Do Beats Headphones Still SUCK?

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    We try on 4 of the most popular noise canceling over-ear headphones in the $350 range and decide which ones we think are the best.
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  • Foxtrot
    Foxtrot 7 hours ago +1

    Honestly, this might be... The most terrible headphone review I ever saw....
    But at least they got something right.... BEATS ARE CRAP.

  • Waylen Beare
    Waylen Beare 8 hours ago

    That's nice eh

  • Jonathan Serrano
    Jonathan Serrano 13 hours ago

    I've had the Sony WH-1000xm2 for over a year and they are amazing. Don't feel the need to upgrade as my xm2 is going strong with daily use. Noise Cancelling is great on them.

  • Louie R
    Louie R Day ago

    I have the QC35s and I had some Audio-Technica ANC9s before that. My friend got some of those Studio 3 wireless headphones and he said I should try them, I expected them to feel really premium but they really are complete shit, the sound is crap compared to my Bose headphones and they are much less comfortable. They feel really cheap as well but he still insists they're better than my Bose headphones. 🤦‍♂️

  • Marshmello JR.
    Marshmello JR. Day ago

    Beats R.I.P

  • Ben Nguyen
    Ben Nguyen Day ago

    I love my Bose !

  • Ya_boi
    Ya_boi 2 days ago

    I like the sound of the Sonys over the bose and bose over the beats. I think the bose feels more comfortable by a smidge and has better noise canceling by a smidge but

  • Nixon The god
    Nixon The god 2 days ago

    I own a pair and they are worth it they are definitely not how you rate them

  • T B
    T B 2 days ago

    This all sounded as subjective as an icecream test

  • trường lê
    trường lê 2 days ago +2

    I don't care about this comparassion cause i've wh1000x-m2 and it is still good.ALL I CARE IS WHY CAN I GET DAT DENNIS SHIRT

  • Nicholas Uglow
    Nicholas Uglow 3 days ago +1

    Sony people, where you at!!!

  • Cloud 9
    Cloud 9 3 days ago

    still buying beats

  • Kenji Tasaka
    Kenji Tasaka 3 days ago

    People really need to stop buying Beats

  • lostn65
    lostn65 4 days ago

    TLDR: Yes

  • Khalil Subahi
    Khalil Subahi 4 days ago

    linus is the type of guy who gets sponsored and roasts the product

  • Memestream
    Memestream 4 days ago

    Overears in public are fine okay? 😭

  • Rov_R
    Rov_R 4 days ago

    Sony: Right headphone: Has a touch display that controls volume, next and previous song. If you hold your hand over it it tunes down the volume of your music and activates your microphone on the outside so that you can listen and hear the ppl who are talking to you. Also, you can call ppl from your phone over voice activation via a button that you press and hold on your left headphone. You didnt even mention these features is to me outragous. Sony is the clear vinner by a huge margin.

  • Carlos Vazquez
    Carlos Vazquez 4 days ago

    Watching this with my Bose QC35ii. I would still choose the Bose over the Sonys because I can connect the Bose to two devices at the same time, so I can work on my laptop and my phone. Plus, they sound great. Good video. Greetings from México :-)

  • Lovewith Koenigsegg
    Lovewith Koenigsegg 4 days ago +1

    I m using jvc sz2000 for BASS

  • Walid Chattahi
    Walid Chattahi 4 days ago

    Beats still the best. Bose isbullshet!!

  • 𝖘 𝖍 𝖎 𝖗 𝖔

    For me the head bang test was one of the most important deciding factors in choosing between the Sony and the Bose, thanks for putting that in guys!

  • Ruz
    Ruz 6 days ago +3

    Beats are just overpriced. I will never ever have one LOL

  • Nirvana fan
    Nirvana fan 6 days ago

    Only the earphones are goods

  • Sam Vegas
    Sam Vegas 6 days ago

    The bose are the best in my opinion. They are so comfy, they use the same charging cord as most of my devices, and they have buttons.

  • Sam Vegas
    Sam Vegas 6 days ago +1

    I work in an electronics store. The beats are just not worth it unless you price match them for like 75 bucks less. They have this metallica ting to the sound but the bass is pretty good. Would only recommend if you price match them and if you listen to bass heavy music

  • Pillow Botanical Mist

    I personally used to own a sony over ear MDR-XB950N1 and they broke. I miss the bass quality...

