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conclusion:We like it

83

With the Executive headphones, Beats brings its signature style to the high-end noise-canceling category dominated by the likes of Bose's Quiet Comfort 15. The good news? According to All Things D, the Beats "did a good job of blocking out noise" and PCMag "was impressed by how much the earpads quieted the roar of the airplane's engines." PCMag also says the Executive produces "quality audio performance for bass lovers at moderate volumes" and is "incredibly comfortable." While the Executive is expensive, it's priced on par with similar models like the AKG K 495 NC, and it's also a "gorgeous" set of headphones, according to TechCrunch. If that matters to you, they're well worth checking out.

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Critic reviews

7.7
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    7.4
  • Design and form factor
    8.1
  • Comfort
    8.1
  • Noise isolation
    7.6
  • Durability
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9.0
TechCrunch Oct 26, 2012

Would I buy these headphones with my own money? Probably not, because I’m not the target audience. If you really do fly a lot and you want to show off the fact that you’re someone high-up at a company, the Executive headphones by Dre are worth picking up. For the rest of us, $300 is a lot.

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8.0
AllThingsD Oct 11, 2012

In the end, Beats Electronics proved to me that it’s more than just a brand name. But spending $300 on a pair of headphones is a serious commitment.

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8.0
CNET Dec 14, 2012

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.

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7.0
PC Mag Nov 28, 2012

The Beats by Dr. Dre Executive headphones deliver decent noise cancellation and powerful low-end thump, but there is serious competition to consider in this price range.

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8.0
T3 Nov 26, 2012

Designed for comfort and privacy, the active noise cancelling works brilliantly without sacrificing sound ... However, they're still on the pricey side and the fact that you're stumped for sound when the batteries run out is a slight disappointment.

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6.0
Digital Versus Jan 2, 2013

Beats has made progress with the Executive headphones, but not quite enough. It wouldn't take much more effort to make the firm's headphones a whole lot more interesting.

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5.0
TrustedReviews Aug 31, 2013

The Beats Executive look the part, and provide the rich and bassy sound that’s expected from the range...However, they fairly expensive for the sound quality provided and faulty design causes deformation of the drivers that is likely to result in long-term damage.

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10
MSN Nov 20, 2012

Smart, comfortable and still stylish, Beats Executive block out noise brilliantly and offer the kind of sound you’ll get used to and decide not to live without ever again.

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8.0
mapritchard47 mapritchard47

If you're looking for a good pair of durable headphones that do noise canceling, these headphones will work great for you. There are minor issues including a noticeable hiss while no music is playing, plus you can't listen to music unless the noise canceling is turned on (perhaps because it's a...

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