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post #121 of 636
It makes perfect sense to me why these headphones are not available to demo. Consider that people have been held up at gunpoint for their Jordan sneakers, and that these headphones are targeted at the same customers. I think that the headphones are stylish and fit into the look well, and so they will be in high demand. Thus, just like how laptops, nice sneakers, iPods, and iPhones are targeted by criminals, so too will these headphones.

These headphones would have to be kept behind glass, and any listening stations would have to be closely guarded. They are attractive in ways Bose never could be.
post #122 of 636
I went to Best Buy and heard the Dr Dre Beats today.
Monster pulled a BOSE

You cant listen to them on your own player because theyre stuck to their own propriotory processed equalized system, and you have a choice of volume ranging from blasting to deafening.
Theres no way to audition these unless you buy.

The only thing i could tell is the noise cancelling seems to be great.
With no music playing, if you put the headphones on, it blocks all the noise in BestBuy. Best Buy is a very loud store and you have to yell a bit to talk to someone next to you.

But as i said, its very hard to tell if they sound good when connected to their sales-machine , doing the Monster-Bose thing, so forget a review for now, and also it was totally ""Ray Samuels"" LOUD!!!!!

(If anyones ever let Ray Samuels hand them a headphone to listen to at a meet, youll know what i meant. He listens super loud!...lol ).
post #123 of 636
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Originally Posted by Drag0n View Post
I went to Best Buy and heard the Dr Dre Beats today.
Monster pulled a BOSE

You cant listen to them on your own player because theyre stuck to their own propriotory processed equalized system, and you have a choice of volume ranging from blasting to deafening.
Theres no way to audition these unless you buy.

The only thing i could tell is the noise cancelling seems to be great.
With no music playing, if you put the headphones on, it blocks all the noise in BestBuy. Best Buy is a very loud store and you have to yell a bit to talk to someone next to you.

But as i said, its very hard to tell if they sound good when connected to their sales-machine , doing the Monster-Bose thing, so forget a review for now, and also it was totally ""Ray Samuels"" LOUD!!!!!

(If anyones ever let Ray Samuels hand them a headphone to listen to at a meet, youll know what i meant. He listens super loud!...lol ).
I TOTALLY KNEW IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
post #124 of 636
ITS A CONSPIRACY!!!!! (
post #125 of 636
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Originally Posted by Drag0n View Post
I went to Best Buy and heard the Dr Dre Beats today.
Monster pulled a BOSE
That's a shame.

So do most Best Buys have stations set up?
If so, I should swing by and have a listen.
post #126 of 636
I'll think about it next time I'm at BB. Really sucks that they have a whole setup there and you cannot try them with your own music.

From what Drag0n said, it sounds like they're setting them up to be loud, exaggerated bass headphones like Bose. Kinda makes sense considering the audience they are targeting.

I'll have to reread the beginning of this one plus I hope Jude or someone else posts a detailed review of these.
post #127 of 636
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Originally Posted by nickdawg View Post
I'll have to reread the beginning of this one plus I hope Jude or someone else posts a detailed review of these.
Jude did; you have to backpedal a few pages to find it, but you really can't miss it.
post #128 of 636
Oh, if you like LOUD....The Dr Dre's are LOUD, and werent distorting at all.........but they were set up on their own equipment , and i dont know whats under the hood, and im not looking to go deaf.
They were obscenely loud at the lowest volume and perfect for the masochist in you at the loudest volume. It started loud, and i had to hold down the red button to TRY to make it lower.
Stupid is as stupid does....
post #129 of 636
i still want to hear these things, I doubt it's the last word in accuracy but I think they might actually be fun sounding based on Jude's review

Maybe they might be worthwhile if they go on sale.
post #130 of 636
Headf-fi needs to spread. people will keep buying crap because they advertise crap more than they do good headphones. In the apple store in NYC the one where i listened to the beats headphones they sell shures but not the 530's . Most people though will buy the bose iems instead of any shures. There are never any shure advertisements but i still manage to see people in NY wearing them. Most people don't know wtf good sound quality sounds like.
post #131 of 636
The Corona & Lime song by Schwayze has their DJ rockin' these headphones. Heh.
post #132 of 636
I don't think I've ever seen an Etymotic IEM in a brick-and-mortar store, but I see some of the lower-end Shures at the Apple Store. Ultimate Electronics has the Klipsch lineup, all the way to the Image x10. Guitar Center carries the M-Audio badged version of the UE universals, and some of the low and middle-fi Shures.
post #133 of 636
Really, I'm surprised by people that think these will sell well.

They are marketed towards:

Professionals in the music industry (I say this because of the accompanying literature) who will know better.

Yuppies (because the price and the fact that apple and best buy are touting it) who will stick with what they consider to be the top of the line: Bose. Only because they aren't going to wear something endorsed by a rapper, much less a headphone that has his name on it (No disrespect Dre, that's just how it is).

Audiophiles (i say this because of the price and the accompanying literature) should know better. While they may not sound bad, I can't believe that many people here would rather have a beats than some other options in that price range (SR-225, 325i, MS-2, a used HD650 or DT990, Ultrasones, AKGs, etc)

fans of Dr. Dre, and really, how many of them can afford $350 headphones? This is the group, however, that will provide most of the revenue, since Dre's popularity has actually found him fans in the higher income brackets.

Regardless of the fact they may actually sound and look good, I feel that they will fail, financially, unless the Dre fans really come out to buy these in droves and I really don't think there is enough advertising for that to happen, not to mention the fact that his fan base must have shrunk by now since he hasn't had an album out in years. Maybe if he released these in conjunction with Detox (Dr. Dre's long-awaited final album... think Guns and Roses' Chinese Democracy but rap) they would sell.
post #134 of 636
Several members at club Polk have bought these to test.
In all fairness, they didn't allow much burn in time,
but both members returned them to Best Buy.
Botom line- there are better values in headphones
out there in that price range.
post #135 of 636
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Originally Posted by phkd View Post
fans of Dr. Dre, and really, how many of them can afford $350 headphones? This is the group, however, that will provide most of the revenue, since Dre's popularity has actually found him fans in the higher income brackets.
How many normal average people can afford these?

No need to stereotype and assume that people who listen to dre don't have money to spend.
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