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The relationship went downhill due to financial terms

Beats Electronics and Monster Cable Products have decided to go their separate ways once their contract expires later in 2012.

Beats Electronics, a brand of headphones and loudspeakers that is marketed by hip hop artist Dr. Dre and Interscope-Geffen-A&M Records chairman Jimmy Iovine, has decided not to renew its five-year contract at the end of the year with electronics company Monster Cable Products, which manufactured the headphones since 2009.

The relationship went downhill due to financial terms, according to Businessweek. Both sides would argue over who deserves the most credit for the idea and for the success of the top-of-the-line headphones.

At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week, Noel Lee, chief executive of Monster Cable Products, unveiled some of his plans for the future of his company post-Beats Electronics. While Beats tends to cater to young 20-year-olds, Monster is looking to appeal to other groups such as athletes, business professionals and women. He showed off some of the company's new headphones at CES, which are now available for pre-order.

An example of Monster's new offerings is a pair of in-ear headphones dubbed the Miles Davis line where the buds are shaped like trumpets and have volume controllers that look like piston vavles. There are currently eight new lines.

"We can be the Apple of the headphones space, with or without Beats," said Lee.

Beats will continue to hold the rights to the sound technology, the brand and the circular design after the break-up. While Beats can be found in HTC smartphones, HP computers and the Chrysler 300 S sedan, it's looking to expand into audio gear for athletes and TVs as well.

"We have very big ambitions for Beats beyond headphones," said Iovine. "Music has got to succeed on the phone or else the record industry will never thrive."

As far as the split goes, Iovine said, "They're doing their thing, and we're doing ours."

And the beat goes on.

Source: Businessweek



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RE: Imagine that...
By chmilz on 1/13/2012 10:50:13 AM , Rating: 2
To be fair, the Beats line of headphones is about the only product made by Monster that's actually almost not a rip off. Many headphone review sites rate them average or better in their price bracket. $300 headphones that are actually almost worth $300, while my $2 HDMI cable is on par with their $65 one.


RE: Imagine that...
By bobsmith1492 on 1/13/2012 11:25:22 AM , Rating: 2
Not a chance... I used a pair of noise-cancelling full over-ear headphones and they were horrible. Lots of hissing (noise) independent of the input signal, they were super uncomfortable, sound quality was poor (tinny), the power/low battery LED died after a month, and the cable failed for one ear after a month and a half.

Not worth $300, not even close. A decent pair of Sennheisers would blow it out of the water for half the price, other than the noise cancelling which seems more of a gimmick for a full-ear closed phone.


RE: Imagine that...
By lelias2k on 1/13/2012 12:59:08 PM , Rating: 2
Apart from the Bose QC15, every single noise-cancelling headphone I have tried does the hissing. AFAIK it's part of the whole noise-cancelling process.

But I've heard many people saying the Beats are really optimized for rap music (which makes perfect sense, coming from Dre), so if you're into other styles, you better off somewhere else.


RE: Imagine that...
By bobsmith1492 on 1/13/2012 1:07:32 PM , Rating: 2
It definitely did its own frequency shaping. Bass was definitely accentuated, which was fine by me except the high end sounded pretty bad.

The hissing wasn't bad by any means; it was definitely quieter than the room noise.


RE: Imagine that...
By kleinma on 1/13/2012 4:42:09 PM , Rating: 2
I had a pair of creative noise cancelling headphones that I liked a lot because the over the head piece had a hinge that could fold the over the ear unit in half and make it pretty compact to carry around (for example in my laptop case). They also took 2 AAA batteries so I would never worry about having to charge them or the eventual death of a non replaceable internal battery that ever since apple did it, everyone now thinks is ok to include in their product.

They died on me after 5-6 years, I think because one of the batteries went bust and coroded inside the headphones. (I guess that is a downside to the AAAs, but not really the headphones fault).

