The Best Beats Headphones & Earphones

Beats by Dre headphones have elicited polarized reactions among listeners ever since they hit the world stage in 2014. For some, Beats by Dre is a slick brand owned by Apple and associated with hip hop legend Dr. Dre. For others, they’re an over-priced and over-marketed gimmick. Regardless of how you feel, the Beats by Dre’s dominance cannot be denied. However, like any consumer electronics brand some products are better than others.

Today, you’ll find the Beats by Dre name on four full-size headphone models and four in-ear earphone models. Here they all are, ranked using the headphones review database at RTINGS.

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1. Beats Powerbeats Pro

  • The Beats Powerbeats Pro are completely wireless in-ear earbuds with up to 9 hours of listening time, and more than 24 hours with charging case.
  • Each earbud has its own independent voice and track controls, as well as voice capability and automatic play/pause.
  • Each earbud connects independent to your devices for better connectivity and freedom of use.
  • The Beats Powerbeats Pro are water resistant.

CNET said “The Powerbeats Pro have better sound and battery life than the AirPods and will stay on your ears securely. They offer all the same basic conveniences of the 2019 AirPods, including fast pairing, rock-solid wireless connectivity and always-on Siri voice-recognition for iOS users. Phone call quality is excellent. Physical buttons for music playback control will appeal to Android users.”


2. Beats Studio3 Wireless

  • The Beats Studio3 Wireless feature pure adaptive noise cancelling and real-time Audio calibration for the best possible experience.
  • Enjoy listening for up to 22 hours thanks for the Studio3 Wireless’ battery life.
  • The Beats Studio3 Wireless feature the Apple W1 chip for class 1 wireless Bluetooth connectivity and battery efficiency.
  • With fast Fuel, a 10-minute charge gives 3 hours of play when battery is low.

CNET saidThe Beats Studio3 Wireless offers improved sound quality, noise canceling and battery life from its predecessor in the same sturdy design. Apple’s W1 chip makes pairing with Apple devices dead simple. Performs well as a headset for making phone calls and and stacks up well against competing models from a sound standpoint.”


3. Beats BeatsX Wireless

  • The BeatsX Wireless offer up to 8 hours of battery life for when you’re on the go.
  • With Fast Fuel, a 5-minute charge gives you 2 hours of playback when battery is low.
  • Flex-Form cable provides all-day comfort with easy purse and pocket portability.
  • Take calls, control your music, and activate Siri with Remote Talk.

TechRadar said “While we still wouldn’t use the word stylish to ever describe in-ear headphones, the BeatsX makes a pretty compelling case to get us to start. That said, whatever you make of the design’s aesthetics, it’s still incredibly comfortable to wear for long periods at a time. The 8-hour battery life is conducive to longer listening sessions plus, when you run out of juice, it just takes a few minutes to boost the headset back to 25%.”


4. Beats Solo3 Wireless

  • The Beats Solo3 Wireless offer up to 40 hours of battery life and premium playback to maximize clarity, breadth, and balance.
  • Adjustable fit with comfort-cushioned ear cups made for excellent elongates use.
  • The Beats Solo3 Wireless utilize Fast Fuel, meaning 5 minutes of charging gives you 3 hours of playback when battery is low.
  • Take calls, control your music and activate Siri with the multifunction on-ear controls.

The Verge said “The Beats’ lack of subtlety may seem like a downside, especially when you factor in their high price tag, but it lines up well with modern music tastes and the intended usage scenarios for these headphones. I wouldn’t recommend the Solo 3s for getting the most out of Agnes Obel’s acoustic instrumentation at home, but if you’re blasting out Twenty One Pilots while riding on the underground, the Solo 3s are kind of perfect.”


5. Beats Powerbeats3 Wireless

  • The Beats Powerbeats3 Wireless feature the Apple W1 chip for class 1 wireless Bluetooth connectivity and battery efficiency.
  • Enjoy up to 12 hours of battery life and a comfortable fit for the best workout you’ve ever had (or walk, or workday)
  • With Fast Fuel, a 5-minute charge gives you 1 hour of playback when battery is low.
  • The Beats Powerbeats3 Wireless feature sweat and water resistance, and flexible, secure-fit earhooks maximize comfort and stability.

What HiFi said “Our performance-per-pound mantra applies to more than just sound quality, and the Powerbeats3 Wireless deliver on form and function, almost without fault. And if that gets you halfway across the purchasing line, we wouldn’t let the sound put you off, provided you don’t mind some bass in your face.”


6. Beats urBeats3 Earphones

  • The Beats urBeats3 Earphones are designed for all-day comfort, and with their fine-tuned acoustic design, deliver an exceptional listening experience.
  • The earbuds feature tangle-free flat cable and magnetic earbud backs for easy portability.
  • Take calls, control your music, and activate Siri with the Beats urBeats3 Earphones Remote Talk feature.
  • Variety of eartip options provide individualized fit for your preferred noise isolation.

MacWorld said “When worn properly the cans sounds surprisingly bassy as you might expect from a Beats product. “No Going Back” by Yuno retains the bouncy bass you’d hope for but loses out a bit in the midrange – to be expected on in-ears. The smaller drivers mean the high end is fine but details in the mids are missed a tad. But don’t get us wrong, the urBeats3 are better than most in-ears in their price range.”


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