In comparison, the beats do not deliver the performance for the price. They don't even deliver 1/4 the performance that the price demands. As I said, I have no problem with Monster selling them to uninformed people - it is the consumers fault for not doing any research or testing alternatives. Still, I can't help but feel as if Monster is cheating their customers in a very big way.
Part of the hate for Beats may be to fit in with the audiophile crowd, but I can tell you that I am relatively new to the headphone world (not the audiophile world) - and I hated beats from the moment I heard them in a Best Buy, long before I ever even heard that opinion from someone else.
Monster doesn't own Beats...hasn't for a while.
Beats 2013 models are new products -- which are getting more and more solid reviews by Head-Fiers. This is easily verified by doing a search or two.