Since I've been looking into purchasing a pair of new headphones I have been finding it difficult to narrow it down to a single pair since sound is so subjective. I've been looking into getting an exciting, portable pair of headphones, although I'm open to ear in-ear or over-head. Frankly I already own a pair of ATH-700 Audio Technica headphones but as fantastic as the soundscape and clarity is, they are very flat and neutral headphones which makes them a bit boring for my taste. The Klipsch S4i I own also give me a similar impression in having exceptional clarity yet being a bit too flat, although the ATH-700 are the superior option. That being said, if I could have the ATH-700's soundstage, highs, and mids with a more powerful low-end in a more portable form factor I would buy it in a heartbeat. Despite being an audiophile, already owning the very non-portable Audio Technica headphones for home/studio use, I do find the Beats Solo2 to be an attractive option. Mind you, the brand was a horrendous value prior to Apple's purchase of Beats -- now they are simply a decent value thanks to a much-improved sound quality and of course design. Having tested the Solo2s with a very limited demo, I came away impressed at the bass quality combined with an overall nicely-mixed balance of mids and highs. Personally I enjoy being able to feel my music, no matter what genre it is so I may give in to the impulse to purchase a pair of Beats as a high-quality opposite of the flat Audio Technicas. The rest of the Beats they had for demo sounded absolutely awful: muddy bass with completely drowned out mids and a lack of treble. Nonetheless, the Solo2 are a good pair of headphones for today's music tastes. Back on-topic: is it acceptable to purchase two products for the sake of comparison, with the intent to return the inferior product? For a category as subjective as headphones, it honestly does not seem out of the brink of possibility that manufacturers may encourage this if they believe their product can stand out well enough. I would like to purchase a pair of Beats Solo2s and another pair of audiophile-recommended portable headphones and put them head-to-head at home.