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  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Amazing Sound, Questionable Durability

    Posted
    503Phil
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    I exercise 5-6 days per week and hands down the most critical piece of equipment that will either make or break my workout is my headphones. They've got to be wireless, stay in my ears and sound amazing. After going through my fourth pair of Jaybirds (Two pairs each of Bluebuds and X2's) I ended up giving these Powerbeats3 a shot as the X2's were discontinued and no local Best Buy store had any inventory of the new Jaybird X3's. I generally have stayed away from Beats for a few reasons: 1) Unnecessary price markup given the cost/value of competitors. 2) I can't get the Best Buy protection plan since the warranty is serviced through Apple. Which, by the way, doesn't offer AppleCare on these which doesn't give me a lot of confidence in protecting my investment. As you can imagine, I've relied heavily on the protection plan over the years to avoid the lengthy exchange process and aggravating downtime when dealing with the manufacturer directly. The simplicity of Best Buy protection plan exchanges are the very reason why I don't buy consumer electronics anywhere else. Luckily for me, these failed within my two week return window so I dodged the bullet. I had these Powerbeats3 for 11 days. During those 11 days I ran 7 times, twice in the rain, and during every workout I was sweating profusely (That's the point, right?). Starting on day 8 my music would randomly pause, skip or the volume would randomly adjust. By day 10 the inline controls stopped working all together. Sound was still great, but the user experience was beyond annoying. I called support, tried doing the reset/re-pairing, etc, but the inline controls just flat out broke. I took them back today hoping that the Jaybird X3's would be in stock, but sadly they weren't so I'm going to cross my fingers that I got a lemon and give a new pair of Powerbeats3 one more shot. In summary, these sound great but not enough to justify the $50-70 markup over Jaybird X3's and Bose SoundSport's. As an iPhone, iPad and Nike+ Apple Watch Series 2 owner, the W1 chip and iCloud device pairing is cool, but again not enough to justify the markup. They stay in my ears just fine, but so did the Jaybird's. In the end, I just want a great pair of wireless workout headphones that sound great and can take a beating. Several hundred dollars later the search continues...

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Unimpressed in comparison to others

    Posted
    Andy
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    First off I am a drummer and have used many In ear monitors and motion is what I truly need. I purchased these because I work outdoors and was in need of a wireless head set with the ability to talk on the phone while working. These are a let down. First the fit is truly lacking. The strap goes around the rear neck which when you sweat it creates friction and drags hence pulling on the bottom of the bottom of the ear piece pulling it out of the ear. The plastic over the ear does nothing to hold this I place it just keeps it from falling on the ground so I am continually placing it back in my ear. The only way I have found to fix this is place the strap in front instead of behind the neck which places the strap directly in my way of motion and looks rather ridiculous. Second the shape of the sound canceling pad is difficult for oddly shaped ears because it is fixed in place so any movement flexes the ear creating continual intermittent outside noise being allowed in. Third the Bluetooth wants to battle between my car for control then doesn’t want to sync and says it “can’t find it”. Overall the sound is fine, seems standard but sadly disappointed. As a musician I HAVE to hear and know what works and what doesn’t and these have let me down in all areas. For $100.00 I would recommend a pair of SHURE in ear monitors. 10x the head phones it just won’t make phone calls or I would have never purchased these. For active lives where you want quality fit and quality sound don’t get these, go to your local music shop.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Nice style but bad sound quality and fit

    Posted
    kowalsik
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    For those of you looking to purchase wireless headphones for the gym, I would not recommend the powerbeats3. The style and look, is probably the best thing about them. The sound quality was ok. In order to get the best sound quality with a good amount of bass, you have to really dig them into your ear, which can be very uncomfortable and they do not stay in place so your constantly adjusting them. I value sound quality and comfort during my workouts, so I decided to return these and purchase the Bose Sound Sport headphones. These are GREAT. Superior sound quality and they stay in your ear. These are also super comfortable and I don't even feel like I'm wearing them. You do only get 6 hours battery life compared to the 12 you get with powerbeats, but the quality and comfort is definitely worth it. On a side note, I know Michael Phelps endorses the PowerBeats product but I'd be surprised if he actually wears it. My ears are a little bigger than average and stick out a little. The way the powerbeats over the ear mechanism is designed makes it impossible for the headphones to stay deep in your ears,(if you have ears that stick out more than normal) thus receiving poor sound quality. His ears are much bigger then mine so there is no way he's getting good sound quality. He might be one of those people that don't care about sound though.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Limited warranty, not that great for cost

