Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Did You Get Beat by Dre?


Headphone reviewers call Beats by Dre the worst headphones ever...

From The NY Times
To the surprise of almost everyone, except Dr. Dre and his partners, Beats by Dre have redefined the lowly headphone, as well as how much people are willing to pay for a pair of them. A typical pair of Beats sell for about $300 — nearly 10 times the price of ear buds that come with iPods. And, despite these lean economic times, they are selling surprisingly fast.

Whether Beats are worth the money is open to debate. Reviews are mixed, but many people love them. The headphones are sleekly Apple-esque, which is no surprise, since they were created by a former designer at Apple. Beats also offer a celebrity vibe and a lot of boom-a-chick-a-boom bass.

So much bass, in fact, that some audio experts say that Beats distort the sound of the music.

“In terms of sound performance, they are among the worst you can buy,” says Tyll Hertsens, editor in chief of InnerFidelity.com, a site for audiophiles. “They are absolutely, extraordinarily bad.”

Time was, manufacturers marketed high-priced audio equipment by emphasizing technical merits like frequency response, optimum impedance, ambient noise attenuation and so on. The audience was mostly a small cadre of audiophiles tuned to the finer points of sound quality.

But, three years ago, Beats by Dr. Dre set out to change all that by appealing to more primal desires: good looks, celebrity and bone-rattling bass. Annual sales are approaching $500 million, and Beats have transformed headphones into a fashion accessory.

63 comments:

Anonymous said...

I bought these headphones and they are THE WORST headphones I ever bought. I kinda want my money back..

nba is fixed said...

If you want good quality headphones that will not break easily and have superior sound quality, buy Bose!

Anonymous said...

Them shits sound good but break fast. I got a replacement and they just broke again so i said fuc it and gave em to my chick.

Anonymous said...

3:35 PM why you give some BROKE shit to your chick? Hey girl come to me, i'll give you NEW shit.

Anonymous said...

Bose is what I would pick, they been in the game a lot longer than scam artist Dre and company.

Black folks are always looking for a status symbol, so anything with a high price they got to have to show off!

Knowledge should be our status symbol, because if you had that, you wouldn't spend money on garbage!

Operation: BeastMode said...

lol@buying hype

Anonymous said...

I listened to those headphones in the store and I wasn't impressed. The JVC headphones I got for $7.99 had better sound quality.

Anonymous said...

A typical pair of Beats sell for about $300 — nearly 10 times the price of ear buds that come with iPods. And, despite these lean economic times, they are selling surprisingly fast.

^
and THIS is the shame. People who can barely pay their bills and living below the (revised) poverty line buying some bullshit headphones or some overpriced piece of shit that made by some slave workers in China/Malaysia/Thailand/India/(some south Asian country). When will people learn...

Anonymous said...

They ware cheaply made as all get out. The saddest thing I see is these negroes out here breaking their necks and their wallets to own a pair. It's sickening. Just shows you how easily persuaded our people are by "urban marketing."

Anonymous said...

@3:51pm

They won't learn, they are a targeted people! I'll never feel sorry for a grown dumb ass fool.

Anonymous said...

God God bless him. He can sell crap at a price point where he can make a profit. I'll settle for the 99cents headphones at Jacks or The National Liqudators all day everday.

Anonymous said...

They are very good headphones. Like with any expensive devices, if you drop them, rip them off your head like a baseball cap or dont store them properly... they will break. If you play them ridiculously loud, although they perform really good at a loud level... just not on the highest ear drum busting level like ANY headphones, they wont perform as well on the insane level.

Anonymous said...

BOSE

ELove said...

@4:03PM
It isn't "Urban Marketing" that's working but IT'S the Ignorant, Mindless Brain-WASHED FOOLS that fall for ANYTHING becuz THEY STAND FOR NOTHING (At ALL !!!)

KNOWLEDGE (REAL Knowledge) is POWERFUL than A MFer and NO KIND of "Marketing" could ever CONQUER THAT (REAL)

And Some Very Insightful Comments (Up In HERE...) LUVS IT

Anonymous said...

Well thanks for this article. I had some Bose, but someone stole them; so I was looking to replace them. I had considered these, but now, I will replace them with another set of Bose.

Anonymous said...

4:22 GTFOHWTBS

NubianGoddez said...

I don't buy shit celebrities endorses unless, appliance I feel really does what it promises to do. other than that these over paid, over hyped hoes ain't getting my dollars for slaping their names on some fuckery products.

jazz said...

$300 bones, huh?

Nah, Homie. I'm good with my headphones.

$10.

jazz said...

NubianGoddez cracks me up.

Bee Gee said...

Lotta stupid ass people out there.. apparently all with 300 bones to drop. If a pair of headsets costs more than 30 bucks, deez nuts..

Anonymous said...

Hmmmmmm, I agree the headphones are not the best pair of earphones I have owned but I wouldn't consider them the worst pair, as well as with Global sales approaching 500million they cant be to bad....right?

Anonymous said...

^
that "Global sales approaching 500million" is called inflation, because trust the price of those headphones are NOWHERE NEAR worth the cost it took to make them.

