The Beats are the Macs for sure.(why did I buy it? Uh, I dunno.. They're good right?)
Audio-Technica = Windows (just go with the flow, can't go wrong)
Shure = Linux (l33t)
not exactly what i meant by my earlier post...
what i mean is that there are a lot of people that use macbooks and defend their macbooks saying their purchase was well worth it, and then go on to bash beats saying they're complete garbage and overpriced. i'm a windows user and i try my best not to hate too much on macbooks (i'm going to go with just macbooks right now as i'm fine with some of apple's products) but to be strictly honest, i really do believe that macbooks are ridiculously overpriced and a waste of money. many macbook users may become offended by this, but isn't this exactly how a beats owner would feel when you call their headphones garbage and a waste of money? if one feels completely confident with one's purchase of a macbook and doesn't agree with all the arguments that one can have the same performance for less than half the price, then wouldn't a beats owner feel similarly about their purchase? most macbook users don't enjoy it when macbooks get hated on, so i'm sure most beats owner wouldn't enjoy it when people call the headphones that they own, garbage. the fact is that different people enjoy different sound signatures. if i had, say, a different hobby than you, would you immediately call my hobby stupid just because it's not a hobby you partake in?
of course, how beats decide to advertise their products is another matter
Interesting thread. I'm not sure anyone can be constructive about a destructive topic.
I don't think Apple products are a valid comparison. I've known people in Apple and friends of mine have friends who work there. The people in Apple are very very dedicated to making high-quality products and not just shoving generic components in boxes as cheap as possible, which has become the norm in the PC industry (and as for the price discussion, you are buying the OS and other Apple software with the product, not just the hardware). The only thing I've seen Bose dedicated to doing with their speakers is shoving cheap parts inside boxes, then spending their money on advertising and fancy demo rooms that are set up to sound impressive for potential customers. Sure their noise-cancelling headphones are the best out there, but that is because they have it patented, so no-one can make noise-cancelling headphones that are as good!
The thing is, I'm sure Bose and Monster are capable of designing and making great gear, but, in many cases, they've decided instead to make fancy-looking and mediocre gear that is heavily marketed instead. Skullcandy have gone in the right direction hiring somebody to design great-sounding headphones and the results so far have been good.
Edited by Currawong - 9/15/12 at 6:09pm