Beats EP Headphone Review
When you hear the name Beats, two things come to your mind! The first thing on your mind is bass-heavy and secondly the high price. The famous Apple brand is different as you still get the bass, but the sound is more balanced for on-ear headphones. However, compared to the other collections in the brand, the Beats EP headphones have an affordable price tag that comes in under the 100 dollars mark. Check out Beats PowerBeats Pro Review
Beats EP Headphone Design
In the past, Beats have had some high priced headphones made of plastic without the high-end finish. However, with the Beats EP, things have turned around to a certain extent. You still get loads of plastic on the earcups and headband but blended with stainless steel arms. You get more of an industrial look with the steal arms giving you a secure fit (believe us they are comfortable.) The headbands not overly tight but do not shake loose either.
The problem is there is a catch! The biggest shortcoming is the headbands not flexible, and adding more steel arms may help to keep it firm, but they cannot collapse down. On the other hand, it is eye-catching with the cushioned ear pads. We found the cans very comfortable and found a great fit with the vertical sliders. Moreover, they may not seal the ears entirely and can let in background noise. But for prolonged use, the ear pads are great.
On the other hand, you can choose a shade that fits in with your lifestyle: white, black, red and blue. However, we did miss the classic black/red combo missing from the palette. No matter what shade you prefer, you will disappoint that the aux cable locks into the left side. Furthermore, it has a fair amount of cable you will be trailing across your body with you if you are right-handed.
Beats EP Headphone Performance
For performance and the price, these headphones do not come with Bluetooth connectivity or noise cancellation. You get an old school pair of earphones with a 3.5mm jack and wired volume control. However, while they skimp on these features, the sound is a different story — the headphones made for musically inclined users. You get a pleasing level of sound without digital dipping cranking the volume up. Furthermore, the sound balanced and playing songs you get a solid baseline.
The bass is not overpowering, and instruments are defined. You may find an occasional hiss out of high tones. Compared to other headphones the sound is not the broadest we have heard. What does get a bit muddled is the mid-range but not a crippling condition affecting the playback. With busy tracks comprising loads of layers, the EP shows are weakness. The vocals pop against a bass drum played, and at times you do not get the desired punch. For controlling your music you can use the inline play/pause button on the cable.
Beats EP Headphone Specs
- Color: Blue, White, Black, and Red
- Cord Type: Wired
- Extras: Battery-free, Adjustable Vertical Sliders, Remote Talk Cable
- Form Factor: On-ear
- Included: Foldable Carry Pouch and Inline Remote/Mic
- Noise Isolation: Yes
- Warranty: 1-year
Beats EP Headphone Pros and Cons
What we like:
- Reasonable sound
- Cool design
- Quality build
What we do not like:
- Not foldable for storage
- Long cable
Should You Buy It?
Yes, if you are tight on a budget, the Beats EP offers you a balanced sound. You get enough bass if you are a low-end lover who enjoys a naturally balanced tone. While it is easy on the eye, it does lack collapsing arms and has a long restrictive cable. So if you want flexible headgear you may find the EP headphone a bit disturbing.
For the everyman, the Beats EP headphone is sure to please your audio needs. You get an excellent balanced sound that will appeal to the masses. While they do not offer fantastic sound, they are more satisfying compared to other headphones of the same price. For comfort, we give these earphones thumbs up but would still like to see them with a foldable design. We do not recommend them for professional use but gives an excellent sound for casual listening. Furthermore, you do not need to charge them, and they block out outside noise to an extent. But when it comes to the price need, we say more!