The Prophet said...

POS-Power Of Suggestion,any fool that pays 300 dollars 4 a pair of headphones deserves 2 be taking 4 all they money,hell they need 2 be executed point blank range because obviously your only contribution 2 society is being a complete idiot.I swear society is making u kids and adults dumber by the day whats next a 200 dollar toothbrush that Beyonce and Jay z endorse unbelievable smdh i bet Dre is laughing his azz off as we speak hahahaha

The Prophet said...

It aint that much sound quality in the world 4 no damn headphones.And these idiots actually have children smdh.PEOPLE R TRULY HOPELESS

Anonymous said...

I get my head phones from the 99 cent store. They're cheap and if they break, I can EASILY replace them.

Dre stays winning, cause this is some bullshit. He's in these young kid's pockets cause an adult knows the fuck better.

Anonymous said...

Skullcandy shits on every headset n it cost $24.00, but black friday i got them for $9.99. They sound better than bose headset.lol but I did try the dr beats n I could not find the reason why cost so much n they sounded cheap. I guess its a fashion thang with younger audience these days. Im still young myself but really lol

Anonymous said...

I took a marketing class in college where we had to interview professionals at major companies about their practices in marketing. It was explained to me that companies are targeting the black community more now because of the bad economy. Their mind set (not said in so many words) was that black people will spend money and buy things they don't need if they view it as a status symbol more so than whites will. Slavery has long been over but the white man sure has a lot of our people wrapped around their finger.

Anonymous said...

Always love reading NubianGoddez and Bee Gee comments.

Anonymous said...

any body pay 300.00 for a pair of head phones to just listen to with the ipod is dumber then dumb. you deserve junk

Anonymous said...

I also have a pair of skullcandy...they cool.

Anonymous said...

I got a pair only paid $50 which is STILL too much but wanted to see what the hype was about they aight def would never buy another skullcandys are cool but the best pair i ever had I only paid $8

Anonymous said...

I FIGURED THOSE HEADPHONE WHERE A RIP OFF...MY SONY HEADPHONE SOUND BETTER THOSE THAT CRAP

Anonymous said...

@6:14- YOU CAN FIND THOSE HEADPHONES IN MARSHALLS FOR @9.99 OR LESS..JUST TO LET YOU KNOW!

Anonymous said...

Bose or Sony

quianaj27 said...

I can't believe people would pay 300.00 for some headphones really? Wow and smh. Best to get some Ipod or some 99cent headphones and call it a day.

Anonymous said...

No highs and no lows? MUST BE BOSE! Bose are the McDonalds of headphones...nothing but advertising hype. AKG, Koss, Seinheiser, JBL, Klipsh, Shure are the real makers of quality headphones. Listen for yourself..Bose Blose!

Wally

Anonymous said...

y'all should see how it is in boston then, thats what everybody has. Nothing but a bunch of followers.I'm not spending that much money on some damn headphones

Anonymous said...

^^^It's here and Chicago too. Downtown, loads of broke ass college students were them in my college. My digital soundtrack professor told our whole class don't purchase them because there are much better headphones than Beats By Dre for a cheaper cost.

Anonymous said...

*wear them in my college.

Anonymous said...

seinheiser are the some of the best on the market. they are well made and the sound is on point.

Anonymous said...

i brought my last pair of earbuds at dollar general for 2 bucks. 300 bones? nigga please

ThatBKChick said...

I was just listening to an interview called: "The Tanning Effect" with an interview with Jimmy Lovine, CEO of Interscope Records. In the interview, eh basically said that he and Dre and were asked to do the typical urban marking crap...either sell: clothes, sneakers like most records companies/hip hop artist...and Lovine said "hell new"... and came up with "Beats by Dre" : Speakers and headphones and the rest is history....again, this is perpetuated by a white corporate man, using the black man to rip off his own people. Just like Nike did with MJ!...SMDH! This is why I am not a clit hopper...I like to sit back and do my research before I jump on shit!

I don't own an IPad nor an iPhone, although I have an Mac Airbook/G5 desktop....I own a Droid Pad and CellPhone....I sit back and watch fools kill themselves over this overpriced material is!

I will keep my Bose headphones I brought for my Mac Airbook and keep it moving!!!!

You can see the interview at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/08/watch-the-tanning-effect-jimmy-iovine_n_1081976.html?ref=the-tanning-effect

PEACE OUT PEOPLE!

Anonymous said...

I've read black people this, stupid this, dumb that all because certain people (not just black) buy what they WANT are what they deem important, with THERE money.. I'm sure all the critics have bought some overpriced bullshit that they believe is classy, NOT, it's lets stressful to do you with whatever your earphone of choice is

BOXING CLUB DVDS said...

THE BEATS BY DRE HEADPHONES ARE FOR HIP HOP,SPECIFICALLY, BASS-HEAVY MUSIC, NOT THE PU$$Y CRAP THE F*G CRITICS LISTEN TO. ASK THESE "CRITICS" DAUGHTERS WHAT THEY THINK AND YOU'LL GET A MORE VIABLE OPINION.

Anonymous said...

