Originally Posted by LizardKing1
That ear-shredding experience you mentioned, was it with the Solos?
One of them was. That was the last pair I tried, in the campus book store back in august. I was walking around between classes, listening to some Queens of the Stone Age on my HD595's, and walked in to look around and buy a snack as I hadn't yet been in the building (Freshman in first week of classes). There was a display with the Souls (Don't know what model), Beats Solo, and Sennheiser HD428's (Which I must find at the 30 dollars everyone here claims to have them for as a toss-around pair)
I had the EQ off, so I just plugged the beats in, hoping "Maybe this time it will be different". Pushed play. about 5 seconds, the entirety of the song started and it was just a disgusting muddy jumble of everything, to which I said, "Oh GAWD, no, #$@! this" and pretty much threw them off my head back at the table. The souls were a bit better and much cheaper, but were uncomfortable and still a bit muddy for my liking, where as the 428's were very impressive for the (I Think) 60$ price the store had on them... Reminded me quite alot of my old 485's as far as a general signature, though I haven't used them in long enough to make a fair comparison.
I've tried a few beats models. All pretty much the same story. I think the Studio and Pro were the other two. Disappointing.
What's even funnier is that many people only use them as a necklace a good 80% of the time anyway. Utter waste of money, plastic, and the energy and other materials needed to produce package and ship them, let alone the time and toil of the (probably) sweatshop-level Chinese workers spending 14+ hours a day putting them together.