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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Quality has decreased from previous generation

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    RealReview
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    Let me start out by saying I owned two pairs of PowerBeats 2. These were the best wireless headphones I had ever purchased. Very durable, and extremely reliable, and I used heavily for working out on daily basis. I recommended these to everyone I knew. So logically I invested in the PowerBeats 3 when my PB2's microphone and buttons started to give. The market has since exploded with Bluetooth wireless headphones, and the price points have become increasingly competitive, so I expected Beats to really step up PB3 and really improve on an already great brand. And honestly, they did not. While the PB3 has a 12 hour battery life (compared to the PB2 of 6 hours, and that's a huge upgrade), this is probably the only really pro I can assign to the PB3. The PB3 construction right away I noticed is cheap in design, and Beats clearly cut corners on their product. Some notable flaws in the PB3: 1. Construction - The PB2's had the microphone and volume buttons encased in a rubber protective layer, and this was great because it offered more protection against dirt, sweat, and general wear and tear. The PB3's microphone and power buttons are just straight plastic instead, and besides no longer offering better grip and protection from outside elements, feel flimsy from the get go. Also the PB2's had a tiny rubber flap that allowed you to seal off and protect the charging port. The PB3's does not have this, which is really baffling (how much does a 1/3 cm piece of rubber cost to make???). Again, if you are working out, sweat, water, etc. can easily get in there and if the charging port breaks because of undesired elements slipping in there, well then the headphones are completely useless. 2. Sound quality- While the sound quality is good on the PB3, it's honestly no different then the PB2. After numerous times listening to the same song (I would switch between the headphones to compare), I never felt the PB3 sounded any better. If anything there were a few songs I felt sounded much more full on the PB2. 3. Price - The PB2 I got on sale for $99. I've been able to get the PB3 for about $129 on sale up to this point. The PB3 are flat out $200 with no sale, and that's really pushing it considering what even $100 and under can get you nowadays with Bluetooth headphones. I definitely don't feel the quality of the PB3 warrants the price tag. 4. Functionality - I've had the same phone from the time I was using the PB2 and the PB3, and only with the PB3 have I experienced a few times very odd boot loops (the headphones keep disconnecting even when the battery is full) where I've had to reset the PB3 completely (p.s. you can do that by holding the power button and down button for about 10 secs). Never had that happen with PB2. 5. Carrying case. The PB2 was zip case, with a durable outside shell and offered ample room. The PB3 is a huge flop; it's just a piece of rubber with a slit in the top to slide them in (no zipper), and it's extremely cramped with the cord in the case (I use my old PB2 case to carry my PB3 in, thank god I didn't toss it) TLDR: You can't market your headphones to be a top competitor for higher quality workout headphones and then take these cheap corner-cutting steps that degrade the product, especially from one generation to the next. And that in my opinion is exactly what Beats did. PowerBeats 3 have taken a step backwards from their predecessor, and with the increased competition (and better price points) from rival brands (Bose, JBL, etc.) I would advise looking elsewhere for a better quality pair of bluetooth headphones for your money.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Great sound, improved fit

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    Sealy
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    This is my fourth Powerbeats model. The first Powerbeats, I had for a year and a half, of constant use. I loved the sound with the correct rubber plug, but the fit was not good. My ear actually got cut by the round drum thingamagingy and would be sore. Had to readjust the earhooks from time to time when working out. Went with it because of the sound which is great. I lost that one. Bought another popular competitive brand/model, and did not like the sound as much as the Beats. Surprisingly, It began losing charge quickly after only 5 months, and eventually would last less than an hour. Returned to the powerbeats2. Sound still great, still bad fit but, well for me, best sound out there so I stuck with it. This one however broke after 2 months. It would lose the signal or something (not Bluetooth related, more like loose connection) when moving, sometimes as simple as a head turn to the right or left, sound would cut in and out. Stuck with it. The volume control pod then began responding intermittently and eventually stopped working completely after 8 months. Looking at it I could see a seam and was able to open it just with my fingers. Maybe moisture got inside?? Too cheaply built for such an expensive item. Because I like trouble, bought the Powerbeats3. Sound still great and EUREKA!!, apparently I wasn't the only one complaining about the bad fit, because they reduced the stem length. NO MORE EAR PAIN!! PERFECT. They also redesigned the ear hook, redesigned the volume control pod, its more ergonomic and more watertight I hope, plus now 12hr run time. 3 weeks go by. Perfection! Except I plugged it in one night as usual and the next morning its dead. No response, no white or red light nothing. 3 weeks! ~sigh~ Flung it in a corner and eventually returned it to BestBuy for exchange. By this time, a little more than a month has passed but Bestbuy, being as awesome as they are honoured the exchange without even a fuss. Lo and behold, the same unit that I had paid $199.00 a month ago, was now on sale for $129.00!! They now had the green one that was out of stock at the time, the one I wanted, for $169.00. Did I mention I like punishment? :-) Especially if it comes with a discount? :-). Soooo, I picked up the green and got $30.00 back in the exchange and am now crossing my fingers that this thing lasts. Love the sound. If this breaks, will update this review and it definitely will not be positive. But that sound though!! Gave it a 3 because of the hardware issues. But that sound though!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    So far, meh...

