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Let me start by saying these earphones are too expensive and no in ear earphones are worth £119. I didn't pay for mine so this will be a positive review but always written in the opinion that however good they are they are not worth the high cost.
They are sold in the Apple Store and are compatible with Apple products, a built in microphone works with iPhones from the 4S model upwards and allows you to answer a call while listening to music. The music cuts out instantly when you answer the call and speech comes through at the level set on your phone so even if you listen to music loud the call will come through at a comfortable conversational level.
Dr Dre ear and head phones always offer good bass but this model is lacking if listening to something more mid range. This is noticed more when listening to female vocalists who sing alongside a smooth backing track, Adele and Rihanna songs suffer and lose their power at times but this is variable from song to song and is dependent on the vocal range displayed as well as the musical tone.
There is one reason I do think they are worth paying more for and that is the comfort, these earphones feel like they are a part of my ears as soon as I insert them and they form a good mould to the shape of my ears. They don't feel tight in my ears but they don't and never have fallen out. I work out at the gym regularly and that's where I use my phone to listen to music more than any other location, my exercising is more enjoyable when I listen to music.
When changing from listening to music to taking a telephone call the changeover is seamless and immediate. I can answer the call or choose to discard it should the phone ring at a time when I cannot talk or it is inconvenient.
I bought these yesterday as my current earphones had started to go on the blink (you know when they start to feed only intermittent and annoying sounds to you? I chose earphones as opposed to headphones as I feel a bit silly walking down the street with large headphones on.
SOUND QUALITY - to put it simply - excellent. The base notes are really good as well as the higher pitches in music being really well defined (I didn't want earphones that were solely base driven so this was excellent news for me). There's a choice of three different sized ear buds as well so you can get a snug fit inside your ear to further enhance sound quality.
LOOK - I like that there's a bit of colour on them but not too much, they're largely black with a hint of blue mine but you can get other colours too like red for example. The cord is blue and slightly thicker than most earphone cords so I'm hoping this means they'll last longer as the wires inside are better protected. A pouch for your earphones to live in is also supplied to help better protect them.
PRICE - not cheap! They retail at £79.99 in John Lewis, I normally pay £50 for earphones but as I say I'm taking a punt and hoping the thicker wire means they last longer.
The bears brand is well known so from the start this gave me confidence in the product, to those of you out there that are like me and don't like headphones, I urge you to try these. Their design is simple, and the sound quality is excellent.
Having used these ear phones for several months I can deffinatly say I am impressed by them. The sounds quality which comes out of these earphones is exceptional, especially when compared to standard earphones. The build quality of them is very good and you never feel like you are going to break them. The wires seem to tangle a bit less often than normal and when they did they where easy to get loose. The bass which these earphones give you is top notch and rivals many of the high-end earphones. Having said all this they do some with problems. The price tag for these is exceptionally high, you can get similar sound quality for half the price a lot of the time. and the weight of the ear buds themselves can be a problem, it is slightly uncomfortable on your ears after a few hours of use. If you can get past both of these problems you will be impressed by this product for sure.
I am not Beats' typical target audience. I would not normally pay so much money for headphones, I usually get running headphones for between £15 and £20.
However, I have to say I am a convert!
My boyfriend has the 'cans' style beats and has always said how good he thinks they are so for Christmas he bought me these.
As well as being surprised as I had not asked for them, I was shocked at how good they are!
They are expensive but the presentation packaging is outstanding and you really feel as if you are getting a luxury item - although the size of the instruction manual is a bit much!
The little pouch they come in is very useful and keeps them from getting tangled up in my handbag as my previous pairs have done.
Most importantly, the sound quality is superb. I use them in the gym and find them very comfortable and they stay in my ears well.
The fact they come with a second set of buds I also think is very good. A satisfied customer!
I received a pair of dr dre ibeat headphones a few months ago as a gift and can definately say I would never have bought a pair at the price of between £45 - £70 depending where you purchase. I don't actually know how anyone can justify spending that amount of money for something so small that just goes in your ear.