  • Derek Gorski
    Derek Gorski 6 days ago

    When you listen to this video with beats on and realize your buying Bose earbuds😂

  • Paulo Fernandes
    Paulo Fernandes 6 days ago

    Im scared that Microsoft is taking the position of premium experience over actual sound quality like Apple has done in the past, and just dissapointed that Apple is failing at even that now. Especially because they have no excuse with how seamless using airpods is

  • BallisticIre
    BallisticIre 7 days ago

    i have beats earphones but bose headphones

  • Simon Geswin
    Simon Geswin 7 days ago

    The surface Headphones win cause they look cool AF

  • Bob the Bacteria
    Bob the Bacteria 7 days ago

    U hAtE if BeCause YoU CqaNT AffFORdIT FagGoT !1!1!

  • Daan w
    Daan w 7 days ago

    Just get good wired headphones for like 200$ with a detachable wire. Get a bluetooth receiver for like 20$ (MPOW or something). Tape it to the side and BAM, amazing sound quality, bluetooth functionality and you save a 100$. It may not look as nice as integrated bluetooth but hell, you can get way waaaaaay better headphones if you care about sound quality over these shitty ones mentioned in the video.

  • Daan w
    Daan w 7 days ago +1

    Apple users be like.

    Need to upgrade my earpods so buying Beats!

    Sound quality goes from shit to absolute garbage.

  • TheLazyWanderer
    TheLazyWanderer 7 days ago +1

    _uses jack connected to an ai_

    Caveman, eh?

  • George Orwell
    George Orwell 8 days ago

    you should have included Sennheiser and Bowers and Wilkins and maybe Beyerdynamic

  • Garrett Runyon
    Garrett Runyon 8 days ago +2

    In this audience beats are well established... as crap

  • Red Snake
    Red Snake 8 days ago

    With the sony wh1000mx3 you can touch the right cup with your right palm and it can completely pause the music but not on your left

  • Haneen K
    Haneen K 8 days ago


  • Paul Lester Arrozal
    Paul Lester Arrozal 8 days ago +1

    When you put your palm on the right ear cup of XM3, it will let you hear the surroundings.

  • Billy Dino
    Billy Dino 8 days ago

    clearly beats headphones suck but i got them for christmas, i want to get gaming headphones but my parents will get the eletric chai- Okay so how do i lowkey get gaming headphones without telling them i hate the beats

  • Ceetress J.
    Ceetress J. 9 days ago

    Have the xm3s. Sound, ANC outstanding, but quality sucks. Hinges are so cracky. Even when i talk, the cracky sound comes into the earcups.

  • Shivam bansal
    Shivam bansal 9 days ago

    More of a 'mock beats' video

  • Ben K
    Ben K 9 days ago

    ugh.. Honey.. really? isn't that just the new Gator? :\ I don't expect all the sponsors to be angels but still.. takes advantage of people who don't know better.. do not install Honey!

  • J R
    J R 9 days ago

    Trick question, they always sucked

  • DroidLocks6971
    DroidLocks6971 10 days ago

    1st unenjoyable video on the xm3 Sony. Such effeminate males doing this video

  • David Schwab
    David Schwab 10 days ago +1

    The Sony and Bose are definitely the two strongest options here.
    Having used both on an airplane, the Sony has slightly better noise cancelling (ANC).
    Also, the tech is cooler on the Sony and they can adjust to different ambient pressures and your ears to make the ANC even better (which they didn't do in this test).
    The Sony has a nicer app than the Bose and has a really nice EQ system if you want to change the sound to fit your own needs.
    The Bose just edge ahead in the comfort department (IMO) but it is fairly close. The ear cups on the Sony can get warm after awhile and my left ear touches the foam padding inside the cup, although not everyone will have this issue.
    The Bose also come off as having a better build quality to them. The headband on my XM3 creaks (like Linus's in this video) which isn't confidence-inspiring.
    I occasionally hear creaking while the XM3s are on my head when I move my jaw to talk or chew gum. I just switched to the Dekoni Audio aftermarket pads for the XM3 and this issue has disappeared.
    IMO, either is a good option, but you'll have to decide which is best for you. As of now, both the QC35 mkII and the XM3 are $300 on Amazon.
    If you want the very best ANC, sound quality, battery life, and newest and greatest tech, the Sony XM3 wins.
    If you want the very best in comfort and (potentially) reliability, the Bose QC35 are a great option.

    I personally ended up keeping the XM3 because of the better ANC, battery life, and sound. I found the comfort close enough to warrant keeping the Sony over the Bose, even though when I bought them, the Sony were $50 more expensive.