I went to best buy because i found they had died right before taking a long trip and could not wait to order something online. They had bose, beats, and rocketfish. The rocketfish line I guess is a best buy exclusive line, so that should be enough to scare someone away from the start, but all in all, I ended up with them for around 110 bucks, and they work very well. They might not be as good as the bose, but they were no where near the price. They do have an internal battery and charge via microUSB, but overall they feel nice on my head, and do a very good job with noise cancelling. So check those out if you are looking for something.


RE: Imagine that...
By HurleyBird on 1/13/2012 6:49:47 PM , Rating: 2
So, as someone who buys headphones that are noise cancelling, let me ask you something: Why?

It seems that a lot of consumers want the "noise cancelling" box checked off, but why do you want the hassle of batteries, coupled with the fact that the money you're paying for noise cancelling could have went into better sound quality instead -- and even if money was of no consequence to the engineer, I can't see noise cancelling doing anything besides hurting sound quality.

Not to mention that when you have a pair of closed headphones or iems with good isolation, you aren't going to hear anything else anyway when the music is playing unless you're next to an airplane taking off or at a rock concert. Even musicians who are recording or playing live don't bother with noise cancelling tech.

So why on earth does the average consumer gravitate so heavily towards this inconvenient and unnecessary feature?


RE: Imagine that...
By Dorkyman on 1/14/2012 2:27:24 PM , Rating: 2
I've had 3 different noise-canceling phones over the years, and maybe 6 regular phones, and 2 in-the-ear Shures.

If all you listen to is amped-up heavy beat music, then you're right, isolating noise is irrelevant. But for every other kind of music, the quiet passages are greatly helped by the isolation.

The ultimate in isolation is from the in-the-ear devices, especially when coupled with expanding foam tips. Blissful silence. Put me on a plane near a screaming infant, I don't care because I can't hear it.

Another big benefit of noise isolation is that you can happily hear your music at a much lower (and safer) level. There are millions of people walking around with permanent hearing loss due to loud music. Ask any hearing doc; it doesn't take a lot of exposure to do it.


RE: Imagine that...
By millerm277 on 1/15/2012 4:02:45 AM , Rating: 2
Because the noise canceling allows me to hear everything else, but NOT have to hear the continuous droning sound in the background. They're great on airplanes/other forms of transportation.

Isolation completely isolates me (obviously), which isn't so great if I may want to hold a conversation or do other things instead of just listen to something/sleep.


RE: Imagine that...
By kleinma on 1/17/2012 11:28:55 AM , Rating: 2
Sounds like you have never taken a plane ride where your seat is right next to the giant engine strapped to the wing. Take a few flights like that and then you won't ask that question anymore...


RE: Imagine that...
By chmilz on 1/13/2012 7:06:06 PM , Rating: 2
http://www.head-fi.org/ - these guys know more than you do about earphones

Here's the direct link to their huge iem review thread (since I'm more of an iem user than over ear or noise cancelling):
http://www.head-fi.org/t/478568/multi-iem-review-2...

They rate Monster Beat headphones as "average", just as I stated.

I personally picked up a pair of ViSang R03 after consulting this site, and I'm blown away at how many layers of music I was missing due to bad headphones. Best purchase I've made in years.


RE: Imagine that...
By HurleyBird on 1/13/2012 1:22:48 PM , Rating: 2
Those 300 dollar headphones are easily bested by the $80 SR60i.

Not to mention you can pick up a set of AKG Q701's right now for $300 that will utterly eliminate the beats

Or if you want to stay with a closed back headphone, you can spend $150 on M50's.

Beats sound quality is crap, and they are definitely overpriced.


RE: Imagine that...
By TakinYourPoints on 1/13/2012 6:27:37 PM , Rating: 2
Not true, compare them with $200-$300 headphones by Audio Technica, B&W, or Sennheiser, and the difference is very noticeable.

What Beats does is seriously crank up the bass and treble. Listen to the same song on a Beats and any of the other brands I mentioned above and it almost sounds like a remix. Beats aren't accurate headphones at all.


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