Powerbeats by Dr. Dre (Black)
Manufacturer: Monster Part number: BT IN PWRBTS BLK
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- The Powerbeats by Dr. Dre Sports Headphones are a reasonable option for style-conscious runners with money to burn, but most fitness-minded listeners would be better served by other options on the market.
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CNET editors' review
price range: $149.00 - $149.95
- Reviewed by: Jasmine France
- Reviewed on: 01/25/2011
- Released on: 10/01/2010
The good: The Powerbeats by Dr. Dre Sports Headphones will offer a secure fit for the average user, and the design lends itself well to jogging and other outdoor activities. The set includes some useful extras such as a hard-sided case and a remote and mic module for use with iOS devices. Audio is clear, and the look is stylish.
The bad: Although the Powerbeats are capable of producing bass, the fit and design don't allow the user to fully enjoy it. They are expensive for fitness earphones, and they don't seem particularly durable or sweat-resistant.
The bottom line: The Powerbeats by Dr. Dre Sports Headphones are a reasonable option for style-conscious runners with money to burn, but most fitness-minded listeners would be better served by other options on the market.
Great for the gym - don't sweat on the volume rocker
by tahuichi on February 16, 2011
Pros: These sound great and the adjustable earpiece is perfect so that when on the treadmill the buds don't fall out of place.
Cons: I'm on my 2nd pair, need to return for a 3rd. The volume rocker and the pause/ advance song buttons stopped working again! Probably due to sweating on them, but that should be been considered in design.
Summary: When all the features are working, these are great. If the volume/ pause buttons always worked, these are ideal for running. One can quickly adjust the volume and advance the ...
Summary: When all the features are working, these are great. If the volume/ pause buttons always worked, these are ideal for running. One can quickly adjust the volume and advance the song with the music player safely tucked away. Just don't sweat on the buttons.
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Not worth the cost!!
by BuffaloCoachman on February 9, 2013
Pros: Great sound!!
Cons: Quality control and design are an issue if you're active. Rubber buds fall off far too easily. I've had 2 pairs and on both the mic and volume control has stopped working.
Summary: Great sound if your just using as headphones but if you buy them for the gym like I did, find something different. The headphones than came with my iPhone 5 ...
Summary: Great sound if your just using as headphones but if you buy them for the gym like I did, find something different. The headphones than came with my iPhone 5 fit more comfortably and no mice issues. I can't justify the cost on these headphones just for the sound. To plastic used for microphone is cheap. The cords aren't tangle free and in other earbuds and have had mic and volume issues with 2 pairs within 2 months of owning them. Not sweat resistant.
Brilliant at first, but quickly lose their appeal!
by duffizle on December 29, 2011
Pros: They look good and have sound decent with most music.
Cons: Within a month the "control talk" buttons ceased to work and the left speaker began to sound crackly. Buttons also sent false signals to my Iphone, activating control talk at random and auto pausing my music mid workout.
Summary: I use these headphones exclusively for the gym everyday, and am not a heavy sweater (even when doing strenuous workouts). I did a little research before buying these and found ...
Summary: I use these headphones exclusively for the gym everyday, and am not a heavy sweater (even when doing strenuous workouts). I did a little research before buying these and found a mixed bag of good but mostly bad reviews (but ended up going against my better judgment and getting them anyway). I owned them for about a month when suddenly the "control talk" buttons on the cable ceased to work. Being the stubborn person i am i decided to just continue using them anyway, and unfortunately the problems only got worse. A week or so later the headphone started prompting my iphone to activate the voice control option at random, thus cutting out my music in mid workout. Then the left speaker began to crackle off and on, however that particular issue has seemed to stop as of recent. Point is, sure every one raves that beats are the way to go and their top of the line over ear headphone im sure is brilliant, but these are very unbecoming of a brand that wants to compete in the upper echelons of athletic headsets.I can't help but think that these would be much better if they ditched the controls on the cable to make it more durable against moisture (besides who needs to talk on the phone during a workout anyway) Rather than getting a replacement i have the Bowers & Wilkins C5 on order, hopefully those will do much better.
Great earphones - not just for workouts
by rt413 on August 6, 2011
Pros: Work great if you want good quality and good looking earphones with great sound. I use them not just for the gym/jogging but also generally walking around/on the bus and as a skype headset for my ipod touch and macbook pro. The mic supports the newer blac
Cons: According to the reviews below if you're one of those people who sweat like heck and leave a treadmill covered in your scent after a work out you may damage these. If you are one of those people i'd suggest water-proof earphones. If not these are absolute
Summary: Of the alternatives I tried before buying these: Sennheiser high-end pricey sports earphones have average sound, not THAT much better than a standard set of ipod earphones. Adidas&Sennheirser ...
