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Studio Beats by Dre -- any good?
I won a pair of Studio Beats by Dre in a contest recently, and I'm debating whether to sell them or to keep them (they're still in the plastic wrap).
For one thing, I enjoy music, but not to the extent that I would ever drop more than $60 on headphones (I currently use a $30 pair of Sennheiser's). I listen to a very wide range of music (U2 to Beethoven) and love to play and listen to piano, but I know these headphones are designed for the rap/bass-heavy genres.
The problem is that when I search for reviews on these headphones, I get a VERY wide range of ratings. I feel like most people have strong opinions, either negatively or positively, because these headphones are associated with a rap artist (Dr. Dre), and that skews the reviews heavily in either direction.
For me, the ideal test of headphone quality is to determine how closely the headphone's output most closely matches the original waveform of the sound. This isn't a subjective thing -- I could describe how this would be done mathematically in a few minutes. I don't understand why more reviews don't do this.
So, does anyone know of a review that does something along these lines? If you don't, I guess I'll go the subjective route -- do you have a personal experience with these headphones?