Beats by Dr. Dre Executive headphones

The Good The Beats by Dr. Dre Executive noise-canceling headphones have a sleek, sturdy design, fit comfortably, offer good sound for noise-canceling headphones, and come with two cords, one of which has an inline remote with microphone.

The Bad They're expensive and a bit heavy, and there's a faint hiss with noise cancellation activated, and noise cancellation must be activated to get sound.

The Bottom Line The Beats by Dr. Dre Executive noise-canceling headphones have an appealing design, strong features, and good sound, but they don't quite measure up to the Bose QuietComfort 15 noise-canceling headphones.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 8.0
  • Features 8.0
  • Performance 7.0
7.5 Overall

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Beats Executive (Silver)
Beats by Dr. Dre Executive headphones
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Review

Better Beats but not Bose killers

You probably don't associate the Beats by Dr. Dre brand with corporate chic, but that's the vibe the company is going for with its Executive noise-canceling headphones.

In its marketing pitch, Beats says the Executives are designed to "take you from [the] boardroom to the tarmac and everywhere in between. These headphones deliver the legendary Beats sound now in a refined premium package that's easier than ever to take on the road."

In other words, it's trying to dip into the same crowd that Bose runs with -- and why not, those are the guys and gals who can afford to pay $300 for a pair of headphones.

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Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $300
  • Brand Beats by Dre
  • Type headset
  • Color gray
  • Headphones Ear-Parts Type Full-size
  • Connector Type mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm
  • Sound Output Mode stereo
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