Why Does Beats by Dre Exist?

– Hey guys, this is Austin, and today I have one question and one question only, why do Beats by Dre exist? So in front of me, I have nearly the entire lineup of current Beats products Everything from the Beats EP all the way up the Studio 3s

So if you're an audiophile, you're probably not going to be interested in Beats at all, however in 2018 I'm curious to see how much things have changed as actually some of these were a little bit surprising to me Case in point, the Beats EP Now, actually, we did do a video on these a couple years ago when they first came out You can think of these basically as the entry level Beats At a $130 retail, usually between 90 to 100 bucks actually in stores, they're about the cheapest Beats you can get your hands on

Like most Beats, they do feel pretty nice So not only do you have this metal ear mechanism, which is going to be able to adjust in and out, but the entire Beats are going to be made with soft touch plastic, some pretty nice feeling ear cups They definitely do feel their price Whether they sound their price is a different story however For some background, I'm going to be listening on a Google Pixel 2 using a USB-C to headphone adapter

Now, this might not be the highest end audio setup, but this is the way that I would typically listen to music The EPs are only available in a wired version whereas pretty much all the other Beats I'm taking a look at are going to be wireless Now, as far as listening to music, I'm going to be using Spotify streaming 320 kilobit MP3s Whoo-hoo-hoo-hoo-hoo, I mean, the bass There's a lotta bass, there's a lotta bass, but for hip hop especially, it's not going to be bad, as you expect by Dre's headphones

Yeah, yeah, yeah so you get to another kinda track, which is going to give you a little bit more of a balanced sound where there's actually some differentiation between the lows, the mids, and the highs, and you see they get a little bit muddy, especially in the mids They sound good, I mean, don't get me wrong I feel like a lot of people could pick up this pair of headphones, put it on, and it's like, wow, you know, there's so much bass and it's so punchy, but if you want something that's going to be a little bit more balanced, these are probably not going to be your best option Which is where this comes in This is a pair of Status Audio CB-1s

If you've watched the channel for a while, you've probably seen me recommend these many, many, many times, and that's for good reason This is a pair of headphones that lives in my bag every single day Now, these aren't going to be completely neutral There is going to be some accentuation of the bass, but they're, in general, going to be much, much flatter and much more even than something like the Beats Now, the main reason I like these guys is not only because they do have an over ear design, something that I find comfortable when I'm doing longer editing sessions or listening to music, but they're also really affordable

At 60 bucks, it is difficult if not basically impossible to find a better pair of headphones than these Yeah, so, you know what? I'm gonna be completely honest with you I am a little bit biased because I listen to these headphones so much, I do like the sound But I think the biggest difference here is that while, no, they're not going to kick you in the face with that bass, you are going to be able to hear the full song There's nothing that's going to be super muddy

It's a lot clearer of a sound and that's something, personally, that I like a lot Next up, we have the BeatsXs Now, this is going to be the first in their line of wireless headphones, and, as you can see, as they're sort of the earbud style they're going to be a lot smaller, but still promise that same super-punchy sound So as Beats by Dre is owned by Apple now, there's a couple of interesting things about the BeatsX that do take advantage of that First of all, they are going to be charging with a Lightning connector as opposed to MicroUSB, so if you already have an iPhone it makes it a little bit simpler

And they also do have the Apple W1 wireless chip Now, that's actually a big deal if you do have an iOS or a Mac An iOS, an iOS device? Can you have an iOS, is an iOS a thing? I don't think that's a thing Although, if you do have an Android phone or, well, anything else they'll still work like normal headphones, it's just an added benefit if you do have an iOS I'm gonna stop making that joke

(laughing) One of the nice parts about the W1 chip is that literally all I had to do was pull these outta the box, press the button, and I'm able to connect them and they will be good not only on my phone, but also on anything else that uses my Apple ID Okay, there's still bass (laughing) So something else, that these actually do a really good job of is isolate you from sound Now, it does depend on the ear tips You do need to make sure they fit well in your ears, but if you get a good pair they actually do a really good job of blocking everything else out, especially if you're going to do something like the gym or whatever, they should work pretty well

To really test these out, though, I'm gonna see if I can get them to come out of my ears Nope And now this giant thing is in the way Can I do like jumping jacks? I haven't done these since I was like seven I was just trying to think of like– My normal workouts don't involve anything crazy

Maybe if you're like running or something? They fit pretty well, but the main competitor to something like BeatsX is actually going to also be from Apple The Apple AirPods are one of my favorite pairs of headphones It's almost like a trend of like I'm taking my favorite headphones against Beats in this video or something What makes AirPods special is they're, of course, going to be fully wireless little earbuds So if you've ever listened to the stock headphones that come with an iPhone you'll probably be pretty familiar with how these sound, definitely not great

