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(Some Guy)   You're not going to believe this, but Samsung has suddenly gotten into the premium priced headphones business   (9to5google.com) divider line 86
    More: Obvious, Galaxy Note, Bluetooth, Galaxy S, Beats Electronics, Samsung Electronics  
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1736 clicks; posted to Geek » on 17 Jul 2014 at 7:44 PM (32 weeks ago)   |  Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



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2014-07-17 06:56:30 PM  
Innovators!
 
2014-07-17 07:47:12 PM  
For when you want to look like you have business class airplane seats on your ears.
 
2014-07-17 07:47:54 PM  
I'd say they were copying Apple, but "Beats" is hardly premium...
 
2014-07-17 07:53:55 PM  

baconbeard: I'd say they were copying Apple, but "Beats" is hardly premium...


it's not premium "quality"; it's premium, as in, "I can't believe people pay for this overpriced shiat."
 
2014-07-17 07:54:28 PM  
Who could blame them? Have you seen how many morons bought those Beats headphones?
 
2014-07-17 07:59:02 PM  
B-b-b-but Apple invented headphones.
 
2014-07-17 08:02:08 PM  
I like my Skullcandy and they're reasonably priced.
 
2014-07-17 08:03:12 PM  
Overpriced headphones are the same as overpriced sneakers. People are paying for the name and for ugly styles/colors that stand out so people know how much they spent.

Just buy some good Sennheisers and enjoy the music.
 
2014-07-17 08:05:53 PM  
I don't pay more than $20 for mine. I'm just way too hard on the cord, they never last more than a year before my knee catches them and rips the cord from one of the earphones.
 
2014-07-17 08:06:26 PM  

spamdog: Who could blame them? Have you seen how many morons bought those Beats headphones?


Beats has finally put up listening stations at stores so I finally got to listen to them.  Well, only one headphone works, but still, it allowed me to plug in my own music and listen.

I wasn't impressed at all.  The pair of SoundMagic E10 earbuds a Farker recommended me are louder and have yet to have any distortion, and I listen to some very bass heavy music.  And they cost a fraction of what Beats do.
 
2014-07-17 08:08:58 PM  

Glitchwerks: spamdog: Who could blame them? Have you seen how many morons bought those Beats headphones?

Beats has finally put up listening stations at stores so I finally got to listen to them.  Well, only one headphone works, but still, it allowed me to plug in my own music and listen.

I wasn't impressed at all.  The pair of SoundMagic E10 earbuds a Farker recommended me are louder and have yet to have any distortion, and I listen to some very bass heavy music.  And they cost a fraction of what Beats do.


Same... And although I know I'm going to be crucified for this... I really like Bose headphones... What am I doing wrong?
 
2014-07-17 08:10:32 PM  

Glitchwerks: spamdog: Who could blame them? Have you seen how many morons bought those Beats headphones?

Beats has finally put up listening stations at stores so I finally got to listen to them.  Well, only one headphone works, but still, it allowed me to plug in my own music and listen.

I wasn't impressed at all.  The pair of SoundMagic E10 earbuds a Farker recommended me are louder and have yet to have any distortion, and I listen to some very bass heavy music.  And they cost a fraction of what Beats do.


I have 20 dollar Sony ear buds that sound better than Beats. The sound quality out of those was an extremely washed out, almost exclusively midrange sound. I wouldn't have paid five farking dollars for Beats.
 
2014-07-17 08:10:48 PM  

SpdrJay: I like my Skullcandy and they're reasonably priced.


Define reasonably? Last I looked they were as bad as beats, but marketed at alt/gamer instead of bragadachio/urban
 
2014-07-17 08:13:20 PM  
High-priced headphones have all the value of high-priced sneakers.

Both inherent value (very little) and value on the market (sadly, a lot)
 
2014-07-17 08:15:48 PM  
Anything beats the garbage of Beats...

/stupid ass standard Chinese parts with a celeb label on them.
//Seriously. Look up the Bluedio R set. It has exactly the same drivers and band as a beats set that costs twice as much.
///And they're all made of garbage.
 
2014-07-17 08:16:28 PM  
Granted, I'm doing just fine with a cheapo set of Samson HP10's. Came with the mic I ordered, and while they're a bit TOO bassy, they do the job.
 
2014-07-17 08:17:03 PM  
I'm looking for tiny earbuds, ones that don't stick out of your ear at all. I need something I can put in my ear and then wear a helmet over and most good buds, like the e10s, stick out too far and get caught on the helmet when I put it on.
 
2014-07-17 08:23:21 PM  
In a surprising statement, I'll wait to judge these for their value until I get to try them for myself.

I've tried and tested many brands and models throughout the years, and I'm still happy with Sennheiser, Creative labs, Razor, and even some JVC that are some of the best portable headsets that I've ever had.

What's I've seen is that many are very over-rated and overpriced.

This includes Skull Candies (every model I've tried), Bose (most) and Sony models (50/50), and Beats, which I've tried once and didn't find them impressive and way overpriced.

The lower end Sennheiser failed to impress me, but probably this is true for most brands in regards to their lower end models.

