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post #31 of 3818

I've tried to convert some Beats users with my system, but apparently, they were all deeply convinced that Beats are the best headphones in the market...

post #32 of 3818
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Originally Posted by jimmylee1997 View Post

I've tried to convert some Beats users with my system, but apparently, they were all deeply convinced that Beats are the best headphones in the market...

They are.

post #33 of 3818
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Originally Posted by wolfetan44 View Post

They are.

The fertiliser market.

 

I managed to convert 2 of my friends to the audiophile path, a nicely set up HD650 with a deceptively EQ'ed low end to sway the beats lovers works wonders :)

post #34 of 3818

- My cousin had bought a pair of Bose NC headphones ($300) and was raving about them. I let him listen to my Triple Fi's ($75). He just sat there with a stupid look on his face, mumbling something about how it's been more than 30 days...

 

- A friend was about to buy a pair of Beats Studios. I spent a good hour trying to convince her not to go through with it, to no avail. So I dragged her to my house and let her listen to an LP of AC/DC on HD800's. Needless to say, she listened to every word I had to say afterwards. So she decided on ATH-M50's, and loved them. Sometime in the future she passed by a store with the Beats on demo and did an A/B test. She said she couldn't believe that she ever thought that the Beats sounded good because now there was no way she'd ever put them on again. And she only spent 1/3 of their price.

 

- She went on to convert her friend, who now owns a DT770.

 

- Some other friends bought a UE700, a Triple.Fi 10, and a JH-5 Pro (yes, he jumped all the way from the stock Apple buds to customs).

 

 

I actually have quite a big list of converts. But the general reaction people have is "You're absolutely insane for spending that kind of money on headphones, but damn if that isn't the best sounding thing I've ever heard".

post #35 of 3818
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- My cousin had bought a pair of Bose NC headphones ($300) and was raving about them. I let him listen to my Triple Fi's ($75). He just sat there with a stupid look on his face, mumbling something about how it's been more than 30 days...

TF.10 for $75. Damn that's a deal right there.

post #36 of 3818
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TF.10 for $75. Damn that's a deal right there.

 

It was on amazon two years ago, sometime around November I think. I already had a pair but at that price I just had to buy another, lol.

post #37 of 3818
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Originally Posted by Manyak View Post

- My cousin had bought a pair of Bose NC headphones ($300) and was raving about them. I let him listen to my Triple Fi's ($75). He just sat there with a stupid look on his face, mumbling something about how it's been more than 30 days...

 

- A friend was about to buy a pair of Beats Studios. I spent a good hour trying to convince her not to go through with it, to no avail. So I dragged her to my house and let her listen to an LP of AC/DC on HD800's. Needless to say, she listened to every word I had to say afterwards. So she decided on ATH-M50's, and loved them. Sometime in the future she passed by a store with the Beats on demo and did an A/B test. She said she couldn't believe that she ever thought that the Beats sounded good because now there was no way she'd ever put them on again. And she only spent 1/3 of their price.

 

- She went on to convert her friend, who now owns a DT770.

 

- Some other friends bought a UE700, a Triple.Fi 10, and a JH-5 Pro (yes, he jumped all the way from the stock Apple buds to customs).

 

 

I actually have quite a big list of converts. But the general reaction people have is "You're absolutely insane for spending that kind of money on headphones, but damn if that isn't the best sounding thing I've ever heard".

wow that's amazingblink.gif

post #38 of 3818
I just had a horrible idea... what if beats owners are right? Now hear me out here. We all know expectation and autosuggestion can make a huge difference in perceived sound quality. Is it possible that beats (and other non-fi) owners really do hear their chosen flavor as sounding better?
post #39 of 3818
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Originally Posted by thoughtcriminal View Post

I just had a horrible idea... what if beats owners are right? Now hear me out here. We all know expectation and autosuggestion can make a huge difference in perceived sound quality. Is it possible that beats (and other non-fi) owners really do hear their chosen flavor as sounding better?

of course they do. they have the perception of heavy bass meaning high quality. anything bright they will think of it as an old radio from a nuclear fallout era which has no bass. especially if they use their overly compressed and synth'ed top 50 music to test it.

post #40 of 3818
Thread Starter 

It's similar to the mayo, mustard, or ketchup preferences on burgers, fries, or hot dogs depends on where you are form and what is the norm for your culture.

 

Another example is blood pudding, lutefisk, balut, or kimchi, it all comes down to how your evirnoment influences what you feel is acceptable or normal.

 

Unless you were with the band when they were deciding what their music should sound like, you have to use your own experience to decide what is acceptable to you.  Doesn't much matter what others think.  We can only present what we think is good and then let them do what they want, ultimately.


Edited by bearFNF - 2/10/13 at 10:48am
post #41 of 3818
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Originally Posted by thoughtcriminal View Post

I just had a horrible idea... what if beats owners are right? Now hear me out here. We all know expectation and autosuggestion can make a huge difference in perceived sound quality. Is it possible that beats (and other non-fi) owners really do hear their chosen flavor as sounding better?

Sound signature preference + expectation bias are indeed powerful. The brain is a funny thing.
post #42 of 3818
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Originally Posted by bearFNF View Post

It's similar to the mayo, mustard, or ketchup preferences on burgers, fries, or hot dogs depends on where you are form and what is the norm for your culture.

 

Another example is blood pudding, lutefisk, balut, or kimchi, it all comes down to how your evirnoment influences what you feel is acceptable or normal.

 

Unless you were with the band when they were deciding what their music should sound like, you have to use your own experience to decide what is acceptable to you.  Doesn't much matter what others think.  We can only present what we think is good and then let them do what they want, ultimately.

oh and don't forget durian, i know (at least most of) they hate it with a passion due to its fowl smell. but most asians/malaysians (like me) like to eat them and think they smell very deliciouswink.gif

post #43 of 3818
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Originally Posted by streetdragon View Post

oh and don't forget durian, i know (at least most of) they hate it with a passion due to its fowl smell. but most asians/malaysians (like me) like to eat them and think they smell very deliciouswink.gif

Never had the chance to try durian...maybe someday.beerchug.gif

post #44 of 3818
But I love balut :c
post #45 of 3818

My mom couldn' see how my HD650s amped were any better than a $20 pair of HP speakers 

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