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"Beats By Dr Dre" Headphones..?
« on: April 27, 2011, 12:01:11 PM »
I am increasingly amused by the wizardry of urban marketing that is these "Beats by Dr. Dre" headphones.  Basically every high school kid I see on the subway now, and a bunch of the adults, are wearing these. 

Generally I suspect that a headphone that is branded Monster (who I didn't think even make headphones) and slaps "Dr Dre" on it is going to be a) bass-heavy and b) junk.  Anyone have any different impression?  They are charging pretty serious coin for the "studio" line - http://www.beatsbydre.com/products/Products.aspx?pid=B3808&cat=1 - $349, which is a hell of a lot more than my ATH-M50s and several other good manufacturers' phones. 

Wow, even the crappier on-ear ones they sell are $200.  http://www.beatsbydre.com/products/Products.aspx?pid=B5505&cat=1  No wonder these things are being counterfeited left and right.  If they actually are any good, I wonder who Monster has making/designing them?

Anyway, I just find the whole thing funny.  Maybe I should buy a bunch of M50s or HD280s, paint them red, and call them "Beatz by Lil Wayne" become a millionaire.
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Re: "Beats By Dr Dre" Headphones..?
« Reply #1 on: April 27, 2011, 12:55:46 PM »
At least half of the students I see here at ASU who are listening to their iPods have "Beats" headphones on.  I can only imagine the sales of his headphones for students here alone.

The shear number of people on longboards with full-sized "Beats" (over-the-head) is mind boggling. 

Dudes are bro'ing out like crazy around here. 

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Re: "Beats By Dr Dre" Headphones..?
« Reply #2 on: April 27, 2011, 12:55:59 PM »
Watch any of the really popular music reality shows today (i.e. American Idol) and they're showing the Beats by Dre stuff everywhere.   Good marketing to say the least.

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Re: "Beats By Dr Dre" Headphones..?
« Reply #3 on: April 27, 2011, 01:17:13 PM »
"A fool and his money..."

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Re: "Beats By Dr Dre" Headphones..?
« Reply #4 on: April 27, 2011, 01:21:43 PM »
From what I've read in reviews they sound remarkably well.

...that being said, I'm sure there are headphones priced equally that sound either as good or better (and you won't look like a chump).

I personally wouldn't buy headphones without being able to try them out or return them if I don't like them. Trying at the same time is ideal though.
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Re: "Beats By Dr Dre" Headphones..?
« Reply #5 on: April 27, 2011, 02:02:17 PM »
Crazy.  Cheaper to buy the Sony 7506!

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Re: "Beats By Dr Dre" Headphones..?
« Reply #6 on: April 27, 2011, 02:16:16 PM »
Reason enough not to buy them:



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Re: "Beats By Dr Dre" Headphones..?
« Reply #7 on: April 27, 2011, 02:22:01 PM »
From what I've read in reviews they sound remarkably well.

...that being said, I'm sure there are headphones priced equally that sound either as good or better (and you won't look like a chump).

I personally wouldn't buy headphones without being able to try them out or return them if I don't like them. Trying at the same time is ideal though.

Last week, I A-vs-B'ed their $120 or so priced pair In Ear Monitors against a similar priced pair of Shures and Ultraears (can't remember the models that I checked).  The Beats By Dre lost my personal bake-off quite convincingly.  The low end was ultra loose and mooshy and the high end wasn't all that crisp.  I thought they sounded pretty crappy to be honest.  Can't speak to the more expensive models.  I bought the Shures (SE215) for $100...great balanced sound and real nice fit.  The kicker for me for these over the Ultraears is that the Shures have a higher gauge cable and a right angle jack.
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Re: "Beats By Dr Dre" Headphones..?
« Reply #8 on: April 27, 2011, 02:51:16 PM »
I think it's a perfect plan if you ask me. The hip-hop, inner-city crowd, and wannabe white suburbanites that they are marketing to are lemmings. Frankly, it's marketing genious. I agree with the previous post that if you went out and marketed these using Lil Wayne or Jay Z you'd have even better sales. The trick is not only do they need a big rap name brand on them, they need to sound crappy and bass heavy because that's how the hip-hop music is produced nowadays. Fuzzed out, auto-tune bullshit overlaid on a computer generated, simplistic beat that even a cracked out, droopy-pants'd, wannabe gangbanger can bob his head to, it's the formula for commercial success today.  ;D
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Re: "Beats By Dr Dre" Headphones..?
« Reply #9 on: April 27, 2011, 03:49:14 PM »

 awesome-those cans will look sweet in this year's parade! I want a pair of those-mine are the same model, but red and black (comp'd to me as business swag).
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Re: "Beats By Dr Dre" Headphones..?
« Reply #10 on: April 27, 2011, 03:54:56 PM »

 awesome-those cans will look sweet in this year's parade! I want a pair of those-mine are the same model, but red and black (comp'd to me as business swag).

I could put a couple of turds on the ends of a stick, then paint them purple and gold and you'd have the exact same thing, only cheaper.  ;D
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Re: "Beats By Dr Dre" Headphones..?
« Reply #11 on: April 27, 2011, 03:58:03 PM »
From what I've read in reviews they sound remarkably well.

Last week, I A-vs-B'ed their $120 or so priced pair In Ear Monitors against a similar priced pair of Shures and Ultraears (can't remember the models that I checked).  The Beats By Dre lost my personal bake-off quite convincingly.  The low end was ultra loose and mooshy and the high end wasn't all that crisp.  I thought they sounded pretty crappy to be honest.  Can't speak to the more expensive models.  I bought the Shures (SE215) for $100...great balanced sound and real nice fit.  The kicker for me for these over the Ultraears is that the Shures have a higher gauge cable and a right angle jack.

I've heard these remarks as well.

As for the reviews, I think someone's shilling.
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Re: "Beats By Dr Dre" Headphones..?
« Reply #12 on: April 28, 2011, 12:23:45 AM »
So that's what those are. I've seen many people wearing them on the bus or walking around but never knew what they were. It's kinda weird to see everyone switch from the apple white earbuds to these bright red things in a matter of a few weeks.
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Re: "Beats By Dr Dre" Headphones..?
« Reply #13 on: April 28, 2011, 01:01:09 AM »
$349?!!!! I'll take Senn HD650s or AKG 701's any day of the week over these giant pile 'o marketing....




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Re: "Beats By Dr Dre" Headphones..?
« Reply #14 on: April 28, 2011, 08:14:57 AM »
As a headphone dude, I immediately wrote them off for several reasons:

1.  Way over-priced
2.  These things are the equivalent to "man hands" on a woman   :o
3.  I don't believe the positive reviews...seriously, Monster cables made this pos?   

I bet my sony 7506's run circles around them.   It's amusing to watch all the garbage cans people wear on the train when I'm jamming out to my shure se530's.  There's no way those cans are providing any noise blocking/canceling at all on our trains and subways.  Any TS NY'er can testify how loud it can get underground.
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