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post #106 of 125
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Originally Posted by Surruk View Post


 


yeah, but i guess you could say that about pretty much any headphones. i highly doubt that even really high end things like HD800s cost a tenth of their retail price to produce. though i guess in cases like that you are paying for R&D and for the fairly limited production runs. 

 

basically the reason they cost $1000 is because there are only 50 of them, its an exclusivity thing and folk with too much money will buy them to be seen..... like a Bugatti veyron for your head >_>

 



Except that from what I understand a Veyron actually costs more to produce than they sell them for...they're not made for profit, but to say "look at what we can make."

 

Though it's not really just the retail price, it's the massive amount of R&D that goes into the products, which can be quite expensive.  Of course, there is zero R&D involved in coating a headphone's plastic casing with a chrome resin, all that's needed is experience, tools and know-how, so this would be more like somebody giving a veyron a chrome powder coat and selling it for $10,000,000. :P

post #107 of 125
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Originally Posted by crayonhead View Post

acoustically, could it change the sound curve?

 

and IMO, if the chroming were to cost that much, you can probably get it cheaper at a metal shop if you have good relationships with the shop or owner.



the chrome is on the outside....this wont effect the sound.

post #108 of 125
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Originally Posted by crayonhead View Post

acoustically, could it change the sound curve?

 

and IMO, if the chroming were to cost that much, you can probably get it cheaper at a metal shop if you have good relationships with the shop or owner.



the chrome is on the outside....this wont effect the sound.

post #109 of 125

How I picture the typical guy buying these things:

 

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Originally Posted by DaBomb77766 View Post

Except that from what I understand a Veyron actually costs more to produce than they sell them for...they're not made for profit, but to say "look at what we can make."

 

Though it's not really just the retail price, it's the massive amount of R&D that goes into the products, which can be quite expensive.  Of course, there is zero R&D involved in coating a headphone's plastic casing with a chrome resin, all that's needed is experience, tools and know-how, so this would be more like somebody giving a veyron a chrome powder coat and selling it for $10,000,000. :P


Except if we're still talking Beats it's more like adding ground effects to a Dodge Neon. Which people do. And I laugh at them. Really, really hard.

post #111 of 125

Or putting glitter on a rock and calling it "limited edition" :/

post #112 of 125

actually, now that i think of it, the veyron reference makes alot of sense.

 

By most accounts the veyron is a pretty poor sports car, with its only exceptional attribute being its colossal horse power. with almost every other attribute important to a sports car being sidelined (from my understanding it understeers like a boat for example) while the beats only notable feature is the colossal amount of bass, with everything else being mediocre at best.

post #113 of 125

 

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Originally Posted by Surruk View Post

actually, now that i think of it, the veyron reference makes alot of sense.

 

By most accounts the veyron is a pretty poor sports car, with its only exceptional attribute being its colossal horse power. with almost every other attribute important to a sports car being sidelined (from my understanding it understeers like a boat for example) while the beats only notable feature is the colossal amount of bass, with everything else being mediocre at best.



Well you have to think about it this way. Imagine maximum speed as being the quantity of bass, while acceleration being the QUALITY of bass. The Veyron has BOTH. The Studios only excel at "maximum speed".

 

In other words, if the Studios was a car, It would go at 250 mph while going nought to sixty in 3.5 years :)

post #114 of 125

The Veyron is a crappy sports car because it's not a sports car. It's a super car. I know it sounds like I'm splitting hairs here but there really is a difference. Super cars are the predecessors of muscle cars where sports cars are more like rally cars. I'm stretching metaphors a bit here but that's the idea. Sports cars are fast and nimble; super cars are just plain fast. You get a Veyron because on a power-track it is the fastest thing in production. However, if you were to put it on a track with loads of tight corners it would suck.

 

That's why the Brits invented the Ariel Atom, but that's another story...

 

The Beats have mediocre sounds and horrible build quality where the Veyron is a masterpiece of modern engineering. It's not just the fastest thing on four wheels, it's the fastest while having a full set of seats, aircon, radio, trunk... It's a super car that works as a car. You know... Minus the low ground clearance.

 

The Beats, however, are not a marvel of modern anything, except maybe modern marketing. They're the Ford Mustang of the automotive world. Not really better than anything but you think cool muscle car when you buy it. You don't worry that there are cars that are much better for the same or even less. You were sold on the idea of what they were.

 

So ground effects on a Mustang.

post #115 of 125

Well, driving a Veyron in GT5, it steers like a boat but launches like a rocketship. :P

 

Supercars aren't necessarily just all power though, some can be quite nimble on a track, if not in hairpin corners.  But something like a Porche or even a Miata could easily beat a Ferrari or Lamborghini in an extremely technical and bendy course with almost no room to accelerate, i.e. a motorcross course.

 

And although the Beats aren't great, they aren't really awful in that sense.  If they were priced at maybe $50 they'd be pretty well-received as being an entry-level basshead headphone.  But instead they're priced about four times more than that and therefore are not worth it in the slightest, which is why they're awful.

 

So really, it'd be something more along the lines of an overpriced Mustang that costs $150k, as opposed to $40k.  (not to say I'd ever want to drive a Mustang anyway. :P)

post #116 of 125
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Originally Posted by DaBomb77766 View Post

Well, driving a Veyron in GT5, it steers like a boat but launches like a rocketship. :P

 

Supercars aren't necessarily just all power though, some can be quite nimble on a track, if not in hairpin corners.  But something like a Porche or even a Miata could easily beat a Ferrari or Lamborghini in an extremely technical and bendy course with almost no room to accelerate, i.e. a motorcross course.

 

And although the Beats aren't great, they aren't really awful in that sense.  If they were priced at maybe $50 they'd be pretty well-received as being an entry-level basshead headphone.  But instead they're priced about four times more than that and therefore are not worth it in the slightest, which is why they're awful.

 

So really, it'd be something more along the lines of an overpriced Mustang that costs $150k, as opposed to $40k.  (not to say I'd ever want to drive a Mustang anyway. :P)



what he said.

 

also, i have a miata ^_^ despite its "girly car" image it is actually a pretty solid car for recreational auto sport. Eats up most of the local "Fully sick" holdens on the motorcross at least.

post #117 of 125
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what he said.

 

also, i have a miata ^_^ despite its "girly car" image it is actually a pretty solid car for recreational auto sport. Eats up most of the local "Fully sick" holdens on the motorcross at least.



My dad has one of the newer NC models - quite a bit more masculine/agressive-looking if you ask me, but it's still no mustang (and that's honestly a good thing in my books).  It handles like a dream. :P

 

(...just realizing how very off-topic this thread is getting. oops. :P)

post #118 of 125

They do look nice & shiny, although the cons obviously outweigh the shinyness here. 

post #119 of 125
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Originally Posted by WirelessRevo View Post

They do look nice & shiny, although the cons obviously outweigh the shinyness here. 



Note the shininess though.  It's shiny.  Very shiny.

post #120 of 125

Are colorware coatings even durable? Or can you just scratch them as easily as you would without the coating? 

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