The headphones do look nice and are really vibrant colours. They are available in other colours as I have seen white ones but I'm not sure just how many different ones there are. I received mine in a case which was great and has helped to keep them clean and untangled! The red wire is really thin but strong as in the past I have had wires where if you pull too hard to get them out of your ears, the wire comes away at the top. There is also a volume control on the earphones which is quite good to have and I haven't seen on any of the cheaper headphones I've had in the past. The headphones fit really comfortably and are really soft. I have quite small ears so struggle to get headphones that don't keep falling out but the dr dre ibeats fit perfectly.
The sound quality is also fantastic! The sound is even across both earphones and is much louder than others I have had. I like to have my music on really loud so it blocks out any other noises and these definitely do that. I have never used the talk button (speaking on the phone but with the headphones in) so I can't comment on how good it is although I could expect it to be good quality like the rest of the headphones.
Although I can't deny these are the best headphones I have had I just can;t justify paying that price and wouldn't if they were to break. I am giving them a 4 as the price does let them down.
Overview these are earphones also known as iBeats by Dr Dre, they were around £75.00 when I was gifted them, however now (2012) they range to around £35-45 new.
The sound quality for these earphones, personally was really good and for a average earphone user would go far enough to say it is possibly on the top end of what I have heard so far.
The bass makes the quality of music sound so good, yet I found that if I put it on its highest level it sounded static and therefore I avoided doing so. I found to be ridiculously unfair as it is a common problem with cheap earphones yet why should this mid-expensive range earphones have this issue? In comparison to monsterbeats this is not hitting that mark with the quality of sound nevertheless it is what we should expect when this is why the Ibeats cost less. I used it for calls with control talk button and it was a thumbs up, I usually am screaming down phone with typical earphones and end up taking them off but using these; the call quality was perfect. Overall the sound quality is clean and you do see a difference in the depth of sound in comparison to regular earphones.
Look wise, they are stylish it has a lovely blood red cable line which is quiet thin. The typical "b" logo on tip of the ear bud, which can be seen if you have short enough hair, the ear bud is black and puffed out and follows the rest of the style well. They do in comparison to typical earphones stand, look very cool and neat and also add to what you're wearing. There is a kite shaped volume control/Talk which is silver in the middle and black on the outline, it matches well. There are other options for colours which are purple and grey and also a white and red option. Overall they look so stylish and I suppose most people who buy them think sound quality + stylishness they live up to Dr Dre style!
Personally I have never felt such comfortable earphones in my life, do you know those typical Apple style earphones which hurt your ear? Well say goodbye these are immaculate for comfort, they fit perfectly, they are soft and loving. I also noticed that they stay in more, however when I ran they did come off, byut stayed on longer in comparison to the typical earphones. They come without without the annoying ear ache which is by far frankly the best part for me for these earphones, I am regular earphone user and my poor, poor ears the pain they must suffer, however when I bought these... I was in heaven; I had finally found earphones which I could wear 24/7 and they would be causing no harm.
-Control talk, you actually be listening to music and change to speak if someone is calling which is quiet nice, it does it well and smoothly and does not cause trouble.
-Beats audio link, I have a HTC which has beats audio embedded when I used the Ibeats with it the sound quality was really good, they really work well.
-Guarantee when I bought them they came with guarantee which is why when they broke I did go change my earphones for free at HMV however I did not buy these.
-Colour range as said above you get more than one option 3 colour options: Purple and grey, White and red and the typical black and red.
-Case: You receive a lovely black/red colour case to look after the earphones, has a magnetic closing strip to prevent them from slipping out!
These cost around £75 from HMV, I feel as though the price tag did not match the overall quality of the earphones as said above the sound was good yet when the bass was loud it was effecting the quality in a negative way. The look was great due to the shape and colours, I admit this fantastic yet I have seen earphones worth £20.00 which look as good, but without the Dr Dre print they are I suppose not as well regarded.
