I’ve been using the Beats Mixr by Dr. Dre for about 2 weeks now and to summarize my experience in one sentence: they look beautiful, they feel amazing, they sound crisp, but they hurt like a b*tch. Read on for the details!
Built for the DJ in mind (David Guetta for example, who has his face instilled in the packaging), the Mixrs are on-ear headphones, which have slightly larger earcups than the Beats Solos, providing better coverage and isolation. These are essentially a scaled down version of the Beats Pros.
Both ear-cups swivel 270 degrees, which are meant for single ear monitoring for DJs, but for average consumers, means being able to listen to your girlfriend gossip in one ear while still enjoying your Taylor Swift jams in the other. With the 40mm drivers, you’ll have no problem listening through one ear.
If your girlfriend decides she wants to join the Swiftnation session as well, the Mixrs allows for daisy chaining, meaning so-long to those Y connectors, that cost an additional $5-$10 and an extra piece to carry around. Simply plug the other pair of headphones/earphones into the empty 3.5mm jack and share instantly.
What I love about Beats are the accessories it includes. They throw in a beautifully packaged, functional, and useful hard carrying case. The Mixr’s fold nicely into it and includes a pouch for any wires. Even though the Mixr is built like a tank, I feel a lot more confident throwing it into the case and into my bag.
With DJ equipment in mind, they include 2 audio cables. The usual Control Talk+, which allows for volume and playback controls, as well as a mic to answer calls (no volume or foward/backward skipping for Android devices), as well as a partially coiled audio cable without the Control Talk+ and a 1/4″ audio adapter. I don’t see myself needing to use the coiled cable, but it’s definitely nice to have a backup cable in case something happens to the other.
WHY IT’S AMAZING:
Sound: Like my other headphone reviews, take my opinion about the audio quality with a grain of sand. As an average consumer, these sound crisp and loud, with little distortion at higher volumes. The great part about having 40mm drivers is that I can have my volume set to 40% or lower and still drown out ambient noise in public. Unfortunately it doesn’t work both ways though, there is sound leakage when played at higher volumes, but then again, sharing is caring.
Design: These are possibly the most beautiful pair of headphones I’ve ever laid my eyes on. The matte black finish, aluminum/metal build with hard plastic, the design of these headphones have been very well thought out. We all know the problems with the Solos and Studios breaking due to the hinges, but they changed that with the swivel design, no more hinges, yet still being able to go compact, that’s true engineering and design. Even the packaging, like all Beats, scream quality. With the Mixrs, you’re definitely paying for what you get.
WHERE IT’S LACKING:
Comfort: I wanted to love these long time. Unfortunately, I can’t even wear them long enough to start. Due to the choice of material in the headband, which makes the Mixr ultra durable, it also makes it very stiff – meaning it’s extremely tight on the head. Using the word ‘extreme’ is not an exaggeration. The upside is that no matter how hard you bob your head to your One Direction beats, these will not fall off – even with an ear-cup swiveled off one ear! But after 30 minutes of use, these start to feel like someone is squeezing your head, which leaves your ears fatigued and very hot (due to the tight fit, there is very little air circulation). It’s unfortunate because the cups are made of a very soft but durable material, so I’m not worried about it ripping.
My remedy and what I think Beats Electronics were aiming for? Swivel the ear-cup on one side up once in awhile. This relieves pressure on both sides. This type of use case is exactly geared towards DJs who use their headphones that way, so it’s definitely not a flaw on their part. I just wish they kept the average consumer in mind…
- Metal/aluminum and hard plastic design, making it very durable
- Two cables – one for DJ equipment and another includes Control Talk+ for Apple devices (limited functionality for Android devices)
- Swiveling earcups and daisy chaining are a convenient feature for the DJ in mind
- Strong bass, clear lows, highs, midranges (based on Gadget Reviews tests)
- Discomfort – very tight after 30 minutes of use
I thought I found the perfect pair of headphones and at a great price too! I got these for $210 all-in after price matching at Best Buy. I’m the kind of consumer that wants a nice looking, functional pair of headphones and I’m okay with paying for that quality. I thought the search was over and I could live happily ever after, but headphones are meant to be used to enjoy your music. No matter how sexy or amazing these sounded, if I can’t stand wearing them, what good are they? Other reviews have recommended it may be better for people with smaller heads and it’s hard to say without trying them yourself. But it’s not just going to the Apple Store and putting them on unfortunately, you have to really wear them for 30 minutes or more to realize how regretful your purchase is. If Beats Electronics simply changed the type of material they used in the headband, or even reshaped them to not be so tight, I’ll gladly recommend this to anyone and everyone (don’t even think about breaking them in and hoping in time they’ll feel better because from the feel of the material, it’s designed to keep it’s shape). But until then, I’m returning these.
If you’re a DJ, I’m no expert at what you guys do, but definitely give these cups a go, as it seems these were only designed with the DJ in mind. Otherwise, I’d continue looking.
You can grab a pair at the following stores (in no way am I making anything off of my readers clicking these links, I just thought it’d be more convenient for you):
Apple Store, Best Buy, Future Shop, The Source, Amazon, and Walmart.
And just because I recently discovered him, check out EPICSKATENYC for his video reviews and ultimate stress tests.