Originally Posted by sucaj
Way to miss the point. I do not "abhor a bass-y beat". I prefer my headphones to accurately recreate the sound of what I'm listening to (shocker, I know)
. When I want a lot of bass, as I frequently do, I turn up the EQ - like everyone else since the dawn of home stereo.
Beats takes that power out of my hands by artificially enhancing the low-end regardless of whether I want it or not - a process which causes clipping and results in inferior sound. Their hardware isn't any better at the low-end than the cheapest of headphones - it's just artificially amplified at all times. It's not any more complicated than that. In fact, not only is the hardware not better, it's worse - by overstimulating the senses with a heavy and impressive low end, they overshadow the pathetic performance from the midrange and upper frequencies in the crappy driver components they use.
Can't argue with any of that, just saying that what you call overstimulating, pathetic, crappy, etc., is what drives the sales, not what to your eyes looks like style or image. Your senses are tuned differently, mine as well, from this generation's that we're talking about. They came up with different sound systems, different drugs, all that stuff that makes one generation separate from another musically.
If bests had tried to sell balanced headphones they wouldn't have caught on. The fact remains that they're the first to succeed on the street because of that crappy sound. Apple is probably going to try to improve them, but you know they're going have keep them bass heavy somehow or other.Edited by Flaneur - 5/29/14 at 4:53pm