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Fake Beats Lineup: A Social Experiment, IN REVIEW

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So, about a month ago, I got bored and said to myself, let's do a little experiment. I bought a pair of fake Beats Studio, Beats Solo HD and Beats Tour. Bear with me now. :)

 

NOTE: 1. These have all been tested side by side with the real deals, in look and sound at my local mall. 2. I didn't take any pictures like a dummy, so sorry. :/ 3. These were all bought off of eBay, from different sellers, all from China. 4. Pictures of the headphones themselves will be available soon if anyone is interested.

 

Fake Tour: $3.

 

Looks: Almost exactly the same as the real ones. The only main differences were in the tips and the logos. The tips on the fakes have a smaller hole while the real ones have a much more defined hole. The logo on the fakes was shorter, lighter colored and the silver circle was darker than the real ones. The real ones have the "b" logo in a dark red and there is a nice brushed aluminum type finish. The Monster logo on the plug was almost dead on accurate, so no points off there. Fakes came with 3 different tips and a carrying case with the "b" logo. Total score, 6/10

 

Sound: Dear Lord, what an awful sound. The sound signature on these wasn't anywhere close to a "v" or a "u", no, it looks like the Swiffer "S" turned on its side! The highs were muddy, the mids were muddy and the bass was way too boomy and muddy. I would make a joke saying something like, 'they sound exactly like the real ones', but in this case, no. The real ones sound better than these. I WOULD give these to a friend just because I don't want anything to do with them, but I feel like I would be doing them a disservice. They are honestly in my top 3 WORST sounding headphones of all time. Total score, 2/10.

 

Overall: 3.5/10. They might look good, but they sound TERRIBLE.* I don't know but they just don't sound right to me.

 

*This does not reflect other/ all fakes out there, just what I have bought.

 

Fake Solo HD: $12.

 

Looks: Not much to say on the positive side. These fakes are pretty bad on the looks front. Quite a few things don't match up with the real ones. 1. The cable is not detachable, and it goes in both sides of the headphones. Also, the cable 2. There is no "beats by dr. dre" logo on the headband itself. 3. There are no monster logos on any part of the headphones. There is only the "b" logo on the backs of the earcups. 4. No 2nd layer of plastic. Look at some real Solos and see for yourself, there are 2 layers of plastic around the headphones, and the ones I have only have 1 layer. 5. The earpads are not plushy or well made at all. Very poor feeling, they allow the headphones to slide around on your ears, which is annoying. Total score, 4/10 just because the main frame is shaped like the real deal and they do fold up.

 

Sound: I got these out of the box about a week ago from writing this, and I have to say that I was, and still am, impressed. They sound almost EXACTLY the same as the real ones. Very impressed for $12. They sound as good as my Monoprice 8323, which is a weird comparison in itself. But anyway, if I did a blind test with these, I believe they would easily fool a true Beats user into thinking that these are the real deal. Total score, 8/10.

 

Overall: 6/10. While they might not look legit, they sound legit. And to me, that is what truly matters in any headphones, no matter what the brand may be.

 

EDIT 1/13: The wiring has split at the "Y" section and has come apart. They are no longer in use. R.I.P.

 

Fake Studio: $25.

 

Looks: Out of the box, they look almost 100% authentic apart from a few minor details. 1. The headband adjuster is plastic, not metal. 2. The earcups are very cheap feeling like the Solos and they are too small for my ears to go inside of them.* 3. The "b" logo is a light red, almost pink, but is nearly unnoticeable in direct sunlight. 4. There is no "cap switch" where the noise cancelling switch should be. 5. There are no red accent rings on the headphones. Real Studios have red accents on the black headphones, this has a plastic chrome ring. But, these are all minor. To the naked eye, these differences are almost indistinguishable. I find them very well replicated. I got a lot of looks from people. I even got fist bumped by another Beats user,and I'm still not sure what to think about that. Total score, 8/10.

 

*I had some Monoprice 8323 pads leftover from a recent mod of mine, and i tried them on the Studios. They are a little loose, but they stay in place, they are bigger, they are more plushy and they go around my ears, not on them. Glad I had the pads. :)

 

Sound: Almost like the real deal. The lows, mids and highs all matched up for the most part. Believe it or not, there is more quantity bass on the fakes than on the real ones. That was quite a shocker. They were AS muddy sounding as the real ones. It makes me wonder if they are the same drivers as in the real ones, except the real ones are made better, have more branding and are sold by a major company for 12x the money... We may never know. ;) But anyway, not really good but not bad. Pretty nice, actually. Total score, 7/10.

 

Overall: 7.5/10. It's a neat way to fool your friends and random strangers. They are also good for Dubstep, Hip-Hop, Electronic and Dance music. IMO, worth the money. Believe it or not, my friends.

 

In Conclusion: Very interesting look into Chinese build quality and craftsmanship. I have to say, there are some Chinese headphones that I have found that are very solid. Case and point, Takstar Pro80. Very, very well built. I think that the Studios are very well built as well, the Solos just had a bad wiring problem, and the Tours are nearly identical in every way to the real ones aesthetically. 

 

EDIT: Seller of the Studios has stopped selling them.

