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post #61 of 6431

Yeah, if I tell anyone how much I spend on headphones they think I'm crazy. The general population just has no idea how good headphones can sound. . . ignorance isn't really bliss. 

 

I invited someone over to try my HD 650s once and his reaction was "woah, it's like being there!"

post #62 of 6431

I get the same thing when i tell people what i spent on my gear. This is the look i getblink.gif lol

post #63 of 6431

Most people around my campus only care about how my headphones look. I've gotten a couple "why can't you get normal headphones?" and more than a couple "heh, your headphones look like pineapple rings" (hd414 pads). My roommate just today told me that my headphones were too big, because they were bigger than his fist. However, it does seem like people are curious about audio, as almost everybody who's been in my room has asked to try out my tube amp, though I haven't been able to give anybody a taste of tube magic yet...

post #64 of 6431
Thread Starter 

With the SRH750DJ's, I've gotten lots of "Whoa, those are massive," but no one who's seen them thinks they look funny.  I guess shure threw some style into these, not that I'd know.

post #65 of 6431

in my experience most casual music lovers cant tend to distinguish hi end from low end. they also tend to associate big bass = good quality  even though its boomy and muddy. biggest issue is definitely price. everyone looks at the price tag without thinking the long term benefits and quality of the product. the general consensus will stay that way for a long time

post #66 of 6431
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Originally Posted by Annirak View Post

With the SRH750DJ's, I've gotten lots of "Whoa, those are massive," but no one who's seen them thinks they look funny.  I guess shure threw some style into these, not that I'd know.



If I get any shure 'phones, I'd get those even if they're not the best just because they look cool. But I probably won't because I'm having an addiction to Audio Technicas "sadly"

post #67 of 6431

My favorite, while listening to my RE0's on my Sansa Clip+:

 

"Wow how much did that stuff cost?  Hahaha nice safeway headphones. You should try my Skullcandies with my cell phone."

 

No joke.

post #68 of 6431

awesome!

 

Normal people just don't appreciate good sound. It just sounds plain to them. If the bass isn't crazy enough to feel, then it just sounds ordinary and boring to them. I've already given up on trying to show friends and family good sound. They just laugh because of how much things cost and call it a waste.
 

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Originally Posted by Mdraluck23 View Post

My favorite, while listening to my RE0's on my Sansa Clip+:

 

"Wow how much did that stuff cost?  Hahaha nice safeway headphones. You should try my Skullcandies with my cell phone."

 

No joke.

post #69 of 6431

EDIT: I meant I was listening, and he saw my seemingly brandless RE0's, and cheap looking Clip+.

 

I let this guy listen and he said "Are these the Sony's from Staples?"

 

I have learned not to brag about my headphones, ever. If people want to ask me, I let them listen. If I hear people discussing their new 99$ BEASTLY Bose earbuds, I just keep to myself. I've had a few friends ask me for advice lately on purchases, after listening on their own to my setup. I have single-handedly brought two people to Head-Fi. Excellent. (Well, maybe not excellent for their wallets...)


Edited by Mdraluck23 - 12/8/10 at 9:39pm
post #70 of 6431

In my case... people in my country tends to say this

 

WOW! Very 3D!!!

I LIKE HOW IT GOES LEFT n RIGHT!!!

WOW I'M DREAMING

WOW!!! etc.

 

lol... it's amazing that my Alessandro MS-1i got huge soundstage to ordinary people :)

 

 

then of course the fun part about telling the price

they started to hate me XD

 

 

on other cases, people thinks that I buy some unknown china branded wannabe overpriced headphones.

oh... they tend to look down at my Hippo Gumstick too as if some cheapo mp3 player :P


Edited by power911 - 12/8/10 at 9:54pm
post #71 of 6431

It is sad, but true, it is hard to learn how to appreciate certain aspect of good headphones/earphones.

 

Personally, I try to keep myself friendly. If one of my friends pointed out the Monster Beats headphones, I often try to compliment them (go and wince, you know you want to). I have learned that it makes them a lot more receptive toward my own cache of audiophilic headphones. smily_headphones1.gif

post #72 of 6431
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Originally Posted by Mdraluck23 View Post

I have learned not to brag about my headphones, ever. If people want to ask me, I let them listen. If I hear people discussing their new 99$ BEASTLY Bose earbuds, I just keep to myself. I've had a few friends ask me for advice lately on purchases, after listening on their own to my setup.


+1

 

Just recently one of my favorite Let's Players that I follow on YouTube and Facebook posted on his status all about the AWESOME Bose sound system which somebody who wasn't using just dumped in his lap. The lemmings that commented were oohing and aahing over it. It was all I could do to keep my mouth shut.

 

I have a rule. If my friends say they're thinking about getting something from Bose/Skullcandy/Monster, I do the best I can to convince them otherwise. If they're adamant, there's not a lot I can do and I just let it be. Too often people regard such advice as somehow, "hmp, this guy thinks he's too good for Bose. Everybody knows they're the best." Against inspired lunacy what can you do? If they've already bought something, I won't tell them it's crap unless they ask for my honest appraisal. However, I don't hold back when something sucks. The truth hurts, and better that they hate me and learn the truth than be blissfully unaware they just got ripped off.

 

I also never brag about my stuff to anybody, as it's just one of those things very few people would understand or care about and it comes across as needlessly pretentious and condescending. This is true of bragging in general, as a matter of fact. I let others bring the subject up, and as this happens rarely, most people have no idea I'm a can-o-phile.

post #73 of 6431

What I don't understand is how is it crazy to spend $200 on a headphone is a waste of money to people, but spending $200 on tennis racket, purse, shoes, jeans, etc. are not consider waste of money? especially the purse and shoe stuff...

 

anybody care to answer?

 

Trust me I am not talking about anyone specific.biggrin.gif

post #74 of 6431

Hey! I love my Babolat Pure Drives! :P

 

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Originally Posted by soundeffect View Post

What I don't understand is how is it crazy to spend $200 on a headphone is a waste of money to people, but spending $200 on tennis racket, purse, shoes, jeans, etc. are not consider waste of money? especially the purse and shoe stuff...

 

anybody care to answer?

 

Trust me I am not talking about anyone specific.biggrin.gif

post #75 of 6431

Most of the people that comment on my headphones are people at the office.

 

A lot of them just know I have a lot of headphones so only the rare headphone really catches their eye.  The most popular were the LCD2 since they were so large and the wooden design was quite fetching.

 

So far the best response was from the president.  After he listened to the recordings with my headphones he stated he understood why I always get so mad at him for giving me junk audio to work with.  Maybe I'll eventually be able to convince him to buy better recording equipment.

 

Other people I know have gotten into it and though I don't see them getting an R10 any time in the future some of them have gone to get MTPCs, M50s, SRH440s, SRH840s, MS1s and so such.

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