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post #121 of 164
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Originally Posted by MacedonianHero View Post
 

The damn hiss of the NC circuitry just killed them for me. I've owned several NC headphones and in this regard, these were the worst...just unacceptable IMO. They are very well constructed and don't sound half bad...just that constant hiss. 

 

Noise Canceling isn't that contradiction in term? Never use it. With that switched off, the Execs are pretty good.

post #122 of 164
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Noise Canceling isn't that contradiction in term? Never use it. With that switched off, the Execs are pretty good.

You can't switch it off though. 

post #123 of 164
I have yet to hear the Pros, but the executive, while being built beautifully, didn't do it for me sound wise. The 2013 Studios sound best of the beats line, to me. If you put the sound engines of the studios in the executives build and charged $300, I'd probably buy some.
post #124 of 164
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Note that the Executives are Beats' best. That's good enough for a pair of Beats. They aren't comparable to other NC headphones.

Actually they're not the best Beats....the new 2013 Studios are better in every way (sonically and with regards to NC circuitry) IME. 

post #125 of 164
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You can't switch it off though. 

I think that was his point. ;)

post #126 of 164
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Actually they're not the best Beats....the new 2013 Studios are better in every way (sonically and with regards to NC circuitry) IME. 
Yeah, the studios sounded way better to me.
post #127 of 164
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Originally Posted by Minarets View Post

I have yet to hear the Pros, but the executive, while being built beautifully, didn't do it for me sound wise. The 2013 Studios sound best of the beats line, to me. If you put the sound engines of the studios in the executives build and charged $300, I'd probably buy some.

http://www.beatsbydre.com/headphones/studio/titanium/900-00188-01.html

 

Still plastic tho.

post #128 of 164

Yes, also my point. The Executives have a robust aluminum build without being too bulky. You can always bypass the circuit by rewiring the circuit, effectively making it a passive headphone. My Executives were rewired this way, and they sound reasonably good, because it no longer had the hissy NC and bass boost.

 

I also prefer the Executive's leatherette headband cushion over the silicone one of the 2013 Studios. The silicone type ones sometimes feels sticky and sticks to your hair a bit.

post #129 of 164

Saw these in BB today and decided to have a listen (I wasn't shopping for headphones, but it was hard to resist!).  I'm pretty sure these are the first Beats I've ever listened to.  I only spent about 5 (extremely enjoyable) minutes with these and I was thoroughly impressed!  The build quality seemed excellent.  They are very elegant and masculine looking at the same time.  They were VERY comfortable (albeit for 5 mins). I found the sound to be excellent!  The sound was so powerful, with very tight bass, not a hint of boominess.  The mids and highs were well represented, and to my ears the output was very pleasantly balanced. I'm thinking that these display cans are probably hooked up to an amplifier since I doubt a phone or mp3 player could put out such powerful sound.  Perhaps they wouldn't be so impressive with my ZuneHD or LG Motion phone, but for about 5 mins I was a believer! 

post #130 of 164
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Originally Posted by zackzack View Post

Say what you will, the Execs is Beats' best. It's truly the most decent thing they ever done. The design, build quality & SQ are all pretty damn good. None of that Sony-like boosted-bass that plagues their other models. It sounds good plugged into an iPod or iPhone. 

No
post #131 of 164
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Originally Posted by ALTmusicLOVER View Post
 

Saw these in BB today and decided to have a listen (I wasn't shopping for headphones, but it was hard to resist!).  I'm pretty sure these are the first Beats I've ever listened to.  I only spent about 5 (extremely enjoyable) minutes with these and I was thoroughly impressed!  The build quality seemed excellent.  They are very elegant and masculine looking at the same time.  They were VERY comfortable (albeit for 5 mins). I found the sound to be excellent!  The sound was so powerful, with very tight bass, not a hint of boominess.  The mids and highs were well represented, and to my ears the output was very pleasantly balanced. I'm thinking that these display cans are probably hooked up to an amplifier since I doubt a phone or mp3 player could put out such powerful sound.  Perhaps they wouldn't be so impressive with my ZuneHD or LG Motion phone, but for about 5 mins I was a believer! 

The Executives actually have an amp built in! It is in the right earcup, powered by 2 x AAA batteries in the left earcup.

 

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post #132 of 164

Are they the only ones?

post #133 of 164
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Originally Posted by lilboozy View Post
 

Are they the only ones?

Only the Studio and Executive lines have a built in ANC amp. I'm not sure if the wireless count though. The circuit in those might also interfere with the balance tuning.

post #134 of 164

Thanks for the info, I didn't know that!  I guess the Exec's ARE impressive...perhaps I'll go back to listen longer than 5 minutes ;)

post #135 of 164
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Originally Posted by ALTmusicLOVER View Post
 

Thanks for the info, I didn't know that!  I guess the Exec's ARE impressive...perhaps I'll go back to listen longer than 5 minutes ;)

 

Although they do sound rather bassy and "detailed", I must say that they blow all the other headphones out of the water in terms of build quality and how they sound. Yes, it's not accurate and not audiophile grade, but I kinda like it! People will know how much money you've spent on them. I bought the Sony MDR-1R back when it was the same price as Beats, and when my mom asked how much I got them for and I said $299, she said:

 

"They don't look that expensive. You should've gotten a pair of Bose headphones!"

 

Looks are everything to a consumer that knows nothing, and even if they've never heard it for themselves, the brand image will tell them how good they are.

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