Beats X Review Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds — Audiophile ON (2024)

Beats X Earphones

In this Beats X review we look at these wireless earbuds are part of the evolution of Beats by Dre since their acquisition by Apple a few years ago. I held off reviewing most of these the headphones in the past because, well they're a bit rubbish and generally overpriced. However, by chance, I just purchased an Ipad Pro 12.9 and along with that came a free set of Beats X. So why not put them through the review process and see how modern-day they perform? Are they an improvement over previous models and how do they compare to the competition?

Previous Beats Headphones reviewed: Beats Solo 2 Review

What are the Beats X by Beats?

The X is a midrange set of wireless earbuds from what is probably the worlds most prolific headphone maker. They are Bluetooth enabled and have the cable which runs between the two earpieces between the neck. This style of earphone is extremely popular for use when running or for going to the gym and the BeatsX do give the nod to that in their marketing.

Available in 4 colors and at a price of around $150 they better be really good because for this amount of money there is a lot of top quality competition and its now really hard to overlook these newly released wireless earbuds from RHA.

A Well Designed Modern Wireless Earbud

Beats X Earphones

I'm in no way a fan of the styling of the Beats X, more indifferent if anything. They look like any generic style earphone with a big letter b plastered on the side. For a lot of people, they pay good money to have that B on their headphones but it does nothing for me personally.

It's a traditional barrel design with a slight angle change at the nozzle to help follow the ear canal. They have a flat cable with minimal strain relief which runs from the earbud housing into a thicker connected cable which runs behind the neck. There is, of course, inline volume and call controls which don't add to much weight but I do wish they were located on the right-hand side given the majority of us are right-handed. Other than the common barrel design they do look quite premium.

The Build Quality & Style

Build quality is actually OK, it's not going to beat something like the RHA MA750 wireless but it is a significant departure from the woeful build quality you find on Beats headphones of the past. My only real concern is the way the flat cable connects to the earbuds. I have had a lot of similar designs fail on me in the past so it will be interesting to see how well these hold up over the long term.

Some tricks and features

The Beats X do have a few tricks and quirks up its sleeve. One thing I really like (and it is available on non-beats earbud models as well) is you can magnetically attach the two earphones back to back when not in use. I really liked this when walking around as they felt much more secure worn necklace style around my neck than if they had just been swinging freely.

The other thing you will notice is that these earbuds charge via a lightning adapter and not with a Micro USB like so many other Bluetooth earphones. That is good news for Apple users and not so great news for Android users who will most likely now be carrying 3 cables (Micro, USB-C, Lightning).

The best feature I think about the Beats is without a doubt the quick charge. From our review, we were getting a solid 8 hours of battery life from the earbuds but the X has something called Fast Fuel onboard. Stupid names aside that means you can get 2 hours of playback from a quick 5-minute charge. That's awesome.

Comfort and Isolation

The Beats X do a solid job of reducing external noise and I could happily use them for flying or a commute. Comfort wise they also perform pretty well and can be worn for long periods without any adverse effects or the need to take a break.

Sound Quality

Beats X Earphones

The sound has always been a weak point of beats headphones. In fact, I think a whole lot of the portable audiophile market growth can be contributed to how bad the first gen headphones were. They made people search for something better.

The Beats X don't sound in any way bad. In fact, these sound pretty good which was somewhat of a surprise due to my experience with beats headphones in the past. It's a performance that will keep the masses happy with an enhanced low end and warm mid-range suited well to modern music. It won't blow the socks off of audiophiles and there are plenty of other headphones that sound as good if not better for the same price.

If we want to get a little bit technical than the top end is quite suppressed with little sparkle or extension. It definitely gets pushed out by the lower end of the sound. Mids are slightly soft and warm. The good thing, however, is that there is no sibilance to be heard so given the choice between screeching treble and one that is rolled off I much prefer the latter.Stringed instruments don't have to much space to them, it's a little closed in but vocals do quite well, especially female vocals.

The bass really is the highlight. I assume that if you are buying a set of Beats earphones you are going to be expecting a fair amount of emphasis on the lows. You won't be disappointed as they have the ability to hit hard and almost produce a sub-bass rumble. Bleed into the midrange is minimal and the speed is just ok, but far better than previous generations.

Soundstage is closed in, something typical of a lot of Bluetooth earphones and detail retrieval is also just average.

Sound wise they are just competent. The sounds good if you like a bassy presentation and don't care about micro-analyzing what is going on with the sound. I think the value though lies in the total package and the end price which makes them quite palatable.

Beats by Dre Beats X Review: Conclusion

A lot of the above might sound somewhat unenthusiastic but I have to keep reminding myself these earbuds are not audiophile earphones and their target audience is not audiophiles.

I have been extremely critical of Beats in the past both with regard to build quality and sound but this feels like a whole different company now that they have been taken under Apple's wing.

The build is not just improved its awesome, the accessories are awesome, the execution is awesome, the sound is only just good and I can live with that because when you take into account the total package and the price these are the best Beats earphones I tested so far.

Beats X Review Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds — Audiophile ON (2024)


Beats X Review Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds — Audiophile ON? ›

The best feature I think about the Beats is without a doubt the quick charge. From our review, we were getting a solid 8 hours of battery life from the earbuds but the X has something called Fast Fuel onboard. Stupid names aside that means you can get 2 hours of playback from a quick 5-minute charge. That's awesome.

