Originally Posted by WiL11o6
For the price, you can get better in ear headphones than the Beats. Beats are the new Bose in terms of better marketing than actual performance. Yes, Beats aren't terrible, but for the same price, you can get much better quality and at a lower price to match the same quality. I would suggest heading over to head-fi.org, they have a plethora of threads, articles on headphones.
I also can't stand the Beats audio in the DNA, all it is, is a very bad smiley EQ that boosts the bass and treble way, way too much. I guess it might be helpful if you are using $5 earbuds, but if you have decent $50+ or so headphones or IEMs, it totally ruins what you are listening to.
Edit: Amazon has the Klipsch x10 is on sale at the moment for $89, normally $150 and retail price is $300. Pretty decent reviews, and at $90 it's a stellar deal.
Good post, saves me the trouble of writing much the same thing
For many people Beats are one of the first headphones/IEMs they've spent any kind of real money on, and naturally compared to the rubbish that is bundled with phones the Beats sound quality makes quite an impression. I like to think of them as a 'gateway drug' into the real world of headphones, because once people start getting a taste for great audio quality and start paying more attention to it they often realise there is a lot more than Beats out there. For that I think Beats deserves a little credit.
Depending on where you live there may be local audio stores that will let you audition different IEMs and headphones, an exercise that is well worth your while and a few hours of your time. Be prepared for the possibility of a world of hurt for your wallet though if you really get into this stuff...