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The truth about Beats by Dre

The truth about Beats by Dre

(6:28) Can headphones so cool really be that rubbish? Vlogger and tech reviewer Marques Brownlee re-evaluates Beats by Dre, and compares them with Audio Technica's ATH-M50. youtube.com/user/marquesbrownlee

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Guest: Bollo (1419 days ago)

So he's taking a long time to say what everyone already knows - Beats are for posers who don't care about the sound.

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So he's taking a long time to say what everyone already knows - Beats are for posers who don't care about the sound.

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Guest: (1419 days ago)

The pithy statement ;-) +1

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The pithy statement ;-) +1

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cengland0 cengland0 (1419 days ago)

Ha, at 4:30, he says, “Percieved Value” and fell victim to the “I before E except after C” rule that does not apply in so many cases that is not really a rule. It’s spelled “Perceived Value.”

The rest of his video is blah, blah, blah. His comparison to Audio Technica is worthless unless he provides the stats he’s comparing such as the frequency response. He could be right but without the stats to back it up, it’s just talk.

Other things to compare is features. Can you fold them? Is the cable removable? Does it have active noise cancelation? Does it have a built-in microphone so you can accept a phone call while using them? etc.

His understanding of margins is very limited. Also understand that everyone who touches your product wants to make profit. Even if your product contains $250 in parts (His Samsung Galaxy S5), the factory wants to make money, the distributor wants to make money, and the retailer wants to make money. There is a lot of electronic and software engineering that goes into the manufacturing of a complex product like that so they need to make up that money somehow.

Here’s a good example. How much does it cost for Microsoft to give you a copy of Microsoft Office? Just the cost of the CD plus shipping which should be around $2. And, if you download it, it’s virtually free but they sell Office Professional 2013 for $399. Now that’s a huge margin. LINK

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Ha, at 4:30, he says, “Percieved Value” and fell victim to the “I before E except after C” rule that does not apply in so many cases that is not really a rule. It’s spelled “Perceived Value.”

The rest of his video is blah, blah, blah. His comparison to Audio Technica is worthless unless he provides the stats he’s comparing such as the frequency response. He could be right but without the stats to back it up, it’s just talk.

Other things to compare is features. Can you fold them? Is the cable removable? Does it have active noise cancelation? Does it have a built-in microphone so you can accept a phone call while using them? etc.

His understanding of margins is very limited. Also understand that everyone who touches your product wants to make profit. Even if your product contains $250 in parts (His Samsung Galaxy S5), the factory wants to make money, the distributor wants to make money, and the retailer wants to make money. There is a lot of electronic and software engineering that goes into the manufacturing of a complex product like that so they need to make up that money somehow.

Here’s a good example. How much does it cost for Microsoft to give you a copy of Microsoft Office? Just the cost of the CD plus shipping which should be around $2. And, if you download it, it’s virtually free but they sell Office Professional 2013 for $399. Now that’s a huge margin. LINK

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Guest: (1419 days ago)

His comparison with Audio Technica is brilliant. He could have used other companies such as Sennheiser. Companies who favour sound enhancement over a bulging pocket and a poorer quality product. His question boils down to, do you want the buy a product that is actually the best for you, or do you want to buy into the hype of capitalism. Quiet a profound question which you failed to notice. As per usual you rant about the economics of different products. You'll never see the forest from the trees. Such a small minded world view from that vantage point....

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His comparison with Audio Technica is brilliant. He could have used other companies such as Sennheiser. Companies who favour sound enhancement over a bulging pocket and a poorer quality product. His question boils down to, do you want the buy a product that is actually the best for you, or do you want to buy into the hype of capitalism. Quiet a profound question which you failed to notice. As per usual you rant about the economics of different products. You'll never see the forest from the trees. Such a small minded world view from that vantage point....

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cengland0 cengland0 (1419 days ago)
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I'm not saying he's wrong about his comparison. What I am saying is that his video is worthless without supporting documentation. Just stating that one is better than the other without facts is just a waste of time. I think I recall him mentioning frequency response but he didn't state what the frequency response was on either unit so I wouldn't trust him unless I independently looked it up myself.

Care you comment about the economics of it since that was the majority of what his video was about? What do you think of Microsoft charging nearly $400 for something that costs them nothing?

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I'm not saying he's wrong about his comparison. What I am saying is that his video is worthless without supporting documentation. Just stating that one is better than the other without facts is just a waste of time. I think I recall him mentioning frequency response but he didn't state what the frequency response was on either unit so I wouldn't trust him unless I independently looked it up myself.

Care you comment about the economics of it since that was the majority of what his video was about? What do you think of Microsoft charging nearly $400 for something that costs them nothing?

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TheBob TheBob (1419 days ago)

So when you say he 'fell victim to the “I before E except after C” rule,' do you really mean, 'he didn't follow the “I before E except after C” rule'? If he had followed it, he would have seen the 'C', reversed 'I before E' (according to the rule) and written "Perceived."

It seems this is yet another rule you interpret differently.

Ha. When you say, "Other things to compare is features," you've fallen victim to the "subject should agree with verb" rule. Surely either, "Other things to compare are features," or "Another thing to compare is features." (or more elegantly, "Another thing to compare is the range of features.")

First cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye.

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So when you say he 'fell victim to the “I before E except after C” rule,' do you really mean, 'he didn't follow the “I before E except after C” rule'? If he had followed it, he would have seen the 'C', reversed 'I before E' (according to the rule) and written "Perceived."

It seems this is yet another rule you interpret differently.

Ha. When you say, "Other things to compare is features," you've fallen victim to the "subject should agree with verb" rule. Surely either, "Other things to compare are features," or "Another thing to compare is features." (or more elegantly, "Another thing to compare is the range of features.")

First cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye.

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