Originally Posted by Honis
Beats is a separation of the audio path from the TP circuitry. Any such design in any device would - in theory - result in a cleaner sound due to better separation of noise and signal. Any familiarity w/ recording and/or recording studio equipment would attest to that (pls do not reply that you didnt buy your TP for studio work... I didnt either). That one is unable to discern such differences is due to any number of factors: headphones, monitors, wiring, source material, source quality, age, hearing, etc. The ordinary, non-beats audio path, if it is in fact switchable, may also be of good quality, not allowing for noticeable differences in sound (in which case HP/Palm should have left out beats altogether). Expensive cans is no indicator; there are lots of overpriced speakers that arent worth you know what (hello, Bose!).
Furthermore, an inability to differentiate is beside the point and our disappointment is strictly our problem. It does not necessarily mean that the logic or science behind it is unsound or that you've been had. What it may mean is:
- that our application is wrong - using dirty or compressed audio to begin w/. Try lossless.
- that our understanding of the technology is a bit off
- that we're not being honest - can we even distinguish between 192 and 360kbps compression rates on the same path?
- we're not audiophiles
- we got into this w/ wild expectations - possibly w/ some bragging rights in mind - and reality is biting us hard
Now Im not being apologetic. I absolutely abhor Monster and everything they stand for. Im quite familiar w/ their products and marketing hype (as a DJ many moons ago) and I know of their tricks used on display/demo units in stores everywhere. Dre... nothing personal; just not a fan. HP... well, who doesn't hate HP right now? And not just for what they did to Palm. I have a long bitter
sweet not-so-bitter relationship w/ them over the their policies, designs, hardware quality, among other things. They were pretty much on my boycott list.
My point is simple: we write things off for the simplest of reasons. Phone falls 3', glass shatters: that gorilla glass is bogus! They should call it chimp glass instead. Weak 4G in the area: this phone is cr4p; Im buying an 'iPhone 4G'
Now we're pining over what is undoubtedly one of the most complex sciences: sound. There are any number of physical factors that can affect sound, and in the end, even if everything else was equal, it would still some down to the listener.
As a final point (and future case in point) I'll put $$ down that HTC owners will be saying the same things in months to come. There will be those who, w/o insulated listening rooms (i.e. the commute to work), proper equipment (Koss headphones w/ tungsten leads) or decent source (96kbps MP3s), will profess that the tech is a scam. Asus recently announced an x79 Rampage IV motherboard w/ similar isolated audio path. I'd hate to think that they're now on the scamming game because Im in the market for a new board.
moral of the story: some reading and then pseudo-scientific research must be in order before we complain.