Beats Headphones Teardown

New teardown reveals the truth about Beats headphones

By on July 13, 2015 at 1:29 PM.

New teardown reveals the truth about Beats headphones

The relatively successful launch of the Beats 1 radio station isn’t the only reason Dr. Dre’s brand has been in the headlines recently. Nearly a month ago, Bolt prototype engineer Avery Louie popped open a pair of Beats headphones only to discover that the so-called luxury equipment was no more technologically advanced than headphones listed for half the price.

The article reached every corner of the Internet within days, but once the story began to receive some scrutiny, it became clear that the pair of headphones Louie examined was in fact a counterfeit product. But that doesn’t mean Beats is in the clear. More →

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Beats By Dre Headphones

How Beats Fools You Into Thinking Its Headphones Are High-End And Luxurious

By on June 19, 2015 at 9:30 AM.

How Beats Fools You Into Thinking Its Headphones Are High-End And Luxurious

Even before Apple acquired Beats, there existed a loud contingent of audiophiles who were quick to dismiss Beats by Dre Headphones as overpriced pieces of junk with mediocre sound, at best. The popularity of Beats, they often argued, was nothing more than clever marketing ably masking a run of the mill product.

Marketing, as it turns out, was the one thing most everyone could agree Beats did exceedingly well. By getting its headphones into the hands of well-known sports stars and music personalities, Beats successfully crafted a brand image that conveyed luxury with a splash of street cred. But once we get past the Beats branding and look at the actual product itself, it turns out that Beats headphones aren’t quite as luxurious as you may have initially thought.

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Beats Headphones Alternatives

Beating Beats: 4 pairs of headphones that outshine Apple’s headphone line

By on April 6, 2015 at 11:58 AM.

Beating Beats: 4 pairs of headphones that outshine Apple’s headphone line

Apple’s $3 billion Beats acquisition was bizarre for a number of reasons. Sure, Apple has never managed a brand other than its own and sure, arguments can be made that question the talent it obtained through the deal. But perhaps the strangest thing about the Beats buy is the simple fact that Beats’ core philosophy is so different from Apple’s: The Beats headphone empire was built with a product line that is decidedly unimpressive, focusing largely on a cool image as opposed to high-quality devices.

Perhaps that will change over time, and Apple will help improve the company’s products so that the audio experience they provide is on par with their cool factor. For the time being, however, customers who value audio quality first and foremost when shopping for headphones should look elsewhere.

Here, we’ll explore four different headphone options that beat comparable Beats headphones. More →

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iTunes Beats Music Integration

This is the future of iTunes

By on October 24, 2014 at 9:00 PM.

This is the future of iTunes

It’s been a few months since Apple acquired Beats Electronics, but the merging of products and services has only just begun. One of the first questions many of us asked when the acquisition was announced was what would happen to the relatively new Beats Music streaming service. Apple hasn’t provided an answer yet, but The Wall Street Journal is the latest publication to report that Beats Music will eventually merge with Apple’s own music service. More →

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HTC Beats Buyback

HTC and Beats part ways following $265 million share buyback

By on September 27, 2013 at 8:20 AM.

HTC and Beats part ways following $265 million share buyback

The tie-up between HTC and Beats Electronics has been a curious one, and now it is coming to an end. HTC dumped $300 million into Beats by Dr. Dre back in 2011 and the company’s audio tuning technology was showcased on a number of HTC smartphones following the deal. Now that HTC has moved on to “BoomSound” technology, the company apparently has no need to be involved with Beats. HTC announced on Friday that it has sold its 26,100 Class B shares, which represented about 25% of Beats, back to Beats Electronics for roughly $265 million. The funds changed hands on Friday so the deal is done, and HTC confirmed that it now holds zero interest in Beats.

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HTC bringing Beats Audio to Windows Phone 8 devices

By on August 31, 2012 at 7:00 PM.

HTC bringing Beats Audio to Windows Phone 8 devices

HTC Windows Phone 8

HTC’s (2498) upcoming Windows Pone 8 handsets will come integrated with Beats Audio, according to a report from The Verge. The first Windows 8 device to include the technology will be the HTC Accord, which will feature a Beats Audio branding similar to HTC’s Android-based One X and One S. The smartphone will also include a special Beats Audio application that will let users control the output on the handset. Earlier rumors have claimed that the Accord will be equipped with a 4.3-inch 1280 x 720 pixel resolution HD display, a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor and an 8-megapixel rear camera. HTC is expected to announce its Windows Phone 8 devices at an event scheduled for the third week of September.. More →

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Beats Electronics officially acquires MOG music service

By on July 2, 2012 at 11:00 PM.

