89 of 113 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, stylish, and not as bassy as previous Beats
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73 of 85 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sound? Good. Build quality? Great. Price? STUPIDLY HIGH.
I really dig cool headphones...which is only fair seeing as I work in radio and have to wear them every day for at least 4 hours each day--generally longer than the average person, by a rather large degree. I've always been fascinated with not just sound, but good quality sound. It's been that way ever since I really discovered what stereo really was sometime back in the...
Published 17 days ago by Jeff Edwards
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73 of 85 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sound? Good. Build quality? Great. Price? STUPIDLY HIGH.,
This review is from: Beats Studio Over-Ear Headphones (Black) - NEW (Electronics)I really dig cool headphones...which is only fair seeing as I work in radio and have to wear them every day for at least 4 hours each day--generally longer than the average person, by a rather large degree. I've always been fascinated with not just sound, but good quality sound. It's been that way ever since I really discovered what stereo really was sometime back in the mid 70's (yeah, I'm old--get over it). Over my career in broadcasting I've managed to use any number of good, poor and fantastic headphones. Names like Sennheiser, Shure, Sony, Bose, Panasonic, Phillips and more come to mind as models I have either owned or used extensively in my 22+ years in radio. I understand what good sound is, and the difference between that and great sound can be miles apart depending on what it is you want and need your headphones to accomplish.
Since the meteoric rise of Beats in the last 4-5 years or so has essentially not just brought quality sound to more people, but literally created a whole new category of headphones to choose from. Do my Beats sound good? Absolutely. Do they sound great? Well, this is where I'm going to get some flak, but in my personal & professional opinion, no, they don't. I can think of a number of headphones which can evenly match the Beats for bass quality--and yet will cost you less than a third the price. Face it, these headphones are expensive. Do they offer the bang for the buck you forked out, though? No, not even close. When looking for headphones however, I must admit that I look for a few things that not everyone searches for...like durability for instance. Wearing headphones for long periods of time requires comfort as well. Sound is mighty important, but ranks 3rd in my list of what I buy, and may actually be MORE important to you than it is for me.
Let me break it down:
Durability: 5 stars. I believe that these phones are really manufactured well, and that is a very STRONG point for me.
Comfort: 4 stars. Good, but not enough for a full 5 stars and please keep in mind that EVERYONE'S head is different. What fits me perfectly may not fit you well at all. It is CRITICAL that you try them out in advance for this reason alone whenever possible.
Sound: 3 stars. Lots of bass? Yeah...but I need the entire sound spectrum, not just the low end.
Being an amazon top reviewer has afforded me the opportunity to be exposed to a lot more products than I otherwise may be able to afford. People seek me out regularly and email asking if I would be interested in trying out their products in exchange for a fair review. That is how I came to own these Beats...otherwise I seriously doubt I could have been able to purchase them considering their price.
Being in radio I have noticed one major thing over the years: the pair of headphones that are worn the most by those in the business for 10 years or longer is without question, Sony MDR 7506's. By a margin of probably 8 to 1 Sony's really ARE the industry standard. They are also MUCH cheaper, which really IS a sticking point if you ask me. Great sound is one thing, but for the price, I know of several which will give you the same quality for a LOT less--experience counts.
Long story short, yes the Beats are good headphones. Built very well, and even above average for comfort--but for the price, I honestly believe these headphones are ridiculously over-priced. However, if you can afford them and absolutely MUST have a pair of phones that'll impress your friends, by all means go ahead and spend the extra $$.
168 of 202 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Improvement over the orignal pair but still a overpriced fashion item,
This review is from: Beats Studio Over-Ear Headphones (Black) - NEW (Electronics)While these are an improvement over the trash that were the originals, they are still extremely overpriced and not that good. $300 is $200 over what the asking price should be for this pair of cans. The bass has been toned down, which has helped clean up the mids. However, the highs still lack clarity and detail. Thus, I would label these genre specific headphones (for hip/hop, rap). These are in no way, shape, or form "Studio" headphones. In addition, the noise cancellation is terrible. Bose does noise cancellation right. The Beats simply emit a hiss that drowns out ambient noises. My main problem is the asking price. For $300, you can get a pair of V-Moda M100s, which not only sound significantly better, but look nicer and have a significantly better build (flexible steel at all the pressure points). Another great pair you can get for $300 are the Senheisser Momentums.I just don't see the point of shelling out all this dough for an inferior product. I bought my son a pair of $60 Senheissers that blow these Beats out of the water.
