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Beats EP Wired On-Ear Headphone Review

Beats headphones are a premium brand of headphones that typically come with a premium price-tag. When we decided to review the lower-priced model Beats EP Wires Headphones, it was certainly with great interest. Just how good are the lower end line of Beats Headphones? Does the qualitylive up to the brand name and prestige, or do these headphones fall a little flat?

Sound Quality:

The most notable quality about the Beats EP is that for lower-end headphones, the sound quality is rather crisp. Most owners of the Beats EP will be satisfied with their performance for a variety of music genres or audio. Compared to original Beats models the treble is clear and the EP produces a very balanced sound. The bass isn’t overpowered yet apparent for bass heavy songs. Personally, I find the headphones especially excel at pop or upbeat tunes, but they are rather versatile. Perhaps the only critics m I can make is that the Beats EP do not shock me when listening to extremely bass heavy audio. For music listeners who love heavy bass, you might want to look elsewhere. Additionally, as the Beats EP aren’t specifically designed for noise-cancellation, they can occasionally let in ambient noise if you are in a loud environment. Considering the Beats EP are a lower end model however, they perform quite strongly overall and have strong audio qualities.

Comfort & Durability:

Personally, I’m a big fan of lightweight headphone design. At 1.4 pounds, the Beats LP are fairly lightweight, and the mix of plastic and metal components used in construction is fairly solid. My favorite aspect of the Beats LP is the headband actually, which bends quite easily and fits snugly. The ear cups are also tightly fitted, and the lightweight nature of the LP allows you to wear them for several hours of extended use without any major discomfort. Unfortunately, the Beats LP do not fold, and since they are lightweight I am always slightly paranoid when it comes to packing them in a bag. I’ve owned this pair for several months without sustaining any damage, but the lack of folding should be noted.

Features & Use:

The Beats EP may not have a tonne of bells and whistles, but these headphones get the job done. The EP comes included with an Apple remote (which also works with Android devices) that allow for quick volume adjustment and playlist management. The Beats EP are wired, and there is no wireless option available. For gym goers or people who absolutely dread wired products this may be an instant deal breaker, although the wire is a decent length, thin, and not very obtrusive. Several other reviews I have read have mentioned that the wire can fray somewhat easily, so keep this in mind when packing your Beats EP Headphones. Personally, at lower level price ranges I would stick with wired headphones to avoid the risk of sacrificing sound quality for wireless technology, but that’s just me. Overall, the Beats EP are reliable and focus on providing high audio quality before anything else.


I’ll admit I was somewhat skeptical when I first decided to review a lower-end model of Beats. After testing them out for a few weeks, I’ll admit I’m surprised. The traditionally premium brand managed to make quite the decent pair of lower-end headphones. There aren’t a lot of fancy features with the EP, but solid, balanced sound and comfort are the main selling points.

Why You Should Buy The Beats EP Wired On-Ear Headphones:

  • Balanced, crisp sound without a substantial lack of bass.

  • Lightweight comfort, adjustable headband, and well fit ear cups.

  • Overall bang for your buck purchase

Why The Beats EP Might Not Be For You:

  • Wired design

  • Lack of fold-ability and lightweight nature means you really need to be careful when packing these headphones

  • You want to invest in a slightly higher end model of Beats (maybe check out the Beats Solo3?)

Overall Impression:

If you’re looking to upgrade from a basic pair of earphones to your first pair of brand name headphones, the Beats EP are an excellent option to consider. Without breaking the bank, these headphones provide very crisp audio quality, and are comfortable enough to use for the entire day. While they may be wired, the wire isn’t very noticeable, and unless you absolutely require wireless headphones for your daily activities I wouldn’t worry. All in all, the Beats EP are a lower-end model of headphone that get the job done, and will let you enjoy your tunes without any unnecessary complication.


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