No Shit Sherlock… a review of nearly 3,000 headphones for Time Magazine, of 18 brands that include Shure, Sony, Apple, Skullcandy and Beats by Dr. Dre., have reached a conclusion that should surprise few audio professionals.
In their words “With apologies to celebrities, NBA players, and extreme sports athletes around the globe, our analysis was not kind to Beats by Dre or Skullcandy. Yes, each brand has a handful of decent products (ex: Beats’ Solo HDs, Skullcandy’s Navigators), but the average, mid-range product from either company likely isn’t worth your money.”
At the bottom of the pile were 18th. Plantronics, 17th. Beats by Dre and just above 16. Skullcandy.
Top brands were Shure, AKG, Sony, Klipsch and Grado with Shure taking top spot.
You can read the entire report here.