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1.0 out of 5 stars Don't Buy! Read why..., August 30, 2012
This review is from: Beats Studio Over-Ear Headphone (Silver) (Discontinued by Manufacturer) (Electronics)
I have the Beats Studio; this product is a result of great marketing, that's why they're selling them well. However, the product itself wouldn't be able to sell on its own merits. It's a major disappointment especially for the price.

First the pros:
- Better than average sound quality but what's minimally expected for the price range it's in.

- Great looks! Yes, that hooked me; it's unique, stands out from other headphones, doesn't make you look dorky. But...(see cons)

The Cons:
- Major sound leakage! I've been asked several times while listening in a coffee shop and airplane to turn it down because people can hear the tunes out of these headphones! And I don't even turn it up! I was listening to classical music for god's sake! I had others try it on to see if I can hear them: I could. Again, not even turned up that high. This leakage is a major fail for this product. I'm embarassed to use this in public now.

- Feels very plastic-ky! It's like a cheap toy! Yes, as I mentioned above, they look great...but once you hold it in your hands and wear it, it feels fragile and the materials don't feel durable; you drop this once, it's all over!

- Noise-cancelling? "block jet engine noise"?! Cancel that!! Okay, it may not be fair that I'm comparing this to my old Bose with noise cancelling but, man, these Beats just barely block out the noise especially when you're in an airplane.

- Power switch- this is the switch to turn NC and basically to get sound in to the headphones. This is a bonehead feature. I have this switch on all the time anyway to hear the sound so, why make me turn it on and off?! Besides, if you forget to turn it off after listening, your battery runs down. There is no auto-off! So, if you're out somewhere with no spare batteries, forget about listening to your tunes.

- Packaging: could they waste any more materials just to package this?! The excessive packaging on this just validates how much this is all about marketing hype and not about product merits. Enough said.

- Product support: Fail. A couple of months ago, I lost the cables for these. Yes, I admit that's my fail. So, I tried to buy the same exact cables so I can get the maximum performance out of these. Result: No one sold them at retails stores. Fine. So, I went to their website hoping to find it... and it says there, they don't currently sell ANY replacement parts and to check back! I just found out that they'll be selling replacement parts online this September. Great. I just bought some other cable after running around trying to find them. My problem with this is, if you're a company and you're going to sell a product...have replacement parts available when you launch your product!! Not months after!!

Summary: So NOT recommended! There's much better ones out there. Don't fall for the hype, marketing, and pseudo celebrity endorsements.
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Initial post: Sep 8, 2012 8:28:46 AM PDT
The Big Guy says:
Thank you for your review! I currently have a Bose and was looking at "upgrading". Boy, you saved me $300!

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 14, 2012 10:00:48 PM PDT
x2fr says:
Thank YOU for not buying it!! If I persuaded even just one person not to buy this product, I feel it's sweet revenge enough for me! Yeah, keep your Bose or just buy a new Bose, they really do a good job of evolving and improving their products.

Posted on Sep 22, 2012 11:57:19 AM PDT
I completely disagree with this guy's review. I think the Beats are awesome. I've never owned a better pair of headphones in terms of sound quality, and I did NOT buy them for the looks. They just sounded great at the store, so I figured I'd try them out. I've had no durability issues for the 3 years I've had them, and I've had no issues with sound bleed. They are made of plastic, but again, I've never had an issue. When I was travelling to Washington DC, I was in an airplane for 5 hours, and never heard the engine noise with these bad boys on. I'm not sure about their product support, as I've never had an issue, but I know many people who are happy with these headphones.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 22, 2012 9:45:56 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 22, 2012 10:08:57 PM PDT
x2fr says:
I can see why you disagree with my review and I respect that. You and I simply have different products. You didn't experience the downsides of this CURRENT product that I and the majority of consumers that have bought this product recently. Basically, you have an older model of this product (3 yrs old, right?), the one I reviewed is only a few months old. This kind of thing often happens with products; the older ones are better than new ones because manufacturers try to "cost engineer" products; meaning, make it cheaper, reduce quality, component costs, etc. so they can keep or increase their margins. Where do you think the old adage "they don't make 'em like they used to" came from? I know this practice because I've been in the consumer electronics business for over 25 yrs. But I'm not dismissing your point with that (actually, not dismissing your point at all). Chances are you have a version that was well manufactured by Monster. As you may know, Monster has stopped or is stopping making these for Beats/Dr. Dre this year. So, that may have affected the quality of later models such as mine. Also, I'm hoping not, but maybe I have unknowingly been sold a counterfeit version, as some owners have experienced. BUT I doubt it, I've gone to another store and tried another unit exactly like mine and experienced the same problems. Maybe you should try these new ones and compare it with yours, and see if there's a difference. I'd be happy to trade mine for yours if yours is that "awesome" :-)

