Beats by Dr. Dre, do they suck?
So any Beats by Dr. Dre owners, can you confirm if they live up to the Dr. Dre name (and price)? Do you like what you hear? Are they durable?
The most important thing to understand is that the target audience for Beats headphones is not the audiophile community. It's a lot of marketing hype aimed towards the teenage populace to get them to think Beats headphones are the best ones around (they are priced like it). I've heard some good things about Monster's non-Beats lineup though...
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For non-audiophiles with a bit too much money to burn and a limited taste in music... they'd be perfect.
At any rate, I do recommend straying away from the on-ear versions and leaning towards the over-ear.
On a technical note, the sound was about a 7.5/10 with the Beats - I love my Bose headphones (www.amazon.com/gp/product/tags-on-product/B00478O0...) much more.
The Beats are good, but not great. If you're listening to only rap or R/B or pop, then the Beats are a perfectly fine sonic experience. If you are using your headphones for more than that, and especially for movies, look elsewhere for more neutral sound.
You could do better in some ways but it depends on what you want. e.g. These certainly are not the dorkfest that most "audiophile-approved" phones are and they are pretty practical in use.
Anyone recommending Grados for portable use, by the way, are either deaf or a bit clueless :p
It's perhaps even more unsurprising that the people who have it just as bad, if not worse, are self-professed audiophiles, although the aesthetics they respond to are often completely different to the mass market.
The reason Beats by Dre often have a lot of questions asked about them is because of the Dre marketing machine bringing expensive headphones into the limelight of pop culture. If you do some research, you'll find there are much better options for your money. I recommend doing your own research. check out www.head-fi.org.
Beats may sound slightly better because of it's built in amp which, not to mention, is a horrible amp that effects the quality when you use a real amp with the Beats.
Dude, Beats are highly advertised. If a $400 pair of headphones sound like a $120 pair of Sennheisers, then there's a marketing problem that is trying to suck money out of people's pockets.
I'm a Sennheiser user and the best I got is the HD 700. They sound incredible, of course for a $1000 pair of headphones.
I do too have the Dre Beats to test them and have to say they kind of mud when their a bit loud. Can't really equalize them. Feels like uncomfortable metal on your head. The ear cup does not surround your whole ear. Durable, but feels uncomfortable. Sorry, I don't like feeling a chunk of metal on my head.
I don't understand why you'd spend so much on beats when you could get some Senn HD 25-1 ii's or even the new Amperior.
people that buy beats definitely buy them due to heavy advertising/marketing.
The school my son attends is largely made up of lower income kids and many of them wear the Beats headphones. We just had a conversation about these headphones last week... largely why someone would opt to spend a lot more money on something that doesn't perform as well as well as how families who don't make enough can justify spending money on items that are overpriced (that's a huge can of worms in and of itself).
I'd love to find a gif from the Die Antwoord video, "I Fink you Freeky," where they smash a pair of Beats headphones. ;P
Sennheisers aren't really the "Bass type headphones." I'll tell you what though, I would rather ware my HD 800 headphones watching a movie, playing video games, and listening to music other than the Dre Beats.
I'm not being mean by the way. Am I sounding a little too mean?
Leigh, I just go by headphone specs.
Are you planning on getting headphones for portable use or at home/work?
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