw them in stores and then tried them on my BS sensor immediately went off. At the college I go to Beats are like the plague as well, and this is a school in the top 40 so you'd expect the students to be smarter than average. But now I never feel the need to make more enemies than I have to by directly going out and bashing their choices. A good friend of mine talked to me yesterday, saying that he just bought the Skullcandy Hesh, admitting that he got influenced by my headphones collection/obsession. Seeing the happy look on his face, I can't help but feel happy for him as well. At least he's enjoying what he has, so are most Beats users, in the end that's the most important thing. If anyone wants to listen to my rig I'd be glad to oblige, if they find their Beats better, that's their opinion. And that's where a bass heavy headphone in your collection comes in handy beyersmile.png  I feel that my D7000 setup playing Rack City by Tyga can convert any Beats user, will have to try that some time. Once in a while I do it to myself to remind me why I haven't sold the D7000 yet.

 

I do feel worried about the kids in the school of business studying marketing with Beats on their heads though...It's like taking an exam that you know you'll fail.

Don't bet on it. My D5ks haven't converted a beats user yet.

post #8173 of 11274

I was in my marketing lecture today and spotted a chap with a pair of HD 439 Senn's. Not any high end headphone by any sort, but my first spot! Other than mass amounts of Dre. Beats of course... jecklinsmile.gif

post #8174 of 11274

Decided to make a first post after a bunch of sightings recently. I moved from Boston, which was just full of the usual Beats and whatnot, to Montreal where I see a lot of nice stuff in public and on the metro.

 

On the McGill campus, I saw Denon D2000's, AKG K171 MKII's, AKG K44's, and one of the Grado's in just one day. Seems like people here care more about good headphones. (I was rocking the ATH-TAD500, myself...)

 

I think about every couple of days out of the week I see Grado's being worn by someone.

post #8175 of 11274
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Originally Posted by LinkPro View Post

And that's where a bass heavy headphone in your collection comes in handy beyersmile.png  I feel that my D7000 setup playing Rack City by Tyga can convert any Beats user, will have to try that some time

+1

 

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