Woah, this has become more heated than I anticipated!
Glowy's right, I'm far
from being an audiophile. All I know is that my current Apple headphones are incredibily poor quality it terms of sound, bass and build quality.
Over the last year or so I've been wanting to get a better set that offers great sound, clarity and bass for a reasonable
price. I've seen several topics pop up in ATF asking which headphones to buy, and whilst I've noticed Sennheiser has often been recommended, there have been as many people praising them as shunning them. The same can be seen in the reviews sections on sites such as Amazon. There is rarely a general positive consensus, and as a result I have not made a committment to buying anything.
My knowledge of the Beats headphones is pretty basic really. It's only after seeing so many people use them on the train and read about them in the paper that I have been made aware of their existence. I do not want them because they are 'cool' and, indeed, cannot really afford them - as I stated in the OP, I think its an outrageous price! But
they were to be the be-all and end-all in headphone technology, £80 doesnt seem quite
so bad for an investment in such quality, especially if I can find a cheaper deal on them.
I guess the question now should be what could I get instead that would meet my criteria at a much more reasonable price?