Beats EP Headphones Review

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Do you want a great pair of Beats headphones but don’t want to pay the super expensive price tag that comes along with them? If yes, then the EP’s might be a good option for you. You will still get all the things that customers love from the classic Beats with a few modifications to help keep the price tag to make them more affordable for those who require something that will not break the bank. Whether looking for something to wear to the gym or you simply want an everyday pair of earphones, these are going to be a great option for you.

The headphones are comfortable and offer a decent sound quality that the vast majority of consumers can appreciate. If you fancy yourself an audiophile, then they might not be the best option, but they work perfectly for the average Joe out there looking for a great sounding pair of earphones. Some customers had durability problems, so that is something to keep in mind when making the purchase. It isn’t something that everyone has a problem with, but some have stated that the cord will short out after a couple of months, making the headphones useless. Overall, however, they are a pretty good pair of headphones that most customers love.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros

Affordable price tag

Good sound quality

Comfortable to wear

Inline microphone

Great Beats design

Cons

Doesn't fold up

Clamps down on earn

Cord easily breaks

Activities

When you are going to the gym, heading outside for a run, or heading out for a long commute, you may want to consider a nice pair of headphones to wear so you can help tune out the chaos of the world around you and focus on the task at hand. Sometimes, you might just want to immerse yourself into your music, and the Beats EP over the ear headphones can help you with that, they are going to let you listen to the music you love so you can forget everything else for just a little bit.

Some consumers might choose to use this product for work when they need to take and receive calls for their job. It does have a microphone that will allow for easy hands-free calling. There is a small remote on the cable that will enable you to answer calls with ease.

Customers have been known to wear these to the gym or for their outdoor cardio workouts, and they do work just fine for those activities, but keep in mind that they are going to get sweaty. They are not necessarily made for working out purposes, but they will be able to get the job done just fine. The music can help you push through your workout and allow you to tune out the hecticness of the gym scene while you are there.

Something to keep in mind, these headphones are not noise-canceling. Yes, they can help tune out the noise around you when you are listening to them, but they aren't going to do as good of a job as others might that are meant to isolate and cancel out ambient noises.

Features

There are a plethora of features available for customers to take advantage of when using the Beats EP over the ear headphones. This version of the Beats earphones are not as flashy and full of frills as some of the other products in the line, but this is the budget version so you can expect it more plain and simple than the rest. That being said, you will still get the same great things that you love from these products.

The EP's have an inline remote and microphone located on the cord so you can make and receive hands-free phone calls as well as control your music right from your headphones, without the hassle of having to pull your phone out of your pocket. The remote will allow you to adjust the volume, skip and replay tracks, and to make calls. This product is mainly designed to be used with Apple products, and some of the music controls might not work the best with Android phones; however, you will still be able to use the integrated microphone to make phone calls, regardless of the phone you are using.

The Beats EP's are corded, so there is no need to make sure they are staying charged. You can just pick them up and use them anytime and anywhere with ease — no need to connect to Bluetooth or keep them charged.

Sound Quality

When you are buying a pair of headphones, one of the biggest things you want to pay attention to is the quality of the sound that comes through the speakers. After all, you are buying them to listen to music, or other broadcasts, so you want to try to make sure that they will sound great while you're listening.

The EP's give you a clean and clear sound so you can enjoy your music without a lot of interference. There is a decent amount of treble detail that will increase the overall sound quality. That being said, they are not super dynamic. The bass is a little accentuated, but that is to be expected from a pair of Beats headphones, although it isn't too boomy or bloated. Basically, there is the perfect amount of bass that will satisfy your average Joe, but it won't turn off those who are looking for a more balanced sound.

These earphones are pretty good for the average user and are a decent budget-friendly version of the Beats brand. If you fancy yourself an audiophile, then they might not be the best option for you, but they work perfectly for the vast majority of consumers looking for something to simply enjoy their music.

Connectivity

These over the ear headphones are not wireless, so there isn't much to say about connectivity. It is effortless since you won't have to worry about a Bluetooth connection or Wi-Fi capabilities. You simply plug the 3.5mm AUX cord into the headphone jack of your device, and you are good to go.

These headphones can be used with just about any device that you can think of that uses a standard headphone jack, but they really excel when pairing them with an iPhone or iPod. The inline remote can control your music on your Apple product with ease; however, it might not work the same if you are using an Android device or a computer. You'll still be able to connect your phone for hands-free calling, but the music controls are hit and miss.

Something to keep in mind with this product, since they aren't wireless, they might not be able to connect to some of the newer phones and devices that are not equipped with a headphone jack. This can be fixed with the purchase of a dongle so you can convert your phone's charger port into a headphone jack, but it requires additional investment and an extra step in connecting.

