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Old December 27th, 2012, 10:05 PM   #1 (permalink)
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For those of you interested, I purchased a pair of Beats by Dre bluetooth headphones today at Best Buy. I listen to music daily and have owned about every headset known to man. I am BLOWN AWAY by the sound quality!!! Well worth the cash IMO!!!!

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For those of you interested, I purchased a pair of Beats by Dre bluetooth headphones today at Best Buy. I listen to music daily and have owned about every headset known to man. I am BLOWN AWAY by the sound quality!!! Well worth the cash IMO!!!!
I will be ordering a pair of white on red beats solo soon. Right how I have a pair of klipsch S4A's and they fall out my ears when running at the gym.
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You won't be disappointed. My only issue is during flat bench/chest days. The headset is a tad heavy and slide off my head. Everyone else I have zero complaints on. Love them!!
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You won't be disappointed. My only issue is during flat bench/chest days. The headset is a tad heavy and slide off my head. Everyone else I have zero complaints on. Love them!!

Remember when over the head headphones was a thing of the past. Now the dre's are getting to the point where it's a fashion statement. My little 13 year old cousin got some for christmas.

Quick question irish......does the headphones controls work perfect with beats enabled HTC phones? Right now i have to use jays headphone controls for my Klipsch and sometimes it doesn't respond to pressing of the buttonns.
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For those of you interested, I purchased a pair of Beats by Dre bluetooth headphones today at Best Buy. I listen to music daily and have owned about every headset known to man. I am BLOWN AWAY by the sound quality!!! Well worth the cash IMO!!!!
Absolutely love Dr Dre headphones with my oh so wonderful DNA.......got the earbuds with my Rezound purchase last year......As commonly reviewed they seem a bit bassy at times but sound great.

I picked up a pair of Klipsch over the holidays and I am equally impressed with these......they seem much more comfortable in the ear too and the sound is amazing.

I have read quite a few earbud reviews over the holidays and a common thread seems to be that these two products offer outstanding music quality at an " entry level price " beyond the low end low quality stuff out there......and that if one wants to dish out $200 - $300 ++ the music quality increases significantly.......anyone out there have earbuds in this upper end price range and if so.......is the quality that much better.....?

Also.....Spotify plays music at a higher bit rate than Amazon and ( I think i-tunes)
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While the Beats looks and sound very nice there are better and just as good for less money.
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climberman, does your beats controls perfect with your DNA?
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For the price, you can get better in ear headphones than the Beats. Beats are the new Bose in terms of better marketing than actual performance. Yes, Beats aren't terrible, but for the same price, you can get much better quality and at a lower price to match the same quality. I would suggest heading over to head-fi.org, they have a plethora of threads, articles on headphones.

I also can't stand the Beats audio in the DNA, all it is, is a very bad smiley EQ that boosts the bass and treble way, way too much. I guess it might be helpful if you are using $5 earbuds, but if you have decent $50+ or so headphones or IEMs, it totally ruins what you are listening to.

Edit: Amazon has the Klipsch x10 is on sale at the moment for $89, normally $150 and retail price is $300. Pretty decent reviews, and at $90 it's a stellar deal.
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While the Beats looks and sound very nice there are better and just as good for less money.
I use the beats headphones from my wife's Rezound and the controls work fine. This is the biggest selling point of the beats earbuds in my opinion - there are few options for Android in this regard. I agree with the other posters about price vs. quality, though. For pure sound purposes and the cost, I would probably not buy a pair of beats headphones.
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Sorry for the late response. The controls are perfect. That has been my biggest complaint about my past bluetooth devices. You won't be disappointed!! I've really had everything under the sun. I listen to music washing my cars, mowing, gym..... Literally everything. I love them. Some say over priced, I guess I don't see it that way. To each his own.
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Sorry for the late response. The controls are perfect. That has been my biggest complaint about my past bluetooth devices. You won't be disappointed!! I've really had everything under the sun. I listen to music washing my cars, mowing, gym..... Literally everything. I love them. Some say over priced, I guess I don't see it that way. To each his own.
Same here. Gym, washing cars, yard work and anything else u can think of. I gotta get a pair cause I'm tired of pulling my phone out after trying numerous times with an app to switch songs
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I will be ordering a pair of white on red beats solo soon. Right how I have a pair of klipsch S4A's and they fall out my ears when running at the gym.

