I got my first pair of beat headphones when I was in high school. I think it was around 2010, and I loved them so much. They were the best earbuds I had ever used, the quality was astounding. I feel like back then you just got what you paid for... Or maybe I just didn't notice the fallbacks because I was too young.
Well, after a number of years throughout which I used these headphones very regularly (for hours on end) the wires began to fall apart, and I needed an upgrade. I bought skullcandy, because I had to use my own money, and they were cheaper. That was a grand mistake, as they lasted about a year or two, if that.
After they went kaput, I decided to treat myself to beats again. I figured I couldn't go wrong! I mean, overall, the sound quality is pretty good. If you're just listening to music casually, or using these during transportation, they're a good set of headphones. I have no complaint with the quality in that area, whatsoever.
However, a few days ago I noticed that my left earbud was shorting out. Dang, the silent killer; earwax. I see so many people wondering why their headphones are shorting out and one or both are going quiet. Well, friends, as someone who has used this brand for almost ten years, let me tell you -- beats do not hold up so well with a little bit of wax. Today I got tired of it, and began to try to dislodge some from the base of the earphone, with the silicon cover off (mind you, my ears aren't even that waxy!) and the red screen that covers the end that goes into your ear? It came right off! And I was disappointed, let me tell you, I was about to bash the quality of the headphones (rightfully so)..... but then, I noticed it. Gloriously, the sound that had been long lost... IT WAS BACK. The sound had returned!! So I gingerly popped the screen back on, pushed it in for peace of mind, and then put the silicon cover back on.
Now, I don't expect these headphones to last forever. They may not even last until next year. But boy, am I happy that they're both in working order. Even if I have to be very careful with them. I just wanted to post this in case it could help anyone else. I would give these a 2.5 but I think the quality is honestly well above that (not in production but the actual craftsmanship of the headphone itself).
There we go. So you haven't broken them, and you're also not going deaf. Happy day.