Sigh, idk why I am writing this but after reading so many posts I feel like I have to put my 2 cents about Beats, click away if you don't want to read somebody complimenting Dr. Dre.
The Beats by Dre lineup is just like Louis Vuitton, Gucci, or any designer clothes brand. You are paying the extra couple hundred for the brand, not the quality or material (for the most part). With a Gucci handbag you can expect a certain amount of style, quality in their products but you know you could find something that looks the same without the logo for a tenth of the pricetag. But the logo will place you in a different level of style and lifestyle than somebody with a non designer bag. This is assuming you are around people who appreciate the 'higher status'. Beats spend most of their money on advertising. 2 minutes on their website will show dozens of celebrities rocking their products and most of them probably got their beats for free in return that they use them in high profile area. (Just like Christian Audigier did) and that could explain their high costs. You see their advertisements everywhere, on Youtube, TV, and even the music section of every Futureshop but how often do you see on TV an ad for anything even FROM Denon.
Their sound isn't **** either. I've owned solos, studios and the Pro. Actually the solos sound like ****. But to a regular consumer who has only listened to skullcandy or $20 panasonic earphones from wal-mart, they sound considerably better.
So my point is this, you can spend $200 less and get something like the M50s for the same or better quality in sound, but if you are out, don't expect any double takes from most strangers as you would with the Beats Pro.