Originally Posted by Nomadtech
I am not sure this is where I should post this but it is related to Beats and I need help. Let me explain my situation so anyone that would like to provide guidance is welcome to do so. I have a 12 year old son that said "Dad I don't want much for Christmas this year just buy me a pair of Beats and I will be happy. So I went to Best Buy and tested all the models they had on display. Just to let you know I am not an audiophile but I do like good quality sound and I usually know it when I hear it. The beats I heard I did not like they sounded like the mids and highs were drowned out by the bass. Now to mention what I like to hear is good bass with clear mids and highs to where I go wow it sounds like it is live. Sorry for my descriptions but not good at putting it into words I guess. Anyway I wasn't impressed. I also did research on the Beats and decided I would like for a better pair of cans for him and start him out with some quality. So I came across the sound magic and the reviews sounded very good then came across the PSB MU4 1 and reviews sounded awesome. I went to Best Buy to listen to them and they sounded good but didn't knock my socks of. but kept reading about them and figured they were better than Beats. So I had been talking to my son and he said he didn't have to have Beats and he didn't just want the cans to look cool he wants quality. So I took him to Best Buy and my first mistake was we walked by the Beats isle and I said hey you want to listen to the Beats since we are here. So we did and he loved the sound then I thought myself to be a fool why did I do this. So I took him back to Magnolias to listen to the PSBs and he hated them. They also had P7s he did not like them and they had several other high end brand which he said they were uncomfortable. He is not stuck on Beats Studio. Oh and let me say I haven't listened to a headphone that I have been impressed with either but I know there is something out there that is better and I really don't want to buy the Beats since I know what they are like and have read so many horrible reviews. Another thing I want to mention is I have a friend that just bought a pair of Sony 1As and he loves them I listed to them with FLAC files and still wasn't that impressed. I was talking with another friend about this now I am 53 and he said his life is music he plays the guitar and has always played and listened to music. He said I can't hear music like I used to when I was young and it made sense maybe my ears do not work like they used to. Anyway I am frustrated with all of the research that I have done and I am not any closer to finding a pair of headphones for my son. I actually want to use them too when he is not :). Do I just buy him the Beats like he wants or do I continue searching. My price is $300.00.
Sorry for the novel but I want everyone to know what I have been through.
The most important thing to keep in mind is that your son will be listening to these headphones, not you. The next thing to keep in mind is the general demographic that the Beats are marketed to. They are not marketed towards fathers and real musicians, but rather a whole different demographic of teenagers and everyday consumers. The brand is an icon on itself and so much money is spent towards marketing the product (just walk into a store and look at the Beats booth vs any of the other testing booths). They are not made for people serious about music (you can google pictures of Dr. Dre, not even he wears them in the studio), but rather consumers who enjoy brand power and asesthetics. I personally don't like the look of them, but I'd much rather wear them at school than a pair of Sony 7506s, for example.
With that being said, perhaps the headphones you've had him test are just not his style. Sound is subjective, and you can't convince a basshead to don a pair of Grados, for example. Perhaps try to see if you can find more bassy headphones for him to try, like the Vmoda M100.
I'm glad that your son seems to be open about what he wants to get, but at the end of the day he is going to be the one using them so as long as he is happy then you should be happy too :)