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Summary:Home/studio-style closed, over-ear noise-canceling headphones that come with a detachable standard audio cable, a detachable audio cable with built-in remote and mic for iPhone/iPod/iPad connections, a mini-plug-to-1/4-inch-plug adapter, a mini-plug-to-airplane-jack adapter, and a carrying case.
The Beats by Dre Executive home/studio-style noise-canceling headphones have a closed over-ear design. These headphones can only be used with the noise-canceling feature engaged, and are intended for use with iPods, iPads, and iPhones, as well as standard audio devices. Additional features include earphones that fold and swivel flat for easy storage. The Executive comes with a carrying case, detachable 52-inch standard connecting cord, detachable 52-inch connecting cord with built-in mic and answer/player control button for iPhone/iPod/iPad and smartphone use, mini-plug-to-1/4-inch-plug adapter, mini-plug-to-airplane-jack adapter, and cleaning cloth. It is covered by a 12-month warranty.
About This Brand
Beats by dre, which spun off into its own company, Beats Electronics, after breaking ties with Monster Cable in 2011-2012, was purchased by Apple. Several models are currently available at a variety of prices to satisfy different target markets.
Features & Specs - beats by dre Beats Executive
Weight (oz.) Reflects the weight, in ounces, of the headphones including the audio cable and batteries, if any.
Cable length (in.) Cable length indicates the approximate length of the cable from the headset or earpiece to the plug, measured in inches.
Cable length (in.)
Battery type The number and type of batteries used.
Works with noise reduction off Will operate without the noise-canceling circuitry activated; allows the model to be used as standard headphones if the batteries die.
Works with noise reduction off
Integrated microphone Has an integrated microphone for use with some cell phones or audio players with a recorder function.
Call connect/disconnect control This allows you to answer or disconnect from a phone call with some cell phones.
Call connect/disconnect control
Integrated volume control This allows you to adjust the volume without having to dig into your pocket or purse for a player.
Integrated volume control
Integrated player control This allows you to control some player functions (for example: play, pause, track skip) via a control without having to dig into a pocket or purse for a player.
Integrated player control
Detachable cable A detachable cable allows the headphones to be used for noise canceling without the cord being connected to a music or video player, or dangling from the headset.
Monitor function (mute) Has a control that turns off the audio, and in the case of noise canceling models turns off the noise canceling function, so that ambient sounds can be heard. Useful for hearing ambience like travel announcements without turning off the audio player or removing the headphones.
Monitor function (mute)
Noise canceling unit in earpiece The electronic circuitry for the noise cancelation function is integrated into headphones earpiece rather than incorporated as a separate module that is integrated into the audio cord.
Noise canceling unit in earpiece
Low battery indicator An indicator to show that the headphone battery power is low and will need to be replaced or recharged.
I know a lot of people have bashed these headphones but I just want to share my own experience with them. I bought these recently for 200 dollars which is cheaper than Bose and other headphone alternatives and I have had a mostly positive experience listening to music and blocking out sound. These are clearly not amazing at noise cancellation but at the same time, I have not heard many other models from other manufacturers that really cancel out noise. These are active noise cancelling which is a nice feature so you do not have to worry about turning on noise cancelling yet it does eat up AAA batteries if you use them everyday. A lot of people have complained that they clamp your ears. That is true yet not entirely. I have only experienced this after several hours of use, and every other headphone I have used in the past has had this same issue after several hours of use. So you have to take that into consideration. There might be better sounding headphones out there like Audio Technica and Senn, but if you want to spend 200 dollars or less and want headphones that also look great and have a great image in public, these headphones may be for you.
How long have you owned it:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Not great for noise cancellation
Noise Cancellation Poor
The most important feature for me is noise cancellation because I am a very frequent flier. These headphones look and feel premium, and they sound good, but I could not detect any noise cancellation, at all. There is absolutely no comparison to Bose for noise cancellation.<br />If you travel frequently and listen to audio books or quiet music, the Bose is probably a better choice.<br />If your music is loud enough to block out noise, these headphones are OK. They definitely have nice feeling build quality and they look great.
How long have you owned it:
A month or less
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
By Quiet Indian
from Washington, DC
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
Why the high rating?
The user reviews are uniformly bad; how does Consumer Reports rate this thing as the best? My own experience mirrors the negatives. I haven't tried the Customer Service, so I can't comment on that.