Comfort

For the most part, customers have mentioned that these earphones were quite comfortable, no matter what they were doing. Whether sitting on a long flight, heading to the gym, or going on a long distance run, these headphones felt great while they were out and about. They do have cushioned earcups to give you some padding on your ears while you're wearing them, adding to the overall comfortability.

Something to keep in mind is they are not going to fit everyone comfortably. They are over the ear headphones after all and, therefore, cannot accommodate everyone's head size perfectly. There are some customers who mentioned that they gave them a snug fit that bordered on too tight for their head. The product can start to put pressure on your ears after listening for a while, causing some discomfort if you are wearing them for extended periods of time.

One thing that they have going for them, however, is that they are super, so they aren't going to feel like a burden on your head while you are out and about. They only weigh about a half of a pound so you will get a virtually weightless feeling on your head when you are going out on an adventure with the Beats.

Style

The EP's will bring you the exceptional look and design that you would expect from any Beats product, but with some minimal changes to help keep the price budget-friendly so they won't break the bank. The headband and the earcups appear to be constructed with the same high-end plastic and rubberized padding that is used in some of the higher end products. These headphones feature sliding metal plates attached to the earcups, allowing you to move and adjust the size for a better fit. The earcups themselves are covered with a decent amount of padding for a great look and added comfort.

One of the biggest complaints about the style of the headphones, however, comes with the fact that there are no hinges so you cannot fold or swivel the earphones at all, making it impossible to fold up for storage purposes.

You are going to get the great look of a pair of Beats headphones that customers love. There are a couple of color options available so you can try to find a pair that will work best for your style. You can pick from black, blue, red, or white. Whichever color you decide to go with, you will get the 'b' logo on each earcup and the word 'beats' across the headband, which is a typical style for their products.

Durability

When you're spending money on a product, you want to make sure that it is going to last. When it comes to your headphones, you want to ensure that they are going to be able to play music and remain intact for as long as possible before you have to worry about replacing them. It can be frustrating when you get them, and they fall apart shortly after using them for the first time.

When it comes to the EP's, there are some mixed reviews about how durable they are. Some users love them and have had absolutely no problems getting them to last. On the other hand, there are quite a few who had issues with them that drastically shortened the lifespan. Of course, they are a budget pair of headphones so you might not expect them to last as long as some higher end ones, but it can still be disappointing when they stop working.

The biggest complaint about the longevity of the product comes from the cord shorting out. It is a flimsy cord, to begin with, and doesn't feel very reliable, which customers can confirm that it is not. There were a few reviewers who stated that the product stopped working after only a couple short months. It was said that the cord would start to fray where they connect to your device, and it is built in so you cannot just replace the cord.

Ease of Use

The Beat EP's are super easy to use; it is barely an inconvenience. They are wired headphones, so there is no need to worry about trying to get them connected to your phone or device. You just have to plug them in, and you are good to go. The only real problem comes when you are using a newer device that does not come with a headphone jack. If you have one of those types of phones, then you can opt for the additional purchase of a dongle that you plug into your phone, giving you an adapter for a 3.5mm jack that you can plug these into.

They do feature an inline remote and microphone that is pretty instinctual to use. If you are not using an iPod or iPhone, then the music control might not work, as they were explicitly designed with iPhone's in mind. However, regardless of the phone, you use the inline mic will still work just fine.

Power Source

The Beats EP's are not wireless; therefore, they do not have a power source. You can plug them into the headphone port of your device, and you are good to go. No need to worry about charged batteries and charger cords when you want to use the product. It makes using them so much easier and more convenient.

Value

These are a budget-friendly version of the iconic Beats headphones that customers love. Yes, they are significantly cheaper than the tradition headphones of the same brand, giving you a more economical option. That being said, they are still a bit on the pricey side when compared to other earphones by different brands.

This version isn't the most reliable either; the cord has some durability issues, as mentioned above, so they might not survive as long as you'd like. If you want a pair of Beats but don't want to spend an arm and a leg, then you might want to consider this affordable option, but if you want something that will last you may want to go with a different option.

Bottom Line

If you want a pair of earphones that look great and are comfortable for heading out to the gym or solely for a pair of everyday headphones, then you might want to consider the Beats EPs. They may not be specifically made for the use in the gym, but they fit right in there nonetheless. They give you a classic look you want from a pair of Beats with a more economical price tag. They may not survive as long as some of the higher end products, however, so that is something to keep in mind. Customers have stated that after a couple of months, they experience the cord shorting out and making the headphones unusable. They do have a good, sharp sound and are relatively comfortable, which is much appreciated in a pair of headphones like these. Even though there are some problems with the product, most customers still love them, and they do come recommended by most.