Summary: Of the alternatives I tried before buying these: Sennheiser high-end pricey sports earphones have average sound, not THAT much better than a standard set of ipod earphones. Adidas&Sennheirser sports earphones have awful sound, worse than the regular sennheisers. Bose sports/portable models don't fit everyone that well and bang & olufsen earphones have no bass whatsoever.My pros & cons were cut off: Pros concluded that the bass & sound are great, particularly for hip hop/rap and the mic supports newer blackberries. The cons were that apart from incompatibility with overly sweaty people, they do not have much to offer to fans of rock & pre-2005 kinda pop as their main selling point is the amazing bass.
Updated on Aug 6, 2011
GREAT WORKOUT HEADPHONES
by mdburnett on June 30, 2011
Pros: nice fit for any ear type, great sound quality, amazing bass for an in ear head phone, sleek look, compatible with iphone/ipod controls, presents clear and jaw dropping sounds, loud for an in ear head phone
Cons: considerably price around 150$
Summary: DO NOT listen to these negative reviews below, I absolutely love my powerbeats. I wear them to workout in everyday and never have had a problem with them. I also ...
Summary: DO NOT listen to these negative reviews below, I absolutely love my powerbeats. I wear them to workout in everyday and never have had a problem with them. I also own studio beats by dr.dre headphones and was very pleased with them so I decided to try the powerbeats. over all they are great headphones to workout in and produce amazing sound quality for their size and price.
Great Sound! once you find a pair that work
by Thewoonkie on February 3, 2011
Pros: Sound Quality (when you find the right pair), Fit, Comfortable, don't fall out, style,
Cons: Cable is a little thin, no right angle mini plug like the beats studio, it took me 2 returns before I found a set that worked, Needs more ear tips, sample pack from monster should have come with it, I have an android phone for listening to music
Summary: Ok so the first pair I bought had a broken microphone but sounded great, I returned them, the next pair had 1 speaker only producing certain sounds so it sounded ...
Summary: Ok so the first pair I bought had a broken microphone but sounded great, I returned them, the next pair had 1 speaker only producing certain sounds so it sounded like all the audio was coming from the right speaker. 3rd pair don't sound as good as the 1st pair but I am not returning them again. after reading reviews on certain sites I would say that monster is having some quality control issues, I don't care though they are a great customer service department and will fix them if anything goes wrong even past the warranty period.
Buy the sample ear tip pack from monster if you think these things don't thump for the style of ear buds they are then you need to change the tips. I have the beats studios, monster turbines, bose qc 15's and these sound just as good as the studios, or the turbines.
Don't use these headphones or any others for that matter on an Android device they sound like garbage. You need an Ipod, or Iphone with the EQ to really push these over the edge. Just like the Beats studio they don't give you that 3d sound that you would get from the Bose QC15's but you don't get the distortion the bose gives you so its a trade off. Remember you are buying higher end headphones stop listening to mp3, and start using your EQ to get the most out of these headphones
my suggestion: buy the CD rip it using a loseless format, manage your eq in itunes, use it with ipod or iphone, buy the monster sample tip pack, and you will be most happy with these headphones they sound great
Good but room for improvement
by s2inga on February 2, 2011
Pros: I love the fit, very comfortable. Sweat resistant (CNET has it wrong). I like that I can still hear what's going on around me. Very crisp sound.
Cons: My control talk controller failed in 30 days of use. Mini-jack plug sticks too far out of the top of device it is plugged into. Cord is a little wimpy. MSRP of $179 - ***?
Summary: I would never pay the $179 MSRP for these headphones, or any headphone for that matter! I picked mine up @ Best Buy for $99, which is still a lot of ...
Summary: I would never pay the $179 MSRP for these headphones, or any headphone for that matter! I picked mine up @ Best Buy for $99, which is still a lot of cash for headphones. The Powerbeats are close to my perfect headphones but durability has to be improved. The cord is very thin, which also makes it light and not pull on the earbud, but I wouldn't carry them out of the case for fear of damaging it. They come with an cord extension that I use when cycling otherwise the standard cord length is perfect. The portion of the mini-jack that sticks out of the device you plug into is way too long and there is no protection for the cord at this connection. The Controltalk controller has a very cheap feel to it and mine has failed in 30 days of use. It is very thin plastic and it doesn't feel like it it too securely held together. The center button is very small an makes it's use difficult. I often find myself changing the volume instead of advancing to the next song. The flat cord from the Tour model with it's smaller ControlTalk controller might have been a better choice for the Powerbeat. Sweat protection appears to be good. I choked and killed the OE Apple ear buds and a set of Skullcandy's with sweat within 15-20 days of use. The Powerbeats show no signs moisture intrusion. The fit is perfect for me and very comfortable. The ear clips bend a little for fine tuning the fit although they are sometimes a struggle to get on. They stay put during workouts, jogging and cycling. The case is nice but I could live without it if it meant a lower price. The sound is good. Nice and crisp with out too much bass (some might argue not enough). I prefer the crispness over the heavy bass that the Skullcandy units provide.
