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A more business-like BeatsBeats Executive noise-cancelling headphones are aimed at frequent travelers.
Hi, I'm David Carnoy, executive editor for Cnet.com and I'm here with the Beats by Dre executive headphones. These are noise cancelling model with a little bit more of a business attitude and they're designed to go up against something like the Bose QC15 headphones. That's said they still do look like Beats headphones, but they're a little bit tremor. They also have a little bit more understated design, a little cleaner look to them. And what I like about them is they do seem to be better built than previous Beats headphones. They have a very solid feel to them. They have what seems to be a sturdy metal headband that was full, flat and fit into their carrying case. I also like that they come with a magnetic cover for the battery compartment. These two have to be turned on to be used. One small gripe is that if you leave them on, they do stay on so that's a bit of a problem. Your battery will run out. It would be nice if Beats had an automatic turn off function. As far as other features go, these have a detachable cord and you have 2 cords to choose from; one that has an inline remote and microphone and one that is just a straight cord. You will lose a little bit of quality every time you do go with a noise cancelling headphone. There's a lot of digital processing that goes along with that. The noise cancelling is certainly decent with this. The sound quality is also good to very good. It's really a question of what you're expecting out of Beats headphones. These don't have as much as base as your typical Beats headphones. I like that. They have a little bit more refined sound. That's it people have high expectations for $300 headphones, so you have people all over the map on how they feel about these headphones, but all in all I like the sound a little bit better than what Beats is typically known for. Aside from that, the real question is should you buy this versus the Bose QC15, which also a retail for the same price. These are very comfortable. They may not be quite as comfortable as the Bose and the noise cancelling may not be quite as good, but is really a question of taste. There are some people out there they don't think the Bose are that great, so it's a very difficult choice. I would lean slightly more towards the Bose as a safer choice. They're slightly more comfortable, a little bit lighter, but they certainly are an attractive pair of noise cancelling headphones and yes they are expensive at $300. I'm David Carnoy and these are the Beats by Dre executive headphones. Thanks for watching.