But a huge factor was the player used.  I tested with three different players, and my computer, and it was amazing how a headset that sounded horrible with one player would sound great with another, so before I'd judge an headset, I'd have to test with multiple players.

The only time I've had a consistent sound across devices is with Bluetooth wireless stereo headset.
 
2014-07-17 08:23:51 PM  

xalres: I don't pay more than $20 for mine. I'm just way too hard on the cord, they never last more than a year before my knee catches them and rips the cord from one of the earphones.


I always have 2 sets of headphones. A very high quality set; which never leaves my desk at home (sennheiser for me) and a throwaway pair for work/exercise/other abusive behaviors. Usually when I'm wearing the throwaway pair, my primary focus is not on the music so it works out just fine. I too am absolutely brutal on cords.

baconbeard: Same... And although I know I'm going to be crucified for this... I really like Bose headphones... What am I doing wrong?


There's nothing inherently wrong with bose; but you can usually find good stuff for less money. Next time you're in the market, swing on by a Guitar Center or some place where you can take a few different headphones out of the box and try them out. You're likely to find something you like just as well for less.
 
2014-07-17 08:27:44 PM  

kroonermanblack: SpdrJay: I like my Skullcandy and they're reasonably priced.

Define reasonably? Last I looked they were as bad as beats, but marketed at alt/gamer instead of bragadachio/urban


I paid 20 bucks or so a pair for the three pairs that I own. Got them new on eBay.

One pair I've been using for 3 years and they still sound fine.
 
2014-07-17 08:30:30 PM  
I'm using the earphones that came with my Galaxy S3 in my iPod.
 
2014-07-17 08:32:16 PM  

kroonermanblack: SpdrJay: I like my Skullcandy and they're reasonably priced.

Define reasonably? Last I looked they were as bad as beats, but marketed at alt/gamer instead of bragadachio/urban


I thought they were generally between $9 and $100.
 
2014-07-17 08:53:55 PM  

Flt209er: baconbeard: Same... And although I know I'm going to be crucified for this... I really like Bose headphones... What am I doing wrong?


There's nothing inherently wrong with bose; but you can usually find good stuff for less money. Next time you're in the market, swing on by a Guitar Center or some place where you can take a few different headphones out of the box and try them out. You're likely to find something you like just as well for less.


Yep. I picked up an open box set of Bose PC speakers dirt cheap about a decade ago, and took them to work (to replace the cheap Dell-branded ones we were issued). They sound great today, even after a decade of very regular use. But still, I wouldn't have paid the original MSRP for them.

Same with their headphones. A cheaper pair of Sennheiser cans will almost always sound better than a pair of Bose, but the Bose will sound pretty darn good (and last longer than any of the newer "premium" brands).
 
2014-07-17 08:58:40 PM  
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2014-07-17 09:18:06 PM  
Wow... no insults from Huey, Dewey, or Louie yet?
 
2014-07-17 09:20:16 PM  
Are they rounded?
 
2014-07-17 09:23:15 PM  

jaytkay: High-priced headphones have all the value of high-priced sneakers.

Both inherent value (very little) and value on the market (sadly, a lot)


Don't spend your money on a new set of speakers. You'll get more mileage from a cheap pair of sneakers.
 
2014-07-17 09:27:35 PM  

Flt209er: baconbeard: Same... And although I know I'm going to be crucified for this... I really like Bose headphones... What am I doing wrong?

There's nothing inherently wrong with bose...


Except for the whole lack-of-midrange thing.
 
2014-07-17 09:32:10 PM  

Theaetetus: Flt209er: baconbeard: Same... And although I know I'm going to be crucified for this... I really like Bose headphones... What am I doing wrong?

There's nothing inherently wrong with bose...

Except for the whole lack-of-midrange thing.


What would you reccomend? (Honest question, not being snarky)
 
2014-07-17 09:48:42 PM  

Moopy Mac: kroonermanblack: SpdrJay: I like my Skullcandy and they're reasonably priced.

Define reasonably? Last I looked they were as bad as beats, but marketed at alt/gamer instead of bragadachio/urban

I thought they were generally between $9 and $100.


I don't really do the whole over-ear headphone thing, but I swear by Skullcandy for cheap-ass earbuds. They fit well, the sound is passable, they're reasonably durable, and last time I had to buy a pair you could still get them without a dumbass microphone. I think i spent $10 on my last pair. They could get used for everything from mowing the lawn to live sound gigs since I rarely have to cue anything up on headphones anyway.

For any application where sound quality is actually important I stick with Westone.
 
2014-07-17 09:52:48 PM  

baconbeard: I'd say they were copying Apple, but "Beats" is hardly premium...


Since these Samsung headphones were launched in April and Apple bought Beats at the end of May it looks more like Apple copying Samsung. Again.
 
2014-07-17 09:55:58 PM  
They are nothing if not reactive.
 
2014-07-17 09:57:19 PM  

Theaetetus: Flt209er: baconbeard: Same... And although I know I'm going to be crucified for this... I really like Bose headphones... What am I doing wrong?

There's nothing inherently wrong with bose...

