Music is one of the easiest ways to set the mood and atmosphere in any environment. The sounds of a crowded library can be turned into a classical symphony. A boring treadmill can become a Rocky-inspired jog up the steps of Philadelphia’s Museum of Art. Music can help us block out our surroundings, forget where we are and take us on a journey. Whether it’s at the gym, in the library, on the bus, or even a plane, you’re going to need a solid pair of headphones that are easy to transport, block out external sounds and don’t look like a construction accessory.
Beats By Dre headphones have become the most well recognized brand in the headphone industry. With the endorsement of one of the most influential musical genius’ of our era, Beats headphones have not only become a way to listen to music but more often a fashion statement. But all that comes with a price, as beats headphones range anywhere between $100-$500. The question we’ll be answering today: Is it Really Worth it Just for a Pair of Headphones?
Why Not Stick to the Default Iphone Headphones?
Now I know many of you don’t buy headphones and only use the pair that came with your phone and I ain’t mad atcha. The default Iphone headphones are not only quality, but easy to transport and look clean and simple. For the person on a student budget, who only uses headphones once in a while, this is good enough. My rule of thumb for buying headphones is as follows: think about how many different places you use your headphones within a month (ex: gym, library, work, coffee shops, busses etc). If your list includes 4 or more locations every month then you should probably invest in a better pair of headphones. If it doesn’t and you only use headphones to study at the library then this article isn’t for you. You do you boo boo.
Are You Paying for Quality?
Musicians and producers work hard at their craft and a good pair of headphones should allow the listener to hear all the layers of music within a song as intended by the artist that put it together. However, Beats by Dre headphones ARE NOT the leading brand when it comes to sound quality. Bose, Sennheiser, and even Sony have headphones that are critically reviewed to be far more superior than Beats by Dre when it comes to clarity of sound and noise canceling capability. All these competing headphones are also all sold under $200. If you value quality over style and fashion then check out Sony’s Over Ear Wireless, Sennheiser’s Wireless RS 160, and Bose’s Soundlink AE2w.
Headphone’s are a Fashion Statement
If you think almost all these headphones sound the same and you don’t notice the little differences in percussion, reverb, or bass, then it’s probably important to just find a pair that you think look and feel good. Do you want to be walking down the street wearing headphones designed for studio DJ’s? Probably not… Go back to your list of places that you use your headphones in and see what sort of look fits what you’ll be using it for.
Beats by Dre headphones are the most sleek, stylish and well recognized headphones in the world. They are to headphones what Air Jordan’s are to basketball shoes. Can you play basketball in a pair of basic Nike Hyperdunks? Absolutely. But it’s something about putting on those crisp Jordan’s that make you feel some type of way. Beats by Dre headphones are the perfect mix of quality and practicality so you can listen to a great sound without feeling like you’re a wearing some sort of headset to connect with extra-terrestrial life.
Thinking of it as an Investment
I don’t know about you but I’ve gone through countless pairs of headphones after one ear stops working or the cord starts to break down and not connect anymore. Spending a little more on Beats By Dre will serve as an investment because you will always have a dependable, stylish, and versatile pair of headphones that you will use for years and years. Most Beats by Dre headphones even come with warranties that guarantee quality and durability. So if you have enough use for it and you have the funds to afford it without hurting your bank account, then yes, it’s a justified investment.
And The Verdict Is…
If you’re a professional DJ or musician and you need a pair of headphones that provide quality of sound, I would recommend purchasing a cheaper pair that offer better sound quality. If you’re the average person who wears headphones in everyday places, then yes Beats by Dre headphones are the luxury purchase that offers the best balance of sound quality, style, and comfort.
So the answer is…It depends on you and what your use is! I know that’s not the answer you were hoping to hear but if you’re really looking for the justification to go out and buy a pair then set an ambitious goal for yourself and have these headphones be a little present you get yourself if you achieve that goal.