89 of 113 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, stylish, and not as bassy as previous Beats,
This review is from: Beats Studio Over-Ear Headphones (Black) - NEW (Electronics)
I must confess that I was a hesitant Beats customer. I had borrowed (test driven!) several different pairs from willing students so that I could hear them over a few hours worth of music. I came away each time thinking that they were entirely too bassy for my musical preferences. These new Beats--the redesigned Studios--have fixed that and replaced the need for a new set of AAA batteries every week. In all, these are the most comfortable headphones I own, and although the noise reduction and sound in this model is not as consistently excellent as my Sennheiser 450s, these are, perhaps, a bit more commuter friendly given the streamlined redesign.
Something I forgot to mention in my video review: many owners of previous Beats models have commented about the ways the sound bleeds out at high volumes. No one--at a coffee shop, university library, wife in bed--has mentioned this to me about this model. So hooray for that.
In all, I'm very happy with these, and although the Sennheisers will remain my go-to travel headphones, these will find excellent service in my daily life.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars These are INCREDIBLE,
This review is from: Beats Studio Over-Ear Headphones (Red) - NEW (Electronics)Simply put, these headphones are absolutely incredible. I have owned quite a few pairs of "name-brand" headphones and these are by far in the top 3 easy. These headphones have crisp sound and bass you can feel. When I did my sound test I switched between Rock, Country, and Rap. Every one of these passed through the headphones with flying colors. The battery has been fine and my beats have lasted me 3 days with one charge! They are very easy to use (you must be pretty old if you can't figure out how to use headphones). The only things I am not ecstatic about are the price and the fact that you have to turn them off before putting them away (if you forget they will die). I think $199 would be a decent price for these but I am happy that I have them. GREAT HEADPHONES!
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great shipping, great features - annoying hiss.,
This review is from: Beats Studio Over-Ear Headphones (White) - NEW (Electronics)Ridiculously fast shipping; I ordered this Friday afternoon and received Saturday morning, in time for my flight! Crazy. Never thought they'd make it. As far as the headphones; they're very comfortable to wear. A little bass-y, as per other reviews, but I love bass and it's in most of what I listen to. So I appreciate the bass love. Listening to Netflix (i.e., human voices) was fine as well, surprisingly. I didn't notice it favoring bass too much there. The noise canceling cannot be disabled without muting all audio - something I'm annoyed by. The noise canceling itself is very effective, I didn't notice my air conditioner had kicked on right next to me until I played with the mute button. THEN I heard it. However, when you have no audio playing (or very light audio, like the talking part before a song starts) you can hear the slight hiss of the noise canceling signal. Annoying. I haven't tried many noise canceling headphones, but I wish I could turn this function off when I didn't need it. It claims to adapt to music playback, i.e., toning down the canceling to make room for sound quality. I can still hear it a lot. I'm going to go try out a few similarly-priced noise canceling headphones and if they eliminate this for me, these may be going back - as lovely as their other features are.
20 of 28 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I Had a Hissy Fit,
This review is from: Beats Studio Over-Ear Headphones (White) - NEW (Electronics)I'll start off by singing praises to these headphones. All the features you've heard about for the new Beats Studios are great. The adaptive noise canceling is a button on your left ear cup that you press and it mutes the music and disengages the noise canceling, so you can hear sound from outside - helpful. The built-in battery works well, holds charge, and I'm liking the battery gauge that lets me know how much charge I have left. It's also awesome that it automatically turns on/off when plugging/unplugging the audio cable. The headphones are sturdy, rugged, and there is really great, full sound that comes out of them. They were also very, very comfortable. I had them on for a few hours, and it didn't bother me one bit.
