I don't know where you have seen a headphones ranking with beats on top.
or in one of the best review on headfi :
I am not saying it is all true or that the lcd2s are the best, or the m50s are on the third place, but you cannot deny their value.
And bare in mind that it depends very much where you get your numbers from.
Think of asking all of the vegetarians of their impressions of eating red meat, instead of asking a larger set of people.
You were talking about sales numbers ("numbers of people who like them"), and a very large number of people like Beats, many, many times more than like any other brand. So, they must be right, eh?
The "best" review on Head-Fi isn't accurate, just motivated by popular opinion. It's only a repetition of the usual tropes and mountains of cliched comments made about various headphones over the years. I own racks of hi-fi/mid-fi cans and I can point out many headphones that are better than Audeze, in measurable ways. For instance, the Koss ESP/950s crush them completely, except in looks, as do the HE-500s, and the HE-400s (which are less than 1/2 the price). Even the $350 HD650 is more accurate, easier to drive, less flabby, and a lot more comfortable.
There's a huge LCD following around these parts, but it isn't due to amazing performance.
Edited by Magick Man - 11/14/12 at 3:24pm