Originally Posted by mostTop
I just don't get it why some ask me the reason i bought Beats, some say i should have bought Sennheiser, ATH and other brands.
The first reason is the looks. All those headphones that are called as being superior sounding are ugly. Just look at sennheiser HD25, it is very ugly, ATH-M50, ugly as well. Even the most expensive headphones aren't good looking, the sennheiser HD-800 looks like something from robocop. But beats on the other hands is nice looking, i reckon that it will in some years look out of fashion and i will need to buy another one. But for the time being, it fits nicely my neck.
And also i like the way it sounds. How do some can claim as universal truth that X or Y headphone sounds better? What if John Lennon had recorded his songs using a Beats Studio? Wouldn't then the Beats Studio delivering what the artist originaly intended to deliver? Also how can anyone be so sure that everybody hears in the same way? So measurements only aren't proof for anything.
I listened to an AKG k701 and i didn't like how it sounded. Simple as that, i thought beats sounded better.
1. We dislike beats not necessarily because they are bad-sounding (there are far worse headphones out there) but because they are overpriced. Congrats on spending $300!
2. Sound and functionality first, style/fashion second.
3. I hear this argument all the time. "Sound is subjective, so it's impossible to claim one headphone is better than the other."
Wrong. Headphones are tools for hearing music, and thus there are objective ways to measure/compare them. I'm no good at headphone mechanics and sound science in general, but even I know that much. For instance, the Beats Studio's are infamous for their mid-bass hump but poor bass extension. If you had another pair of Beats - with exact same looks/sound except that it actually extended all the way down to, say, Tesla level, you could objectively say that the second pair with deeper bass is the superior headphone.
A better way to compare would be to classify them into genres. You have no idea how dumb it is to compare the K701 to Beats. Instead, compare it with other cans with similar characteristics intended for specific genres. If you do, you will come to realize that they barely hold up in the genres they were intended for. Quoting
Edited by viralcow - 2/4/13 at 5:06pm