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Beats have the reputation for style of substance, with many audiophiles completely dismissing this brand of headphones as purely driven by marketing puff. Certainly the first pair of Beats I purchased left me hugely disappointed and I actually returned them to the shop because the active noise cancellation was massively interfered with by mobile phone signals. Not great when I commute to work on a train for two hours a day where phones are constantly going in and out of signal. Not a great audio experience. So I took those headphones back and exchanged them for a set of these passive headphones. For those who do not know the difference, active headphones typically use extra batteries; where as passive headphones do not.
My first impressions of the Beats were that they are very solidly made. These particular headphones are meant to be DJ workhorse headphones and they appear to do the job well for this (I'm no DJ though). You'll get two cables with the headphones, a straight cable and a curly one. There is a headphone jack on each earpiece which I suppose helps DJs. They are also foldable.
Sound wise these headphones are loud- very loud for a passive set of headphones. Try them and see. Sound quality wise I think these headphones sound absolutely fantastic with a very rich and full-bodied sound. The bass is very strong on these headphones and when I use them with my iPhone I find they perform admirably.
I've read reviews on sites where they hate Beats in general but typically like this model. I think this says a lot.
I've had these headphones for four months now and they are still in perfect shape. I use them every day for commuting and they get used a lot and there is no sign of wear and tear yet.
The only criticisms are that I find them very tight on my head (quite a big head) and after an hour or so it can feel like your head is clamped in a vice, however after four months they have eased up a bit (or I have got used to them). A secondary criticism is that people say that they bleed sound and therefore other commuters can hear them. Typically I do not commute with very loud music on so I have not had a problem with them. However if you are the sort of person who has music pumped up to the max all the time and you commute on public transport and care about your fellow passengers then these headphones may not work well for you.
Accessory for iPod / Beats Mixr Headphones are designed for DJs, so they're the lightest and loudest model Beats makes. Created for audio enthusiasts and professionals alike, these over-ear headphones reproduce accurate sound and meet the needs of the world's best DJs. And their super-lightweight design means you can pull them on and off while you're on stage without any trouble. Industrial strength sound Designed to be heard over parties at 100+ decibels, Mixr delivers extremely deep bass at extraordinarily high volume. Made for pros warming up the party. DJ bells and whistles Rotating earcups swivel back behind the ears, then rotate back for total isolation. With dual input and daisy chain connectors, it's easy to share what you're listening to. Made for life on the road The ultra-flexible headband was crafted to be super lightweight, and easily foldable for jetting off to your next destination. Incredibly durable Built to withstand the rigors of DJ life, which means creating a housing flexible and tough enough to take a beating. No worries about them breaking or fraying any time soon.