Originally Posted by inthere
But what exactly constitutes overpriced? Why Beats and not Stax? Audeze.........Ultrasone.......V-Moda.....Sennheiser? I know at least 20 Beats Studio owners that will swear on their mothers graves that Beats are the best sounding headphones in the world............I've pressed a few members on this site about their hatred for Beats and had some admit they've never actually heard them........Is that objective?
Well Beats Studios are so popular I base my feedback on several user feedback (3x -> XB500 Sony cases and 1x JVC RX500 swap) which swapped from Studios to XB500 or JVC HA-RX500, both cost around $50 and thought they got an upgrade in sound quality. That doesn't mean all headphones these manufacturers makes are bad but Beats Solos, Studios and PROs have bad sound quality for price but Diamond Tears and Monster N-Credible looks to be actually great performers at their price point (this by other "audiophiles" opinions, Jude the owner of the site really thought the Diamond Tears sounded great and the latest N-Credible headphones has gotten really great reviews (also by audiophiles, read about 4 reviews by people that are obsessed with sound quality not just bass quantity regarding those).
So yea it's really down how to they perform against other headphone products, if other headphone products in the same category performs similarly and perform better than the lower-cost headphones, then the price is justified. Then we have the usual problem about highend headphones deliver less bang-for-buck but if they still perform better than the lower-cost headphones then it's justified. These are marketed against audiophiles and those generally spend more for smaller amounts of sound quality boosts. What can be seen as a 10% upgrade to a mainstream consumer may be like 50% for a audiophile. So swapping around headphones of different prices will eventually lead you to a "percieved sound quality for price paid". The more headphones tested the more accurate it gets. Then we need to have many people doing similar tests to rule out personal preferences etc what forums are about, to find these kinds of user input in order to establish some kind of objective truth from all these subjective user experiences (the average out of all subjective user experiences would be the closest to objective truth one can get).
Also furthermore I can also known other brands have sold overpriced headphones, V-Moda LP1 debuted at $199 which is way overpriced, today they are like $75 so they have adjusted price with time to their deserved price points. The same can be said about Denon's D1100 which debuted at around $200 which I've also tried and concidered it way overprice but is like $100 today... Beats Studios however live on their brand image, other manufacturers live on their sound quality and adjust prices thereafter if Beats headphones lost the brand image you could expect lower pricing too but as long as the kids on the streets hype it to no end, why should they adjust the price when they sell them anyway? Other manufacturers however doesn't have that premium. If the people weren't so ignorant and actually tested stuff judging with their own senses and wouldn't go after "cool-factor" or cuz the mates thinks so or whatever it would look entirely different. Beats ride on fame of the youth's ignorance & group pressure and the brand image that dwelved from there, that's why they are able to sell the headphones with such a high price tag.
Edited by RPGWiZaRD - 6/16/13 at 6:09am