Why don't you buy the Monster iSports for the gym? They are in-ear and waterproof. I have the Beats Studio headphones but they are too huge to wear at the gym. The iSports never fall out of your ears and you can even put them in the washer machine. Amazon had em for half price during the holidays. I don't know if they are still on sale.
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poof - Definitely going to grab a set. Mine do tend to slide off during chest workouts.
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Why don't you buy the Monster iSports for the gym? They are in-ear and waterproof. I have the Beats Studio headphones but they are too huge to wear at the gym. The iSports never fall out of your ears and you can even put them in the washer machine. Amazon had em for half price during the holidays. I don't know if they are still on sale.
They aren't too big for me to wear to the gym.
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For the price, you can get better in ear headphones than the Beats. Beats are the new Bose in terms of better marketing than actual performance. Yes, Beats aren't terrible, but for the same price, you can get much better quality and at a lower price to match the same quality. I would suggest heading over to head-fi.org, they have a plethora of threads, articles on headphones.

I also can't stand the Beats audio in the DNA, all it is, is a very bad smiley EQ that boosts the bass and treble way, way too much. I guess it might be helpful if you are using $5 earbuds, but if you have decent $50+ or so headphones or IEMs, it totally ruins what you are listening to.

Edit: Amazon has the Klipsch x10 is on sale at the moment for $89, normally $150 and retail price is $300. Pretty decent reviews, and at $90 it's a stellar deal.
Good post, saves me the trouble of writing much the same thing

For many people Beats are one of the first headphones/IEMs they've spent any kind of real money on, and naturally compared to the rubbish that is bundled with phones the Beats sound quality makes quite an impression. I like to think of them as a 'gateway drug' into the real world of headphones, because once people start getting a taste for great audio quality and start paying more attention to it they often realise there is a lot more than Beats out there. For that I think Beats deserves a little credit.

Depending on where you live there may be local audio stores that will let you audition different IEMs and headphones, an exercise that is well worth your while and a few hours of your time. Be prepared for the possibility of a world of hurt for your wallet though if you really get into this stuff...
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Surprisingly the headphones that come with the iPhone 5 works extremely well with beats audio. Dad is an iPhone fanatic and uses Bluetooth so he gave me his headphones. I'm very pleased.
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I can't speak for Bluetooth specifically but I'll definitely echo what others are saying. Beats are all marketing and you're paying for the cache of the name. I've demoed them rather extensively and always come away disappointed because of the price. For that money there are some seriously good headphones out there.

If they were, say, $50 instead of $250 then they might be worth recommending.

As for Bluetooth, I haven't heard a Bluetooth stereo headset yet that sounded better than a $10 pair of earbuds…
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.....the sickest beats ever.
Sickest Beats ever is like saying the tallest midget. Not really setting the bar real high.

Beats is the offspring of Monster, and like Monster, is way over priced, over marketed, average quality stuff.
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Sickest Beats ever is like saying the tallest midget. Not really setting the bar real high.

Beats is the offspring of Monster, and like Monster, is way over priced, over marketed, average quality stuff.
I was surprised to read that the folks over at dull Consumer Reports actually gave the Beats headphones high marks. They did suggest a cheaper Grado pair for those who are more concerned about quality than making a fashion statement, though.

Getting burned by CR is pretty hilarious.
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I was surprised to read that the folks over at dull Consumer Reports actually gave the Beats headphones high marks. They did suggest a cheaper Grado pair for those who are more concerned about quality than making a fashion statement, though.