The comfort I feel is the best reason to cough up and pay £75.00 for these (or the current £40.00 that you will find them on the market for), if you are a regular user for earphones and suffer from ear ache or pains then go for it, I 100% recommend it.
They broke on me 2 months after I bought them, the sound just stop coming from on ear and then eventually the other. I looked after them in the case they came in and I treated them well so I found this very unfair when frankly my £3.00 old pair have last 3 years, I feel as though to charge such a high price to lead to the earphones not working I feel puts them on my never to buy bother spending so much list.
Overall overall I would say they are not worth the price when you have sennheiser for £25.00 with amazing quality and comfort. I have rated a 4 due to them breaking at such short notice (price has gone down which is an added bonus without that my rating would be 3) when I looked after them.
Look at the Advantages and Disadvantages see if you are willing to risk to gain and chose however I would recommend look around there are other brands half the price and great sound quality do not be afraid!
I was looking for a decent pair of earphones which had great sound, comfort and were also attractive and these headphones definitely live up to all three of those expectations, however once I saw the price I was not entirely certain that I wanted them since £90 is a lot to pay for a pair of headphones, especially in ear ones!
The sound itself is outstanding but it is what should be expected from a pair of expensive high end ear phones and also is very bassy which lives up to the type of music that the producer of the product makes (Dr Dre) which is a very good aspect since most people buying these ear phones will be looking to listen to bassy music through these. All genres however can be listened to through these ear phones and still have amazing sound quality so they are not just limited to one genre.
These ear phones can be bought in many colors but the standard black and red style is very attractive and popular with most people and the red cable for the ear phones stands out and brings attention to how aesthetically pleasing they are. Also they fit very comfortably in my ear and stay in instead of falling out, however in ears are not for everyone but I certainly have no problem using them!
The ear phones use a standard mp3 jack which can be connected to most devices such as mobile phones, iPods and tablets. This is useful since most devices have an mp3 port on them so the ear phones should be compatible with most devices. The reliability of the ear phones so far for me has been good since I use them regularly and have owned them for around four months and I have had no problems with them, however a lot of other people's Dr Dre ear phones have broken a lot sooner than mine probably will but I have personally had no problems.
Overall, if you are looking for top of the range ear phones and want a very clear sound for your favorite genre or even all genres and are prepared to spend around £90 then you should definitely consider purchasing yourself a pair!
I used to own a pair of these Dr Dre. iBeats, I had received them as a birthday present bought from the retailer HMV. These headphones were bought brand new in the box and within one month the one side of the headphones had gone and then a month later both sides had gone. My pair of these headphones were not twisted nor did I leave them unattended away from myself. However, the retailer did not hesitate to upgrade my pair for me to the upgraded pair of headphones for no extra cost. Apart from all of that they are what they say on the box, you really do here the music as if you yourself is inside the studio listening to the music with the artists. The headphones that I use now sound just as good and they are the Beats by Dr Dre. UrBeats, I have also insured my pair just in case and I would suggest that you do too.
I'm not the snobbiest when it comes to sound quality - I can tell what's good and i can tell what's poor - but I never really wish to pay much. However, Dre Beats have made me realise what I've been missing out on. I bought my pair of earphones for around £80, and there's a headphone version available too.
The Beats are as nice as they can be for a pair of earphones. They're compact, glossy and black and feature dramatic red detailing. The lower case Beats 'b' is also emblazoned on the ear bud in this red. They're distinctive and bold, which is quite nice for impressing your friends and passers by! The wire itself is very fine but very robust and I've not experienced any problems with it feeling loose in the ear bud socket. The earbuds themself sit securely and far into the ear. Personally, I don't like sharing my earphones with other people because of how far they sit in the ear. I can only presume that they're designed for this position to help block out outside noise.
Of course, the sound is amazing! I've never experienced sound quality so good as it is through these earphones. When listening to my iPod for example, I would usually find it quite quiet (when used with Apple earphones), but with the Beats a whole new level of volume is unleashed. Not only is the volume improved, the clarity, bass and crispness of the music is also increased. The sound produced really is stunning. The quality is not explicit to one genre of music, and completely uplifts all genres.
