Originally Posted by GearMe
Yeah, my M50s were $99 -- good value for me at the time. Don't listen to them that much any more. When I do, it's mostly out of nostalgia.
At that headphone level, I like my KNS-8400s, M80s, or SR60s more depending on what I'm listening to and portability needs. Hope my new Skullcandies earn their way into that rotation! I enjoy them all for different reasons including sound signatures, comfort, how cool they look. ;-)
That said, any Brand / Product offering like headphones, cars, etc. has differentiators (performance, quality, styling, etc.) that define it according to the market they're targeting.
For instance, the Volt, F-150, WRX, and 328ix are all $40K auto offerings serving different market segments. My guess is a variety of people buy these cars for their own reasons...and despite being 'The Ultimate Driving Machine', not everyone should buy a BMW.
Here's my question. How often do you see two car owners in a dialogue where one of them tells the other they are stupid/ignorant, their car purchase is totally wrong, and they should 'see the light' and buy a car just like theirs? More accurately stated, buy any car other than that 'crappy' one -- if they want to be taken seriously.
Just don't understand BEATdown mentality some have on this forum. Nor do I feel the need to 'convert' a Beats (or other Brand) user.
Seriously, I've seen Street Preachers that go about conversions with more tact than some folks here!
PS - you can get the new Studios for $269 on Amazon (not $449).
Guess I'll have to set up a Price Watch for the Studios on CamelCamelCamel. It'll be a competition between the Studios and my current Q701 Price Watch. I'm thinking $175 for the AKGs and $225 for the Beats...have to factor in the looks ($50).
You make some good points, however I think with the support of everyone at Head-Fi, we should all agree that headphones are meant for music and not fashion, not style, not distorted sound (cough cough). Music.
I think we all can agree on that.
And you just made a false analogy good sir, thank you 11th grade teacher Mr. Kadar. Comparing a car purchase to a headphone search is the false analogy.
People buying cars have many different factors for buying them, for example:
- Room for the whole family, so they need a van.
- Live in areas with bad weather, so they need something with 4x4.
- Have $$$ so they want an AMG from Mercedes.
- Are old and retired so they want to live out the days of their youth with a Corvette.
- Are college students on a budget with little money.
Cars buyers have a much greater set of influencing factors than people in the headphone market. I think we all can agree that people in the headphone market are interested in music and music only.
Sure, there are subfactors which may or may not influence their decision making process however I believe that 80% or more of their decision is geared towards the music.
Therefore, the Beats market should be shut down completely. Funny conclusion huh? I just hate good people being taken advantage of when there are MUCH better options out their for less money.
Dr. Dre hasn't made any music for over a decade and yet his name still rings true in the market. I only look at him as a lowlife scumbag who gave in to more of his greed. He conned millions of people with his headphone market, especially when they were first released (heard a pair personally) and yet people still look at him as a great producer. The dude can't even play any instruments beside banging his fingers on a Roland drum machine and telling other people what to do, and he's kept Hip Hop waiting with his Detox album for years. He's a failure and a lowlife, and I hate what he's become. **** Dr. Dre and his trashphone line.
Score 1 for me.
Oh yeah, you can call Audio Technica ATH-M50's an entry headphone but that is an opinion only justified by its price. I still bet they sound better than a Studio or a Pro.
Edited by thisissomebs - 1/16/14 at 11:21am