While in Best Buy some time ago I risked getting several diseases by trying on some Beats and had an experience that can only be described as painful. The Beats were plugged into one of those displays that allows you to press a button and hear various types of music. When I pressed the button to take a listen I was assaulted with some of the loudest music I have ever heard in my life.
Tone! Who cares! Sound stage? Don't even think about it! Speaking of thinking, you really can't do much of it when your head is being split open by Dr. Dre's henchman. If my memory serves me properly, I desperately searched for a button to lower the volume to no avail. Given that I am very careful to protect my hearing and ability to appreciate music I was not happy to have my ears bombarded with music so loud it was capable of causing permanent damage.
So, here is the theory: Knowing that their headphones have some... issues... Beats conspired to destroy the hearing of their prospective buyers in an effort to make their product more viable to those who now have permanent hearing loss.
Anyone else with a similar experience?
I'm not looking for general hate here... I am just not happy that a demo for a product that is supposed to be made to play music is capable of seriously harming the hearing of someone trying them out, even if they are just doing it for kicks.