• 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Sound quality is.... eh!

    • Written by Bradley J

    Got these as I ride my bike to and from work and while I love my Bose SoundSport Frees, I'm always worried they are going to fly out of my ears. Thought these would be a perfect but sound does not hold a candle. I've always heard that Beats are notorious for being too bass-y and drowned out the mids. These are tinny as heck! I've tried a couple of equalizer options, no dice. I haven't used them on my ride yet and will see if they perform better at competing with road noise as they are not only far more secure on my ears but they do appear to seal better within the ear canal. But so far, not blown away, my Bose sound so much better and for about $80 less.

    20 of 34 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Sound Great, Connection Reliability...Not So Much

    • Written by Maurice L from Oakland

    These sound really good for what they are and I am pleased with that. There is a real serious issue with these keeping a connection. I have to re-pair over and over again and have had them for about 5 days now. They drop connection with my Mac and on IOS devices I actually have to hold down pairing button as if they aren't Apple devices. Hope this is fixed in a future update.

    5 of 10 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Headphone batteries often drain completely in case.

    • Written by Steven F from Washington

    I really like these headphones -- they sound great and fit comfortably on my ears. They're perfect for the gym, especially on the elliptical machine where I watch videos, etc. and it's really nice to not have a wire rubbing the back of my neck. I'd give them five stars except for this -- a couple of times, I've opened the case and put the headphones in my ears only to discover that one of them was completely drained of battery. I've since noticed that the charging mechanism is extremely touchy and you almost have to push the headphones into place to ensure contact with the charger. If not, the headphones batteries will simply drain to 0%. This is unacceptable -- AirPods are so simple -- just drop them in and they charge. This is simply a bad design.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Powerbeats Pro - Great Addition with some fixes needed.

    • Written by Michael G from Chicago

    So far, I'm very impressed. They have better sound quality and bass than AirPods. Will still definitely use AirPods for more casual use. I'm cautiously optimistic that Apple has improved the quality of the Beats brand. I've had BeatsX, Powerbeats 2 and Beats Solo 3, and each have had buttons fail, connectivity fail, power on/off fail, and falling apart of accessory parts, all with very little use/wear. The Powerbeats Pro don't seem to recognize the Hey Siri command very well, but the only places I've tried it are at the gym, where there was background noise and music, and while riding my bike on a bike path; seems Apple would have corrected for background noise given these are designed for use in workout settings. Also, seems the call audio quality for the 2nd party is not as good as the AirPods.

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    So close...

    • Written by Marlow F from Roanoke

    These headphones are growing on me due to fit and finish. They fit really well, stay put, and can be warn for hours without discomfort. Pairing with iPhone is seamless, battery life is awesome, and the case is durable. However...the sound quality is very clear and crisp, too crisp! Given the specs, these headphones have the capability to sound amazing.

    Unfortunately, Apple provides no known way to equalize the frequencies highs, mids, and lows. There are some preset settings for Apple Music. Is that it, not other sources? The only additional "feature" that I can tell at this point is truly needed is a way to equalize the sound for the various types of users and music. If I am just ignorant and don't know how to tweak the freqs, please educate me.

    Until customer sound customization is possible for all music sources, I will continue to rotate these in and out of use with the dozen or so other headphones (buds, cans, wired, wireless) that I have until I find the perfect pair. Praying for a software update or setting that allows for user controlled equalization...

    As an aside, when using the Amazon Music app, the music slows down consistently when the users interacts with the lock screen. Bizarre!

    15 of 18 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Good, But Not Great

    • Written by Hugo S from Tempe

    I purchased the Powerbeats Pro to replace my AirPods at the gym. The AirPods are still my go-to from 9-5, but this product is a pretty good upgrade in sound and fit if you have the cash. Although I consider myself a bit of an audiophile, I haven’t been too disappointed with the sound - functionality trumps sound quality when you’re moving.

    Downside for me: they manage to stay in my ears just fine, but I’ve had issues getting the left one to stay in its charging port. I wasn’t too pleased to learn this lesson once I made it to the gym - working out with only one bud sucked. I then carefully placed the buds in the charging case after the gym, yet I have the same issue today (I’m writing this review while the left bud charges). One would think that the buds shut off, but it seems that they stay on and drain the battery when they’re not making contact with the charging port. It’s a very frustrating flaw to find at this price-point, but I won’t rate them too harshly in hopes that I can figure out the issue. Overall, I’m happy [with a short sigh and shoulder shrug].

    10 of 12 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Sound with Little Annoyances

    • Written by Chris K from Los Angeles

    Pros
    1. Great sound, similar to the previous Powerbeats 2 but crisper and cleaner bass..
    2. The H1 chip is great and having the Hey Siri Feature is a bonus on Beats products.