The earphones hae the standard jack to fit in to mp3 players, iPods, laptops, iPads etc.
Though the earphones are very expensive, I feel they can be somewhat justified as they are clearly a very advanced, and very good piece of kit. As I also own a HP laptop complete with Dre Beats I truly am experiencing a completely new way of enjoying music!
I would give the earphones five stars for sound quality and listener enjoyment, however the cost is niggling at me and I know it is a very high price for a pair of earphones.
I use headphones almost daily i walk a lot and do not like walking without music in my ears so a decent pair of headphones is vital to me, i was brought these as a present last June and was delighted!
The bass quality far better than in your standard £10.00 headphones and voices and instrumentals sound clearer and crisper, the cable is amazing, it is flat rather than circular and therefore never tangles, Also they look great and there aren't many cooler names in music than Dr Dre!
Unfortunately the name is what you're really paying for, although they do sound better than standard headphones they certainly don't sound £80.00 worth of better.
Another disapointment is that now, 3 months down the line the covering where the cable goes into the jack has come loose so i now have to hold it into a certain position or i get a static noise coming through the left earbud, this happens with the cheapest pair of headphones but i really didn't expect for it to happen with these. The earbuds themselves come in a nice range of sizes and the medium sized ones fitted my ears perfectly, once i start walking however they slip out very easily i am constantly having to pop them back in which is both annoying and unacceptable considering the price.
So are they really worth it? No. Although they do have a good sound quality and a big novelty factor, there are far better brands out there that combine quality with value and i would not recommend buying these unless you have spare money to waste!
I bought these when they where on offer once. The box is quite slim lined and very sterdie. The lid goes rig over the box and hangs down the side and is held in place with a magnetic flap. When I opened the box I found the headphones sitting I the box very neatly and beside them was a selection of buds to choose from all different shapes and sizes letting me choose what fits better and feels better. You also receive a pouch to put your earphones in when you are not using them.
The cable is quite long and red. The cables a detached completely unlike some where they are stuck together and over time they peel away. Not these though. On the left side of the cable there are three buttons and a speaker to allow you to use them for hands free. The diamond shaped buttons are very speak and stylish.
The earphones themselves are also very stylish and you can tell they are not cheap. The quality of them is great.
The sound quality is amazing and so clear. I love wearing these and I use them everyday. Theyare constantly being shoved into my bag and being pulled our again and are very durable.
I would recommend these to any music lover. Don't be put of by the price even tough it is quite a lot you will not be dissatisfied by them.
I have used the usual 'in ear' headphones that come with the iphone and the ipod touch etc and to be honest after a short amount of time they usually start hurting my ears, or worse keep falling out when I am walking the dog. I wanted to try something a little more designer and spend out a little more than the freebies that I have already, and so far I have been really pleased with the Beats headphones. I have been able to keep them in for much longer without the throbbing on my ears and the sound quality is very good. I particularly like the stereo effect when sounds seem to zip from one ear to the other. The balance and equalisers are set to a good level. Overall the headphones seem to be made of a good quality and I have been pleased so far with them.
I have never understood why anybody would pay for headphones to use with an iPhone or iPod when they come with perfectly acceptable and stylish ones for free. That was until I used Beats by Dr Dre iBeats in-ear headphones. iBeats are constructed from solid metal housing, meaning all you hear is the music and never those annoying vibrations at a louder level. They form a better seal that keeps the music in and noise out.
I use headphones most days whether to listen to music during the day or whilst out running or at the gym. They are perfect for every situation and if you like your music at very loud levels the sound is still crystal clear and exactly how it is intended to sound. The length of them means you can have your iPhone in your pocket and they stretch comfortably to your ears.
They also come with ControlTalk which means you can take a phone call hands free or even control your iPhone or iPod.
