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They really are as bad as people say
on 1 December 2012
Out of the box the first thing i noticed was that the headband was dented and almost perforated quite badly. Not a problem i thought, i'll swap them - but in the meantime i wanted to test the sound quality so i created a playlist of my most listened to songs and i couldn't believe what i was hearing. Or should i say not hearing. So much of the songs was either just missing or completely drowned out by the overpowering bass. I'm a bit of a bass head and i love electronic music but everything sounds muffled like there's cotton wool between the phones and my ears.
The other thing is the cables, every now and then the sound would cut out when moving the cable and i narrowed it down to the jack that plugs into your player. I tried another player and the same thing happened so it was the jack, not my player. I tried the second cable and that too was flakey when moving it.
The headband doesn't feel very robust, i can feel a sharp edge to the headband which is covered with a fairly thin material - this is where i found the dent and perforation and i assume it happened during packaging. The headphones are also very heavy and after 30 minutes or so they were starting to get really uncomfortable.
There's not much sound leakage at all which was great. That's about the only positive i can find.
I also have a pair of Skullcandy Aviators which cost a lot less, feel more robust, are a lot lighter and comfier and deliver far better sound (i'd just like a tad more bass).
I know the beats are a fashion item but i'm more interested in wearing headphones on my ears than around my neck and the sound is just dreadful. I did check to make sure they weren't fake as i was so surprised at how bad they are for the price and i wondered if i'd been sent a fake set. But nope, they're just bad headphones. I really can't recommend them.