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Apple chose Beats, Phonebloks chose Sennheiser!

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Apple chose Beats, Phonebloks chose Sennheiser!
As Apple's impending Beats acquisition provokes fiery debates among audiophiles and analysts, German audio system overlords Sennheiser announced a partnership with Phonebloks. Sennheiser isn't giving away details of its involvement, but it reassures us that its audio technology expertise "will be called upon where matters of speech and audio transmission are concerned".

Commenting on the cooperation, CEO Daniel Sennheiser himself said that Phonebloks "clearly matches our own understanding of sustainable, forward-looking investments." Talk about that famous German punctuality!

While Sennheiser's cans aren't endorsed by Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine, the family company, which was founded in 1945, knows what sound quality is about. Its involvement with Phonebloks will probably carry across Project Ara in some ways, which already makes us like the innovative modular phone project even more.

In case you are left wondering, Phonebloks is now a modular smartphone community that's formally separate from Google's Project Ara, but actually works along with it to bring the modular concept to fruition sometime next year.


source: Sennheiser

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posted on 13 May 2014, 03:47 2

1. AnukulVcool (Posts: 125; Member since: 02 Jun 2012)


German audio system overlords Sennheiser announced a "partnership" with Phonebloks. sennheiser is very big to be acquired

posted on 13 May 2014, 04:10 14

5. Finalflash (Posts: 1799; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


Well the likes of Google and Apple are rich enough these days to buy anyone lol. Still, pretty happy Google chose quality over garbage brand names. I'd say I feel bad for Apple fans but they're none the wiser when it comes to quality anyway, they'll be happy in their ignorance.

posted on 13 May 2014, 12:48 2

27. Armchair_Commentator (Posts: 194; Member since: 08 May 2014)


oh yes they will be happy, I used to tell people how nice high end amped headphones are and how they have varying sound stages and sound signatures. But honestly most of them don't care and will gladly listen to the same song on a pair of cheapo tinny earbuds.

Are they missing out? I think so. Do they Care? absolutely not

posted on 13 May 2014, 10:37

25. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6565; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


And those ARE REAL HEAD PHONES plus its not flashy or colorful as BEATS and not expensive.

posted on 13 May 2014, 13:26

28. kamen (Posts: 85; Member since: 18 Jul 2011)


Man, really - how can you call "not expensive":http://en-us.sennheiser.com/dynamic-headphones-high-end-around-ear-hd-800

Sound-wise Sennheiser is better. Price-wise - it is more expensive

But I fully agree - that's a real headphone company (thumbs up)

posted on 13 May 2014, 13:49 3

29. SmartPhoneStream (Posts: 160; Member since: 21 Jun 2012)


Not really, the HD800's aren't meant to to be used for everyday listening like beats. The HD800's are professional headphones meant for studio use, and they are actually some of the cheapest headphones for the category they're in. Sennheiser has numerous offerings that are better than beats for lower, equal, and higher prices

posted on 13 May 2014, 14:17 1

30. BattleBrat (Posts: 1086; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


Hd800's are audiophile headphones, for reference listening, not for studio use, I had a pair, too power hungry, sold em

posted on 13 May 2014, 17:11 2

35. sgtdisturbed47 (Posts: 170; Member since: 02 Feb 2012)


Apples-to-Oranges comparison. Sennheiser produces equipment for Audiophiles and for professional studio recording (monitors). HD280Pro are far superior to Beats as far as neutral sound goes, and for those who want to just enjoy music with headphones that are "colored" or tweaked for music enjoyment (as opposed to music accuracy), again, Sennheiser still puts Beats to shame at the same [or lesser] price point.

posted on 13 May 2014, 03:55 3

2. BattleBrat (Posts: 1086; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


This is good! Go to head-fi.org and be educated my phone bearing brotheran!

posted on 13 May 2014, 03:56 4

3. uchihakurtz (Posts: 252; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


And I choose Pikachu! LOL. Prepare for significant price increase on iPhones.

posted on 13 May 2014, 04:11

6. Killua (Posts: 270; Member since: 25 Nov 2013)


I was going to say the same thing about the pikachu. +1

posted on 13 May 2014, 04:06 5

4. techperson211 (Posts: 667; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)


This is good news for phonebloks sennheiser is way more reliable than beats. Bad for consumer of apple I'm sure the price will bump up again for their phones.

posted on 13 May 2014, 05:13 1

11. saenaedewe (Posts: 62; Member since: 01 May 2013)


I think It's apple's (poor) strategy to justify the price increase of the next iPhone.

posted on 13 May 2014, 04:16 6

7. Adithya7184 (Posts: 316; Member since: 05 Mar 2011)


sennheiser is way more better and reliable than overpriced beats...

posted on 13 May 2014, 05:12 4

10. zuckerboy (Posts: 898; Member since: 22 Dec 2011)


couldnt agree more.. I have got both beats and sennheiser. My sennheiser blows out the beats.

posted on 13 May 2014, 04:24 3

8. bagou01 (Posts: 20; Member since: 20 Nov 2013)


It's like always : apple chooses a name despite it's crap. we all know apple buyers care about name and brand before quality and performances....

posted on 13 May 2014, 04:41 3

9. microsoftnokiawin (Posts: 968; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


yay a brand that actually gives you quality and my wallet doesn't even have to cry !

posted on 13 May 2014, 06:29 7

12. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3012; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Sennheiser>>>>>>>>> вєαтѕ
'nough said!

posted on 13 May 2014, 07:16 2

13. jroc74 (Posts: 4931; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Yea....in other words....you can have Beats, Apple. Make Apple sauce with it for all I care.