  • Evincer Fyle
    Evincer Fyle 10 days ago

    Beats win simplicity and minimalistic looks

  • SomeOneOnline
    SomeOneOnline 10 days ago

    I just always thought Beats were just bad headphones.
    And didnt really like when people say that Beats are so good when they're not

    • Shuu秀修
      Shuu秀修 9 days ago

      Those who say beats are good are people that don't have good music tastes or people that are just apple biased.

  • Zenshi
    Zenshi 10 days ago +1

    Yo your hair is traash kid.

  • Shane Hordagoda
    Shane Hordagoda 10 days ago

    Did he say I'm a caveman??? ef you bro! I didn't hear anything after that! YIP YAP YAPPETY YAP YAP! YES I STILL DO HAVE 3.5mm HEADPHONE JACK! so what?!

  • candyflosscrown
    candyflosscrown 11 days ago

    I don’t get all the hate with beats big whoop fashion brand they sound good only with apple products :)
    but there pills suck anker soundcore all the way with the bose soundlink I don’t care I just got a pair of beats by apple from the carboot for £1 I do hope apple work at improving them though

  • Cris Wilgermein
    Cris Wilgermein 11 days ago

    My friend had beats...
    The left speaker make this *thump* sound when you walk...

    He said they were brand new.

  • Biggie Cheese
    Biggie Cheese 11 days ago


  • Nikhil Venkata
    Nikhil Venkata 12 days ago

    WTF! Why am I getting hindi in subtitles

  • Sathya narayanan
    Sathya narayanan 12 days ago +1

    *s q u e e z e m i n e*

  • Juanito Cardona
    Juanito Cardona 12 days ago

    Thank you ! What a great video !

  • lvm111
    lvm111 13 days ago

    Kitchen counter review. what a joke!

  • Emily Vlogs
    Emily Vlogs 13 days ago

    Skull candy crushers???

  • Nick Howley
    Nick Howley 14 days ago

    I can't believe people are stupid enough to buy Beats.

    • longpheu
      longpheu 12 days ago

      Well, the flagship Studios usually go on sale for as low as ~ 200 USD, significantly lower than the competitors. For 350 USD, I agree the Studios are overpriced. But for someone like me who is heavily invested in the Apple Ecosystem, want a stylish design and decent sound quality for an average consumer, I think 200 USD is reasonable.

  • Maximuz
    Maximuz 14 days ago

    If I'm spending 400 bucks on a pair of headphones you bet that I'm going to pick the most comfortable and the best sounding. If I would have to pick between the comfort and sound I would definitely pick comfort any day, every day, twice on a Sunday.

  • D A B S K I
    D A B S K I 14 days ago

    Where are the JBL's?

  • Hobbes Tiger
    Hobbes Tiger 15 days ago

    Have you ever wondered what diseases are transferred via infected earwax?

  • Chad Lamica
    Chad Lamica 15 days ago

    Y’all beats haters

  • Optic G
    Optic G 15 days ago

    Im using the earphones that came with the s10

  • ScytheBlader
    ScytheBlader 15 days ago +1

    And I'm over here about to order Skullcandy hesh 3s

    • tanukiemon vn
      tanukiemon vn 14 days ago

      ScytheBlader Have u done so ? Beware of the plastic-ey build which can break easily

  • curly10808
    curly10808 15 days ago +1

    Bose for the win, any day, sony is good but bose is just more comfortable and in my opinion slightly better sound

    • Seer King
      Seer King 14 days ago

      Sony 2nd gen wh1000xm2 has better drivers and codecs and anc on paper and in real world experience. WH1000XM3 LATEST GEN, is even better with new hardware and destroys Bose. Bose uses old cheap sbc codec lol what a joke. They cant even hit high res. Bose is just equalizer gimmicks. Sony won and beat Bose quiet comfort 2 with there 2md gen and just destroyed them with there 3rd gen. These ignorant biased Bose lovers. Are ignorant. They're brainwashed by a marketing ploy hype to the name brand and dont care about anything else that's real.

  • Gabriel Yeung
    Gabriel Yeung 15 days ago +1


  • Ruben Olthof
    Ruben Olthof 15 days ago +1

    I'm straight and even then I wouldn't suck as bad as Beats do. No, seriously......

  • DerSchlingel 45
    DerSchlingel 45 15 days ago

    What about the Sennheiser PXC 550?