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 28, 2012 10:33:42 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 28, 2012 10:47:29 PM PDT
mblue says:
1. "I've never owned a better pair of headphones in terms of sound quality"
How many other pairs of $300 headphones have you owned? I'm guessing zero.
Or more importantly, how many other pairs of headphones have you tried? Comparing these to a $50 Skullcandy headphone isn't saying much since those typically have poor sound quality in the first place. Going from an Apple earbud to a Skullcandy headphone to a Beats by Dre headphone, of course you're going to say that the Beats are the best headphones you've owned.

2. "I've had no issues with sound bleed"
You probably don't know what sound bleed sounds like as a result of #1 (you not hearing other headphones in a similar price range).
You not knowing what a quality-sounding headphone sounds like prevents you from fully understanding what "bass bleed" sounds like.
It's like reading a beginner's calculus book and saying calculus is really easy and straightforward from the knowledge you have, but in reality it's not and you just haven't learned enough of it to realize how difficult it can be. In other words, you think it's something it's not.

3. " I've had no durability issues for the 3 years I've had them"
Yeah, they do last if you take care of them. They aren't as fragile as many people believe.

Try an Audio Technica ATH-M50 or Shure SRH840 (~$150 on Amazon) and you'll find out what "bass bleed" means, and what true good sound quality is like. It's been proven with objective, factual audio tests that the Beats Studio's are easily outdone for sound quality from headphones in the ~$150 range, and why many people say the Beats headphones are terrible for your money and they sound like garbage, to be quite frank. Then this leads to the whole "defending the Beats" by saying "oh you're just jealous since you can't afford them" or "the Beats don't sound like garbage, they're awesome; you're just jealous" jargon. -.-''

Posted on Oct 11, 2012 10:53:44 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 11, 2012 10:55:51 AM PDT
Sweetygrl says:

THANK YOU "X2FR AND NARFYBOB" for your input/comments/followup. I have been back and forth debating with myself if I really should spend XXX amount of dollars to give as a gift but I don't think I will be doing that now, thanks to your very competent review. I COMPLETELY AGREE with everything you've outlined and in detail too about these headphones. Great marketing ploy, price point justification I can only assume due to the name...Beats by Dr. Dre. Good point in making about Monster no longer working on these. I just knew about that recently.

These are really geared to market the "younger" demographics as they are "really cool looking" as my daughter says and all of her other friends (mid teens). So with that being said, you're right, they haven't really owned that many headphones to acurately compare. With all that, my god-daughter is still guiltily pestering me to buy her one. Nah ;-)

Posted on Oct 25, 2012 11:47:49 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 25, 2012 11:48:31 AM PDT
Trav says:
For that price they should be Bluetooth! Which I got some for $79 and they are amazing!

Posted on Nov 13, 2012 6:39:36 PM PST
Drew says:
I am shocked you bought beats headphones to listen to classical music. That's like buying an Escalade to do formula 1 racing. Beats intentionally have an inaccurate sound in order to overemphasize bass almost exclusively for hip hop and dance music. For classical music you want the complete opposite. Try AKG Q701 or K702. Those are absolutely perfect for acoustic music and cost about the same. Just sell your Beats on ebay, I'm sure some dumb kid will buy it.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 20, 2012 12:08:18 PM PST
Lawless says:
Do yourself a BIG favor; buy Sony MDR-V6 for less than $70.Superb,accurate sound quality, great build quality. In production since 1985,a studio standard.

Posted on Nov 24, 2012 6:13:48 PM PST
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