CNET First Look
Beats' new budget-priced headphone is surprisingly goodThe affordable Beats EP is a wired on-ear model that's not only well built but delivers decent sound for the money.
Beats makes plenty of headphones that cost more than they're probably worth but it's entry level EP headphone, which costs $100 is a surprisingly decent value. While this wired on ear model isn't as swanky looking as Beats somewhat forgotten executive and pro models Thanks to its sturdy metal frame, it reminds of smaller low frill version of those headphones. By low frills, I mean, it isn't incredibly flashy and doesn't fold flat or fold up. The headphone is available in a few different color options and it has an iPhone friendly inline remote. Flash microphone for making calls, adjusting volume, and skipping tracks forward and back. A simple carrying pouch is also included. For an on-ear headphone, the EP is comfortable. Though not as comfortable as a Bose on-ear headphone. It's decently and cushioned and fits snugly. Some people might think, a little to snugly. And I'm not sure these are the best headphones. For a person with a really big head. I like the way it sounded. They're a pretty clean and open sound. Particularly for an on your headphone. There's enough treble detail to give them some sparkle. The base is a little exentuated. This is a beat head phone afterall but, it's not bloated or booming. You can of course, find headphones, usually ones that cost more that sound a little cleaner, more detailed, more open, and have. Tighter base but the BCP sounds as good or better than Beats' own Solo3 wireless which costs three times as much and delivers good bang for your Beats buck, so long as you don't mind that wire. I'm David Carnoy for CNET.com. Thanks for watching. [MUSIC]