I don't post a lot. Most of the time I read. If something pertains to me, I may post, but it's rare. But lately, things have gotten out of control and I have to say something. What's the issue? People giving out advice or recommendations on headphones THEY DON'T HAVE. This is especially annoying when giving advice to headphone novices, the ones who rely on the advice and opinions of the people on this forum. Let me explain...
I have close to 50 headphones. Some are great (Ultrasone Pro 900, Beyer DT1350, Senn HD 580, Grado RS1, Senn IE8, Shure SE 530, etc), but most are crap (too many to list). So you gotta trust me when I say I have listened to a fair amount. I know there are folks on here who have more but I'm pretty sure I have a problem too. That's besides the point.
I had to preface with that because what I'm about to say may be shocking to some. I kinda like the Bose QC15s. Shake your head now, but many of you know that they are great at NC, they sound pretty decent (really, they're not bad. not great, but pretty good, so shut up already), and they're mad comfortable. But there's a huge lot of you who hate on them just because they're Bose. That's the majority of the forum. I get it. Bose marketing, patent issues, etc... it's easy to hate on them. And yes, most of their headphones blow (In-ear anyone?)
So I was trolling around looking for others who might feel the same way about them.. the ones who are willing to overlook this Bose thing, because of all the reasons I mentioned above, without fear or attack from the masses. I came across one post in particular where a novice wanted to find the best pair of NC headphones, didn't want an IEM, and asked about the QC15s. Immediately, this happens.. everyone comes out saying how bad they suck, how the sound is crap, and Bose is an awful company. "You should get a good sealed headphone, or an IEM (knowing, mind you, that the guy didn't want an IEM)." None of this solid advice, just trashing talking.
What really bothered me was this: People giving advice on headphones they didn't own, and recommending headphones they didn't own. "The QC 15s suck. You should get the Senn 300s or 450s.. or this and that...." when CLEARLY, they didn't own these headphones themselves! Who the hell? This is tragic in my opinion. Poor guy is now gonna go out and get something else when the QC15s would have been great for him.
Here are the facts:
If you trash Bose for their name alone, but you push headphones you don't own purely - for their name alone, what just happened?
If you don't own the headphones you're talking about or giving advice on, what makes you qualified to give an opinion at all?
If they are good at what they do, why make someone feel bad about getting and using them purely for the what you think they are?
Please folks, just stop. Let's keep this forum real without the hype and BS. I'm going to proudly wear my QC15s on my commute to work because I just don't care about what you think. I know about and have enough of the "good" headphones to make your collection cry. So really, just stop.
I'm just gonna keep keepin it real.