I just had the pleasure of reviewing the new Beats Executive headphones from Dr. Dre.
You see instantly that a lot of time and effort went into designing the packaging for the headphones. Just by picking up the box you feel like you have a quality product in your hands. The headphones also come in a really good carrying case, pictured below. Packaging is important, especially if you’re giving one as a gift.
Design and Comfort:
The design and comfort of the headphones are great. They’re probably the most comfortable headphones I’ve ever tried. The build quality is also excellent, they feel like they will last for long. I would have liked to see more color options, but they only ship in one color right now, grey. The headphones ship with a red cord, which is unique to Beats and kind of a fashion statement, like the white Apple headphones. I also love the fact that you can unplug the cord from the headphones. Which makes it very easy to fit them back into the carrying case.
The Noise cancellation is a great addition to the Beats headphones. They are the first Noise Cancelling headphones in the Beats series. It blocks out almost all external sounds and it’s perfect for riding on the plane or train. The only problem is that the headphones are battery powered and don’t work unless you have the noise cancellation turned on. The batteries do last long, so it’s not really a problem if you remember to switch them off after you’ve used them and if you’re going on a trip, just remember to bring spare batteries.
One think that I noticed, that is not common in headphones: you can unplug the cord and still enjoy noise canceling making your next nap on the plane wire free. Nice touch, Dr. Dre.
The audio quality is surprisingly good, the sound is really crisp and there’s no crackling or interference from the noise cancellation at all. They perform very well at all volume levels. Because they are battery powered and have noise cancellation, there is a small hissing sound that can be annoying if you are listening to the music at low volume. But it’s not really a problem if you’re listening to music at average or above average volume.
If you’re in the market for stylish headphones with noise cancellation, I highly recommend buying these. If you’re thinking about giving one as a gift, don’t hesitate, it’s a great choice.
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