    Posted
    NaNa
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    This is my third pair of Beats. The first pair started sounding weird 6 months in so I swapped them out, the second pair lasted just over 1 year, so I had to pay for this third pair. I used them to run and exercise 3-5 days a week. I always kept them in the case and one day one ear portion just detached from the speaker without warning. I think if you catch them on sale, it’s a decent price point for the comfort (I can’t stand cords and am finicky about what I put in my ears) and decent sound quality. I would prefer a louder pair of earphones, but I think that in the long run this volume max is actually helping preserve my hearing. If this third pair breaks, I will not purchase a fourth pair. I will just invest in a cheaper Bluetooth brand because they aren’t worth $200 if they only last a year. I can just keep buying the $20 sets of earphones for all that nonsense. I used to buy the $20 to $30 sets and thought that if I paid for the Beats I would get longevity and quality. The quality is arguable depending upon your bass/treble preference and they do not last long enough to justify paying $200. Long story short, don’t believe the hype of the name—it is seriously overrated; the sound quality is not all that. If you make plenty of money and have very few responsibilities then, sure—they are nice for working out and you can waste your extra money— but if you are financially tight and carefully saving for quality earphones I wouldn’t recommend you buying these pair, because they may not last any longer than a $20 pair and you should save your money for something with greater durability.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Glad I got them on Sale

    Posted
    Awill24
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    First I would like to point out the fact that I purchased the Powerbeats on sale for $99. I am only partially satisfied with them because of that fact. If I would have had to pay the original $200, I would not be happy with the head phones. I do not like the new case. I miss the old protective case that zipped and had a firm shell. It was easy to put them in the case and go and it seemed more protective. I do not feel like they are loud enough especially when I am in a gym that is playing music in the back ground. I also do not like how flemsy and cheap the power button and volume control button feel. They did not feel like that on the old powerbeats that I own for 4 years. I will never purchase Powerbeats again after these wear out. Also, it is hard for me to have a conversation on the phone with theses headphones because people are constantly telling me that they can not hear me unless I literally hold the mic right next to my mouth. One good thing about them is that they have an excellent blue tooth range that they will work with out any interruptions. I can put my I phone down and run around an indoor track and shoot backetball on a full court gym and still hear my music.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Returning this item!

    Posted
    noved22

    It could just be my pair of buds that were faulty, but everywhere else on line I saw bad reviews but still wanted to try them. At first, they were good! They were the wireless headphones I had been searching for. I didn't get to use them much the first couple of weeks. But the third week, in fact today, the day I am writing this review, they went to Hades in a hand basket. The earbuds started when I fully charged the buds and then two days later they would die after an hour's worth of use. But I figured maybe my sister had used them or something so i thought nothing of it. Well just yesterday I set them to charge all day so i could use them for work the next day. Well I turn them on and about 30 minutes in i get the low battery sound and then 30 seconds later they die. That was no where near 12 hours worth of battery. Unless they are meaning the battery lasts only 12 hours after it is fully charged being used or not. I am very disappointed. I had high hopes for these. They aren't all bad. The sound is pretty good. I had to use rubber ear buds from a different set of buds so they would seal in my ear which helped the sound immensely. But battery life was the main reason I got these. I will see what BestBuy lets me do if I can do with a different brand or try another pair. If I have to stay with the powerbeats I pray the battery in my first pair was faulty.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Sound is great..when it works

    Posted
    Frm0999
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    I run. That's my workout. I run anywhere from a mile to 20. I wanted wireless and enough battery to last me through a marathon from pre run to after run so the battery life was a major factor. For that I feel it's great. They last. However, after about 2 miles I sweat and depending on humidity and heat could be a lot. When I do these headphones go all over the map with volume. Sometimes to the point it volumes down to zero. Or other times way to loud. It is probably the most aggravating thing ever and honestly that frustration alone is not worth the money spent. I don't care if these were free. It's annoying! I've let it go, thinking it's just one off's like maybe my neck touched the volume or sweat just happened to get in the volume control but nope. It's done it every run since after the first 5 or so that were perfect. I'm back to my old trusty wired headphones and these are just kept in my truck until I have enough time to see if Best Buy will take them back. Pointless for workouts in my opinion if you sweat. I saw a review similar to mine so I don't believe this is isolated. That's my 2 cents and my honest review from usage.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Didn't fit right

    Posted
    Michael
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    I bought the Powerbeats to support my active lifestyle. I like to run and play basketball. I used the larger ear plugs as it felt them to be a good size for the first time fitting the beats to my ears. Sound quality, including the bass, was great, no doubt. The fit was comfortable; however, that's with me just sitting at my desk. I tried them playing basketball, just shooting around on my own. They started getting loose while I ran around the half court. I had to adjust them around my ears a few times. I didn't think too much of the task. Then I went running, using them a couple times. I had to keep adjusting the ear piece as they kept getting loose; they stayed attached to my ear, but I had to keep pushing the ear piece in, which felt very inconvenient while you're trying to focus on your workout. The strong bass and clarity was lost when the ear piece loosened. My music sounded like a normal earphone I could buy at the dollar store. Also, It was such a hassle to keep adjusting them. Not sure how Lebron, Serena, or Brady was able to use these earphones when training or practicing. Disappointingly, I had to return them. I recommend them if they fit and stay fitted while doing physical activity.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Good but not great as they should be for the price