  • onaaj
    onaaj 16 days ago

    I've been using the sony's now for a couple of weeks and man.. i've been loving them, the interface is great and intuitive, the noise canceling works great but on the subway when you get wind onto the mics its a little weird. But overall one of my best purchase ever

  • daffy duck
    daffy duck 16 days ago +1

    I was going to scream and insult you for betraying my trust with that caveman remark, but then I heard that song and forgave you
    Don't do that again
    This sub is for the review, not your poor taste in audio signal transport

  • BH Prototyping
    BH Prototyping 16 days ago

    i got the sony's and i love them.

  • Thomas Jensen
    Thomas Jensen 17 days ago

    They still suck yes

  • Robert Adams
    Robert Adams 17 days ago +1

    Theres only one reason why people buy Beats. Its because of the name ( logo). They sound exactly how a flushing toilet sounds. The Beats Studio 3 are shitty, but still are the best ones in Linus's list. Everybody knows Linus is blind. Are you hard of hearing as well?.

    • Connor G
      Connor G 16 days ago

      So why did they buy it before the name meant anything?

  • David Carreon
    David Carreon 17 days ago +1

    everybody in the comments:
    sony is better, i prefer bose, i have the microsofts, i keep my beats..
    me: i have all of them.

  • izoyt
    izoyt 18 days ago

    jesus, do people today actually use headphones for listening to the music? according this "review", not really. how is the f.. audio quality on those?

  • Bound4Earth
    Bound4Earth 18 days ago +1

    Long story short, all of these headphones are literal shit compared to Shure SRH940s and are not worth the money. This channel is shit because they do not even talk about how shit the Sony/Bose headphones sound compared to a 100$ set of studio monitoring headphones are, who gives a fuck if it is slightly better noise cancelling, if it does not cancel all of the noise, yet sounds like literal shit in comparison. Disappointed in your SHIT review. Buy some SRH 440s instead for less then $100 and enjoy quality. Wireless is just shit apparently if these 4 headphones are the best.

  • Toxically Masculine
    Toxically Masculine 18 days ago

    noise canceling headphones suck

    • Ezugo Obuekwe
      Ezugo Obuekwe 16 days ago

      Toxically Masculine In terms of sound quality?
      Well the Sennheiser PXC 550’s would like a word.

  • Ethan Stretch
    Ethan Stretch 18 days ago +1

    Dude, this was so helpful! 👏 tysm!

  • Robert Joyce
    Robert Joyce 18 days ago +1

    Forgot to mention that you can place your hand over the right ear cup of the Sony headphones and it will enable the ambient noise. Remove your hand and the noise cancelation with begin again.

  • Evan Beatz
    Evan Beatz 18 days ago +1

    Oh boy, here comes the Beats hate bandwagon. They look WAY better than all 3 of those headphones and the sound quality's actually not that bad. Don't even @ me

    • Ezugo Obuekwe
      Ezugo Obuekwe 16 days ago

      Evan Beatz That’s all you got? I don’t care how they look, I only care about how they *feel and sound.*
      And I don’t like the sound of the Studio 3’s especially in comparison to the Sony’s and Audio-Technica’s I have.

    • Sam Rutledge
      Sam Rutledge 17 days ago


  • Iceburg Barbell
    Iceburg Barbell 18 days ago +1

    I was having buyers remorse over the Bose QC35II over Beats as an iPhone user, but that is gone now! Thank you!! I plan to use these on a plane predominantly.

    • Ezugo Obuekwe
      Ezugo Obuekwe 16 days ago

      bluepeng889 Solo’s are just Bass boosters.

    • bluepeng889
      bluepeng889 17 days ago +2

      I have the QC35's as well as an iPhone user but Beats are pretty bad. The Studio's sound terrible and the Solo's sound ok but are really uncomfortable for me.

  • Theodore Nagra
    Theodore Nagra 19 days ago

    You have to use an apple product to get the best noise cancellation with beats. They are really good for apple products but not for any other phone

  • James Avery
    James Avery 19 days ago +6

    Micro usb is the shittest connecter ever made. The latch always jams shut

  • Nofxthepirate
    Nofxthepirate 19 days ago

    2:32 OH GOD THE CRACKLING! Even the microphone was in agony over that disappointment!

  • Ruben Castillo
    Ruben Castillo 19 days ago

    This video actually helped me I was deciding on which headphones to get between the Sony and Bose but I at the end of the day it comes to my personal opinion but anyways thank you

  • Ford f150
    Ford f150 19 days ago

    Only thing lacking is the bass 4 me

  • jcgoobee
    jcgoobee 19 days ago +1

    Beats = dead beats.. LOL

    MLS RISE 19 days ago

    Buy a girl for her birthday or xmas beats you will get ps*sy buy her any of the others generic no status looking headphones you aint getting sht. lmao

    MLS RISE 19 days ago +1

    I know you virgins will get upset but I love my beats studio wireless..... You have to realize that wearing beats is like wearing versace compared to an unknown brand.... The unknown brand could even use better material but no one knows what it is it looks generic and cheap because it doesnt have the status of versace... Beats come with status and clout so if you wanna get more p*ssy and props from friends wear BEATS they sound/ look amazing too.

