Beats Executive headphones brings the slick Beats by Dr. Dre brand to business professionals everywhere. It seems that being the leading headphone amongst the 18 to 24 demographic wasn’t enough for the brand. Now they have set their sights on the jet-setting business traveler who may not want to wear such bold headphones like the Beats Studio, but rather something more refined yet still impressive enough to sit in business class.
With a sleek aluminum body, supple leather ear cups, and pure active noise cancellation, the Executives offer many firsts from Beats by Dr. Dre. The Beats Studio’s have been offering active noise cancellation for years, but on the Executives, it takes it to an entirely new level of being one with the music.
While personally I haven’t been a fan of active noise canceling headphones in the past, the Executives have certainly made me rethink that stance. Traditionally, I have found the active noise canceling feature in top tier headphones from Bose and Sennheiser cause such pressure in my ears that it is too painful for me to wear them for longer than 5 minutes. While I can still feel that pressure with the Executives, it is much more subdued, and it doesn’t degrade the quality of the active noise canceling feature.
Sound quality is top notch with crystal clear highs (sometimes the highs were a bit too high and stung my ears) and solid mids. Bass is certainly weaker when compared to the other headphones in the Beats line-up. However, the Executives still provide a rich low end, but they dont drain out the music, as the highs on the Executives are the stand-out sonic element here. Unfortunately that leads to some music sounding uneven at times. Oddly, there is also a slight hissing sound produced when the active noise canceling is switched on, which on occasion leaks through to softer audio tracks.
Yes, active noise cancellation needs to be manually switched on, which can be found on the right ear cup. The battery cover for the triple A batteries is housed inside the left ear cup. I also suggest bringing an extra set of batteries with you on any long trips – because these headphones won’t work without them. Leaving the Executives in ‘off’ mode will just shut them off completely.
The Beats Executives are a much needed wakeup call for this particular niche of the audio market. Offering durable constriction for the constant traveler, a quality sound experience, and active noise cancellation so you can get some undisturbed zzz’s before reaching your next destination.
Till now business travelers have flocked to Bose, Audio-Technica, and Sennheiser for their subtle looks yet quality active noise cancellation feature. On a recent flight to Europe, the Executives certainly blocked out the noise of the airplane and people onboard around me. Furthermore, the ear cups provided hours of comfort without growing uncomfortable. That said, these headphones are certainly not lightweights, but unlike its cousin the Beats Pro which is very top heavy, the Executives are much more easier to wear for men and women alike. The included in-line mic makes it easy to jump on calls when you leave the terminal – just bring extra batteries. The Beats Executives retail for $299.95 on Amazon.
The Good: Attractive yet professional design, Active Noise cancellation feature works well with little pressure on your ears, very comfortable to wear – even for hours, good sound quality, will certainly take a beating and keep on ticking. Includes everything in the box you need for travel.
The Bad: Doesn’t work at all without batteries, and highs can be too high at times.