I only read the first couple of pages, but I didn't see anything on here about race. When people buy beats, they're buying status, history, and the struggles of black man who fought his way up into fame and influence. This is something not only the black community buy into, but any teen or adult for that matter who's been been kicked around and shoved in the dirt. Yeah, sure to us head-fiers who can drop hundreds or even several grand on headphones and weigh out the subtle nuances of sound stage, pitch range and all that, Beats are joke! When you're struggling to get by with what you have, and someone buys you a pair of beats, or you finally save up enough to buy them yourself, they blow away that $20.00 pair of skull candy you've been hanging on to for the past couple years, and maybe it's all in your head, but people on the street look at you with respect. There's a guy with money. There's a guy who's made something of himself. There's the guy I'm gonna mug!
Now as all of you were saying, yeah, they look very similar. Yeah, Yamaha knew what they were doing. Are they close enough for lawsuit? That's all up to the judge. If it's true that Yamaha was only sued for $75,000, then it's very possible Monster didn't expect it to even go to court. I'd imagine that's pretty close to what the lawyers are going to make.
The real question is, do you think I can get some Yamaha stickers to put over my Studio Beats so I don't get mugged? :D
And there it is! Yea I live in a... ghetto neighborhood! And yes Beats are a status thing! Just like having a nice "hat" or a pair of awesome Jays [or what ever those shoes are called] and I'm not talking about any one race, since americans of all kinds. As Deviate mentioned.
But I mean people should just be more aware of actually GOOD headphones, still though props to monster for capitalzing on that culture! I still hope they lose though... this is the United States, every on from every where does everything! Shame on Yahama for copying them but seriously... they aren't the only ones lol. But again monster might be working towards making a better name for it self, amoungst audiophiles and sound concious people. So maybe taking Yahama down is the first step in their approaching a new market... who knows xD