    • Ezugo Obuekwe
      Ezugo Obuekwe 16 days ago

      @MLS RISE I prefer to wait till marriage, my brother is the one who's into that stuff like you are not me. If I'm going to even impress a woman at all then I'd buy a Rolex watch or some other fashionable brand like LV, Gucci, or something else like that after I've accomplished much in life not teeny bopper garbage that masquerades as audio equipment. _Real_ status symbols.
      Also B&O means Bang & Olufsen. European names happen to be the most fashionable brands in existence.

    • MLS RISE
      MLS RISE 16 days ago

      @Ezugo Obuekwe look at that dumbass name B N O BAD ODOR??? lmao

    • MLS RISE
      MLS RISE 16 days ago

      @Ezugo Obuekwe you sound like the type not get any females bro.... damn

    • Ezugo Obuekwe
      Ezugo Obuekwe 16 days ago

      @MLS RISE >caring what females think
      They're sheep, of course they're going to like it. Until it breaks, that is.
      B&O is better anyways in both looks and overall quality.

    • MLS RISE
      MLS RISE 16 days ago

      Ezugo Obuekwe Buy a girl beats and then buy another one one of them other shts. Watch and notice their reaction 😂😂😂

  • Melina Mobley
    Melina Mobley 19 days ago +1

    Yes Beats still sucks....

  • Mike P
    Mike P 20 days ago +1

    For a noise-cancelling headset, there are better options for your money than Beats. Bose and Sony are okay. I do think the sound with Beats has gotten better (at least comparing them at Best Buy with my iPhone). But they still don't even come close to my Sennheisers.

  • Leo J
    Leo J 20 days ago

    Why does linus look so much worse in headphones

  • Michael Wilburn
    Michael Wilburn 20 days ago +1

    I work at best buy and in all honesty I try my hardest not to sell beats. You can get better for less or. Better for the same price. Please stop buying beats. Please I'm begging you. They are the most returned headphones for their price point.

    • Ezugo Obuekwe
      Ezugo Obuekwe 16 days ago

      @Mike P It's mostly because of their W1 chip and codec support. Then again I didn't exactly like their sound even through an apple product.

    • Mike P
      Mike P 16 days ago

      @Ezugo Obuekwe Do they sound better on Apple gear? I wonder if their output impedance is lower that maybe they sound better versus something that requires more power to drive. I like my Senn HD598 and that's not high impedance and sounds fine.

    • Ezugo Obuekwe
      Ezugo Obuekwe 16 days ago

      Michael Wilburn Got that right. Sadly they’re the only ones that work best with Apple users.

    • Mike P
      Mike P 20 days ago +2

      I like that Best Buy now carries Sennheiser. At least the one near me does.

  • ephram St. Cloud
    ephram St. Cloud 20 days ago

    Always looking for something to criticise Apple, if it had come from another brand it they would have been praised.

    • Ezugo Obuekwe
      Ezugo Obuekwe 16 days ago

      ephram St. Cloud Beats was always like this even pre-Apple.

  • Auna Breslin gaming
    Auna Breslin gaming 20 days ago

    Outside of the crappy headpad on beats: I for one..find the studio 2/studio2 wireless to just be nicer than the 3rd gens

  • Vikturus22
    Vikturus22 21 day ago

    I have owned the bose headphones now for a year and a half. BEST HEADPHONES I HAVE EVER USED. I Bought them because I was flying to Thailand for a mates wedding and wanted to not hear a plane for 10+ hours. I now use them every day at the office for up to 6 hours at a time with no problems at all. Excellent sound, AMAZING comfort and suprisingly good batery life. I have tried the sony's and they are good, I just prefer the bose qc35's.

  • Kyle Wang
    Kyle Wang 21 day ago

    The box and the case probs cost more then the actual beats headphones

  • Uglyprincw
    Uglyprincw 21 day ago

    The intro to this video, just, purely the first 5-10 seconds is 100% the best example of Linus being a cock-waffle you could give.

  • Holden
    Holden 21 day ago

    Would any of these be ok to wear to gym?