They seem to be more and more popular. They show up in every electronics store flyer. Their price tag makes me choke on my morning toast every time I see them. I am talking about those very expensive headphones, such as the Beats and Bose brand names. How in the world can a company charge so much for a tiny pair of wearable speakers? Actually, the real question is how in the world can someone justify this purchase!!!
And I am not even talking about cordless headphones here. At this price you can get a corded version... You can also buy a bluetooth-fed pair of headphones for that price tag, But that would still be $350 too expensive for me...
Let's face it, it is mostly teenagers and young adults who buy these headphones and the marketing and product style are made for them. They mostly listen to MP3-grade (or similar) music quality, so lossy-compressed music, which defeats the purpose of spending a fortune on these supposedly high-end headphones. And the type of music they listen to does not call for very high fidelity sound reproduction anyway.
True, the high-end speaker market is also full of scammers, but at least those who spend a lot of money on high-end speakers tend to listen to types of music that require a good sound reproduction to fully enjoy the experience, like Jazz, R&B or Classical music. The goal with these genres of music is to reproduce as accurately as possible the sound quality and ambiance of the concert hall of origin. We are far from PC-sound-card-generated music here, YO! Besides, high-priced speaker buyers tend to spend a lot of time doing A-B sound comparison tests before buying; the proof is in the hearing...
I find that $100 is a reasonable maximum for getting good clean-sounding corded headphones for Pop or Rock music.
The ear-buds, those in-ear headphones, seem to be suffering from the same high price tag disease. How about $200 dollars for one pair? This is almost as much, if not more, than the music source itself, the MP3 player or iPod... As a former DJ, I can tell you that a set of $20 Sony Fontopia ear-buds do a great job of producing deep, rich Pop sound. Why spend more, that's beyond me.
I am sure that some readers will comment back saying that I don't know what I am talking about because I don't own such headphones. Well, it is the other way around. I don't own such headphones because I know I can get very good sounding headphones without spending hundreds of dollars. I will keep my hard earned money for things that really matter in life, not buying a brand name or looking cool... Shop for and with your ears, not with your eyes!
Thanks for your opinion. Some of these Monster Beat headphones are the target of my blog entry..because they are quite expensive. Once again, if you have listened to them and compared them to other cheaper models, and found the sound as being the best, at least you have the merit of having compared them. And that is the bottom line of my blog entry: Try before you buy!