I have always thought the normal white iPhone earphones were stylish but iBeats takes it to another level whether in black or white. With an amazing sound and rugged durability the only question is whether you are prepared to pay £80 for a set. If you love your music and use earphones regularly then they are a must.
Overall I would say for £80, there are better headphones out there but based on appearance, Beats by Dre are by far the best.
These iBeats do make a massive difference to the music quality over your standard Apple headphones. Bass is increased as well as vocal quality but once again, there are better headphones for a cheaper price.
The design in sleek and modern, this gives the headphones a youthful and trendy look.
The 'in-ear headphones' may not usually be the comfiest, but the iBeats have a comfortable feel and will not irritate or cause pain to your ears, unlike the Sony in-ear headphones that hurt after thirty minutes of wearing.
These headphones are not for those who are clumsy and leave them lying around in pockets or left on the floor as they are extremely delicate and break fairly easily.
Overall, I would say for £80, you can find better, but still a great pair of headphones for everyday use.
Earphones are something I regularly use and could not live without! Daily workouts combined with my two hour round trip walks to and from work mean I typically spend two - four hours a day with my earphones in so I naturally had no qualms forking out extra money for a decent pair. After Christmas this year I put the odd £10 and £20's found in Christmas cards from distant relatives together and decided to purchase a new set of earphones. I wanted something with excellent sound quality which were extra durable. Given they would be getting so much use it was vital that the chosen earphones would last a long time. I was also only interested in in-ear earphones and I find these more suitable to wear during workouts. What they looked like wasn't too much of an issue for me but an attractive pair would be a bonus. It took about ten minutes of internet searching to realise what I needed was a pair of Beats by Dr Dre. After a detailed look into all earphones Beats by Dr Dre had to offer, I decided a pair of Ibeats would best suit my needs. These are in-ear earphones just as I was after but are also specially designed for iPhones, iPods and iPads. As all of my music is stored on my iPhone this is the device my earphones would be plugged into so these seemed well suited to my needs.
----- Where can I buy Ibeats and how much do they cost? -----
I paid £79.99 for these from HMV which, as I recall, was the cheapest price I could find for them at the time. A quick internet search now shows these are still the same price from HMV although Sainsurys and Amazon sell them for £78.47. John Lewis charge the same as HMV and Tesco sell these for a much higher £99.97. It's definitely worth shopping around for these earphones before buying the first pair you find.
I should also point out here that saying HMV offered the cheapest price I could find wasn't strictly true. There were countless amounts of internet sites I'd never heard of and many sellers on ebay selling these for a lower price. As there are so many 'fakes' on the market I felt much safer buying from a reputable and trusted seller such as HMV. I would strongly recommend other's thinking of buying these or a similar product do the same. What appears to be a bargain won't be such a bargain when you realise you've got a fake pair with the sound quality of a pair of earphones from Poundland! Remember, if it sounds too good to be true then it probably is.
----- What do Ibeats look like? -----
As luck would have it these earphones are pretty good looking, or they are too me anyway. They are available in three colours, black, white and chrome. I opted for a black pair purely because I liked these ones best. The earphone bud and tip is black (white or silver for white or chrome) while the cable is dark red. The bud also features a dark red 'b' and 'L' and 'R' are printed on the side of each bud so you've always got the right bud in the right ear (or left)! The earphones also come with a stylish carry case which protects the earphones when not in use and is extremely handy at preventing the earphones from getting all tangled in my bag. The carry case is also black with a dark red 'b' printed on the front. The square pouch is the perfect size for storing the earphones and has come in ridiculously handy. Should you need to, you can purchase a replacement case although this will cost you another £18 from HMV.
