I'll leave my employer to be the judge of that. Funny thing is when you are working with a team that produces one of the most "successful" portable music player of all-time and you see kids to grand-pas using them, I don't need to be proving anything with my dedication for perfection.
The hairline crack appeared after a month of normal use, unless you want pictures and a log book for its use, which is "funny" and childish.
Didn't Philips already acknowledge the design failure? Which is why they are creating unibody designs in their new models. I'm doing extra effort here to push them in creating something better for the consumers. Just like complaints we had at work, we look at them "objectively" and start building on that. I will continue testing headphones with a month of normal use, then doing the extremes, the stress tests.
I will not tolerate fanboyism, I will test all headphones equally unless they are $400+ or they are limited in nature. Don't claim this headphone as if it was the level of the HD800s for clarity sake (even those headphones have flaws), I'm merely pointing out at the flaws which any $70 headphones may have, didn't I recommend this headphone too?
If you want a reproduction test then try connecting it to an instrument, monitor the sound if there is some difference between the cleanliness of the tones. Example this one, a Yamaha YDP Digital piano. This will tell you more of its reproduction accuracy than some portable player or a "Youtube" video connected to your headphone.
Edited by alvincapalad - 2/27/12 at 9:07pm