- 02-07-2013, 12:42 AM #1
Has anybody compared using the HTC 8x with Beats enabled with any set of Beats by Dre Head/Earphones vs Regular Head/Earphones like Skull Candy, Sony, etc.? I cant really give a comparison since the only set of headphones I have are Beats Solo HDs. But I will admit the sound quality is quite superb. I included a photo to show my setup.
- 02-07-2013, 02:33 AM #2
I went from a set of Skullcandy Hesh to a set of WESC Premium Chambers by RZA which are comparable in frequencies and range to Beats. I thought the Skullcandy's were good but the difference in sound quality is even better. And before anyone chimes in with "its just more bass" the whole sound range is improved, vocals have more clarity and the mid and high ranges are also better. Ive also compared the sound quality on my 8X with a 920 and the beats amp does make a difference. One thing thats still missing though - equaliser - Ive got varied musical tastes and the setting i would use for listening to something like WuTang would be vastly different from listening to say Foo Fighters.
Again its one of those odd things that seems to have been left out of the OS that was there previously in WP7.5
02-07-2013, 04:54 AM #3
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I honestly don't like beats headphones cause they have to much bass, from my point of view. I'm using a Phonak Audeo in-ear, and they are very good. Each sound is there, the bass is how it supposed to be, and I don't need high volume to hear the music, even if I listen to 15/30 I am hearing all the sounds.
note: the phonak audio in-ear have filters, if you want more bass you can change the filters.
- 02-07-2013, 09:32 AM #6
I have JVC Xtreme Xplosives (HA-FX1X) and they sound great with the built in amp using Beats Audio. With it turn on and using regular headphones/earbuds vs good ones there's a noticeable difference in fuller sound and deeper bass. These Xtreme Xplosives sound incredible and they are very cheap. Easily the greatest price-quality ratio you can get.
- 02-07-2013, 09:36 AM #7
I have a Rezound with the Beats earbuds that my wife is using. I have a pair of Nokia Purity HD earbuds for my 822. I haven't compared them on the Rezound, but on my Lumia the Nokia earbuds sound better than the Beats. I've used my earbuds on an 8X with Beats on and they sound really good on that phone also.
02-07-2013, 10:24 AM #8
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I used the in-ear beats, and tried the "Studio" ones, and I think especially for the high price they suck. I'm now using Shure SE-215 as inears and they are way better imo.. and the beats audio setup is useless to me, the Nokia EQ does a much better job for me
- 02-07-2013, 10:57 AM #11
That being said, I love the way they sound with the 8x. Everything is more precise, bass feels much more firm and vocals are very clear! The 8x does the same with other headphones, but the difference is more drastic with Beats imo
EDIT: by "other headphones" im referring to a bunch of mid class $40ish headphones and earphones. I don't own any premium non Beats headphones
- 02-07-2013, 11:00 AM #12
So basically the general concensus is that the Beats audio processing on the 8X is good, but better when not using Beats headphones? I personally agree from experience testing them out in shops, and I am more than happy to enjoy better sound (IMO) on a tighter budget. I currently have the Sony XB400's. If something happens to them, I may simply upgrade up the XB range.
- 02-07-2013, 11:04 AM #13
Sound reproduction-wise, I am not convinced (based on what I have tested in the shops) that they are worth it. Especially when using a portable device.
It should be called iBeats, to go with the over-priced yet average iPhone.
Don't get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with average tech in this day and age, but the price should reflect the average performance. Simply adding more desirable branding should not double the price!
- 02-07-2013, 11:08 AM #14
- 02-07-2013, 11:19 AM #15
To be fair, perceived sound quality is subjective to a certain extent. Also, just because something else can sound better that doesn't mean that other a rubbish.
It reminds me of some of those smug Lumia 920 owners. "Everything else is the Windows Phone lineup is garbage because me Lumia has X Y Z!"
02-07-2013, 08:51 PM #17
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I've used my friend's JVC earphones (mid-ranged), with beats turned on and off, then my other friends Phillips (mid-ranged as well) and then my own Monster Mobile Jamz in-ear headphones. The difference between mine and theirs is HUGE. With beats tho, the general feeling I got, was way better on all of them. I was impressed. I love it but sometimes my headphone jack slot acts up. I'm pretty sure it's a software issue, hope they get to it! Other than that, loving my 8x <3 even if it's 8GB
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