Because it’s the first headphones that were
*marketed* to appeal to non-audiophiles, it became wildly popular among people
who.. well, simply don’t know any better. If you’ve been using those cheap
earphones that came with your iPod all your life, yes of course Beats would
sound good. Kalau ada yang bela Beats mati2an, coba aja tanya.. emangnya sudah
membandingkan dengan headphone apa saja? What is the frame of reference? 🙂
Personally, I think the heavy thumping bass
of Beats just drowns out the nuances and details. If you want skull-rattling
“pecah sob!” sound, a recognizable and hip brand (that has nothing to
do with audio), prefer form-over-function, and want to spend way too much money
for all that… then by all means, get Beats by Dr Dre. (Feel free to insert a
Daniel Wellington joke here.)
But if all you care about well-balanced sound from a bonafide audio brand, and consistently reviewed as the best headphones for the budget, then I suggest the Audio Technica ATH-M50x.
I currently use a foldable Sennheiser (on
ear) for travelling, and an Audio Technica M50x (over ear) for listening at
home through amplifiers. The Audio Technica was my first “serious”
headphone, and I chose it based on reviews on www.head-fi.org. It has
consistently been reviewed as the best “bang for the buck”
headphones, and kebetulan masuk budget. I used to own a pair of Etymotics (in
ear monitors), and they were also awesome.
And yes, I agree about Dr Dre. It’s for
people who just don’t know any better.
“Until the Traffic Stops” by Alex Cornish, from the album “Until the Traffic Stops”
“Empty’s Theme Park” by Matthew Good, from the album “Vancouver”
Why? Because these are my two most favorite
songs ever (of the past 5 years), and neither of them have music videos.
The last time I checked, Alex Cornish only has less than a thousand followers on Twitter (folbek pula). And konon Matthew Good is always in and out of mental institutions, rarely does music videos, and refuses to perform outside of Canada.
Yes, I know exactly how some people are
hopelessly stuck to the memories and the music from their old glory days. Like
guys older than me who are stuck to Genesis, or my age and stuck to U2, or
younger and stuck to Pearl Jam. And some aren’t even stuck to their OWN music
of choice, but to whatever music their PARENTS listened to when they were
young. It makes me shudder so much, I’m not even gonna type the name of the
My issue with this has nothing do with
being hip, cool, and current. It’s about keeping an open mind. I still listen
to a lot of music from my highschool years, but I’m also very receptive to
music that’s new and unfamiliar. I like to have my preconceptions and
preferences challenged. And when I watch V Channel and go “buset ini gue
aja yang tua or is Minaj and Azalea actually horrible sounding?”, I’m
aware it has nothing to do with age. Why? Because when I was 18, I also hated
the *equivalent* artists of that era.
You know what I consider being
“old”? It’s when you can’t keep an open mind, and lack the
willingness to try new things (ideas, music, food etc). And by that definition,
I know people in their 20s and early 30s who consider OLD.
Oh, you think that will never happen to
you? You think you’re so open-minded and too cool to say “enakan musik
jaman dulu ya…” in 12 years time? Oh I wouldn’t be so sure. You’re not
Yup.. actually a large proportion of my music collection is indie. But like any music genre, there are always sub-genres I don’t like. So yeah, indie subgenres can sometimes get too.. whiny teenager, sengak teenager, pria sensitif berjenggot + kupluk nyanyi falsetto, or oh la la francais guys with synthesizers.
So what indie bands do I listen to? Not
telling. Karena males aja nanti ada yang komen “yaelaaah bro, itu sih
“Gone Tomorrow” – Lee Childs. By
no means would I consider it a favorite book, but I just finished it last night
and it’s the main reason why I’ve been short of sleep these past 2 weeks. I
think it’s the 13th installment in the “Jack Reacher” series of
books. And yes, don’t judge a book by its lame Tom Cruise movie.
“Erase” – Copeland. My favorite
song this month. Been repeating it several times a day for the past 3 weeks. A
close second is “Chiromancer”, from the same album.