02/01/2011, 07:58 AM
I'm really confused on this one... As a long-time "purist" audiophile, whenever I hear that someone has made a dramatic improvement in audio quality the hairs on the back of my neck stand up.
First, let me say that the audio chain on my Pre Plus is (subjectively) better than my tests with a few iPod and iPhone units I've tested. By this I mean that the sound is less colored, instruments are more natural sounding, voices are more understandable, and there is a much better "listening fatigue" factor.
Now "Beats" comes along... If all they do is muck with things like frequency response then that will not be "cool" at all. I do not need the bass boosted, reverberation added, or other colorization of the audio unless it's to compensate for deficiencies in a specific headphone or speaker. It's one of the reasons that, when traveling, I enjoy a pair of Etymotic earbuds that provide a pretty flat frequency response.
So, what's the scoop on "Beats"? Is this just another "let's make cheap headphones sound better" or something that has some real psycho-acoustic science behind it?