Ramblings about audio hardware.

So whilst visiting the Trafford Centre today, I went into HMV and decided that I’d try out the headphones that where on display. You simply plug them in to your device, and test away. Naturally curious, I selected to try the most expensive pair. Costing around £280, I expected them to be the cutting edge in audio technology. Oh how wrong I was. Whilst they where advertised as being noise cancelling, of which they did that job very well I must admit, the audio quality was to be perfectly honest, dreadful.

It didn’t stop there either. I tried the Beats Audio by Dr Dre headphones that where on display, and whilst they where somewhat better, there was still a significant lack in quality. The thing that gets me, is that there are so many people buying these headphones and paying what I consider to be overpriced.

I don’t understand the hype.

I have a pair of Sennheiser RS 120’s, paid a substantially amount less for them and couldn’t be more satisfied with them. Perhaps it’s just down to exceptional marketing from the other more expensive brands, allowing them to get away with selling a lesser quality product? I’m not sure.

I’d love to hear your views on this, so please leave a comment below with your experiences.

  • Thimerion

     I think it’s a case of people see these beats audio and other flashy brands as being fashion statements and retailers can ramp up the price accordingly where as with brands like Sennheiser they have never really tried to branch out in to the fashionable accessory market but instead have just pursued very good quality and good ergonomics.

  • MrBadidea

    They still need to fix their fucking volume remote controls though.

    • Thimerion

       All the new Sennheiser headphones now have the audio controls on the side of the right ear cup as appose to half way down the cable where it can get run over by a chair or lost etc etc