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Need immediate help! My buddy just bought Beats.

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So my buddy just bought himself some Dre Beats. I asked him what his price limit was and he said $300. I asked him if he wanted an amp and DAC and he said no. He also said he didn't want to walk around with an amp so... Not sure where to go with this. He wants to use his phone for music and wants some bassy cans. I was thinking of the Velodyne vPulse but those are ear buds. Anyone have any ideas?
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AIAIAI TMA-1. /thread

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I was telling m50s and a DAC would be his best option.
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let him walk around with them?

 

Ignorance is bliss buddy

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I'm still new to the audiophile world but. I listened to his Beats and they sound flat. Flat lows, sharp highs, so so mids. He listens to Dubstep and I am trying to convince him to get an amp. Should he get an amp or a dac btw? I think he could get one or the other and some decent cans for 300.
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Haha whatever LOL why drag him in this expensive hobby? Before my friend got beats pro I also told him he has a bunch of options to choose from for this price, he didn't care so neither did I. For him its more like he likes Dre and wants to support him. For me I'm not really brandcentric. Anyway allow me to piss you guys off, beats are not THAT bad biggrin.gif besides there's much more to it like you said, dac, amp, the song quality itself, etc
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Originally Posted by NinjaSushi2 View Post

I'm still new to the audiophile world but. I listened to his Beats and they sound flat. Flat lows, sharp highs, so so mids. He listens to Dubstep and I am trying to convince him to get an amp. Should he get an amp or a dac btw? I think he could get one or the other and some decent cans for 300.

You get a DAC for computer usage when you're getting noise in the background. It's extremely apparent when your computer desperately needs one. It would be good to do some research on what DACs and amps do before you make any recommendations to your friend. :)

 

I have friends that love Beats. I let them try my stuff if they're interested. Some are wowed, others aren't. If they've tried my stuff and still enjoy Beats more, power to them. Enjoyment is subjective, who am I to say that Beats don't sound wonderful to their ears?  

 

You shouldn't be focusing on getting an amp for anything under $300 for portable use. Spend it all on the headphone.


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You get a DAC for computer usage when you're getting noise in the background. It's extremely apparent when your computer desperately needs one. It would be good to do some research on what a DAC and an amp does before you make any recommendations to your friend. smily_headphones1.gif

I have friends that love Beats. I le tthem try my stuff if they're interested. Some are wowed, others aren't. If they've tried my stuff and still enjoy Beats more, power to them. Enjoyment is subjective, who am I to say that Beats don't sound wonderful to their ears?  

You shouldn't be focusing on getting an amp for anything under $300 for portable use. Spend it all on the headphone.



You think so? I'm thinking above 200 bucks for headphone you will start needing amp? Above 500 bucks or something, you may want to have a dac as well? Like lets say my Beyer dt990, under 300 bucks, but you probably want an amp to go with it right?
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I'm still new to the audiophile world but. I listened to his Beats and they sound flat. Flat lows, sharp highs, so so mids. He listens to Dubstep and I am trying to convince him to get an amp. Should he get an amp or a dac btw? I think he could get one or the other and some decent cans for 300.


What beats does your friend have? And what is flat lows?
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let him walk around with them?

Ignorance is bliss buddy

http://www.head-fi.org/t/571326/meet-typical-headfier-andy/2025#post_8563651

If he can return them, another option would be the skullcandy mixmaster. It can be had at around 300 and I think bestbuy has them so if you can find one on display that would be excellent. Otherwise I would think about exploring other "dj headphones". Have him look at them because aesthetics is usually somewhat important considering since he got beats. There is also a basshead club thread on headfi that can help you I reckon.

If he can't return them I agree with ignorance is bliss. Maybe have him listen to your gear at some point and see if he notices any difference by himself? Have him figure that out by himself though..
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You think so? I'm thinking above 200 bucks for headphone you will start needing amp? Above 500 bucks or something, you may want to have a dac as well? Like lets say my Beyer dt990, under 300 bucks, but you probably want an amp to go with it right?

OP's post mentioned his friend was using the headphone with his phone, signifying portable use. Are you really dragging around your open, heavy Beyers around? tongue_smile.gif

 

For portables, I am with his friend when I say I don't like lugging around more equipment than I have to. I use a Cowon J3, adding an amp to the system is basically just double amping and adds unnecessary burden to my pocket/messenger bag. If you have a limited budget, I'd spend it all on the cans.     

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If he like his beats and is enjoying them, than let him be happy.

I'm not trying to defend beats but I don't understand audiophiles obsessive need to convert people.

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here's an idea: get off his back

 

no offense bro, but let him do as he wants.  its not your evangelical mission to dissuade people from beats.  and he already told you he doesnt want to carry around extra equipment.  seems to me youre more bothered with his headphones than he is.

 

let him listen to his flat lows, sharp highs and so so mids in peace.  holy crap man.

 gracias.

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I was looking into K550 or Ultrasone 750 as those have been recommended to me in other threads I've posted for myself. 

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If he like his beats and is enjoying them, than let him be happy.
I'm not trying to defend beats but I don't understand audiophiles obsessive need to convert people.
Have you ever listened to them? He spent 250 on them and they sound horrible. Would you let your friends waste money and get shafted by mainstream hype? He bought them because they were 30 bucks off. I explained to him he could get better for less money that would be more enjoyable for the music he listens to.
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