We have currently reviewed 11 pairs of Beats headphones. They're a popular brand that makes stylish and comfortable headphones. While they used to be known for their excessively bass-heavy sound signature, their newer models tend to sound surprisingly well-balanced.
The best wireless Beats headphones we've tested so far are the Beats Solo Pro Wireless. These wireless on-ear headphones have a great build quality and simple, easy-to-use controls. They're versatile enough for most genres of music as they have a well-balanced sound profile but their extra touch of bass and treble can make your favorite tunes pop. However, while their active noise cancelling feature does a better job of cutting down ambient chatter in an office setting, these headphones struggle to reduce low sounds like plane or bus engines and it may not be enough for commutes. Some may also find their fit tight on the head and they could be uncomfortable if you're using them for many hours at a time. Still, their 24-hour battery life is easily long enough to get you through a long workday or commute.
The best Beats earbuds we've tested so far are the Beats Powerbeats Pro Truly Wireless. These truly wireless earbuds use an ear-hook design that's both comfortable and stable, making them a great choice for more strenuous sports. They're also breathable and don't have an ear cup that can trap in heat, so they won't make you sweat more than normal. Thanks to their accurate, fairly balanced sound profile, you can listen to your favorite tunes as you work out while their 10-hour battery life should also be more than enough for a jog in the park or a lap on the track. However, if you're hanging out in a noisier place like a gym, they can struggle to reduce background noise.
The best wired Beats headphones we’ve tested so far are the Beats EP. They have a very well-balanced sound bass in a compact design that makes them great for DJs. They have deep, punchy bass that brings out the kick of bass-heavy genres like dubstep or house music without overpowering the vocals and instruments of pop, rock, or folk music. Their in-line remote only works on iOS, but if you have an iPhone you won't have a problem making calls on-the-go. On the downside, they don't feel as well-built as other Beats headphones we've tested, but they're also a lot cheaper.
Overall, Beats make sleek and modern-looking headphones that feel like fashion accessories. Although older models have a mediocre-at-best sound quality, more recent releases have improved their audio reproduction to better suit critical listeners while still retaining their powerful bass. However, their headphones are a bit expensive for what they have to offer, especially since the more feature-packed models aren't quite on par with their competitors.
Beats has a slightly unorthodox naming convention for their headphones, but they do offer a decent variety of models for different uses.
Beats have made great improvements to their lineup. They're still a fashion-forward brand that focuses on bold color schemes and sleek modern designs, but their recent models sound a lot better-balanced than what they’ve put out in the past. That said, their products are still a bit pricey for what they have to offer, especially their noise cancelling headphones that don’t deliver the same level of noise isolation that models from competing brands provide.