I personally think it’s a dangerous road to go down to defend brands on an all-or nothing basis. But hey, that’s up to you!
I agree that the Bose 901’s were/are pretty cool. I agree that you’re helping to subsidize Bose’s marketing when you pay their premium prices…but you’re also getting the benefit of years of R&D into noise cancelling and audio reproduction, and completely solid build quality and performance for the price compared to the rest of the market.
The Bose sound signature certainly isn’t for everyone, with its relaxed and gently warm tone…but their ANC headphones perform quite well in objective measurements. Even notorious sticklers like Tyll over at Innerfidelity enjoy the performance of Bose gear.
So I couldn’t personally criticize someone for liking their headphones. Because then I’d have to criticize myself!
I agree with you that Audio-Technica and Sennheiser both make good stuff…but that doesn’t mean they haven’t both turned out a lemon here or there over the years.
Audio-Technica has a bright house sound that’s not going to be to everyone’s taste. Sennheiser’s materials are generally excellent across their price range, but their house sound has also developed into something of an acquired taste over the years. Many average consumers will want something with more energy.
Thanks for mentioning IdeaUSA. I’d never heard of them before! It seems like they’re re-badging budget OEM headphones instead of designing their own products. There’s nothing inherently wrong with that, of course, but it looks like some folks in the Amazon reviews feel misled.