    Cons
    1. If you loose the case you can't repair your Beats to your phone,
    2. There is often a delay in auto playback when putting them back in your ear.
    3. You can't repair these Beats to your device if you lose Bluetooth connection with the case is at home.
    4. If you're in a loud coffee shop or restaurant good luck taking a phone call. They pick up so much ambient noise.
    5. Apple doesn't offer a replacement case and it's not wireless chargeable.
    5. For $250 I feel like these cons are a deal breaker, but too late for me.

    3 of 5 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Ear tips make all the difference in sound quality

    • Written by Jeff B from West Warwick

    When I first tried these headphones the sound quality was startlingly awful. No volume, no bass, harsh midrange, not a lot of treble. I changed the ear tip to the largest size and It made a huge difference. They now sounded correct to me with appropriate bass and isolation. Comparing them to Beats Studio 3 over the ear headphones the sound Quality is 85-90% as good. However, I have to have the volume of the PBPs at 75-90% to get the same level as the Studio3’s at 30-45%. Seems like they are intentionally throttled to prevent hearing loss. The other issue I run into is that they tend to rotate forward a degree or two which breaks the seal with the ear canal and reduces bass, isolation and overall fidelity. I find sometimes, depending the activity, I have to constantly fiddle with them to maintain “the seal.”

    The moral of the story is as follows: if they sound terrible to you try the next biggest ear tip and make sure they are making a seal with the ear canal.

    6 of 7 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Volume is not loud but..wait

    • Written by Shawn B from Fort Lauderdale

    I picked up my new Beat wireless from Apple, it’s a mixed bag. Many reviews report a low maximum volume level. This is true but, exacerbated by using Apple Music streaming service. I compared the same song with the same streaming via WiFi with four of the top music streaming services, Apple Music comes in at the very bottom requiring maximum volume to get decent output. The competitors require 3/4 volume to achieve the same level as Apple Music. And yes I checked all of my settings. Apple Music perhaps streams with less bits/sec?
    The other negative is a muddy bass. The bass get muddled in with challenging sound tracks and it is NOT pleasing. The mid range and vocals are decent. Fit is where these shine. I have never put in a more comfortable earphone that stays put . The charging case is pretty big compared to the phones themselves. I get , “Is that a Beats case in your pocket or are you just happy to see me” all the time :)
    Bottom line, at $250 plus tax, they aren’t cheap, the fit is awesome, they sound much better that AirPods,but there are $250-350 buds that blow these away in sound. I’m on the fence. I have 14 days, the fit ... oh the beautiful fit :))
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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    They kind of hurts my ears

    • Written by Andrew J from Oakland

    I've been using these for a few weeks and, while I like the noise isolation and fit of the silicone earbuds better than the hard plastic of airpods, the around-the-ear plastic/hard rubber starts to feel pretty uncomfortable after an hour or two. It's a bit painful. If I'd noticed earlier, I would actually have opted to return them. For $250 they shouldn't be this uncomfortable. Obviously, everyone's ears are shaped differently, but worth taking note of.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Durable Airpod fit but lacks bass

    • Written by Jonathan H from Menlo Park

    Compared to the Powerbeats Wireless, the Pros lack considerable bass depth (very apparent w EDM, rap, etc.) I'd say the sound quality is similar to the Airpods with slightly better seal in the ear canal. Pairing was a breeze and the battery life is very good - compromise is having a hefty carry case.

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Powerbeats Pro could be awesome but yet many flaws

    • Written by Mike L from Hadspen

    After waiting some time to get these (having used the Powerbeats 3) these could be an awesome product but they have a lot of teething issues.
    1. The power beats pros connect whilst in the charging case to an incoming call on my iPhone7.
    2. Removed the left earbud and killed the blue tooth connection to the right one that was in my ear.
    3. Remove earbuds from the case and place in ear and music starts to play even though no music was being played. Annoying if your about to make a call or answering a call. This happens randomly and is not a constant when placing the buds in your ear.
    4. One earbud will connect and one will not connect when placed in ear.
    5. Once you have one ear piece in the other won’t connect after you have switched Bluetooth off, and back on
    6. Have forgotten device and tried to repair but it won’t connect, had to turn off phone and try again
    7. My friend who also brought these had similar issues on an iPhone 6 Plus and sent back to apple
    Which took 3 weeks to fix which I found to be to long for repair

    As these cost $350 Aussie dollar I would have expected a lot better product. Not sure is apple is looking at firmware upgrade but I these need to be looked at. I wouldn’t spend the money on these until they sort the above out.

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    This product is worth 150 USD Only

    • Written by Mohammed A from Dubai

    Pros

    1. Good build quality
    2. Exceptional battery performance and recharge time
    3. The ear hooks gives stability

    Cons

    1. No wireless charging at this price
    2. This product connects to ONLY 1 device at a time
    3. Charging case is huge
    4. It doesnt have transparency mode to hear the environment around you, so be careful while running in a park or in the city
    5.The app is completely useless and doesnt have an equalizer and doesnt update the firmware

    11 of 22 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Yes for the hype No for the price

    • Written by jacky H from Vancouver

    To cut to the point,
    Yes these earphones look pretty dope and the connectivity is super fast. Works really well with Apple devices.
    The volume however is quiet, so I had to crank it up to 75 to 85 percent loudness depends on the environment. It doesn't block out the noise, and my ears kind of hurt after a full day of usage, that can be annoying and harmful in the long run to me at least considering I paid about 370 CAD on these.