Getting burned by CR is pretty hilarious.
Fashion is all that Beats is. So many good headphones out there, it's a shame to see people wasting so much money on the Beats crap. Unless, that is, if your main objective is to look "fashionable".
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I liked this guys review of the beats earbuds. Plus he uses the DNA so you know he's legit =]

Beats By Dre Earbuds - It Is What It Is

nice, but overpriced. much like Apple products.
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I use $15 skull candies, and they sound amazing with this phone. You boys are spending to much.
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I use $15 skull candies, and they sound amazing with this phone. You boys are spending to much.
Sound quality is a very subjective thing, but there's not a $15 pair of headphones anywhere in this world that aren't going to sound like shit. You must have incredibly bad hearing, or hearing loss.

If so, feel blessed that you can't tell the difference. You wallet is the beneficiary. I've demoed many headphones and earbuds and never found any, even at around $50, that sounded like anything I could tolerate for more than 5 minutes. My $160 Sennheisers are what I would call 'barely adequate' for my tastes, but my budget won't let me spend what I need to get what sounds truly good.
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Sound quality is a very subjective thing, but there's not a $15 pair of headphones anywhere in this world that aren't going to sound like shit. You must have incredibly bad hearing, or hearing loss.

If so, feel blessed that you can't tell the difference. You wallet is the beneficiary. I've demoed many headphones and earbuds and never found any, even at around $50, that sounded like anything I could tolerate for more than 5 minutes. My $160 Sennheisers are what I would call 'barely adequate' for my tastes, but my budget won't let me spend what I need to get what sounds truly good.
I was thinking the very same thing when I read that post. My wife has a pair of Skull Candy ear buds, and they are not good. I also have a pair of Sennheisers which, like you, I find to be borderline acceptable. But I don't listen to music via headphones anywhere near enough to warrant spending the money required to get "good" sound quality.
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Sound quality is a very subjective thing, but there's not a $15 pair of headphones anywhere in this world that aren't going to sound like shit. You must have incredibly bad hearing, or hearing loss.

If so, feel blessed that you can't tell the difference. You wallet is the beneficiary. I've demoed many headphones and earbuds and never found any, even at around $50, that sounded like anything I could tolerate for more than 5 minutes. My $160 Sennheisers are what I would call 'barely adequate' for my tastes, but my budget won't let me spend what I need to get what sounds truly good.
You're going too far. Being satisfied with the sound you get out of some 10 dollar earphones doesn't not mean you have bad hearing or hearing loss. It just means you believe the difference in price overides the difference in sound quality. I use my earphones primarily when I work out. I'm sure I could spend $300 and be blown away by the sound coming out of the earphones, but honestly, it's just not that serious to me. Can I hear the different, yes. Is that different worth spending 10 - 20 times as much? In my opinion, no.
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You're going too far. Being satisfied with the sound you get out of some 10 dollar earphones doesn't not mean you have bad hearing or hearing loss. It just means you believe the difference in price overides the difference in sound quality. I use my earphones primarily when I work out. I'm sure I could spend $300 and be blown away by the sound coming out of the earphones, but honestly, it's just not that serious to me. Can I hear the different, yes. Is that different worth spending 10 - 20 times as much? In my opinion, no.
But I think it does imply some sort of hearing issue. Someone with good, robust hearing ability should be dissatisfied with a cheap pair of earbuds and their price point would at least be high enough to overcome the issues inherent in poor quality 'phones.

I would never think of using a $300 set of headphones while working out; I can and do compromise on quality in certain situations (earbuds from my old old cell phone are what I use when I can't be bothered with a bulky set of good cans) but that's only because they sound sufficiently good enough.

I guess this is just one area where I can't put myself in someone else's place. The idea of cheap, tinny headphones or earbuds being "good enough" is just totally foreign to me because I enjoy music so much, and I want to hear as much of it as possible.

A while back I had travelled to visit some relatives in another part of the state, but I forgot my little earbuds. So I went to Wally-Mart and bought some Skullcandy earbuds for $20 and they were the most awful things I'd ever put in my ears. They actually physically HURT my ears they were so incredibly mid-rangey. There was no bass and what little treble above about 5 kHz was shrill and noisy. So when I hear someone say they're happy with something even cheaper (or, heavens, the earbuds that come with an iPhone) it does kinda make me cringe because I've experienced that level of sound reproduction and it physically hurt.

