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Offline 6pairsofshoes

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Beats by Dre
« on: September 06, 2019, 09:44:31 PM »
So Apple is pushing these headphones.  For free with purchase of a computer or tablet.  You get to pay the sales tax (unless you live in Delaware or some other nice place where sales tax doesn't exist).  So the list price for the Beats 3 Studio noise cancelling headphones is 349.95 or something like that.  This means they charge you $35 for them.  I've not seen any very positive reviews.  They seem to possess the virtue of working well with Apple equipment, but the noise canceling features and the sound have not gotten much laudatory praise.

I'm on the fence.  I need a new desktop and have been thinking of getting an iMac.  It has to be a 27 inch because they don't allow for DIY RAM upgrades in the 21.5 inch ones.  If you get Apple to put in RAM, you pay double what the DIMMs cost if you installed them yourself.  So I was looking at the refurbished machines which are about $100-$200 cheaper, still come with warranty.  No phones.  If I get a new machine, I can get the phones and sell them on ebay for about a hundred buck profit.

Has anyone used these critters?  I have Sennheisers but no noise canceling ones.  All open ear versions.  I like my Sennheisers and I am deeply suspicious of headphones that are endorsed by a rapper who has no electrical or acoustical engineering background.  If Dre had gone to MIT and was lauded for his acoustical modeling and had made significant contributions to the field, I'd think twice about it.  But this is Apple.  Trendy, obsessively hip Apple.  I'd expect them to be pretty and sound like crap.

In fact, I was noticing how the fidelity of even youtube music suffers under the current spartan computer regimen I've been reduced to:  namely, one does not buy a MacBook Air expecting good sounding music to come out of the headphone jack.  Nope.  That's another reason I'd rather go back to the iMac.  At least the music sounded better.

But I digress.  If there is anyone out there who has experience with Beats and can offer advice, I'd appreciate it.  I do fly sometimes so noise canceling would be useful, although from what I've gathered, I should just shell out money for a set of BOSE headphones.

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Re: Beats by Dre
« Reply #1 on: September 07, 2019, 04:41:32 PM »
Beats are more a fashion accessory than high-end headphones. I'd probably take them as a pack in accessory as you described,  but waiting for better noise cancelling headphones doesn't sound too bad an idea either.

I'm sorry your search for a new all-in-one is hitting the Apple tax hell.
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Re: Beats by Dre
« Reply #2 on: September 11, 2019, 10:43:39 AM »
I expect that if I get them it will be for resale.  I never got the whole idea of Beats in the first place.  I mean I get it, but it seems to have little to do with headphones.  Otherwise they'd sound good and perform well.

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Re: Beats by Dre
« Reply #3 on: September 11, 2019, 06:04:55 PM »
I have a set of wired-over the ear beats, I was given them but I believe they were in the neighborhood of $250 IIRC. They sound very good, but honestly for an over the ear headphone I prefer my Bluedio bluetooth headphones. I love deep bass and these headphones deliver! Don't let the price fool you, these headphones are awesome.

I also have wired Sennheisers which I would also rate above Beats. Long story short, Beats are part of a culture rather than an ultra high quality audio device.

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Re: Beats by Dre
« Reply #4 on: September 12, 2019, 12:26:26 AM »
I'm not really into that culture.  I love my Sennheisers.  I must, as I have 4 pairs.  I would like a set of noise cancelling ones for travel, but right now the economics don't make sense. I guess I could try the Beats for $35 and sell them if they're as bad as everyone says they are.

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Re: Beats by Dre
« Reply #5 on: September 12, 2019, 12:27:32 AM »
have listened to beats and found them rather Base orientated.
As a oldie I do like to listen to music not just the boom. JBL make some good bluetooth headphones that are pretty good and decently priced.
Beats are more a fashion accessory
So agree.
Found a pair of bose earbuds which sound very good but are so expensive

I own a set of Bayerdynamic in earbuds and over the ear, love them to death.
Have a set of Jays which are not too bad for the price.
Bluetooth i use iTeknic and for 20 which work whilst I run and cycle. Not too expensive if broken.

The Beyer and the Jays have are flat wire connections (not the normal round) which sound fantastic but if your moving around you can hear the wires slapping against your head / ears so a little off putting at times, so you need to be still for beat usage

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