Beats Electronics officially acquires MOG music service

HTC-Owned Beats Acquires MOG

Beats Electronics has finally acquired subscription music service MOG. “Beats was created as a response to the complete erosion of the music experience,” Beats' president and chief operating officer Luke Wood told USA Today. “Our whole reason for starting Beats was to try to bring emotion back into that experience. We believe music services is a vital part of that ecosystem.” MOG, which was founded in 2005, offers a music streaming service that competes with Spotify and Rhapsody. The company's library has more than 16 million songs available for free online and on a wide range of other devices for paying subscribers. Taiwanese smartphone manufacturer HTC is the majority owner of Beats, and the deal could open the door for a subscription music service built right into the company's Sense user interface.

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Verizon’s upcoming Incredible 4G revealed in leaked images

By on April 11, 2012 at 4:30 PM.

Verizon’s upcoming Incredible 4G revealed in leaked images

The first images of Verizon and HTC’s upcoming Incredible 4G were leaked on Wednesday. The images were published by Android Police, and they reveal a handful of previously unknown information. The Incredible 4G will reportedly feature a 4-inch qHD display, a dual-core Snapdragon processor clocked at 1.2GHz, 1GB of RAM, an 8-megapixel rear camera with zero shutter lag, a microSD slot and run Sense 4.0 atop Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The handset is also reportedly equipped with an NFC chip, LTE connectivity and Beats Audio. HTC’s upcoming device is said to be “very light” and it seems to resemble a cross between the HTC Rezound and HTC’s One series of smartphones. The blog’s sources suggested a price tag between $99.99 and $149.99 with a two-year agreement, though details regarding a possible launch date were revealed. Read on for two additional images. More →

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Beats Audio to acquire MOG streaming music service

By on March 20, 2012 at 4:25 PM.

Beats Audio to acquire MOG streaming music service

Beats Audio, the company behind the popular Beats by Dr. Dre line of over-ear and in-hear headphones, is reportedly planning to acquire subscription music service MOG. The deal was first reported by Business Insider and then reaffirmed by AllThingsD on Tuesday. Founded in 2005, MOG is a service similar to Spotify, Rhapsody and Microsoft’s Zune. It makes use of a freemium model and allows subscribers to stream unlimited music to a computer, tablet or smartphone. At last count, MOG touted more than 500,000 active users. Taiwan-based smartphone vendor HTC is the majority owner of Beats Audio and if the reports pan out, it is possible that the subscription music service will be incorporated into HTC’s Sense suite of software and services. The terms of the deal have not been reported. More →

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HTC rumored to be working on a streaming music service

By on February 15, 2012 at 9:15 AM.

HTC rumored to be working on a streaming music service

HTC has fallen from Android grace due to heavy competition from Motorola and Samsung, and the Taiwanese company promised to change by soon offering devices with thinner form factors and better battery life. Now, HTC and Jimmy Iovine of Beats Audio are rumored to be developing a streaming music service exclusively for HTC phones and tablets, according to GigaOM. The music service could launch at this month’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and it may help make HTC devices more appealing to consumers. The company is still working on pricing plans, however, and other details for the new service. BGR exclusively reported this past November that HTC will unveil the Ville at MWC along side the company’s quad-core flagship HTC Endeavor. More →

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HTC Rezound review

By on November 15, 2011 at 10:00 AM.

HTC Rezound review

Verizon Wireless has not one but three powerhouse 4G LTE smartphones lined up for the holidays, and the HTC Rezound is one of them. Launching right after the Motorola DROID RAZR, the HTC Rezound takes things to another dimension, both visually and sonically. With an amazing 4.3-inch 720p HD display, a fast 1.5GHz dual-core processor, Beats-enhanced audio and other competitive specs in a solid package, is the HTC Rezound the 4G smartphone to beat this holiday season? Read on to find out how this phone shapes up against the DROID RAZR and Galaxy Nexus.

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Live from HTC’s Rezound unveiling!

By on November 3, 2011 at 3:52 PM.

Live from HTC’s Rezound unveiling!

We’re live from HTC’s New York City media event where HTC is expected to announce the HTC Rezound for Verizon Wireless. It’s the first smartphone that should come with Beats audio built-in, and in addition, the display is rumored to pack in a full 720p resolution screen, and run the latest version of HTC Sense for Android. There might be a surprise or two in store as well, so hit the break for all the live coverage. More →

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HTC Sensation XL announced, Beats audio included

By on October 6, 2011 at 1:00 PM.

HTC Sensation XL announced, Beats audio included

HTC Sensation XL

HTC just took the wraps off the company’s latest device, the much-leaked HTC Sensation XL, also known by the code name “Runymede.” The specifications on the handset itself read much like the company’s HTC Titan Windows Phone device, and highlights include a 1.5GHz Qualcomm processor, 16GB of internal storage, a 4.7-inch display, HSPA, an 8-megapixel camera and more. The HTC Sensation XL is also white, matching the like-colored Beats headphones perfectly. This sleek Android phone is launching in Europe and Asia at the moment and U.S. availability is unknown, but we’ll keep you updated on that one. Full press release is after the break, and photos are in the gallery.

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