 

"I hope somebody reads this..." -Anonymous

 

Thanks for reading! -BiggBenn


Edited by biggbenn74 - 1/20/13 at 6:32pm
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"China hasn't had an original idea in... Well, forever. All they do is copy what is already out there, and rip innocent people off.

 

Oh yeah sure, those chinese have no brain. Don't know how they invented the compass, paper, gunpowder, printing  and so. Lol maybe you should read some books or something mate. Anyway thanks for the review, now we all know that beats are $25 crap at max. They really suck.

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Not surprised. Bought them on a flea market? tongue.gif

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Oh yeah sure, those chinese have no brain. Don't know how they invented the compass, paper, gunpowder, printing  and so. Lol maybe you should read some books or something mate. Anyway thanks for the review, now we all know that beats are $25 crap at max. They really suck.

Ha, it's not me, it's my dad. Pretty stereotypical. I had to explain that the Chinese actually have helped contribute to some major technological advances in science and whatnot in the recent past. Although they are mainly known for faking popular brands (i.e. Gucci, Versace, Apple, etc.) I still think that people are a bit two-faced about the Chinese sometimes. Saying things like, 'I don't buy ANYTHING from  China because they are communists and all they build is crap', or something like that. And yet, they go and buy an iPhone and say, 'This is the best thing EVER!!!' And if you look on the back of the iPhone it says: Assembled in China. And yet, people will continue to run around saying that all Chinese products are terrible. Yes, I know that it was designed in California, I was just trying to give an example. But the Chinese are very intelligent people, not a hater here AT ALL.

 

Where would America be without China? ;) Anyway, thank you for reading! Interesting conclusion you have made, I actually agree here. If you are paying for sound, the Beats lineup isn't even worth 25 bucks. There are much better alternatives to beats. I really hope more people get the message.

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Not surprised. Bought them on a flea market? tongue.gif

Nah, eBay. All for a combined total of $40. A good experiment. :)

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I have to admit, this was an interesting read.  I hate to think about how large the inconsistancy is on the looks/sound doing this sort of test with different sellers.

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 I even got fist bumped by another Beats user,and I'm still not sure what to think about that.

Best thing i've read on Head-Fi this year.

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Best thing i've read on Head-Fi this year.

Hahaha, thanks a lot, man! I mean, it really happened, and I was like... What just happened to me? What do I say? Anyway, thanks for reading. 

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I have to admit, this was an interesting read.  I hate to think about how large the inconsistancy is on the looks/sound doing this sort of test with different sellers.

Oh, thank you for reminding me. The seller of the Studios had a picture of some Fake Studios that looked pretty bad in the picture, but they were the best looking for the money. When they arrived, I opened the box and was pleasantly surprised. They look BETTER than the photo. Like you said, inconsistency. Thanks for reading!

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After reading this, there's not much difference vs the original versions. I wonder whats their real value? $80? 

post #11 of 88
Not to mention there are varying qualities of fakes.
I've seen some higher end fake studios that were pretty much identical on every front for around $90.
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After reading this, there's not much difference vs the original versions. I wonder whats their real value? $80? 

I'd say around $50 for the Studio, $40 for the Solo HD and $20 for the Tour.

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After reading this, there's not much difference vs the original versions. I wonder whats their real value? $80? 

 

Consumers price for the studios yes, about $80. The production cost should be about $20 or less seriously. 

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Originally Posted by biggbenn74 View Post

Ha, it's not me, it's my dad. Pretty stereotypical. I had to explain that the Chinese actually have helped contribute to some major technological advances in science and whatnot in the recent past. Although they are mainly known for faking popular brands (i.e. Gucci, Versace, Apple, etc.) I still think that people are a bit two-faced about the Chinese sometimes. Saying things like, 'I don't buy ANYTHING from  China because they are communists and all they build is crap', or something like that. And yet, they go and buy an iPhone and say, 'This is the best thing EVER!!!' And if you look on the back of the iPhone it says: Assembled in China. And yet, people will continue to run around saying that all Chinese products are terrible. Yes, I know that it was designed in California, I was just trying to give an example. But the Chinese are very intelligent people, not a hater here AT ALL.

 

Where would America be without China? ;) Anyway, thank you for reading! Interesting conclusion you have made, I actually agree here. If you are paying for sound, the Beats lineup isn't even worth 25 bucks. There are much better alternatives to beats. I really hope more people get the message.

 

The Chinese are more clever and devious than you can ever imagine, trust me. This is coming from a first-generation Chinese immigrant. The Indians aren't too far behind, either.

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ive seen some fake beats studios here in our country that looks like 90%-100% the same, even the headband adjuster is made of metal. price is around 30-50usd depending how it is close to the original. apparently, the only thing we can tell if it is fake or orig is when we try to apply force on the headband by twisting it, on fake beats, it breaks 100% of the time even if it is not yet twisted too hard.

 

the sound, more "balanced" than the original beats studio--- less bass, more pronounced mids, and the same schitty treble.

 

we also have here beats pro but i haven't actually tested it yet but it looks like an original too me from afar lol... price is around 100-120usd converted.

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