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Thursday, June 25, 2015

The Truth About Beats Headphones

How Beats Tricks You Into Thinking It Makes a Premium Product
Beats Headphones most important part
Those of us in the studio community that are used to listening on reasonably good headphones are constantly appalled at the market penetration of Beats brand headsets. Thankfully, you don't see them much in studios unless you're recording R&B clients, but if you've ever listened you know how bad they sound.

PopMech did a detailed teardown of Beats most popular Solo headphones and found that they're incredibly cheaply made with corners cut just about everywhere. For instance, Beats uses glue where most quality makers use screws, so they're really very fragile. Beats also claims that its drivers are specially designed for the company but it turns out that they're just cheap off-the-shelf units.

But Beats pulls out one trick that you probably never considered. The company makes its headphones feel more substantial and worth the money by adding weight!

In fact, 30% of the weight of the phones comes from 4 tiny parts that do nothing else but make them feel heavier (see the photo above).

So do yourself a favor and grab something that's worth the money the next time you're buying phones. Three models that I use all the time are the Monoprice 8323 (for really inexpensive but great sounding phones), the broadcast standard Sony MDR 7506, and Audio Technica ATH-M50x.

What are your favorite headphones?

UPDATE: It appears that the unit that was dismantled by PopMech was a knockoff.


Rand said...

Can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear, can't polish a turd, etc.

Jesica Smith said...

Great sound the beats studio 2 but the cushion pads don't last very long the first day of using my beats studio 2 the both of my cushion pads have already a ripped and I only used them once for a few mins...

Jacqueline Everett said...

Thank you for sharing the article, it was really helpful. In the studio industry, it is really important to get the headphones that are good quality, since the major work depends on it. We get so many affordable high fidelity headphones in the market, that provide quality sound which is the most important of all. One of my friends working in the industry suggested affordable audiophile headphones that are built with latest technology and are also cost-effective.


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