An Excerpt From Seth Godin’s Blog

A Word of Warning: If you’re really looking for some headphones that are worth $300 and that won’t necessarily break the bank, I would suggest these (And not the headphones that Mr. Godin suggests). Not only do they provide exceptional audio quality and are designed for studio work, they also won’t break the bank (they run around $159.99 at sweetwater.com).

Are $300 headphones worth it?


A friend wanted to buy Dr. Dre headphones. They list for about $300.

Any audiophile can tell you that they sound like $39 headphones. Instead, consider these. We can prove they sound better!

But of course, that’s not the question. It’s not what sounds better, it’s what’s worth it.

The Dre headphones come with admiring glances at no extra charge. They come with self-esteem built in. You can argue that this is a worthless feature in a device designed to reproduce sound accurately, but you’d be wrong. After all, the whole reason you’re listening to music in the first place is to feel good. To be happy. If the Dre’s make you happy, and your happiness is worth $300, then they’re worth it, no?

For others (put me in that category) I get more happiness knowing that I didn’t fall for a clever marketing ploy, and I buy the ones that I believe sound better. Of course, that’s a clever marketing ploy too–persuading me that better sound is worth this much. But don’t tell anyone. That would make me feel manipulated.

2 thoughts on “An Excerpt From Seth Godin’s Blog

    • Unfortunately, headphones do not effect audio quality, headphones simply provide a means for outputting audio. The higher the quality of the headphones, the better the representation of the music as it was meant to be heard. That’s why more expensive headphones tend (notice how I’m emphasizing the word tend) to sound better. You need to be careful that in your quest for great sounding headphones, you’re not just settling for a name brand. More expensive doesn’t always mean better.

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