Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

4 thoughts on “The Truth About Beats Headphones

  • September 9, 2014 at 8:41 am
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    What headphones would you recommend for audiophiles Alan?

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    • September 9, 2014 at 9:27 am
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      I use a lot of Sony models in the studio, but for relaxing listening, I like Grados. Expensive, but good.

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  • September 9, 2014 at 10:33 pm
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    I second Alan’s Grado recommendation. I just upgarded to a pair of SR325e Grado headphones and feel that for the money there is nothing better.

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  • September 10, 2014 at 1:22 pm
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    I personally have mostly Sennheisers, and would endorse them, but I would love a pair of Grados too eventually.

    One thing that Sennheiser pulled off pretty well is their Momentum line. They’re not embarrassing to wear in public like a lot of better-sounding cans. The unboxing is hilariously like the Beats one shown in the video. They come in various colours, one extremely Beats-like (black & red), one vintage-feeling (brown), and a modern dark blue. The sound-quality is pretty good, but they are closed (which I don’t mind for public transit + office).

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