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Expensive headphones leave student unimpressed

Expensive headphones leave student unimpressed

April 05
23:07 2011


When I walk around campus and see someone flaunting their massive, tacky, $300 piece of cheap plastic, it amuses me greatly.

Not just because they’re hideous and the company plasters their logo on every inch of the headphones, but also because the few people I’ve met who wear their Beats by Dr. Dre headphones around their neck think this grants them exclusive privileges to snob everyone with how great their headphones are in comparison to how terrible everyone else’s are.

That, usually, isn’t true. They are a fashion statement, and that’s it.

There’s nothing better than reading a review like I did on one kid’s blog about how “if you are cool enough, these headphones will certainly boost your cool further.”

All I can say is that if you are paying $300 to get the people walking around campus to find you “cool,” or you think that these headphones will get the opposite sex fawning over you, then you have some serious issues.

The same could be said for Skullcandy headphones — they’re cheaper, but they’re hideous and don’t grant you entry into this mythical cool headphone club. The $80 you spent on them could have easily been spent on headphones that aren’t ripped to shreds by nearly every critic for their awful sound and reliability.

Cheaper, better alternatives

My favorite thing to do when someone is talking about how great their Beats headphones is let them listen to mine. Because they insist on rubbing their headphones in my face, sometimes I feel it necessary to rub my much cheaper headphones in theirs. The few times I’ve tried this, the responses amuse me greatly.

“Whoa, these are amazing.”

“These sound great!  How much were they?”

“Man, I need some of these.”

Well, let’s see, out of my collection, my Grado headphones were $80.  My Sennheisers were $50. With the exception of my Bose headphones, the few times I’ve stepped into the expensive, mainstream headphones, I’ve been let down by reliability or the sound.

An audiophile’s opinion

I’m a self-confessed audiophile, so my audio standards are pretty high. But trying to impress with your $300 headphones certainly isn’t going to impress me, or from my experience, most people.

If you genuinely like the sound of the Dr. Dre or the Skullcandy and didn’t drop your rent payment on a fashion statement, then I’ll apologize.

However, if you bought them to impress, you definitely are not impressive, and they don’t make you cool hanging around your neck.

Instead, when you walk by, I’ll shake my head at your failure to properly maintain a bank account.

Ryan Munthe is an English freshman. He can be reached at

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