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Old 18th June 2014, 08:08 PM   #1
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Default Do Beats by Dr. Dre Really Suck?

Each time I work out at the club, I see 4 or 5 young people with Beats phones, usually driven by iPhones. (There is one iconoclast with what looks like AKGs) They look good, and I can't hear any sound leakage.

Do Beats phones really suck? I haven't heard any - for $300US could they be that bad?

To answer this question I checked out their site, and there aren't any specifications, but there are mostly positive reviews about comfort, color and "brilliant bass." 90% of the public doesn't care about frequency response, and the average quality of sound files is crap, but that isn't news.

It looks like they have "completely redesigned and reimagined" the Studio model. Has anyone measured this, or the classic, I guess we could call it?

I am only searching for knowledge...
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Old 18th June 2014, 08:16 PM   #2
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I'd say, why don't you try... then you'll know.

Go to a shop and try them...
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Old 18th June 2014, 08:18 PM   #3
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What sort of store do you go to for shyte-quality audio? Maybe, big box discounters?
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Old 18th June 2014, 08:24 PM   #4
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Oh, no! The advertising banner on top of my page view now has an ad for Beats Solo2 phones! How embarrassing.
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Old 18th June 2014, 08:25 PM   #5
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Apple stores ?

Around here they're also in every big electronics shops.
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Old 18th June 2014, 08:32 PM   #6
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Best buy here. They don't suck, but too much bass extension for my liking iirc.I prefer BOSE QC15 over them.
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Old 18th June 2014, 08:38 PM   #7
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I caught the tail end of a headphone review on the radio a while back. All I remember was the Beats ranked at number 17.

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Old 18th June 2014, 09:11 PM   #8
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A lot of people love to bash Bose. I have a pair of Bose headphones and I love 'em! I'd say forget what others say and what you read and give some Beats a listen. If we depend on what others like, we'll eventually stay away from everything. There will always be haters...
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Old 18th June 2014, 09:45 PM   #9
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I tried a few briefly in a highstreet electronics store (Curry's - quite a big chain of stores in the UK). The top model (Studio?) had a lot of bass but lacked detail compared to others, muffled almost - the similar priced, 249 model from Monster sounded the best of their display with some Philips and Boses good too.

Some others in the range, also in the 200 price area sounded terrible - treble/upper mid was so harsh it must either be for the alredy deaf or will make you deaf pretty quickly. Only thing is that these were in a part of a display with their own audio player.. so could have been that.

The others listened to in the first paragraph were through my phone (old Nokia N900) which sounds as good as any ipod via my Shure SE530s if not slightly better than an ipod (because it can play flacs).

Certainly overpriced in my view and I bet a good pair of 25 Sennheisers would be as good but lacking bass extension - but that could also be said of quite a few lifestyle models out at the moment.

None anywhere close to my Denon DH5000s which I found thrown out (needed re-wiring).
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Old 18th June 2014, 10:08 PM   #10
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My advice is to try several headphones that you might consider, and find out what meets your needs. If they are something you want to keep for a long time, take your time to find the right ones.

Here's what worked for me.

I went on a headphone quest about 2 years ago. I wanted something with good sound quality, and had a budget in mind. What helped me the most was going to a local Head-Fi meet, where I could try out several pairs and find out what sound I liked the best. Some of the club members there were helpful giving advice and other info about headphones -- lots to learn. Even though my favorite (HiFi Man HE-500's) was way out of my budget, they gave me a baseline to compare to.

After doing some research, I came up with a list of 6 or 8 within my budget. Then I went to a store that had most of them to audition. Besides obvious sound quality, one important factor is fit and comfort.

Needless to say, I'm very happy with the headphones I selected.

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