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on August 15, 2013
I ordered these headphones as a birthday gift and they broke, not once, but TWICE in less than 5 uses. The first set I ordered the microphone/remote feature malfunctioned on the first use, and stopped working entirely on the second use. I sent these in to Amazon and promptly requested a replacement set because I assumed this was a manufacturing error.

The second pair I received from Amazon worked fine the first use....then malfunctioned and stopped working entirely on the second use. I was fed up. I sent the product back to Amazon again, but this time getting a full refund.

I am NOT an insane sweater. I don't have a torrential downpour on my face during a workout. I sweat like a normal human being, and this is a WORKOUT HEADPHONE so you would think it would withstand a normal amount of sweat. WRONG. I'd like to repeat. These. headphones. stink! LeBron James is in the commercial warming up in these headphones...but notice he's not sweating. No wonder they worked for him. They can't even withstand a handful of uses. Don't waste your time and your money.

***I'd like to make a special note for Amazon who was very helpful through this process. They processed the returns without any headaches. Thank goodness I ordered through them and not Monster/Beats By Dre directly.***
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on April 16, 2011
The first time I bought these the microphone did not work with my iPhone. The 2nd pair worked well for two weeks then the right ear phone shorted out. Just returned them and got my money back. Do not waste your time or money on this product.
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on March 9, 2011
The headphones sound nice, and make a good secure fit on the head.

However, the plug is the worst design ever. The headset cable comes straight out of the plug -- a rather large plug. This means that even with no tension at all, the cable will naturally pull and create an angle at the plug. These are marketed as "sport" headphones -- so doing anything active with the plug in place, every time your body moves the cord will get pulled against the plug. Within less than two months mine developed a short at the plug. No surprise.

It's sad too, because otherwise these headphones are really nice. If I compare these to a $20 pair of cheap headphones I have, the plug on those is at a 90 degree angle and has an extra rubber piece to help eliminate tension on the cable movement where it connects to the plug. How can headphones so expensive not have the same common sense design that headphones since the walkman era have had?

See my uploaded picture to see what the plug looks like. In the picture I'm purposely pinching the plug and cord in the same hand so there is no tension on the cord, just the natural effect of gravity.

*** Update: To see the imagine that I have posted, from the main product page please select "View and Share related images". My picture showing the issue is being marked as not useful by voters and thus it is being pushed off the main product page. Clearly someone trying to work the system -- insert conspiracy theory here. ***
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on August 27, 2013
I am officially on my 3rd pair.

Background: Runner; 3-5x/week.

The first one, the red and black, lasted about 9 months (guess it's better than after the 1 year warranty) before the remote broke. Not only does the remote just break, but it goes through a series of issues first. First you can't adjust the volume, then comes the why did my volume just go from my setting to blasting, then it fast forwards through the music and then the thing triggers Siri. The most irritating thing ever....

I called the customer service for Beats and was told to send it back and I'll receive another one. The catch is, YOU have to pay for the shipping back, it's not just any shipping they want it either DHL, FedEx or UPS. Shipping here from Hawaii isn't the cheapest option either. I shipped it back and got another replacement within a week and a half.

In the midst of the return, I order another one, instead, I changed up the color and went to white. I got it and it was fine for the last 3 months, and then the same problem occurred, the remote stopped, blasting music, and the triggering of Siri. Seriously??? Just before mine starting doing this, my husband who uses my replaced one from Beats, complained his volume control stopped working. REALLY? So now, I have to suck it up and ship both of the earphones back, the catch here is when I called the customer service agent told me that the Powerbeats are all out and they may need to send me the Tour one, I am NOT happy about that.

But... Because I have a race in a few days, I needed to replace my headset ASAP. I wanted to try something different, but because of the race being so soon, I had to stick with what I know, so I had to buy another Powerbeats, this time in Blue. Trust me, if this one knocks out too, I won't be buying another one!

The only reason why I gave it two stars is because of the sound, which outdoes all those cheapy ones, and the fact that the ear piece stays where it needs to and doesn't hurt my ears. I have tried running with the iBeats and that one popped out ALL the time.

Basically, Beats needs to seriously listen to the customers and do something about this remote!
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on August 8, 2012
I received these earphones after thinking of buying them for a couple of months and after some checking on the internet.

The 3 problems that I had were:

1. Sound : After everything you hear and read about these earphones they didn't have the wow effect that are expected.

2. Sports fitted : These earphones are supposed to be especially for sports but when running and even working out at the gym they would get loose around the ears. I think they are not that fitted for sports at all.

3. Price : Because of the first 2 problems I don't know why they are so expensive

To sum up I don't recommend them
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on August 30, 2012
I owned these for one year, and a little over that year the wire showed ware, and I could see wires showing. After noticing that, one side would go in and out of the music. Basically I paid $150 for these puppies for one year. Not worth the money they cost. Not enough time was spent on design, so they will not last long.
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on November 9, 2013
Bought these for my fiancé for his workouts. He ran with them once and they kept falling off. If you are buying these to run with I would not recommend them. We returned them.
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on January 28, 2014
Yes, the sound is well worth the money, and it was even better that they were so much cheaper than they were at Walmart
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on July 28, 2013
I purchased Powerbeats to use when I am working out in the gym. The idea of wrapping around my ears seemed, on the surface (and from the LaBron James television ad), to be the solution to the problem of earbuds slipping out of the ear as one perspires. Unfortunately, the Powerbeats' ear wrap does not secure the earbuds and the problem of slippage is made worse for those of us who wear glasses because the wet and loose eyeglass frames work to dislodge the Powerbeats' ear wraps and thus, the earbuds, more frequently. I have returned to regular earbuds for my gym workouts and I use the Powerbeats when I am engaged in less physical acativity.
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on December 6, 2014
I am on my second pair of these in ear headphones. I run and sweat a ton! On both pairs the volume control on the wire broke within 24 hours, after 5 months the ear pieces are loose and not fitting well. Every time I use them now I hear a crackling sound. I thought it was my fault at first so that's why I bought a second pair. Shame on me! Not worth the money and the overall sound was alright.
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