Bottom Line: Good headphone if you can find it for less than $100.
Crap ! Crap ! Crap ! Crap ! Crap ! Crap ! Crap ! Crap !
by diesel-thirteen on June 1, 2011
Pros: Your hearing lasts longer as they break before you can even start listening with them !
Cons: You have to return it back to the shop !
Summary: I cannot begin to explain to you how awful these headphones are. To be honest if I was Monster/Dre etc. I would have recalled all of these by now ...
Summary: I cannot begin to explain to you how awful these headphones are. To be honest if I was Monster/Dre etc. I would have recalled all of these by now and jsut issued a formal apology to all those loyal customers. I bought these from a retail shop in central london (a major one). The first pair I had lasted for about 3 months until the clicker for the volume and changing tracks just stopped clicking :( . Contacted Monster, and after jumping through several hoops contacting the USA and Europe UK Customer Support, they issued me with an RMA, and I have had to send these headphones back to the Netherlands at my expense (£10). After 2 weeks I finally got a new pair, and not even in the colour I initially bought them in (I had the black ones, and they sent me the white ones, bloody jokers !). So after being highly disgruntled at the level of service and overall plain build quality of the product, I decided to merely flog them on a major online auctioning site. Well that went down like a lead balloon, as I have just been informed by the buyer of my newly replaced headset that his left headphone has stopped working on him. Thanks Monster you have now made 2 people very unhappy with your lack luster over priced goods ! Never Again !
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***DO NOT BUY*** THESE TO WORKOUT IN!!!!
by raysmile77 on April 12, 2011
Pros: They look nice and have a little weight to them. They conform nicely to the ears. They also look hot!
Cons: I am going back for my 3rd pair!!!! if a drop of sweet touches the rocker control its all over with! I found this out with my first pair, was extremely careful with the second, but I guess I will just have have to wrap the next replacement set I get. T
Summary: If you need a set of gym/running headphones ***GET SOMETHING ELSE*** or YOU will be right talking about having to take back your third set... If I could get ...
Summary: If you need a set of gym/running headphones ***GET SOMETHING ELSE*** or YOU will be right talking about having to take back your third set... If I could get a refund I would!!!
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Fragile -- broke after 3 weeks!
by Midnight-Marauder on March 31, 2011
Nice for staying on and in ears
Cons: Break easily and quickly
Fragile, fragile, fragile, especially for "sport" headphones
Sound is mediocre
Summary: Got these headphones as a gift, otherwise I wouldn't touch a Monster product. I was pretty disappointed with the sound, there is no bass to speak of. Dr. Dre ...
Summary: Got these headphones as a gift, otherwise I wouldn't touch a Monster product. I was pretty disappointed with the sound, there is no bass to speak of. Dr. Dre is a hip-hop legend and there IS NO BASS, crazy. Anyways, I used them at the gym a couple times, but was hesitant to do so because of the fear of getting sweat into them, so I have been using some old ones for the gym and using these Powerbeats for commuting and travel. They are stylish, yes, but are the equivalent of a Mazda car with a Ferrari body-kit -- they are not what they seem to be.
So, after 3 weeks of using them the right ear started to fade out. I did what I could to treat them nicely - including keeping them in their cool designer case. Unfortunately, after just over 3 weeks, the right ear cut out completely and I am going to be sending them back, and will hopefully get store credit so I can get a different kind... These are fashionable, just don't be fooled that they are the best sounding or most durable headphones ever. I have been looking at other reviews and a lot of people are saying the same thing... one of the earphones cutting out.
Recommendation: Don't buy. Look elsewhere.
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- Manufacturer: Monster
- Part number: BT IN PWRBTS BLK
- Description: Music is a driving force in the game of many top athletes. Now, it can bring out the best in yours. Whether you work out hard at the gym, play to win in team sports, or enjoy moving to music, Powerbeats is the breakthrough in-ear headphone you've been waiting for. Gone are the days of buds threatening to fall out of your ears and cramp your playing style. An adjustable/bendable ear hook with flexible arm keeps Powerbeats securely in place, no matter how aggressively you move. Plus, they resist sweat and ultra-violet light, ideal for the outdoors. What's more, Powerbeats deliver awe-inspiring sound with separate subwoofer and midrange tweeter for thunderous bass, silky vocals and clean, undistorted highs. And advanced passive sound isolation keeps the music in with your surroundings audible so you stay on top of your game.
- Packaged Quantity 1
- Product Type Headset
- Color Black
- Recommended Use Portable audio system
- Additional Features ControlTalk,
- Headphones Type Headset - Binaural
- Headphones Form Factor In-ear - Over-the-ear mount
- Connectivity Technology Wired
- Sound Output Mode Stereo
- Type Built-in
- Type Player remote control
- Supported Devices Apple iPod,
- Connector Type Headphones ( Mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm )
- Cables Included Headphones cable
- Included Accessories 3 pairs of ear tips,
- Power Device None