Personally I like beats and own quite a few pairs. Beats headcans are how I got into this headcan hobby, my starting point if you like, so they will always have a place in my collection.
Beats cans such as the mixr series have been very well received for their build quality but more importantly, their vastly improved sound signature, which I guess the closest can they are similar to is the v-moda m100, though the latter is more refined.
Beats are overpriced as a product, but they are also regarded as a lifestyle brand which seems to be how they get away with what they charge due to the cool effect which seems to work quite spectacularly for them.
Clearly beats don't operate in the "super-fi" headcan market, but IMO the old bandwagon prejudices are very old and not warranted, which was the purpose of the thread after stumbling across part time audiophiles video, who summed up my thoughts.
Pity beats have been polarized so heavily from the headcan enthusiasts sites, but doubt dre and company are bothered judging by their pay cheques - I read dre gets something in the line of $10 million USD alone off beats per annum - hell of a lot more than he makes from music producing.
I tend to use beats for portability when out and about, though not exclusively, as LCD-X's, HD800's just aren't made for that type of use and I'd be terrified to scratch the glossy earcups of my Fostex TH900's if I were ever to venture outside with them Edited by cb3723 - 4/1/14 at 5:54pm