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    Josh
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    Pros: The sound quality is good. The secure fit earhooks really help keep them in place far better than the previous 3 true-wireless headphones I tried and returned. Battery life is good, so far, although it’s only been about 2 weeks of usage. For indoor gym workouts, they’ve been great. Cons: I went for a run outside last weekend and my sweat must’ve caused them to malfunction cuz I noticed the volume suddenly decrease on its own. That was strange. And a feature I’ve found to be annoying is that they won’t turn on or connect to my iPhone unless they are within one inch from physical contact. Therefore, I can’t have my headphones on my ears with my iphone in my pocket or even in my hand, and turn them on. They also will not turn on unless I physically unlock my phone. If I forget and accidentally place my headphones over my ears before turning them on, placing the iPhone up against my ear will also not turn them on. Both the iPhone and headphones have to be in my hands, either touching or within one inch of contact for the headphones to turn on and connect. And even then, connection sometimes has problems. No other headphones I have owned have had this feature. Quite strange. But again, it’s more of an inconvenience than a problem cuz sometimes it can take a bit of effort to hook them around my ears just right to feel snug only to have to undo it all cuz I forgot to connect them first. It’s a strange feature that makes me question their technology acumen. So yeah, they’re “meh..”

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Powerbeats3 worth <= $100

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    DjThree
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    This is my 2nd Powerbeats3 and i’d say it was worth the sale price ($99.99) since the sound quality, battery life/charge time, and comfort are nice, just wish they were louder like the over the ear beats. I’ve had this new pair a month so far and I still like how effortlessly it works with my IPhone. [I paid full price for my first pair of black/reds (bought from T-Mobile store) and the rubber split in the middle exposing the wires within a few months maybe due to the removable plastic slider piece sitting in the middle when I wear them, but you’d figure $200+ headset would last through mild daily use (I don’t use them to workout, just chillen to music and phone calls) but not those and I put them away neatly in its rubber case after every use.] If you see powerbeats3 for $100 or less they’re worth it but I wouldn’t pay more than that again since the durability is not worth the full price and definitely don’t use the little plastic slider piece (anti-tangle thingy). I would recommend to a friend that they only buy Powerbeats3 on sale @ >= 50% off current $199.99 price. I gave 3⭐️ for sound quality, battery life, and seamless IPhone connectivity (I might’ve rated more ⭐️ but volume isn’t loud enough and stock ear buds leave ears sore although ear hooks are comfortable) and —2⭐️ for high regular price tag and lack of durability based off previous pair (purchased from T-Mobile store)

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Okay for the price, but not a best buy

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    Reviewer1
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    I never write reviews... ever, but I feel compelled to write one for this product. The pros are these headphones are wireless, and they’re trendy. Now the cons: they pinch your ear after wearing for too long, they’re kind of clunky... not good for laying around or in bed listening to, and the absolute worse thing about them is... they sound lackluster. They sound like a $59.99 pair of earphones. No mid range, weak bass, sounds flat. Which is unfortunate because the beats solo headphones sound great. I returned mine and got the Bose sound sport. They’re $50 more but now I can live with myself. I was worried they wouldn’t stay in my ear during exercise, but they do and they don’t feel clunky and they don’t hurt after wearing for long periods. Haven’t had them long enough to review battery life... but if the build quality is any indicator, I’m not concerned.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Love and Hate