I tell you what if I see my neighbor looking better than me and well kept, don't ask me for a damn thing cause if you can afford to look good or have someone with money buy things for you then you don't need to borrow nothing from me.

Anonymous said...

If these headphones are so great then why are 50 million people in my city trying to get rid of them?

http://jacksonville.craigslist.org/search/?areaID=80&subAreaID=&query=dr+dre&catAbb=sss

V...

Anonymous said...

They're for a specific genre of music. If you're not listening to that genre then they are too bass heavy. Every single review has pointed them out. Audiophiles are not going to purchase those headphones, they shouldn't even be reviewing them. I have them and yes 300 was steep for headphones, but when I think about all of the headphones I've had to buy and replace I've already spend that. The cord is replaceable, I think they'll last awhile. Yes, they might break but what wont break if you're not careful with them?

Anonymous said...

I don't get the expensive headphones hype. As long as I can hear what I'm listening to, I'm fine. But hey if people want to pay for overpriced headphones more power to them, it's not my money.

Anonymous said...

iLuv earphones are the best. 'Nuff said.

Anonymous said...

You dumb mofo's buy over priced cheap shit every day, STFU!

Anonymous said...

@ 11:58... I know that's right!

Anonymous said...

Big Lots!!! $5 and blows that Beats by Dre crap to hell and back. Gullible FoolZ

Anonymous said...

I didn't pay near $300 for my Beats off of Amazon.com. As a producer the Breats have their place. But naw, they are not true audiophile headphones.
BTW, the Chinese have flooded the market with knockoffs so you gpts at be careful where you buy them.
Bose are cool but sterile. Apple earbuds suck. Why keep buying cheap 9 dollar headsets if they are gonna keep breaking?!

Anonymous said...

my job sells them and they are crap..my skull candy one are better and they were only 15!!

I Talk Reckless On the Internet said...

Dear Santa,

Please give me a nice pair of the classic Bose ear buds that want fall out when I run.

Thanks Dear,

Me

Anonymous said...

Everybody is talking about the price, bose is priced just the same. Bose has a pair of 300 dollar headphones too. Nobody said anything when everybody in business class on a plane had a pair. Sony has a pair high end headphones. Is it your money they spending?

AmusicianzMind said...

i have the dre beat solos and i'm very satisfied. the bass response is great and i've listened to the side by to to a comparable bose over the ear noise canceling headphone and the beats were on par. i produce music and use my beats when tracking and they work great. for those of you that are saying you have $15 headphones that sound the same are simply lying. that just doesn't happen. any good headphone you're going to spend at least $80.

Pimpossible got that Wurk said...

My lit nephew bought the earbuds for like $108 or sum'n crazy, and I listened to them. They sounded like crap, volume was too low, beat wasn't thumping right, nothing was good. I would've actually preferred them if they had too much bass as opposed to what I heard. It didn't have anything. They sounded like those cheap@$$ $1 headphones you can get from the Dollar Tree.

I knew I wasn't trippin', those headphones are crap.

Anonymous said...

It's all relative. Different strokes for different folks. The real goobers here are the "Bose" people. Bose always has and always will be nothing but over marketed, over priced, mediocre junk. There. I said it.

As far as the people happy with 99c headphones, more power to ya. Obviously you know nothing about music reproduction and hear even less. You are the kind that knows the price of everything and the value of nothing. Not unlike giving a $200 bottle of wine to a wino. He could have bought 40 bottles of wild Irish rose with that much money dammit!!

Being a humble audiophile/musician type myself I have and enjoy AKG, Sennheiser, Audio Technica and Beyer Dynamic headphones that cost from $100 to $600+. I also have a pair of Westone in-ear phones with custom molded ear plugs that will have you laughing at any so-called noise cancelling headphones. I work hard for my money and refuse to buy cheap junk.

My bass heavy music loving friends, enjoy your genre specific headphones. Glad the industry is building stuff specifically for you. It's all good and it's your money to spend.

Bose lovers, have you ever Googled any of the people they use to promote the stuff on their retarded TV commercials? Good luck with that. The frumpy upper middle age housewife that couldn't tell the difference between a 20 dollar clock radio and a custom 25K home theater system other than to say something completely ignorant like "That one is so big and complicated and with this little thing all I have to do is push one little button". Then she will continue ad nauseum with "It fills the room with such full and rich sound!"

Go away! No Bose people allowed in any type of discussion that includes MUSIC REPRODUCTION of any type... Go play Bingo.

Anonymous said...

Ok I know a bunch of people are Saying that people are stupid for paying 300 dollars, But who gives a shit its your Money do whatever you want with it! I buy autographed Jordans for thousands but dont wear them. I payed 900 for 3 pair of beats. And I still have enough money to Support my family and Have a house and Im able to give my kids PROPER education. So im just saying STFU and buy whatever you want its your money. You get what you pay for simple as that.
P.S Yeah your beats may break but that is only because DUMBASSES dont know how to take care of shit!

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Anonymous said...

ALL u people are just haters... I got my beats when there was a sale at Radio shake for 100$....there amazing

Anonymous said...

The only good thing about them and Bose is their ingenious marketing plans.

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