But it's hard to argue with having something that's no wires, no cables, it's going to be fully passing the workout test as long as they actually fit in your ears And they also do come with a charging case, which makes everything super simple The real pitch for AirPods is not necessarily going to be in sound quality, but convenience Next up, we have the Beats Solo3 Wireless Now, when most people think about Beats by Dre headphones they think of these headphones

Now, you can say a lot about Beats by Dre headphones, but something they always deliver is a nice unboxing experience Change the way you hear sound Well, yeah, I guess that's a thing You might have to do that (laughing) So if you open up the carrying case what you're going to find is actually a pretty nice looking pair of Solos

So that is something that I definitely cannot take away from Beats They do look nice So whether it's to your particular taste or not is completely up to you, but I do get why a lot of people will pick these guys out more as a fashion statement than something that's going to be purely for audio You do also get the 35 millimeter cable, so if you don't wanna use them wirelessly you can just plug them in

Assuming your phone still has a headphone jack, of course Build quality-wise, they feel pretty decent So Beats by Dre are known for, maybe, subtly enhancing the design of their headphones with some strategically-placed heavy metal to make them feel more premium But, generally speaking, they feel all right, however, I've had plenty of occasions where people have shown me their broken Solos, so your mileage might vary on that one (sighing) All right, wow

I'd forgotten, it's been a while since I've worn Solos I'd forgotten how tight they are on your head I mean, I don't think I have that big of a head, do I? I can say that all the Beats I've tried so far aren't quite as punchy as those EPs Now, don't get me wrong, there's definitely a lot of bass here, but it's not quite as overpowering Man, I wore those for like two minutes and my ears are already like sore and sweaty

It's no contest so far I feel like the Solos sound better than any of the other Beats I've tried So one of the interesting things about these guys is that while they retail at $300, you can actually pick them up for closer to 200 and that is not the case for the comparison that I have in mind Now, that is a much nicer looking carrying case (taps case with knuckles) So the Beats Studio 3 Wireless are going to be the flagship of the line, as long as you don't count the Beats Pro, which are sort of more DJ headphones, I guess

But these, oh man, that's red Now, for the all important does this actually make my head hurt? A little bit, it's a little bit on the tighter side as far as the fit, but it also is going to be an over ear design, which is going to be a lot more comfortable and it's not squishing my ears like the Solos did That's not bad So these guys are going to, of course, have that Apple W1 chip and there are going to, if we go into the box, be powered by MicroUSB and come with the same 35 millimeter headphone cable, although, thankfully, this one's going to be in red to match your super cool Beats

So when you turn on the Studio 3s, they do default to having the noise canceling on, but if you jump into the options you can turn them on and off, and you can also use a button command on the side if you are not using an iPhone Okay, so I'm gonna be completely real with you, the last time I listened to Studios was a long time ago They just sound muddy Like these headphones should cost $350 retail Now, to be fair we were able to pick these up for 220 bucks and, generally speaking, they are on sale for a lot less than that, but ugh

Man I'm a little surprised I legitimately feel like the Solos sound a lot better and I'll tell you what almost definitely sounds better The wonderfully-named Sony WH1000Xm2's Now, these are widely regarded as some of the nicest, best-sounding Bluetooth headphones on the market, and, well, they're pretty much right

Now, in addition to the standard noise cancellation, which sounds pretty good, there's also going to be an ambient mode so you can turn that on with a button on the headphones, but the easier way to do it is while you're listening to music, if you just put a hand over the ear cup, it's going to beep at you, and not only does it dim the actual volume of your music or turn it down Can you dim music, I don't think you can dim music Anyway, regardless, you are going to not only be able to turn your music volume down, but it also turns on the microphone on the headphones so you can actually more easily hear your environment Take your hand off the headphone, and your music comes up to the full volume Really clever stuff

Okay, first of all, they actually sound like a good, balanced pair of headphones There's plenty of bass There's plenty of accentuation on sort of the nicer, more punchy parts of the music, but, importantly, as I accidentally trigger Google Assistant, they're honestly going to be able to just sound like a good solid pair of headphones, but they are going to be more expensive So while the MSRP for both of these guys is going to be a pretty pricey $350, these guys, well, they actually cost 350 bucks The Beats can be found for as little as 220 for the Studio 3s

Now, that might not sound like a bad deal, but don't do that, just a bad idea Get these guys, or something else honestly So why do Beats by Dre exist in 2018, well, because people keep buying them And I actually do see some reasons why you might wanna pick them up The style is obviously something that's going to be very subjective, and thanks to all the sales, a lot of these are actually much more affordable than they used to be

That being said, while some of them are not bad like the Solos and even the EPs if you want some really punchy headphones, you can pretty much always get something that's going to sound better for the same money if not less

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