    Posted
    RobbieD
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    Pairing was simple. Changed ear buds to fit properly. Initial sound was well rounded. Bass was very clear with no distortion. So here's where it gets interesting. When at the gym on flat bench, incline, decline or on mat the sound changes. It sounds like the headphones shift out of my ears but I don't feel it. I tried different buds but same issue. Standing up or sitting they sound great. As I changed positions the headphones seem to shift just enough where sound quality is lost and everything sounds tinny. These were $134.00 on sale. No way is that worth it! They need to perform solid no matter what I'm doing. Returned and got JBL Endurance Sprint which are $49.95. Sound isn't as good as Beats but close. They have ZERO issues with sound changing during workouts. I like the fit better around the ears and overall comfort. Don't fall for the celebrity endorsements. These are clearly overpriced for what they are.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Limited dependability

    Posted
    tcpierce18
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    I bought my first pair of beats headphones a couple years ago after doing much research and and reading lots of reviews and trying other wireless Bluetooth headphones. I use them primarily for working out and running. They do have a good sound and a good fit. My problem was that after six months the first pair stopped working so I had to send them back. To their credit they replaced them with no questions asked. However the next pair I had to send back after three months, again replaced with no issue and the next pair lasted another six months before they stopped working. ( they're currently sitting in a drawer and won't charge or turn in) At that point, I realized that my plug-in $15.00 SkullCandy headphones never gave me 1 ounce of trouble even though they were a tad inconvenient. I recently purchased a new pair of Bose sport Bluetooth headphones and have been using them for about a month or so. So far so good, although I'm not crazy about the fit. I just think that when you pay $250-$300 for what should be a high-end product, you should get high end results. I will not be purchasing another pair of Beats.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Great...for a little while

    Posted
    Tyler
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    My initial assessment of these headphones a year ago was great, they provide a good quality sound out of a in ear style headphone that is geared towards operating under conditions that are a little more hostile then normal- working out. Over the year I have had a couple complaints. 1.) it seems like whatever I do I can’t find the balance with the wire around the kneck so that the headphones stay and don’t get pulled out of the ear from your neck moving. 2.) by roughly month four, the plastic covering over the volume adjustments fell off which I then wrapped in electrical tape so it would still work. 3) At month nine the headphones decided to turn down the volume on their own intermittently until it goes to completely mute. It seems like this only happens when they aren’t 100% charged, but even the best of us forget to charge every day and it shouldn’t be needed.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Not worth the money

    Posted
    DayH
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    I purchased theses headphones less than a year ago. I tried a few and landed on the beats because everyone had said the quaility was great. (Before Apple purchased them) Well Let me tell you. $200 for head phones with low voulume and then break are not worth the cash. Worst part is when i spoke to apple about it. I was told "Thank you for letting me know. The ear hook breaking is considered accidental damage and is not covered by the warranty. We can still set up service for the Beats to have them replaced, but there will be a $99 USD service fee to do so. Would you like to proceed?" Lets get real. The ear hook is a movable peice that should withstand going on and off my ear for more than a year! What a waste. I'm sure Bestbuy wont help me as well. Horrible product and wont even think about buying another beats product. I am an apple fan and this just down right sucks.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Expected Better, Got Worse

    Posted
    OlderTechie

    I decided on purchasing these because I work in all kinds of environments inside and out. So the water resistance feature was important. The features that are mentioned are nice features. The fast charge is awesome! The battery strength is excellent, I've used it many times for 12 hours or more. The sound is good. Plus you can wear them and not take them out to have a conversation with someone in many cases. But Powerbeats3 are terrible on connecting and reconnecting. They drop the bluetooth sitting right next to the device its connected to. They wear ok. But the cord length is a bit too short for use while working. Its needs to be about another inch longer minimum. The earbuds are honestly very uncomfortable. Overall considering Apple now owns Beats, I am terribly disappointed. For the amount of money these cost I can't believe how bad they are.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Not Better Than the Powerbeats 1

