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    I don't know that there has been a more maligned brand than Beats. Audiophiles tend to trash them, and yet Beats are wildly popular. What are your Beats headphones experiences?

    I'll start: I bought powerbeats2 about a year ago, had them for a couple of months and the volume rocker broke. The sound quality was fine, the tech was reasonably cool, and I love the bluetooth capabilities.

    I'm wondering if my results are typical and whether or not others have found Beats worth the steep price. I have some QC15s and I'm looking for an excuse to replace them.
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    Also have powerbeats2 and still use them from time to time but I never remember to charge them or bring a micro USB cable with me so they end up collecting dust. Really wish someone would make some wireless headphones with a lightning port (but not the airpods)
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    As an audiophile, Beats are trash. Why? Overpriced for the poor sound quality. The bass is over powering and it's a muddled bass, which just sounds bad. If they fixed the bass and dropped the price by about $100-$150, they might be worth looking in to. Bose is also not very good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by metllicamilitia View Post
    As an audiophile, Beats are trash. Why? Overpriced for the poor sound quality. The bass is over powering and it's a muddled bass, which just sounds bad. If they fixed the bass and dropped the price by about $100-$150, they might be worth looking in to. Bose is also not very good.
    What's your recommendation then?

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    Quote Originally Posted by zocster View Post
    What's your recommendation then?

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    That depends on what device your using, what your price point is, what kind of music you listen to, whether or not you want more bass in your sound, and whether you want a cold analytical straight forward sound or a warmer sound that's more well rounded.
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    Quote Originally Posted by metllicamilitia View Post
    That depends on what device your using, what your price point is, what kind of music you listen to, whether or not you want more bass in your sound, and whether you want a cold analytical straight forward sound or a warmer sound that's more well rounded.
    I listen to a lot of jazz and rock even some r&b

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    Quote Originally Posted by zocster View Post
    I listen to a lot of jazz and rock even some r&b

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    Ok, what's your main listening device, and what's your price point (budget), how much are looking to spend?
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    Quote Originally Posted by metllicamilitia View Post
    Ok, what's your main listening device, and what's your price point (budget), how much are looking to spend?
    My 6s+ is my primary even though I have a 950XL as backup oops, budget, I guess around the 300
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    Quote Originally Posted by zocster View Post
    My 6s+ is my primary even though I have a 950XL as backup oops, budget, I guess around the 300
    Ok, then I just need your budget, and I'll get you some recommends in a couple hours when I'm on lunch.
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    I had great experiences with beat products especially the newer models
    They sound even more clear then the last models and the bass is more redefined
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    I use the PowerBeats 2 with my Apple Watch while I run. So I don't care all that much about sound quality. For quality I have my Bose but they serve different purposes. Not sure what I'd do if I could only choose one pair. And actually when I travel I usually just use my Apple EarPods with my iPhone 6s?
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    Quote Originally Posted by metllicamilitia View Post
    Ok, then I just need your budget, and I'll get you some recommends in a couple hours when I'm on lunch.
    if you can recommend me some headphones as well i'd really appreciate it. I mainly have my music on iPhone and macbook (iTunes) and i listen to mainly pop music, some country, and r&b. I want to find something less than $400.00 and something not to bulky if possible.
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    Quote Originally Posted by allure08 View Post
    if you can recommend me some headphones as well i'd really appreciate it. I mainly have my music on iPhone and macbook (iTunes) and i listen to mainly pop music, some country, and r&b. I want to find something less than $400.00 and something not to bulky if possible.
    I can do that, give me some time and I'll get a few recommendations for you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by allure08 View Post
    if you can recommend me some headphones as well i'd really appreciate it. I mainly have my music on iPhone and macbook (iTunes) and i listen to mainly pop music, some country, and r&b. I want to find something less than $400.00 and something not to bulky if possible.
    Okay, given your price point, here a couple suggestions for a few price points. Sorry, it's longer than I thought it would be.

