Here is a story I wrote for my school newspaper Del. Aware. In the article I compare the headphones Beats Studio and Audio Technica ATH-M50 after conducting several blind tests on musicians and audiophiles. Note that due to spacing issues, the article's length is limited, and therefore I could not give explicit details concerning the results of my test. Comments and criticisms are welcome.
Science and Technology
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Studio Headphones go Head to Head in Blind Survey
Since 2008, when a line of headphones by Monster Cable called the Dre. Beats took the tech world by storm, there has been a large debate concerning the sound quality they present when compared to the Audio Technica M50- considered to be the best headphones one can but for under 200$.
Yessenia and Carlos Echeverri(Senior, Graduate) and Billy Babcock of Asmara conducted a blind test and voted in favor of the Beats Studios.
“Good things are pricey,” said Yessenia in reference to the questionable price of the Beats (+/-$300). “The Beats Studio is a lot clearer. You can definitely pick up small things in there.”
While the Beats have received praise from Asmara for an extremely powerful bass, it is the same bass that has earned the Beats criticism, and a somewhat better balance of sound in the M50 that has attracted consumers and professionals alike.
Rich Murray, a record collector and music aficionado, favored the M50 over the bass-heavy Beats.
“The bass distorted the quality of the music. It didn’t sound natural,” he said.
Christopher King, a creative director for Endless Echo also favored the M50. “The M50 is much clearer, there is a lot more nuance between the different instruments... you can hear the different voices and instruments much more clearly than you can in the Beats.”
My opinion after carefully listening to both pairs is that while the Beats are flashier and more comfortable, a consumer’s money is better spent on the more affordable Audio Technica M50 which gives a more honest - yet fulfilling - sound. Honestly, I can’t find justify spending a single dollar on the Beats, let alone $300.