Advantages Fantastic sound quality, stylish
Disadvantages Very pricey, a little dubious about the advertising, the pause/skip button has some issues
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|Value for Money|
Earphones; they're a necessary evil aren't they? I mean, the wires become tangled, they fall out of your ears and sometimes they don't work full stop, however, where would we be without them? Unless you're a 15 year old chav, listening to music through the speakers of your phone is just socially unacceptable, so a pair of earphones are a bare essential in the 21st century, but with the market flooded with so many different brands claiming to achieve all sorts of wonderful feats, it becomes a chore just finding a pair that's right for you. So hopefully I'll be able to help out with the search a little with my experience of the much hyped Beats By Dre earphones.
As soon as these arrived by courier, it was obvious they weren't your standard pair of £9.99 earphones you'll get from Argos. The packaging alone screams quality. They come packaged in a large sturdy box which opens out to give more information on the headphones. The box itself slides out of the cardboard and opens up to reveal the earphones securely wrapped, you also get a bag of different ear buds to enable you to choose which ones are right for you, there's an instruction book, and when I say book, I mean book! It's all pretty simple stuff here, but the way it's presented to you shows the time and effort that's gone into these earphones and it makes you feel like you're getting exactly what you paid for. The packaging also showcases the Beats By Dre trademark colour scheme of black on red, which I thought was a nice touch.
Beats by Dre also work as a hands free kit when plugged into your phone. The microphones is situated where the volume controls are, which as aforementioned lay just below your neck (the ideal place for this feature) and to answer a call you just press the pause button and the nifty little feature actually works extremely well with both parties able to hear each other very well. Of course if you're in a noisy atmosphere this does affect the quality of the conversion, but overall everything is crisp and clear.
These come with a standard cable length, enabling the user to place their iPod into a pocket or even into a bag without any pull on the wire. There is a little clip included in the box which attaches to the wire and then clips onto clothing or a bag strap to stop them being pulled from your ears which can otherwise happen as these do seem slightly more weighty than your average pair of earphones. Since arriving I've changed the ear buds for a pair that slot into my ear canal and they're actually very comfortable and stay in place more than the standard buds do. I've been out walking when it's been very windy and these will remain in place and they're also perfectly suited to exercise. One of the best but most simple features regarding these earphones is that they're tangle free, due to the material used for the wiring even if they do become tangled they will easily slide back into place with minimal effort.
Last but not least has to be the styling of these. A few years back Apple came out with the white earphones which defined a generation, the white cable told people that you had an iPod and that you were automatically 'cool'. Nowadays the red cable of the Beats earphones is the new style icon in the music industry. You'll see them in music videos of the huge stars (Bad Meets Evil) and this of course has echoed down onto the high street, with these now being the must have musical accessory.
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