    Posted
    Paul

    This is probably my 7th or 8th pair of beats. I've used them ever since they were bass heavy garbage to the much more balanced and pleasing headphones they are now. This set didn't really make the cut for ME. I want to emphasize that I don't like them for specific reasons that apply to ME, because my wife has a pair and likes them very much. Sound: The sound is good and balanced. Not the best, but very far above average. Connect-ability: They connected to my laptop, cellphone and tablets just fine with no issues or loss of connection even if I left the device on the other side of the room. Durability: I honestly only used them for about 3 weeks, but carrying them around in my pocket or throwing them in my gym bag was never an issue. Comfort: I hate how these fit. Fit is all about personal preference, but I just could not get these things to sit in my ears comfortably. They regularly popped out while I was moving and would start to hurt my ears after only about 15 minutes. They would stay in my ear but the buds would pull out and make it so that, along with the music, I could hear everything going on around me, which I don't like in a headphone, especially when I'm working out. If I could have gotten these to stay in without making my ears throb, they would have received 5 stars, but as wearability of headphones is kind of a key component to their effectiveness, their fit makes them a deal breaker for me. I still recommend trying them out though. Maybe I have weird ears, but if they fit comfortably in yours, you'll have a very nice set of headphones.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Yearly Replacement Is Likely Inevitable

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    SerialShopper
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    This is the second Beats headset I've purchased within two years. Each one last approximately 10 - 13 months. At first they work very well; they just don't last long enough. The first one began to come apart at one of the ear pieces then a couple months later it stopped working altogether. On my second set the plastic top that houses the volume controls has come off. I only use these headsets to listen to music to while walking, sometimes on the treadmill, and 90% of the time to have long phone conversations while not working out. I am careful with them to keep them safe (use the carrying case, don't leave them in the sun, etc.) as I don't like spending so much money every year. Best Buy no longer sells an insurance warranty for them. My guess is it's because they continuously break. I purchased these a second time after my first set broke thinking it's was a fluke plus I had insurance on the first pair (it was offered at that time). If you don't mind replacing these every year then go for it otherwise I suggest you look into something else.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Just okay, and that's if they are on sale

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    boneslinger
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    My main issue with these headphones is that they are just not loud enough, especially if you train in a noisy gym. The sound quality is just okay. My wired ear bud type beats from a few years ago have great sound and loudness, and I switch to them when I go from weights to cardio, and can deal with having a cord. These headphones charge pretty quickly and seem to hold a charge for a long time. The fit overall is okay. Comfort/pain level is good. Others have complained they fail if they get wet, mine have not gotten wet yet. I got these headphones on sale at Best Buy for $99, and at that price honestly I would rate them average overall. At the full advertised price of $199 I would have to deduct a star and not recommend at all. I tried these at $99 because I had an earlier version of these same headphones by beats I got a few years back as a gift, and they were really good. Those got swiped in a locker room, and I needed another pair. Bottom line, my opinion, for $99 dollars, these current model beats are just okay - but no way these are worth the full non sale price of $ 199. At that price you should expect great sound, and the volume level you need in a busy gym environment -- like my old pair of wireless beats had.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Great battery life, painful fit

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    Atl29
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    Pros: Great battery life, easy connection to iPhone, stays connected. No complaints from callers about noise. Very little lag time when using to dictate text on iPhone. Cons: I’m an average size but this is too big for my ear. The rigid hard round plastic piece behind the soft bud digs into my ear and hurts. The over the ear hook is too large and doesn’t sit on my ear, so the hook is completely useless for me. Also tried using the iPhone’s built-in EQ to adjust for more treble/less bass or for voice but none of the settings made any real difference. Not a deal breaker for me but these are known to be a little heavy on the bass. Overall, while I love the battery life, I may return as they are just too painful. I’ve tried them daily for a week.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Ok, but miss my Powerbeats2

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    JessR
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    Bought these when my Powerbeats2 finally died after six years (and they got refurbished during that time as well). Other reviews probably state the differences already and if you didn’t have the 2 then these are probably great for you. I use them to workout and need my music LOUD to inspire me. I honestly don’t think these pack the volume punch that my old ones did. I also need my headphones to have the ear wrap around because buds don’t stay in my ears, and I find the plastic of the 3’s to be more uncomfortable at times than the rubber the old model had. Other differences: no door over the charging port could be dangerous over time of sweat, etc. getting in there even though they claim to be sweat proof so let’s hope! The old case was a nice hard zipper case as well and these came with a flimsy rubber case. May shop around if these don’t hold up to the quality but they are getting the job done for now.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    There worth 99.00, no more

