Originally Posted by Sonic Defender
What model are you reviewing? Is it the newer studio or an older version? It is important to disclose that information as there seems to be plenty of evidence that the newer models sound better. I will say that I think many people bash Beats simply because that has been the thing to do in the past (deservedly so due to poor price/performance ratios), and I am willing to bet that few of us here in the forums have actually spent any serious, quality listening time with the newer Beats. I am not a Beats fanboy, don't own any, no plans to purchase any; however, I think people are now grossly prejudicial around here and refuse to even consider that perhaps since Apple took over positive change has been made. Most around the forums here would accept that Mac products and iPods in general have quite good sound for mass market products so I fail to understand why the bashing continues. I have read very few if any objective posts about newer Beats.
2009 Beats Pro Over Ear Black. $399 USD.
Any of my SuperLux cans are better, TakStar Pro 80's far superior, CAL! classics are better. I did not compare them to anything pricier ,but why?
They have a massive, gargantuan, biggest I have ever heard, lower midrange (160-320hZ) upper bass (80-160hZ) hump, but no deep bass. Thin recessed sucked out mids, no upper range sparkle and forget the sound stage.
They are intended for, obviously, rap, hip-hop, EDM and deep bass club music.
Forget rock and don't even think about classical, jazz or anything acoustic, natural, real, or live.
There is ONE good thing about Beats and their success and 60% market penetration.
Now consumers have elevated their price expectation for headphones.
Now all of the better headphones at $399 can get Beats customers by showing them their better sound.
That's the 650's, HiFiMan, Fostex, Ultrasone, Beyer and other excellent cans.
why the bashing continues
Because they are worthy of bashing. Because they are bad headphones.
Because Beats are mediocre pieces of sonic junk heavily marketed to people who don't understand what good sound is, at a price that is 10X times what a comparable sounding headphone or IEM.
Because when you put a pair of 600's on someone's head, they will expectation bias question first thing and ask are they better than Beats, even while listening to them. They need to be told if they sound good or not, they cannot decide for themselves, and they have no basis for comparison with good sound.
Some headphones sound better than others, Beats headphones don't sound good, and the people who like them don't know good sound, or are victims to fashion and trends and peer pressure.
Succumbing to peer pressure, fads,and trends are things that children do in Junior High and High School.Edited by marone - 7/9/14 at 9:40pm