When Apple acquired Beats they launched a new war in headphone quality with Dr Dre’s Decade Edition packing in some great technology for a fine listening experience. 

Key Features

  • Bluetooth connection for wireless use
  • Wired 3.5mm connector
  • In-line with microphone for calls and audio control
  • Active noise cancellation.
  • 40-hour battery life with a 45 minute charging time.

One step down: JBL provide decent audio at a great price 

JBL Tune 500BT On-Ear Wireless Headphones (£29)

Next step up: Industry-leading noise cancellation according to Sony if that’s vital for you

Sony WH-1000XM4 Over-Ear Wireless NC Headphones (£299)


Apple put their W1 chip in the Beats models to add extra features and technology like the noise-cancellation they call Pure Adaptive Noise Cancelling (Pure ANC) for better privacy. Connecting them to your phone or other device is simple and straightforward.

The build-quality feels solid, with the cans stuck to your head during regular workouts. WHile Apple and Beats go on a lot about design, they look good, and the design is lightweight, durable and comfortable.

You can take phone calls, move around playlists and control the volume or activate Siri using the multi-function on-ear controls. It manages to stretch the battery life for around 22 hours for almost all-day play, and they don’t take long to recharge. 

In use the sound quality is good, but not audiophile quality. Some people with sharp hearing might feel that, but for most buyers they deliver a great sound, especially for modern music with plenty of bass and depth. 



  • Look good, feel comfortable with plenty of features


  • For all that tech, still not the best sound quality


4.8 out of 5 based on 604 reviews

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