There is a thread about the old Sennheisers vs. the 6xx:
I didn't even know the HD540 existed until you just mentioned it.
Soon when the new monster headphones that they are making with a Swiss watch maker comes out, we will have a lot of wannabe gangsters touting them as the greatest headphone of all time because of their price and impressive appearance.
Considering it is a $2275 dollar noise cancelling headphone being tuned by the man who did Beats, we'll I'll be skeptical about the supposed "quality".
I have to chime in, I have to.
First, in the commonwealth of the wrong side of the tracks the "wannabe gangsters" is written and pronounced as "wanabe gangsta".
There are audio engineers and technicians who design and put together headphones because they think that headphones are instruments for listening to music. And then there are geniuses who know better, who have the ability to think 'outside the box' and discover that the audio quality in headphones does not matter at all, because headphones are not for listening to music but for something else.
The solid 24 carat gold plated Beats - http://www.google.ca/imgres?imgurl=http://www.foreversneakz.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/ocho-cinco-beats.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.foreversneakz.com/blog/2012/01/chad-ochocinco-buys-entire-patriots-team-custom-gold-plated-beats-by-dre-headphones/&h=500&w=500&sz=35&tbnid=AgFcqiHs_3OBNM:&tbnh=95&tbnw=95&zoom=1&usg=__21BTT4gWq27RvA-Z-iO-5HCg9CA=&docid=i2_IqrCZ_JMOzM&sa=X&ei=oZ9bUq7nGO784AOM3IDoCA&ved=0CEAQ9QEwBA
I wouldn't have said genius's... Anyone can become rich if they put there mind to it and work hard.
What I do see here, is a case of exploitation. The exploiting of the people who made them (or him as the case may be) rich in the first place... Nice.
Some people are artists some are business men...
Overrated - Beats, AKG
Underrated - Audeze LCD-3 - The point is that people say they are not worth the 2000 asking price, Well they are more than worth it. I haven't heard headphones that sound so good. The HD800 are sitting in the corner beside these.
For me, the most underrated is the HD600. They usually don't get the attention and praise they deserve.
HE400 and M50 would be the one I would call overrated.
Please note that the above opinion is only based upon my experience with the headphones which I have owned.