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    Cindy
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    For 99.00 they are worth that . The sound quality are good , but I need more volume for I ride and only wear one earphone . I have cheaper wired pair that sound descent ( not as good as these) but have way more volume . I also bought another wireless pair offline , that start with “S” and they sound just as good as the Beats amd were like 30.00 and have a little more volume than the Beats . Noise cancelling for outside noise is excellent on both pairs I bought ( the Beats & cheaper ones). or 99.00 they are worth that . The sound quality are good , but I need more volume for I ride and only wear one earphone . I have cheaper wired pair that sound descent ( not as good as these) but have way more volume . I also bought another wireless pair offline , that start with “S” and they sound just as good as the Beats and were like 30.00 and have a little more volume than the Beats . Noise cancelling from outside noise is excellent on both pairs I bought ( the Beats & cheaper ones).

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Great sound quality, not enough volume

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    Cindy
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    For 99.00 they are worth that . The sound quality are good , but I need more volume for I ride and only wear one earphone . I have cheaper wired pair that sound descent ( not as good as these) but have way more volume . I also bought another wireless pair offline , that start with “S” and they sound just as good as the Beats amd were like 30.00 and have a little more volume than the Beats . Noise cancelling for outside noise is excellent on both pairs I bought ( the Beats & cheaper ones). or 99.00 they are worth that . The sound quality are good , but I need more volume for I ride and only wear one earphone . I have cheaper wired pair that sound descent ( not as good as these) but have way more volume . I also bought another wireless pair offline , that start with “S” and they sound just as good as the Beats and were like 30.00 and have a little more volume than the Beats . Noise cancelling from outside noise is excellent on both pairs I bought ( the Beats & cheaper ones).

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Average sound and fit

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    Timmy

    Positives: if you have an iPhone you'll love the easy pairing and the way it's integrated into the iOS. The blutooth connection with the Apple chip is ridicuslously good. I never heard and crackling or drops when in range and range with line of site is like 100-ft in my experience. The battery life is huge here. 12 hours with a full charge and the quick fuel feature where you only need a 5 min charge to get 1 hour of use if you have a dead battery. Cons: the audio quality even when you are getting a good fit is not what you would expect from a premium set. And I found none of the tips fit me well. The ear hooks make sure these will never fall off, but this doesn't help me with the feeling that I need to keep pushing the tips back into my ears to restore the fit/sound quality throughout my given activity. Conclusion: I really wanted these to work out for me based on the battery life, quick charging, blutooth connection quality and integration into the iOS but the audio quality and fit with these ultimately were deal breakers for me. I returned my set and finally decided on the bose soundsports for the same price for an even exchange.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Great quality until they stopped working

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    bookie
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    It's a mixed review from me. They provide great sound quality and are perfect for use when exercising/running - they stay in place, are comfortable, and relatively light. Unfortunately, after just 5 weeks of use, they stopped working. Appeared to charge but wouldn't turn on. They were past the Best Buy return window so I had to take them to Apple who sent them off for "repair" (they really only replace for the most part) and was told there was additional damage that sat outside of the limited warranty issue. Wanted to charge me $99. I argued that we did not cause any such damage - as they have been treated with white-glove-type service - and regardless, there was still a power issue that was considered a defect. After some back and forth they have agreed to a replacement pair at no charge to me but it remains to be seen how the next pair holds up. There was also no explanation given for the reason they stopped working in the first place, which concerns me. So we'll see. Still recommend them for the quality of sound and practical uses, assuming we just got unlucky with this particular pair.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    GREAT when they work

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    bff23

    I bought these for myself because from what I gathered, they were the best for workouts. I was training for a half marathon and thought they'd would be perfect, and they were!...for about a month. I NEVER used these in rain and the only water they came in contact with was sweat (which from my understanding that was ok). After about a month the volume control stopped working along with the main button, which allows you to change songs, etc. I tried resetting and the whole shebang but got nothing. The buttons were not jammed and I can only assume it comes from being in contact with sweat. Now the most disappointing part actually comes with Best Buy. They only cover these for 15 days, but don't really make it known (not on my online receipt or on the package when I received them) and I was never offered a protection plan when I purchased them, so they (rudely) refused to help me. Now Beats is more than willing to repair them, but I'm without them for about a week and while it's not the end of the world, it is entirely inconvenient (but wireless headphones are awesome). I'm hoping I get these back in tip top shape, but if you're buying them get the protection plan!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Not for me

