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How do I let down a beats person softly?

post #1 of 28
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One of my friends has recently purchased beats studio headphones. I had a listen to them the other day and they seem really bad for the price. If he asked me I would have suggested ultrasone pro 900s but he didn't. I think I should teach him something so he doesn't make the same mistake again. Should bring my beyerdynamic DT770s and my E17 in and let him listen to them? I know that he will know that he's been ripped off immediately and I feel bad for him . They say ignorance is bliss so I'm not sure what to do.   Any Suggestions? 

post #2 of 28

If he's your friend, you should just break it to him. :)

post #3 of 28

ignorance is bliss, but beats ain't bliss... If I were you, I'd just carry my headphone and my dap and amp, make it look "pro" just to lure his curiousity and let him try the headphone when he ask for it.. lol

post #4 of 28

Problem is the horse has already bolted in that you should have said something as soon as you took them off. He would have probably said something along the lines of "What do you think?"

 

You should have simply taken them off and said one of these:

 

"Hmmmm.... Not for me...."

"Yes, they look really cool."

<shakes head> "I think you should back these brother."

"Not being funny but can I 'show' you what $$$ could sound like?"

 

Top one would be my favourite as the receiving person can't help but have their curiosity piqued and then you get to show them a better sounding pair for same or less money and it's not like you're rubbing it in or showing off at all :)

post #5 of 28

Eat his dog for breakfast.

When he asks why you did it, tell him.

post #6 of 28
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Originally Posted by bigheadhifi View Post

ignorance is bliss, but beats ain't bliss... If I were you, I'd just carry my headphone and my dap and amp, make it look "pro" just to lure his curiousity and let him try the headphone when he ask for it.. lol


+1

post #7 of 28

I would bring your e17 and dt770 and make sure he see's you listening to them, but make it look like your really enjoying them and hopefully he will ask to try them. If you do it soon he might still be able to return them.

post #8 of 28

The thing is...some of these people are buying headphones as a "fashion" statement.   I don't think most of them care about sound quality and they would be  happy with Apple earbuds, but since they want to be cool, they go and spend hundreds of dollars on headphones because all the cool kids are doing the same.  Now, the sad thing is that I've seen some older people with Beats.  The general public think that Bose, and now Monster, are top tiered brands when it comes to headphones. 

 

Marketing...gotta love it.  But hey, it's their own ears they are polluting with crappy sound.

post #9 of 28
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Originally Posted by elvergun View Post

The thing is...some of these people are buying headphones as a "fashion" statement.   I don't think most of them care about sound quality and they would be  happy with Apple earbuds, but since they want to be cool, they go and spend hundreds of dollars on headphones because all the cool kids are doing the same.  Now, the sad thing is that I've seen some older people with Beats.  The general public think that Bose, and now Monster, are top tiered brands when it comes to headphones. 

 

Marketing...gotta love it.  But hey, it's their own ears they are polluting with crappy sound.

This is right on the money, those beats headphones have the look people want and they sound good the the average person because they aren't used to listening to headphones that cost more than 30 bucks.

post #10 of 28
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Originally Posted by IgnitedEar View Post

This is right on the money, those beats headphones have the look people want and they sound good the the average person because they aren't used to listening to headphones that cost more than 30 bucks.

yeah and chances are they all stock up on 128 files. no much advantage getting proper headphones that price as well... :/

post #11 of 28

That's why you eat his dog for breakfast.

post #12 of 28
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Originally Posted by National View Post

That's why you eat his dog for breakfast.


I think I am starting to like that idea, I'm sure there is a korean place near him.

post #13 of 28

if he just bought them cant you just let him listen to yours then he will know he made a mistake and then he can return his?

post #14 of 28

When I brought my Superlux HD681 most people wanted to try them simply because they were massive and had a design nobody had seen before.

post #15 of 28

If your friend is happy with his purchase just keep your mouth shut. The Beats are marketed in a way that makes people believe they're buying the best and the forces at play that have led them to that feeling go way beyond sound quality. If he actually cares about sound quality he will learn, but if he doesn't (and most people who buy beats really don't) then seeding dissatisfaction will do nothing but make him feel bad about the purchase and make you look like a jerk. That said, if he expresses curiosity then you can help him discover better sound, but he has to initiate the process. 

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