This topic could of fit in a couple different places, but what the hey, it's going here wether you like it or not.
Last weekend I was sitting on a mall bench (i was cohered in going), while my mother was in a store buying some unnecessarily expensive sweat shop clothing. This kid say 16 - 19 came up to me and wanted to talk music (I was listening to music at the time). I guess I give off this: "Talk to me" vibe, while wearing headphones and trying to isolate and not draw attention to myself. Anyway he kept talking to me. I didn't remove the headphones at first, thinking he'd just go away, but he didn't. Eventually I took them off and he asked what I was listening to, before I could answer he started telling me about some "awesome" group I had to check out. I asked what kind of music it was and he said: it's a sorta cross between goth, emo, screamo, and dance. Whatever nonsense that would be.
I have to admit I didn't want to hear what he had to say but he was really cute, so I nodded in agreement, took a Xanax and said something to the effect of: I'm not much into emo but some of the emo stuff from the 80's is inventive. He seemed puzzled and I thought I achieved my goal of him not talking to me anymore. I just wanted to be left alone.
He then asked about my headphones. What kind they were and how much they cost. I told him they were just run-of-the-mill Sennheiser's and cost about $300. I don't know if it was the Xanax kicking in or if he actually said this, but his reply was: why would you spend so much money on crappy headphones, when there were better ones like Beats or Bose for less than that price. I guess he got his headphone information while shopping at Abercromie and Fitch.
I know Sennheiser's aren't the best on the market, but I think they're reasonably priced considering the quality of them. And this isn't the first person who has asked me why I didn't buy Beats or some other shit like that with that money instead.
Do you own Beats or Bose? Do you think you paid too much for mediocre quality? Were you really concerned or educated about the sound reproduction of them or were you merely considering how they would improve your social status?
But seriously, what headphones do you use? Which headphones would you buy if money were no object? Do you believe Beats by Dre or Bose are actually "quality" headphones or just an overpriced brand name?