    Posted
    Joseph
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    I bought these earphones for my granddaughter as a Christmas gift because I wanted to give her some wireless earphones versus wired. These were kind of different for her because she wasn't used to the over the ear type. She has long hair so it made it a little more difficult for her. She finally got them on and thought they were okay, but I can tell she didn't really like them. So I tried them on and found them to be a little small around the ears which made them a little weird to put them on. Maybe it's just me but I didn't care for how they fit. My ears are not that much bigger than my granddaughters. As far as the sound, it wasn't bad, but I have another set of wireless earphones that I paid half the price that sounded as good or better than these, and are easier to put on. These might be good for somebody else, but not for my granddaughter. I returned them right away.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good sound quality, bad for comfort

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    Leo7123
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    Pros: It has great bass and good sound quality. Comparing to Bose sound sport, I like the sound coming out of this because of it. It uses apple chip so it quickly responds to Siri. You can hear your voice while making phone call, so you can avoid windy environments when trying to communicate. Impressive battery life. No lags or sync issues Cons: I don’t know if it’s only my ears, the cap hurts my outer left ear. It has become unbearable when I move my head. It seems to me the volume buttons carry more weight so my left ear became irritated. When connected to laptop it must be completely removed from Bluetooth settings before connecting to iPhones. It gives priority for computers. (Bose soundsport headphone doesn’t have this issue, but AirPods do too) Uses MicroUSB and the port has no cap to close it. Exposes it to dust and stuff...

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Love and hate

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    BoricuaMami
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    There are things I like and dislike about these. They take a lot of time to get used to because the way they are built is kind of annoying in your ears until you adjust to them. Also because they hang with no attachments, they easy to lose. Sometimes I find the connection is sketchy as well. It will go from my phone to the beats and back to the phone and when you add the car Bluetooth to the equation it becomes even more of a headache. The range is superb, the sound quality is decent for what it is, and I usually do not have recharge problems. When I get home, I just charge them up and they are ready for the next day. I know someone who dropped their is in water and it still works fine. Also, sometimes I feel like my ears clog or hurt when I take off the earbuds. Finally, I don’t know if it is supposed to be noise canceling, but when I have on my beats, I can’t hear Ships — hehe see I didn’t say the word so it’s still a family friendly post lol

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    average headset for a lot of money

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    echoes
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    The good things: Long battery life - real 12 hours; the headset stays good in ears; Good design; fast charging; Connecting to iPhone is really easy. The bad things: Not so good and balanced sound. The bass is way to loud (for those who like only bass, might be OK), luckily Spotifay has built in equalizer (I have iPhone for which there is no equalizers apps ) and I have to turn the low frequencies almost all the way down, but when I plug the phone to my car I have to readjust the equalizer, so I can have good sound in the car. I had wired Sony headphones for about $25 and the had very balanced sound. The rubber cable is too short and if you sweat just a little, it sticks to your neck and when turning your head, it pulls the headphone from the ear, and the buttons, where is also the mic, stays away from your mouth and when you have a phone call, you have to pull the buttons closer to the mouth, so the other side can hear you. And the rubber pouch... it's a joke...

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good Sound Quality and Fit

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    LikeADiamond
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    I purchased these for a discounted price of $99 when I upgraded my iPhone. All I can say is I really, really wanted to like these headphones. I found they had good sound quality (I'm not an audiophile, but a connoisseur type of good headphones) and very tight fit. I don't like earphones that need to be inserted into my ear canal and thought these would be a good choice. My biggest problem was the *tight* fit. They definitely wouldn't fall out or off my ears, but they started giving me ear fatigue within 10 minutes. I spent over an hour trying to get where they wouldn't be so painful to wear, but ultimately ended up returning them. Maybe my ears are just susceptible to tight fitting headphones. I did love the easy pairing with Apple products and how it would automatically sync with my iPad and iPhone. When I would get the right fit, even if it did hurt, they would have deep lows and clear, defined highs. Not sure they would be worth the full $199 MSRP, but they are Beats branding, which automatically carries a premium price tag. I wouldn't recommend at that price, perhaps around $100 price.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend