Tech Review: Studio Beats headset are a bad buy

Tech Review: Studio Beats headset are a bad buy
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Tech Review: Studio Beats headset are a bad buy

Beats by Dr Dre are inconsistent and poorly constructed. You almost think that they are made to intentionally break to force users to go out and buy another set at the over-priced price tag of $299. The sound is poor quality and they are just not worth it. They easily break

By Ray Hanania

A good headphone set is important. I prefer one with a cord that plugs into the laptop or the iPhone, although in hindsight, I probably should have purchased a wireless set that requires the laborious hassle of constantly charging them.

As it turns out, you have to constantly charge the wired Dr Dre Beats, too. It’s such a terrible hassle.

The cord that you plug in and out of the headset is constantly breaking. Worse, is the cords cost $20 each to replace and you can’t just order one without paying a high shipping charge from or other online stores. And, you have to wait a week or even longer to get them.

Dr Dre Beats headset, headphones. A great sound in a product that isn't made to last. You're just wasting your money buying them. Photo courtesy of Ray Hanania

Dr Dre Beats headset, headphones. A great sound in a product that isn’t made to last. You’re just wasting your money buying them. Photo courtesy of Ray Hanania

Most tech stores like Best Buy — which is really the “worst buy” — don’t carry the cords you need to plug into the headset. You need the cord with the microphone and it has to be stereo. And believe it or not, the stores prefer that instead of giving you a replacement cord for $20, they want you to get frustrated so you have to purchase a new headphone set.



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Why wouldn’t they want that? The headset costs more than $300 with taxes.

The Dr Dre Beats are the most unreliable, although Bose also requires that you charge your wired headset in order to use them. And their cord also breaks easily. Worse with the Bose headsets is that the wire cord has two different plugs on the same wire. A large standard size plug that fits into an iPhone or a laptop at one end near the microphone, and a smaller male input that fits into the headset.

You think they did this on purpose to force consumers to purchase their specific cord, when they break?

The only guarantee that Dr Dre Beats has is that the cord will break. Easily. The end will bend and snap a wire inside the plastic cord. You can’t fix it. You have to purchase a new one.

Wouldn’t it be nice if you could purchase a generic cord to fit on the headset for all of the headsets regardless of manufacturer?

Well, that would reduce the profiteering of the tech industry. Their goal isn’t to manufacture reliable, high quality products. Their goal is to make crap that falls apart, breaks down and requires another investment. The hope is that you get frustrated trying to track down a replacement cord and that you are forced to go out and buy another headset, and pay a fortune, making them wealthy.

Junk to wealth. It’s a robber baron’s formula for success.

My recommendation is to avoid Dr Dre Beats altogether. Find a generic headset that doesn’t cost much and offers the near same quality. They won’t break and you will save yourself a fortune in wasted money and in time trying to find a replacement part that Beats does not provide. Plus, replacement parts are easier to find and cheaper to purchase.

The Dr Dre Beats really suck. And I say that in high definition surround sound quality. Drop them. Find another product and save yourself the hassle.

I spend and waste my money identifying junk technology, so you don’t have too.

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Ray Hanania

Ray Hanania is an award winning political and humor columnist who analyzes American and Middle East politics, and life in general. He is an author of several books.

"I write about three topics, the Middle East, politics and life in general. I often take my life experiences and offer them in an entertaining way to readers, and I take on the toughest topics like the Israel-Palestine conflict and don't pull any punches about what I feel is fair. But, my priority is always about writing the good story."

Hanania covered Chicago Politics and Chicago City Hall from 1976 through 1992. Hanania began writing in 1975 when he published The Middle Eastern Voice newspaper in Chicago (1975-1977). He later published “The National Arab American Times” newspaper which was distributed through 12,500 Middle East food stores in 48 American States (2004-2007).

Hanania writes weekly columns on Middle East and American Arab issues for the Arab News in Saudi Arabia at, and at, and at He has also published weekly columns in the Jerusalem Post newspaper,, Newsday Newspaper in New York, the Orlando Sentinel Newspapers, and the Arlington Heights Daily Herald.

Palestinian, American Arab and Christian, Hanania’s parents originate from Jerusalem and Bethlehem.

Hanania is the recipient of four (4) Chicago Headline Club “Peter Lisagor Awards” for Column writing. In November 2006, he was named “Best Ethnic American Columnist” by the New American Media. In 2009, Hanania received the prestigious Sigma Delta Chi Award for Writing from the Society of Professional Journalists. He is the recipient of the MT Mehdi Courage in Journalism Award. He was honored for his writing skills with two (2) Chicago Stick-o-Type awards from the Chicago Newspaper Guild. In 1990, Hanania was nominated by the Chicago Sun-Times editors for a Pulitzer Prize for his four-part series on the Palestinian Intifada.

His writings have also been honored by two national Awards from ADC for his writing, and from the National Arab American Journalists Association.

The managing editor of Suburban Chicagoland Online News website, Hanania's columns also appear in the Southwest News Newspaper Group of 8 newspapers.

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