What are some alternatives to Beats headphones?


Readers often want to know: Why don’t they ever seem to get our recommendation? In general, it’s a price vs. performance issue, and often they don’t measure up to their competition. But there are a lot of specific reasons, too. So, to better address the frequently asked questions of Beats by Dre, we thought we’d talk you through each model, what you might be looking for when you first consider it, and then why we’d put our hard-earned cash somewhere else.

Some great advice here about the various alternatives if you don’t want to buy Beats.

  • Moeskido

    At least one parent I know has little choice in headphones where mollifying her teen brat is concerned.

  • I saw some Beats for the first time yesterday. I picked them up and was amazed at the Wal-mart quality of the build.

    No, make that Dollar Store quality.

    I wouldn’t give you $10 for a set.

    Now, where’s the evidence Apple is buying this company – especially after that bozo Dre was yelling about the first rap billionaire?

    Those hip hop showboaters’ egos just can’t be held in check for a nanosecond.

    • Moeskido

      Which puts them in the same category as virtually every tech CEO or VC we’ve ever heard brag about forthcoming products, vapor or otherwise.

  • dreyfus2

    It was always clear that they build overpriced and -hyped junk. But after the tons of barely hidden racism and hate I have been reading since this acquisition has been rumored… I might just buy a pair for my own peace of mind.

  • I tried several brands – found Beats to be the absolute worst when it comes to comfort and sound quality. And yes, the build quality is what you would expect from a $49 pair of headphones.

  • Nicholas Robert

    The thing that surprises me the most with regard to Beats’ popularity is that there are SO many better options that are easily acquirable, and yet, no one seems to know about them or take the time to discover them. I guess most people just didn’t know headphones existed until they saw LeBron wearing a pair during pregame warmups! I’ve found that HeadphoneCharts understands this topic with authority: http://headphonecharts.com/headphones-better-than-beats.php