Do Beats earbuds have good sound quality? ›

Sound quality is great as well as battery life, iPhone connectivity is designed the same way as AirPods, my only issue is the constantly fall of my ears when working out (reason I got them) I even tried the 3 different earbuds sizes they come with but same results. I'll be returning them.

Are Beats good sounding? ›

While older Beats headphones tend to have a bass-heavy sound that lacks detail, recent models are better balanced. However, they still deliver the rumbly and punchy bass that fans have come to expect. Stylish and sturdy designs. Beats tend to shine compared to other headphone brands in their design.

Which is better Beats X or Beats Flex? ›

The Beats Flex Wireless are better in-ears for most uses than the Beats BeatsX Wireless. The Flex are more comfortable, feel better built, and have a longer continuous battery life. They also have lower audio latency on iOS and Android. However, the BeatsX are more stable in-ear come with a case.

Is Beats owned by Apple? ›

The brand's continued success helps bring the energy, emotion and excitement of playback in the recording studio back to the listening experience for music lovers worldwide. Beats was acquired by Apple Inc. in July 2014.

Are Beats good for audiophiles? ›

The main reason that audiophiles have long been sour on Beats headphones is that the sound quality isn't very good, especially for the price. More specifically, Beats had a distinct sound signature instead of providing a flat frequency response that accurately represented all ends of the sound spectrum.

Are Beats higher quality than AirPods? ›

Given that price disparity, the AirPods Pro are superior in every way. The lack of the Beats Studio Buds' spatial audio and wireless charging are noticeable when comparing the two, but they're also noticeable when comparing other sets of earbuds on the market.

What headphones are better than Beats? ›

Best alternatives to Beats headphones and earbuds
  • Best All-Around. Sony WH-1000XM5. 8.6. Excellent active noise canceling. ...
  • Best bass. Sony WH-XB910N. 7.5. Battery life. ...
  • Best battery. Audio-Technica ATH-M50xBT2. 7.8. Long battery life. ...
  • Best earbuds. Jabra Elite 7 Active. 7.9. IP57 rating. ...
  • Best true wireless. JLab Epic Air Sport ANC. 8.3.
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What is the best sounding headphones? ›

The quick list
  • Best overall. Sony WH-1000XM4. View at Walmart. ...
  • Best budget. Sony WH-CH720N. View at Newegg. ...
  • Best premium. Sennheiser Momentum 4 Wireless. View at Amazon. ...
  • Best noise cancellation. Bose QuietComfort Ultra Headphones. View at Amazon. ...
  • Best affordable sound. Edifier Stax Spirit S3. ...
  • Best open-back. Sennheiser HD-660S2.
Mar 20, 2024

What Beats earbuds are the best? ›

The best Beats headphones you can buy right now
  1. Beats Fit Pro. Best noise-cancelling sports earbuds. ...
  2. Beats Powerbeats Pro. Best workout companion alternative. ...
  3. Beats Solo Pro. Best over-ear headphones with ANC. ...
  4. Beats Studio Buds. The best Beats earbuds for value. ...
  5. Beats Studio3 Wireless. ...
  6. Beats Powerbeats 4. ...
  7. Beats Pro. ...
  8. Beats BeatsX.
Mar 10, 2023

Is Beats high end? ›

Beats headphones offer solid audio quality, strong feature lists, and bags of style. They also often come at a premium price, with cheaper alternatives available that come close in terms of features.

Are Beats or Sony more comfortable? ›

The Sony's ear pads feel, in fact, a bit less soft than their Beats counterpart, but the ear pads are wider. This results in a comparable, if not better, comfort experience. Less cushion on my ears, but more space for them. And they also look more reliable.

Is Beats owned by Bose? ›

The company was founded in 2006 by music producer Dr. Dre and record company executive Jimmy Iovine. Since 2014, it has been an Apple subsidiary. The subsidiary's product line is primarily focused on headphones and speakers.

Why did Apple buy out Beats? ›

It needed an on-demand subscription service to keep up with the industry's pivot, and rather than build its own, it decided to buy one. "Music is such an important part of all of our lives and holds a special place within our hearts at Apple," Tim Cook explained when Apple bought Beats.

Do Beats last longer than AirPods? ›

Battery life

The Beats Fit Pro earbuds can last for up to seven hours of continuous playback, slightly edging out the six hours you get from the AirPods Pro (with ANC enabled in both cases).

Are Beats or Bose better for earbuds? ›

The Bose are more comfortable, have a slightly better noise isolation performance, and their continuous battery life is better. They also have sound customization features to help you adjust their sound to suit your tastes. That said, you may still prefer the Beats if you're an iOS user.

Why do my Beats headphones sound bad? ›

Check that your audio source is on and working. If your audio source is a computer or laptop, try adjusting the configuration settings. If you still hear distorted sound, try a different audio source and an alternate cable.

Is the bass on Beats good? ›

While Beats headphones are known for their bass-heavy sound, some Sennheiser models (like the HD 600) have excellent bass too. It really depends on the specific models you're comparing. Ultimately, "awesomeness" is subjective, so it's best to try them both and see which you prefer!

Do Beats earbuds last long? ›

Your Beats Studio Buds + earbuds each provide up to nine hours of playback. With the charging case, you can get up to 36 hours of playback. And with Fast Fuel, you can get up to one hour of playback after you charge for five minutes.

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