----- Are Ibeats comfortable to wear? -----
One of the features which sold these earphones to me was that they are 'custom fit'. Each pair of earphones comes with five pairs of ear tips so you can find the right size to fit your ears. I experimented with all five pairs, some it was blatantly obvious within seconds they were the wrong fit for me. I had to give two pairs a proper 'trail run' to see which fit my ears best though and quickly found my perfect size. Being able to select from a number of different sized ear tips means the chances of the earphones keep falling out and not staying in place is significantly reduced. In fact mine have hardly ever fallen out even during workouts and are extremely comfortable to wear. Correctly fitting ear tips also means greater noise isolation is achieved. One thing I particularly hated about earphones I'd used before these was that when walking down a main road the sound of car engines would drown out my music. This doesn't happen with these earphones. When they're in I can hear the music and only the music I'm listening to which gives a much more pleasant listening experience.
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As I've stated, Ibeats are specially designed for iPhones, iPods and iPads. These apparently reproduce high resolution sound from such devices which is lost through other unequipped earphones. I can't rightly say if I believe this claim to be true or not. Ibeats definitely produce the best sound quality of any other earphones I've used, there's no denying that. However I can't help but think that's probably just because they're decent, high quality earphones. Although I've never tried my Ibeats is anything other than my iPhone I can't imagine the sound quality being lower in a regular MP3 player or a different phone.
They are, however, better suited for iPhones for one main reason. Ibeats have a control panel and built in mic. This means hands free calling is easily done. Using my iPhone has my iPod means my music is interrupted if someone rings me whilst I'm listening. Rather than having to unplug the earphones and take them out of my ears, I can answer my phone, have the conversation and then pick up my music where I left off. I wouldn't say the earphones offer a completely hands free calling experience and you can still only answer and end a call via the phone itself. I still find this feature particularly useful for when I'm just walking about though.
The mic is built into the control panel which, when wearing the earphones, is around my chest area. I find the mic works perfectly fine from this distance and I don't need to pull it up closer to my face so the person on the other end of the phone can hear me. Like wise, I can hear the person I'm talking to crystal clear through my earphones and easily turn the volume of their voice up or down using my phone as if I were turning the volume of my music up or down.
The control panel contains three buttons; play/pause button and two skip buttons, one forward and one backwards. These all work well and allow me to have decent control over my music without having to get my phone out. Perfect for using at the gym.
Here is where I have a complaint. The actual earphones themselves have lasted well for the six months I've had them. They still fully function and the sound quality hasn't deteriorated in the slightest over time. All three of the buttons on the control panel have fallen off at one point or another though! As the earphones are stored in the case they come with when I'm not using them the buttons have always been easy to locate and all I need to do is push them back on (they'll fall off again in a couple of weeks though) so it doesn't completely ruin the earphones. And the buttons still function correctly once I've done this so it's perhaps not a major problem. I do think for the price I've paid for these though they should be a little more durable than they've proven to be. I'm not particularly rough or heavy handed with these buttons so I can only assume it's down to poor design alone why these have fallen off and continue to do so.
----- So, what's the sound quality like? -----
In short, the sound quality is excellent and absolutely nothing is compromised. Everything is crystal clear and it's easy to hear every single instrument in a particular song clearly. Bass isn't distorted and doesn't provide unwelcomed vibrations. This is helped by the solid metal housing of these earphones which prevents vibrations and sonic artifacts from ruining the listening experience. These earphones really do offer a full range sound which is so clear and noise isolating for the first time ever my music isn't turned up to full volume when I'm wearing these earphones! I can't write a long list of jargon detailing what makes the sound quality of these earphones so good as I can't even pretend to understand all of that. What I can tell you though is that I highly doubt anyone would be disappointed by the sound quality Ibeats produce. I certainly got to hear my favourite albums in an entirely new light through these earphones purely because I'd never heard them so clearly and detailed before.
---- Would you recommend? -----
Definitely! Despite the poor quality of the voice control buttons Ibeats do best what they're supposed to do - enhance your listening experience. In terms of sound quality I can't fault these at all. They keep out unwanted noises whilst you're listening to your music perfectly, they fit comfortably and stay in place, they're attractive and just suit my every need brilliantly. If you regularly use earphones through your iPhone then these will probably be perfect for you too. Particularly if you're looking for something easy and convenient to use which will stay perfectly in place during workouts!