Originally Posted by ThickGlasses
I actually agree with this, it's kinda like the piracy debate. I'm of the opinion that piracy is good just like I'm of the opinion that beats are good; not as headphones, but as a boost to the industry.
There we're far fewer audiophiles before the bass craze and there are far more good headphones now.
I've made this argument before, its not well received around these parts but its true. Hang around /r/headphones on reddit and you'll start to notice that there are quite a few people popping up looking to "upgrade from Beats" or people who previously had Beats but now own "good" headphones. Beats are a lot of people's first exposure to expensive headphones. Before Beats, the average consumer expected headphones to cost well below $100. Its changing customer attitudes about the worth of headphones and growing the $200+ headphone market. Sure, not everyone will "see the light" and convert to something head-fi approved but some will and thats creating increased demand for Senns, Beyer, Hifiman, V-Moda, AKG, Denon, Audeze, etc. All and all its a good thing.