Originally Posted by WuBoy
You're going too far. Being satisfied with the sound you get out of some 10 dollar earphones doesn't not mean you have bad hearing or hearing loss. It just means you believe the difference in price overides the difference in sound quality. I use my earphones primarily when I work out. I'm sure I could spend $300 and be blown away by the sound coming out of the earphones, but honestly, it's just not that serious to me. Can I hear the different, yes. Is that different worth spending 10 - 20 times as much? In my opinion, no.
But I think it does imply some sort of hearing issue. Someone with good, robust hearing ability should be dissatisfied with a cheap pair of earbuds and their price point would at least be high enough to overcome the issues inherent in poor quality 'phones.
I would never think of using a $300 set of headphones while working out; I can and do compromise on quality in certain situations (earbuds from my old old cell phone are what I use when I can't be bothered with a bulky set of good cans) but that's only because they sound sufficiently good enough.
I guess this is just one area where I can't put myself in someone else's place. The idea of cheap, tinny headphones or earbuds being "good enough" is just totally foreign to me because I enjoy music so much, and I want to hear as much of it as possible.
A while back I had travelled to visit some relatives in another part of the state, but I forgot my little earbuds. So I went to Wally-Mart and bought some Skullcandy earbuds for $20 and they were the most awful things I'd ever put in my ears. They actually physically HURT my ears they were so incredibly mid-rangey. There was no bass and what little treble above about 5 kHz was shrill and noisy. So when I hear someone say they're happy with something even cheaper (or, heavens, the earbuds that come with an iPhone) it does kinda make me cringe because I've experienced that level of sound reproduction and it physically hurt.
And yes, I returned the earbuds to Wally-Mart after a few days. I'd rather do without than have them.