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Ok, flame suit on... my current set is a bright orange pair of beats studios from about 7 years ago. I'm new to the community and want a great starting pair of headphones. These will be primarily phone driven, all types of music. Will these be THAT much better than those beats?
Depends what you're into. Beats headphones use a digital amplification of the bass. These are far more neutral sounding. They don't "thump," but the clarity and soundstage is incredible. If you listen to music with nice midrange and treble, it's a notable step up.
What phone do you have? people report that on iPhones the volume of these is often kinda low because iPhones dont have very good headphone outputs.
And now they don't have any 3.5mm at all smh
OH, I can help I hope! I have a pair of Beats Studio wired that I use on for my PC and mobile devices and these HE350s were my upgrade from them. A couple of things: a.) the clamp was not as intense as the beats, but the pads weren't my favs so I bought the brainwavz HM5 angled pads, super nice now, b.) bass is lacking even w/ the new pads, they DO help but Beats win, c.) the 350s are bighter but the mids are better, However when you replace the pads and break them in the brightness tones down, d.) cable's nicer, my Beats need a charge to even work and not a factor w/ the 350s, build is better overall. So, nicer overall and quality of sound is on par to better, I do suggest just replacing the pads right off the bat. One other note, i'm going to get flack for this b/c i don't feel like scrolling through dozens of pages to find the comment from Massdrop on it, but they ARE harder to drive. **Now, originally I posted all this junk about Ohms and devices I've used and Packaging specs etc, the short version of that jazz is that I can literally cause myself to go deaf w/ the Beats at full volume and w/ the 350s it's only 3/4 that volume when using the same audio source, hence harder to drive