I ask this because I was listening to some $400 beats pro or whatever, and it sounded SO FREAKING BAD.
I recently spent $35 on a pair of cheap ass headphones which have extremely surprising quality for the price, but are not very comfortable, and they sound about as good as the $400 beats... this made me rofl so hard.
The only reason I bought these was because the Kevlar cord for my Crossfade LP broke, and I wanted an in line mic. I looked at Walmart, Radioshack, and even best buy for a replacement in line cord with a mic, and none of them had one, and I found this at a gas station for $35 randomly, and got it just for the cord, expecting them to sound worse than apple headphones lol.
Point is, why the hell do $400 beats headphones sound almost as bad as my $35 gas station crap headphones? I'm thinking it HAS to be a garbage DAC/amplification..