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Great fit, poor sound

    • Written by william S from stewartstown

    They fit perfectly and the stay firmly placed in my ears when working out and running. Once you find the right tip, I find that they are comfortable during extended use. My only complaint is the poor sound quality. For this price I would expect at least above average quality, but they are below my expectations. As others have said, they sound tinny and cheap. I even went through Apple's equalizer settings on my iPhone, but they didn't help. I would feel much better about this purchase if they fell in the sub $150 price range.

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    The good, the bad, the truth

    • Written by Alex L from Rochester Hills

    The good... the headphones fit securely regardless of the type of work. The sound quality is okay but the noise isolation (especially needed when watching movies on flights) is very disappointing regardless of which size ear tip is used. Battery life is truly amazing for the headphones and the charging case. I can go nearly two weeks without charging despite using for at least an hour every day.

    The bad... almost immediately out of the box there are issues with consistency of syncing with my iPhone. About half of the time, one if not both headphones will not sync. Sometimes I have to go so far as "forget this device" and re-establish the sync with the headphones and the iPhone. After a couple of months I experienced charging issues with one of the headphones (something that seems to be very common per other reviews). However, I found a very easy and understandable solution. Every so often take a damp washcloth and wipe down each headphone and the interior of charging case (do not use a fully wet washcloth as this could permanently damage both as well as void the Apple warranty). This completely resolved the charging issue.

    Overall they are good headphones (not great) and probably very overpriced unless the individual can easily afford such prices.

    6 of 7 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Great earphones, but they don't sync seamlessly

    • Written by Milo S from Brooklyn

    I've had the Powerbeats Pro earphones for 6 weeks. The sound quality is great — exactly what you'd expect from a Beats product. No issues with the battery (they charge quickly, and stay charged for a long time).

    Synching these earphones with my Apple products is a recurring issue. For instance, when I pull the earphones out of the case and put them on, often times sound (from my iPhone) will only come in through one earphone. On a few occasions, even after charging the earphones in their case overnight, I can't sync them with my Apple Watch at all. Sometimes you can resolve these issues by putting the earphones back into the case, and then taking them out again. But for this price point, I'd expect a more seamless synching experience.

    If you get these, I would recommend keeping that old pair of AirPods around as a back-up for your morning jog just in case.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    They work buuuuuut

    • Written by JOE C from Foothill Ranch

    So I have to mirror the reviews that say they don't seal all that well. They sound okay, better than AirPods but NOT by a large amount. I'd say if the AP's are a 5 out of 10 for sound then these are a 7.5 out of 10. Don't get me wrong I'm not looking for Sennheiser or Beyerdynamics over the ear sound quality, I know I'm not getting that, I purchased these for my workouts but still I expected a little better in sound.

    I tried all tips & even bought aftermarket from FoamComply & actually the stock tips were better! But still not great. My 8 year old JBL bluetooth sounds 10 times better.

    Also, I noticed that the handoff isn't always as seamless as it's made out to be. After a workout I through the buds into my bag & my phone synced to my CarPlay as normal. Until my bag rolled around a bit & then the PBP's took over??? I had to go back to my phone & re-sync my CarPlay again? Weird.

    Oh and they're stating up to 9hr battery life????? Hmmmm I don't think so. They were @ 100% when I went to the gym & after only 45 minutes I was down to 80% @ that rate it's looking more like 4 1/2 hours on one charge

    Not 100% certain I'll keeps these.

    2 of 3 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Volume Issues Drive Down Otherwise Excellent Product

    • Written by Troy F from Paoli

    Preordered these and have been using them since they arrived. I have PB2s and 3s and could use them at CrossFit and just about drown out the class music at about 75% volume. The PBPs at max don’t even down out someone talking loudly. I have tried multiple earbud sizes without improvement. Another example is on an airplane. The PB 2s and 3s would drown out the overhead announcements at 50-60%. The PBPs don’t at max. Fit and function are great, but Apple missed the mark with the volume.

    8 of 10 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Love hate relationship

    • Written by Michael M from Los Gatos

    These things are great when they work. Sound is great, they stay in your ear during a vigorous workout. Charging reliability is *terrible*. I learned the hard way you have to be very careful to line up the charging pins and make sure from your iOS device that both L and R are charging. Even so, when I let them sit a day or 2 in a fully charged case, more often than not the charge in L or R is *completely drained*. Had AirPods before and they are quirky also. But the Beats are totally unreliable, all the more frustrating when I like them so much. Come on Apple, get your act together. In the old days Steve’s head would have exploded over quality issues like this. Now a days, seems like nobody cares.