And yes, I returned the earbuds to Wally-Mart after a few days. I'd rather do without than have them.
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Hey, we all have our "things." I'm just pointing out that not everyone feels quite as strongly as you do about incremental quality in sound from earpiece to earpiece. I love music too, but using low quality earphones isn't in any way offensive to my senses.
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I gotta say, let's avoid judgements on other people going forward. You can express a difference of opinion without commenting on another person's physical state.

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But I think it does imply some sort of hearing issue. Someone with good, robust hearing ability should be dissatisfied with a cheap pair of earbuds and their price point would at least be high enough to overcome the issues inherent in poor quality 'phones.

I would never think of using a $300 set of headphones while working out; I can and do compromise on quality in certain situations (earbuds from my old old cell phone are what I use when I can't be bothered with a bulky set of good cans) but that's only because they sound sufficiently good enough.

I guess this is just one area where I can't put myself in someone else's place. The idea of cheap, tinny headphones or earbuds being "good enough" is just totally foreign to me because I enjoy music so much, and I want to hear as much of it as possible.

A while back I had travelled to visit some relatives in another part of the state, but I forgot my little earbuds. So I went to Wally-Mart and bought some Skullcandy earbuds for $20 and they were the most awful things I'd ever put in my ears. They actually physically HURT my ears they were so incredibly mid-rangey. There was no bass and what little treble above about 5 kHz was shrill and noisy. So when I hear someone say they're happy with something even cheaper (or, heavens, the earbuds that come with an iPhone) it does kinda make me cringe because I've experienced that level of sound reproduction and it physically hurt.

And yes, I returned the earbuds to Wally-Mart after a few days. I'd rather do without than have them.

Maybe I just got lucky. Mine have great bass and do not sound tinny in any way. I've demoed Beats, Bose, and Klipsch headphones in the past. Klipsch is the only one that seemed significantly better than my skullcandies imo. However I will say I have listened to my music way to loud for way to long. It is possible my eras are a little off. Also, I cant see myself EVER spending more than $75 for headphones. No, I am not poor, just frugal.
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There's nothing wrong with being frugal, and I apologize for my uncharacteristic insult about hearing. I am just too passionate about sound quality sometimes.
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Fashion is all that Beats is. So many good headphones out there, it's a shame to see people wasting so much money on the Beats crap. Unless, that is, if your main objective is to look "fashionable".

It's just the brand to have when it comes to headphones. I'd say about 90-95% of over the head headphones at my gym after beats by Dre.
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Just curious but what are the main genres of music that you listen to? I feel that certain ones lend to different needs in sound quality. For me I prefer to hear voices over the music itself.
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Just curious but what are the main genres of music that you listen to? I feel that certain ones lend to different needs in sound quality. For me I prefer to hear voices over the music itself.
Mostly oldies, electronic, pre war blues and some classic rock.

Either my ears or brain are bad for voices. No matter how clear the singing in music, I can never decipher the lyrics. Even if I eq up the range of vocal frequencies, I still have a hard time hearing and remembering what's said.
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Mostly oldies, electronic, pre war blues and some classic rock.

Either my ears or brain are bad for voices. No matter how clear the singing in music, I can never decipher the lyrics. Even if I eq up the range of vocal frequencies, I still have a hard time hearing and remembering what's said.
Ha ha I don't have that hard a time with lyrics, but occasionally I'll look some up and go "What?" I've been saying that wrong for years.
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Ha ha I don't have that hard a time with lyrics, but occasionally I'll look some up and go "What?" I've been saying that wrong for years.
I've got favorite bands that I've listened to for literally decades where I still don't know anywhere near complete lyrics in songs I've heard a hundred times. It's that bad.

But the music? I usually get it, along with most of the nuances, first time or two. I think it has something to do with my super-pickyness when it comes to sound quality from headphones. I really do think I'm hearing more than most casual listeners. It's a blessing to be so "in tune" so to speak with audio but a curse because I'm just never happy with what I'm hearing.
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