Originally Posted by haloxt
Black role model, looking back at you at the checkout line dissolving your resolve, social status item attainable with a few paychecks even by minimum wage workers who dream of making it big by Rapping
While we're being bigoted:
Bang & Olufsen, ostentatious Danish art objects that have the secondary purpose of making anemic sounds reminiscent of nasal European accents and must be good because they have pretty looking stores in airports and malls therefore commanding a high price premium, purchased by businessmen and women who want to impress each other while flying first-class and keep at the counter near the door at home under an European glass chandelier also recommended to them by the Bang & Olufsen salesman.
Bose, for people who want to be prepared for that 2-10 hours of flying time per year and will pay a premium for that noise-cancellation thing which will fail after only a few flights where they can still hear the ******* airplane noises and keep their eyes closed so that people around them don't realize they aren't sleeping peacefully like the Bose packaging promised they would, and will only ultimately cause the owners to have misdirected rage at everything except the $300 cheap plastic paper driver headphones when just trying to listen to some ******* mp3's while reading a Pimsleur language learning book at home and all they can hear is that damn incessant droning noise-cancellation noise.
Audio-Technica, for people who like anime and manga and probably draw self-portraits of themselves wearing the headphones.
Grado, for people who wouldn't know what real instruments sound like if it hit them over the head.
Ultrasone, for people who want to pay $2,500 for earpads made out of some dead exotic sheep from Ethiopia and get ventriloquist sound staging which sounds good after lowering standards enough
Sennheiser, for people who subconsciously feel bad about what happened to Germany in WWI and WWII and want to help rebuild the economy.
Sony, for people who still hope for the return of the glory-days before Sony got a white CEO and became more dysfunctional than your average modern family unit.
Any of the foreign cheap labor audio companies, for people who gladly contribute to their own countries' economic woes and have a morbid fascination of how big the Pacific trash vortex can get.
Low fidelity gear, for people who.... ok I can't seem to find anything bigoted to say about these people, other than that people who use stock earphones are people of no consequence.
Mid-fi gear, for people who don't realize music is mastered like ****, and audio reproduction is tuned like ****, so that the net result they hear is "good sound".
Hi-fi gear, for people who only listen to music made before the 1990's because people won't master things right anymore, waste countless hours of their lives listening to the same album over and over again with tiny tweaks and changes to try to get the sound to be more "accurate" even though due to the limitations of audio recording and reproduction gear they will never be able to get accurate reproduction of something as simple as bird chirping.