My 2 concerns with the new Beats Studios are 1) the Hiss. There is considerable and noticeable hiss/static noise when plugging in the audio cable to make them function for music. I couldn't listen to music at a low volume because the hiss was so distracting. If you're listening to louder music, then it's not as noticeable, which I guess is who the market is for these headphones. My second concern 2) is that they're overpriced! I paid $300 for these headphones and I got hiss. I think when the battery and/or noise canceling are on, you hear the hiss, and they both need to be on for you to hear music, so the hiss will always be there. I'm harping on this hiss because I know it is possible to have no hiss - look at the Bose QC3 - and I don't think this is an unachievable request...especially for a $300 price tag.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All in all... AMAZING =0,
This review is from: Beats Studio Over-Ear Headphones (Black) - NEW (Electronics)Best headphones I've ever owned, better than my similarly priced Bose headphones. Is the sound the best out there, no. Is it still incredible, yes. They are conveniently built and accesible everywhere you take them. They have a great battery life. They are COMFORTABLE as all hell, I usually have a problem with over the ear headphones, because I wear glasses. But, these always feel great, even after hours of wearing them. The beats look dope, and best of all unlike previous Dre Beats they sound amazing listening to any style of music, not just rap. Is the noise-cancelling function the best out there... No, but it's not the worst either. And, I think anyone truly bothered by the slight buzzing noise the noise-cancelling is a bit over sensitive. Haha just sayin'.
Overall my favorite headphones I've ever owned, and I have owned many... It's not all about which headphones have the absolute best sound quality... Once you get into that above $200 range whats sounds great, sounds great, and little bits of extra performance isn't all that relevant. It's everything else about them that puts these 2013 Beats ahead of the game. Especially the comfort, they're like pillows, no joke haha.
Easily a FIVE STAR rating... Easily.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Beats Studio headphones turn music from an entertainment, into an experience.,
This review is from: Beats Studio Over-Ear Headphones (Black) - NEW (Electronics)**This review is coming from someone who has not had or compared any other types of headphones. Just a review strictly upon the headphone without consideration of other competing models.**
These headphones turn music from an entertainment into an experience. The nice cancelling feature is very effective. As for the increased bass that this brand is known for it is either a hit or a miss. The quality of the listening experience widely ranges from song to song.
The hefty price tag however is a big consideration. The Beats are all about presentation and image. It is true that the beats can produce a very nice sound, but not $300 worth. Everything about it is made to make them stand out. If you want to be "cool" and to be "in", and have that money, sure, buy them. If you are ALL about the sound i suggest different headphones.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Un-impressed.,
This review is from: Beats Studio Over-Ear Headphones (Black) - NEW (Electronics)When searching "beats studio-wireless", these came up first. They're NOT wireless. I decided to overlook this, and give them a try.
The noise-canceling effect is garbage. When you turn on the improved noise-canceling effect, it puts out a whistle. Although the whistle is effective, it's annoying after 2 minutes. When playing a song quietly while studying, you can hear the song through the whistle.
When they're plugged in, I don't understand why head-phones would need to be charged or need batteries. The cord in the headphone sticks out about an inch, and there's no way of turning the cord in-wards. Even with the cord plugged in, it does not offer $300 sound. Maybe I received a faulty pair.
Thoroughly un-impressed, will be returning.
16 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not your typical bass heavy Beats headphones.,
This review is from: Beats Studio Over-Ear Headphones (Black) - NEW (Electronics)These not only look 10/10, they sound 10/10. The approach Beats took with these headphones is perfect for people that aren't looking for "IN YO FACE BASS." These new Studios are much more balanced and don't have that muddy effect which caused recessed mids and ear piercing highs. They do however still have the iconic bass, it's just much more toned down.
The new battery system is solid. The 5 LED lights let you know how much charge you have and it lasts easily for 20+ hours worth of listening on a full 5 light charge. No more having to change out batteries anymore since its built in.
I understand where a lot of hate towards Beats headphones comes from, mostly from audiophiles that strive for balanced audio, but these accomplish what no other of the Beats do. These are much more audiophile friendly since they have that "more balanced" sound. Did I forget to mention they look amazing? Compare these to ANY Sennheisers or Grados or AKG's and there is just no contest in aesthetics. Beats win.
Conclusion: If you are willing to spend $300.00 knowing that some of that price tag is going for the Beats brand and marketing, then these truly are fantastic headphones. I have owned ATH M50's and VMODA M100's and there is seriously no contest. I sold all my other headphones. I highly recommend these headphones.
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