Originally Posted by muxamed
The other big manufacturers don't change anything at all. Senn HD650 has been around for 10 years. Hd600 for 15. And they cost exactly as much as they did when they were released. The same goes to the Beyer headphones in the same league.
False and false. Prices for both of their old flagship lines have fluctuated quite a bit in time, up and down. Senn's prices recently went back up as they started enforcing their own pricing policy on retailers and Beyer's continue to swing wildly (by as much as +/-$100) depending on the phase of the moon and Amazon's whacked out algorithms... Talking US prices here, maybe they're more stable in Germany or Europe at large? Doesn't sound like they're any cheaper there tho, which would be the logical thing.
Both manufacturers have made lots of under the hood changes without ever being open about it, for a variety of reasons. Senn lost molds during factory fires and played around with baffle materials (a lot) and other structural changes for a while. Beyer's models were tweaked in 2005 yet the model numbers weren't changed. Oh and those are just the bigger changes that we know about because they're plainly visible during disassembly, there's probably been even more.
Hell, while we're on the subject of what other manufacturers do or don't do... Senn will sell you an HD25-1 II (which as you can guess from the model, has gone thru a few revs itself) with a blue cable/pads and three blue Adidas stripes on the cup for a hefty $100 premium over the standard model, lol. This is a headphone on which the R&D was paid out over a dozen years ago and they sell it like candy to broadcasters (look at any basketball announcer and what they're wearing), yet a consumer version that doesn't look like crap commands a 50% premium.
Amperiors are the same thing with metal cups, 75% premium (+$150). I don't care how many times they milled a prototype cup, that doesn't take a big R&D budget. Probably easier to research than pads. Senn had a 580 anniversary edition that turned into the 600 btw. Point is, everyone does the same thing in one way or another, at one time or another... And the undisclosed changes are just as bad as the random rebadges if you ask me. I'm not a big AKG fan, but it seems hating on their 7xx model scheme has just gotten too trendy.Edited by Impulse - 4/11/13 at 4:10am