    Posted
    Alfixit
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    I purchased the Powerbeats1 when they were first released, they came with a nice hard zipper closing case and lasted over two years. The Mic failed that’s what pushed me to get the new Powerbeats3. I was disappointed as soon as I opened them and seen that the case that with it was a flimsy rubber case that didn’t even close. I was cool with it because I still had the case from the Powerbeats1. Then I used them for a phone call for the first time, during the call I heard the most annoying sound like something was rubbing on the mic during the entire call. The only way that I didn’t hear it, was to keep my body completely still. If you plan on just using them for music listening, you will love them for the sound quality.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Not Worth the $$

    Posted
    Mamapks
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    My husband purchased these as a gift to replace my lost Platronics Backbeat Fit. I was excited about the 12 hour charge and "great sound". The sound is great, but I was spoiled by my old Platronics that notified me by voice when my blue tooth was on, connected, and how much battery life was left. Instead I'm stuck trying to differentiate between beeps, musical tones, different colored and blinking lights. My senses are already overloaded with these same sounds and lights from my TV, smartphone, computers, and tablets. For the price you'd think Apple would spring for Siri to notify you of everything associated with your earbuds status, including when charging has completed. Also, my Platronics cut off if not connected for sometime. Beats stay on until their 12 hr battery life expires. These issues for me out weigh and distract me from all the other features. I will be re-gifting my very expensive Beats and re-purchasing another pair of Platronics for half the price.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Not a good fit

    Posted
    livvyl

    I was so excited to get these earbuds as I had read such great reviews. I bought them and opened them up and immediately noticed they had scuff marks on them when, I bought them brand new and paid so much money for them it was very diappointing. Then I tried them on and hated them. They hurt my ears so badly it was stretching them and felt super bulky. Then whenever I would move my head the wire was very annoying and made a loud sound. I am super petite so this was just way to much for my ears. However, the sound quality was really good and the bluetooth connection seemed really good. Unfortunately these were just not for me.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Sounds Great but my problem is...

    Posted
    Ceese
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    I purchased these to replace an older version that was stolen from my car. Great sound! Great bass! My only problem is when I try to disconnect it from my iPhone, it doesn't want to disconnect completely. It disconnects, the white light is still on the headset. So I have to press it again and again sometimes for it to completely turn off. So I thought, I charged the headphones to 100% and the next morning when I turned them on at the gym, they were at 91% charged. So I am guessing they were not turned all the way off from when I first tried to turn them off. So basically these headphones do not completely turn off even though the lights are not on and the sound of disconnection from iPhone. Every morning when I connect them to my iPhone, it always seems to be 4-6% less then when I turned them off the morning before. Thank Goodness I didn't pay the full price for these as I waited until they went on sale!

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    liked them until they stopped working

    Posted
    Crocker
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    I did research on several different wireless earbuds and found several that were rated better than powerbeats. I went with these mainly because they wrap around your ears unlike most other brands. I figured this would help make them stay in place better. When I wore them like they suggested with the wire behind your head they would not stay in place. I started wearing them with the wire in front of my head and they stayed in place a lot better. I was happy with them until this morning when they stopped working. I tried charging them, resetting them, and updating the firmware. Nothing worked. I found a website where many people had the same problem. I called Apple support and they are replacing them. However I have to wait for them to send me a shipping box so I can send them back. Once as they have them, it will take several more days until they send me new ones. So I'm guessing I'll be without them for a week or two which is annoying.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Great sound, poor quality

    Posted
    tdl1987
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    These headphones have great sound quality, taking into consideration that they are bluetooth. The majority of other bluetooth headphones that I have tried are not very loud at all, this set seems to do the job. I wish I could say the same about the quality of the product. After just a month of owning them the battery does not hold for longer than 2hrs, the rubber has become worn and is very tacky from sweat. Normally this wouldn't be an issue but seeing as how these headphones are marketed for working out they should be somewhat sweat resistant. For a $200 price tag I would definitely expect a better quality product, especially something that has the Apple name on it. When I brought these headphones back to Best Buy they wanted to send them out for repair but after owning them for only month they should not be repaired they should be replaced. This is not Best Buy's fault, it is Apple's.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Good Tech, Disappointing Quality

    Posted
    miDishi
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    I've been using Bluetooth earbuds for running for several years. I love the freedom, but I've never had a pair last more than a year. These are below average for reliability. The good: 1. Sound quality 2. Bluetooth Connection - never dropped out 3. Ear hangers are fairly secure, even when the buds slip out. The bad 1. Ear hangers interfere with glasses. 2. The cord is a little sticky. When I turn my head to look for traffic, it pulls the earbuds out. 3. Quality. First pair lasted six weeks before the battery failed Second pair lasted a week before the switch failed Being an Apple product, you can't get Geek Squad plan, so they have to go back to Apple for warranty, which takes a week or more. If pair #3 fails, I'm going to try to demand store credit toward another brand. Warranty or not, $150 bucks is too much for a product that only lasts a week.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend