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Fun on Friday: Golden Music to My Ears

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People spend a lot of money for headphones and earbuds. I totally get it. I’m a bit of an audiophile myself. There’s nothing like good music played through good-sounding headphones. But in my never-to-be-humble opinion, a lot of the high-end headphones are utter crap. This is because of the obsession with boosting the bass.

Hey! Whoever just said, “OK boomer,” I heard that! And I’m not a boomer. I’m an X-er. So turn up the Nirvana.

Anyway, these headphones that pump up the bass tend to make everything in the lower range sound muddy. I suppose if you just want to hear “thump-thump,” it’s great. But I’d prefer to actually experience the full range of sound. Of course, maybe this doesn’t matter since a lot of modern music doesn’t have a full range of sound.

Yikes. Maybe I do sound like a boomer.

Regardless, my initial point remains – people spend a lot of money on headphones and earbuds. Some of it is about the sound, but it’s also about the status. Certain types of sound gear tell the world you’re hip, with it, and have a little money to waste.

Well, I’ve got just the thing for you folks who want your earbuds to make a statement. But it’s gonna cost ya — about $67,790.

I can hear you now. “Sixty-seven-k for earbuds? What? Are they made of gold?”

Why yes. Yes, they are.

The AirPods Pro earbuds are covered in 18-karat gold. And they also come with a gold-covered wireless charging case.

Now, if you’d prefer to listen to your music without displaying bling in your years, you can get the regular AirPods Pro for $250. But you know you want the gold. And really, what’s another $67,540?

The earbuds are made by a Russian company, cleverly named Caviar.

Now – here’s a question for you. Will gold earbuds really make people sit up and take notice? I kind of think not.

I mean, think about it. I seriously doubt some dude is going to walk up to me as I’m sauntering down the street jamming to Guns N’ Roses, peer knowingly into my ear and think, “Wow, that guy has gold headphones. I’m really, really impressed. I wish I could hang out with him!” In fact, the guy will probably think, “How much did he overpay for those cheap fake gold earbuds.” That means in order to get the full enjoyment of impressing people with the fact that I paid over $67,000 for earbuds, I would have to tell everybody I run into, “Check it out, real gold,” as I point awkwardly at my ears.”

That just seems weird. So, no thanks.

In all seriousness though, this once again proves a point I’ve made before here on Fun on Friday. Gold makes things more valuable. Caviar isn’t going to fetch $67,000 for headphones made of brass or plastic painted gold, even though they would look pretty much the same. People want to own gold.  They know it has value.

Bottom line — people want to have gold because — it’s gold.

If you’d like to buy some gold, but you’re not particularly interested in earbuds, call a SchiffGold precious metals specialist today. They can tell you about other benefits of owning gold such as how it has historically helped investors preserve their wealth. Just call 1-888-GOLD-160. It will be music to your ears. (Pun 100% intended.)

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Michael Maharrey is the managing editor of the SchiffGold blog, and the host of the Friday Gold Wrap Podcast and It's Your Dime interview series.
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