My goodness!!

posted on 13 May 2014, 07:25 1

14. ArtSim98 (Posts: 2910; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


Beats sucks. lol. Apple sucks now even more.

posted on 13 May 2014, 07:27

15. refillable (Posts: 640; Member since: 10 Mar 2014)


Why didn't they go for Audio Technica?

posted on 13 May 2014, 08:02

18. amats69 (Posts: 1081; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


Sennheizer isnt a bad choice .but audiotech is a good alternative also

posted on 13 May 2014, 08:11

19. refillable (Posts: 640; Member since: 10 Mar 2014)


Yeah, but I prefer Audio Technica For sure.

posted on 13 May 2014, 08:45

22. spurs20 (Posts: 1; Member since: 13 May 2014)


Pioneer is also a good choice.

posted on 13 May 2014, 09:44

24. refillable (Posts: 640; Member since: 10 Mar 2014)


Also Marshall Amplification... :).

posted on 13 May 2014, 09:36

23. nexusdude (Posts: 151; Member since: 22 Aug 2013)


Sennheiser concentrates more on the headphones line-up for the casual user than AudioTechnica. Plus, I believe they have way better brand recognition than the latter and more resources (not completely sure).

posted on 13 May 2014, 12:39

26. Armchair_Commentator (Posts: 194; Member since: 08 May 2014)


That would have been awesome. I love Their open air cans and my M50s

posted on 13 May 2014, 07:43 2

16. AfterShock (Posts: 2812; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


Substance over styles an fads.
Awesome for the kool kids out there, apple can flog their wares to those that don't know better as usual.

posted on 13 May 2014, 08:00 1

17. amats69 (Posts: 1081; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


Apple - Beats - bad move expect additional price.
Phonebloks - Sennheizer - good choice
HTC - from Beats to Harman Cardon - excellent move
Sony - Sony
Samsung - ?
LG - ?

posted on 13 May 2014, 08:11 2

20. buccob (Posts: 1472; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


Agreed...

I find it funny that HTC One M8 actually have the best audio quality according to GSMArena testing... and that is right after they drop Beats...

Sony phones have never amazed my in audio quality, but they sound pretty good, specially with their EQ and other software tweaking...

iPhone sound very good already... the Beats move seems to be more of a Marketing strategy...

Samsung have had its ups and downs regarding sound, but I think they did it right after the S4... (I actually like their Adapt sound equalization)

Motorola had an amazing sound back when I had the original Atrix... after that I have no idea...

posted on 13 May 2014, 14:18

31. BattleBrat (Posts: 1086; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


I find the more powerful speakers a phone has the more powerful the headphone amp

posted on 13 May 2014, 08:27

21. jroc74 (Posts: 4931; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


HTC actually made a good decision substance wise....but I bet the wish they had held on to Beats now.

posted on 13 May 2014, 16:56 1

34. PBXtech (Posts: 980; Member since: 21 Oct 2013)


Even Jimmy Fallon was talking about this last night. He said the iPhone 6 will look just like the old iPhone, but cost $200 more. Fallon is a die hard Apple guy, even he's starting to point things out.

posted on 13 May 2014, 14:53

32. DisCHORD (Posts: 35; Member since: 25 Apr 2014)


Akg is another good company.

posted on 13 May 2014, 15:05

33. DisCHORD (Posts: 35; Member since: 25 Apr 2014)


Of course, akg is owned by Harman though... And I wish that HTC would leave the speakers up to jbl, and not even touch the software. Audio processing is more useless than helpful. Beats audio for example. On the new m8, there is going to be live stage dsp (very useless. Just simulates a soundstage. The other one supposedly is supposed to fill in audio gaps on lossy tracks... Again, useless. Its probably just an algorithm that fills in spots with unnecessary junk.)

posted on 13 May 2014, 17:28 1

36. DnB925Art (Posts: 285; Member since: 23 May 2013)


Good move and good partnership. Better than Beats/Apple.

Some cans I own:

V-Moda Crossfade M-100
Sennheiser HD-25
SOL Republic Master Tracks XC (Very good and were on sale for 50% at Target)
Pioneer HDJ-2000

As you can tell, most of my cans are for DJ use. The V-Modas and the SOL Republic are great sounding cans that can also look good.

I'm not an audiophile, but I like something that at least sounds good and also looks good.

posted on 13 May 2014, 19:54

37. DisCHORD (Posts: 35; Member since: 25 Apr 2014)


Yo dnb. Nice selection... Although, you should add a flat response open backed can to the list. Those m-100's are the best out of those imo. Now, you should just get something like an Akg k702 for home, or an Akg k240. Both are lovely choices... And both require an amp. Buy an O2. Do it man! You'll like it! They may not look good, and leak sound, but they will be the most detailed of those 4... Plus, I'm surprised you don't have a pair of ath-m50x's. Those are on the bassy side, with +7 db of sub and mid bass.

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