Except for the whole lack-of-midrange thing.


graphs.headphone.com
I've seen worse. Definitely bass heavy, but it's got plenty of midrange response. If you're looking for an ideal-world response curve, you're going to be disappointed even if you're willing to shell out major cash.
 
2014-07-17 10:11:43 PM  
 
2014-07-17 10:18:48 PM  

timujin: I'm looking for tiny earbuds, ones that don't stick out of your ear at all. I need something I can put in my ear and then wear a helmet over and most good buds, like the e10s, stick out too far and get caught on the helmet when I put it on.


I use a pair of cheapass Sonys, cost me 8-10$. A quick and dirty google search tells me they may be  Sony EX MDR-EX10LP/B.

Worn them under my full face helmet a few times, were comfy and didn't drag out when I put it on.
 
2014-07-17 10:30:27 PM  
Just what the market needs, malware-riddled headphones.
 
2014-07-17 10:35:24 PM  
I love my 15 year old Sennheisers. The foam is starting to fall apart but they still sound great.
 
2014-07-17 10:46:40 PM  

jaytkay: High-priced headphones have all the value of high-priced sneakers.

Both inherent value (very little) and value on the market (sadly, a lot)


why don't you like music?
 
2014-07-17 10:48:18 PM  
I have a decent pair of Sennheisers for home use, and Klipsch earbuds on the go. I'm happy with both.
 
2014-07-17 10:54:57 PM  

American Decency Association: jaytkay: High-priced headphones have all the value of high-priced sneakers.

Both inherent value (very little) and value on the market (sadly, a lot)

why don't you like music?


I don't like music?
 
2014-07-17 10:56:44 PM  
I'm no audiophile, but these $30 Monoprice headphones have been great for me. The only issue is comfort, you have to move them around from time to time, but the sound quality is pretty excellent.
 
2014-07-17 11:00:15 PM  
I learned my lesson buying Bose headphones decades ago....

Never again.

/ sound quality was OK ( but I expected much better...'cause of the advertising...)
// build quality was not...they fell apart at the 1 year mark...
 
2014-07-17 11:00:25 PM  

Hagbardr: I love my 15 year old Sennheisers. The foam is starting to fall apart but they still sound great.


You can order replacement parts for some Sennheiser models from their website.  I recently replaced the ear pads and headband pad on my HD-280s.  About $25.
 
2014-07-17 11:05:15 PM  

jaytkay: American Decency Association: jaytkay: High-priced headphones have all the value of high-priced sneakers.

Both inherent value (very little) and value on the market (sadly, a lot)

why don't you like music?

I don't like music?


well, the diminishing returns on loud speakers are no different to the diminishing returns on any other man made object.  i can only conclude that you can't tell the difference between low quality and hi quality speakers, and if that's true, chances are you don't like music very much

/not an 'audiophile'
 
2014-07-17 11:25:25 PM  

American Decency Association: i can only conclude that you can't tell the difference between low quality and hi quality speakers, and if that's true, chances are you don't like music very much


Sneakers. I wrote "sneakers" That was not a typo.

Expensive headphones are fashion accessories without inherent value like expensive sneakers.
 
2014-07-17 11:30:09 PM  

jaytkay: American Decency Association: i can only conclude that you can't tell the difference between low quality and hi quality speakers, and if that's true, chances are you don't like music very much

Sneakers. I wrote "sneakers" That was not a typo.

Expensive headphones are fashion accessories without inherent value like expensive sneakers.


Actually, expensive headphones and expensive sneakers are both fashion accessories unless of course one is playing a sport at the time of wearing said sneakers.  Both have an inherent value in the owners as as well of those who see them and place a value upon them.

There are far more people using expensive sneakers as fashion accessories than headphones.
 
2014-07-17 11:34:25 PM  
I've got a now ancient pair of Sony MDR-7506 headphones that have held up well barring having to replace the cracked fake leather with some sort of custom velour. In terms of cost, quality, and sound I can't really complain. If you wore them around in summer you'd sweat your earlobes off, but if you're sitting around the office either editing audio or listening to music for eight hours straight I can't recommend anything better, provided you don't mind having a giant pair of cans on your head instead of earbuds.
 
2014-07-17 11:42:31 PM  

baconbeard: Theaetetus: Flt209er: baconbeard: Same... And although I know I'm going to be crucified for this... I really like Bose headphones... What am I doing wrong?

There's nothing inherently wrong with bose...

Except for the whole lack-of-midrange thing.

What would you reccomend? (Honest question, not being snarky)



Grado. The low-end Grado SR-60s are the best sounding cans for under $100. The high-end Grados sound phenomenal.
 
2014-07-17 11:45:05 PM  

jaytkay: American Decency Association: i can only conclude that you can't tell the difference between low quality and hi quality speakers, and if that's true, chances are you don't like music very much

Sneakers. I wrote "sneakers" That was not a typo.

Expensive headphones are fashion accessories without inherent value like expensive sneakers.


!!   it still says speakers to me dammit
 
2014-07-18 12:00:19 AM  

Ginnungagap42: Grado. The low-end Grado SR-60s are the best sounding cans for under $100.


They sound better than $300 cans, but the open ear design isn't ideal for every situation.
 
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