    Sub $100
    In Ear
    1. Filo Ex1
    2. Fidue A65

    On Ear
    1. AKG Y50
    2. JBL E40BT

    Over Ear
    1. AudioTechnica ATH-M40x
    2. Sony MDR7506

    $100-$200
    In Ear
    1. 1More Triple Driver Earphone
    2. Sony XBA-A1

    On Ear
    1. V-Moda XS
    2. Grado SR80e

    Over Ear
    1. Philips Fidelio L2
    2. Sennheiser Urbanite XL

    $200-$300
    In Ear
    1. Etymotic Research ER4S
    2. Sure SE315 (my current set)

    On Ear
    1. Beyerdynamic T51i
    2. KEF M500

    Over Ear
    1. AudioTechnica ATH-MSR7
    2. V-Moda Crossfade M-100

    $300-$400
    In Ear
    1. Westone W30
    2. NuForce Primo 8

    On Ear
    1. Bowers and Wilkins P5 Series 2

    Over Ear
    1. Sennheiser Momentum 2.0
    2. Sony MDR-1A
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    Beats are trash.

    I use Bowers and Wilkins and they are just amazing.
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    They're great...if all you want to hear is bass and upper registers bathed heavily in bass and cotton batting.

    And they break like crazy - we got so many replacement inquiries at the store.
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    Quote Originally Posted by metllicamilitia View Post
    Okay, given your price point, here a couple suggestions for a few price points. Sorry, it's longer than I thought it would be.

    Sub $100
    In Ear
    1. Filo Ex1
    2. Fidue A65

    On Ear
    1. AKG Y50
    2. JBL E40BT

    Over Ear
    1. AudioTechnica ATH-M40x
    2. Sony MDR7506

    $100-$200
    In Ear
    1. 1More Triple Driver Earphone
    2. Sony XBA-A1

    On Ear
    1. V-Moda XS
    2. Grado SR80e

    Over Ear
    1. Philips Fidelio L2
    2. Sennheiser Urbanite XL

    $200-$300
    In Ear
    1. Etymotic Research ER4S
    2. Sure SE315 (my current set)

    On Ear
    1. Beyerdynamic T51i
    2. KEF M500

    Over Ear
    1. AudioTechnica ATH-MSR7
    2. V-Moda Crossfade M-100

    $300-$400
    In Ear
    1. Westone W30
    2. NuForce Primo 8

    On Ear
    1. Bowers and Wilkins P5 Series 2

    Over Ear
    1. Sennheiser Momentum 2.0
    2. Sony MDR-1A
    Thanks for taking your time to make that list. My kid will probably want a new set in a while when her Beats die, but I personally am enjoying my brand new Sennheiser Momentums :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by metllicamilitia View Post
    Okay, given your price point, here a couple suggestions for a few price points. Sorry, it's longer than I thought it would be.

    Sub $100
    In Ear
    1. Filo Ex1
    2. Fidue A65

    On Ear
    1. AKG Y50
    2. JBL E40BT

    Over Ear
    1. AudioTechnica ATH-M40x
    2. Sony MDR7506

    $100-$200
    In Ear
    1. 1More Triple Driver Earphone
    2. Sony XBA-A1

    On Ear
    1. V-Moda XS
    2. Grado SR80e

    Over Ear
    1. Philips Fidelio L2
    2. Sennheiser Urbanite XL

    $200-$300
    In Ear
    1. Etymotic Research ER4S
    2. Sure SE315 (my current set)

    On Ear
    1. Beyerdynamic T51i
    2. KEF M500

    Over Ear
    1. AudioTechnica ATH-MSR7
    2. V-Moda Crossfade M-100

    $300-$400
    In Ear
    1. Westone W30
    2. NuForce Primo 8

    On Ear
    1. Bowers and Wilkins P5 Series 2

    Over Ear
    1. Sennheiser Momentum 2.0
    2. Sony MDR-1A


    Thank you!!!!!
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    I had a Beats Tour In-Ear Headphone a long time ago. It broke after 3 months of use.
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    Beats are way too bass heavy. It's a trendy thing. You can get good quality for a lot less but you won't be as "cool".
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    Quote Originally Posted by eyecrispy View Post
    Beats are way too bass heavy. It's a trendy thing. You can get good quality for a lot less but you won't be as "cool".
    If you listen to a lot of bass heavy music like hip hop, EDM, etc., they work well. Otherwise, get a decent pair of Bose and you'll get more for your money.
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    I've heard nothing but excellent things about the Sony SBH-80 Bluetooth buds too, for what it's worth.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob Phillips View Post
    If you listen to a lot of bass heavy music like hip hop, EDM, etc., they work well. Otherwise, get a decent pair of Bose and you'll get more for your money.
    Agreed. I still have an old pair of Beats Pro left over from my DJing days. Thanking my lucky stars I didn't pay retail. They're built like a tank, but they're so HEAVY you can feel them weigh your head down. My old Bose QC 25's were decent, but you'll have to get used to replacing a battery.

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