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Bumpin' sound for your tough workouts
If you rely on music to drive you through a hard workout at the gym or outdoors, then you need the Powerbeats — lightweight sports 'phones from Beats by Dr. Dre™. These earbuds use adjustable ear "hooks" that wrap around your ears to keep the buds securely in place, no matter how much you move. Advanced driver technology means that you hear smooth vocals and crisp highs. And a separate woofer pumps out deep bass — perfect when you need that beat to keep yourself on pace.

If you work out with your iPod® or iPhone®, you can use the remote built into the cord to control music playback without having to dig into your pocket for the player. You can even answer calls on your iPhone hands-free, thanks to an in-line microphone.

Product Highlights:

  • in-ear design provides natural sound isolation
  • flexible ear hooks for a secure and comfortable fit
  • advanced driver design separates the woofer and midrange/tweeter for more dynamic sound
  • in-line remote and microphone features supported by iPhone 3GS and 4, iPad, most newer iPods, and numerous other mobile phones (see chart in Hands-on Research for details)
  • sweat-resistant housing
  • 40" headphone cable with mini plug
  • 39" extension cable
  • included clothing clip keeps cable in place
  • includes three pairs of cone eartips
  • carrying case
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

Powerbeats by Dr. Dre™ Reviews

Average Customer Review:

2 Reviews

Great but not with eyeglases

Written by: Keri from Las Vegas, NV on April 22, 2013

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

  • "Coolness Factor"
  • Build Quality
  • Comfort
  • Noise Reduction
  • Sound Quality

Sound was amazing with deep bass and crystal clear highs. Unfortunately, I didn't realize the ear hooks don't fit well with glasses

Pros: Sound quality

Cons: Ear hooks don't fit with eyeglasses

Star Rating

Written by: BG from Frederick, MD on April 18, 2013

  • "Coolness Factor"
  • Build Quality
  • Comfort
  • Noise Reduction
  • Sound Quality

I already have one set and have recently purchased two more for my sons. The earbuds give great sound quality, along with more than adequate range of sound. They also provide security and comfort for the active user. I short, they give great usage for the price. I would recommend this set to anyone on the go and must have their audio go with them.



Hands-on research

What's in the box?

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  • In-ear headphones (with attached 40" cable terminated by a 3.5mm connector)
  • 39" Headphone extension cable (with a female 3.5mm connector on one end and a male 3.5mm connector on other end)
  • 3 Pairs of silicone eartips (S/M/L)
  • Clothing clip
  • Storage case
  • Manual/Warranty booklet
  • Monster brochure

Features and Specs

Fit Style In-ear/Earbud
Earcup Type Closed
Noise-canceling No
Bluetooth No
Frequency Response Not Given
Sensitivity Not Given
Impedance Not Given
Weight N/A ounces
Cord Length 40"
Airline Adapter Included No
iPod Control Yes
Volume Control Yes
Built-in Microphone Yes
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year

Product Research


Driver Technologies: The Powerbeats in-ear headphones utilize exclusive Driver Technologies to deliver great sound with clarity and power at any volume. Built-in subwoofers pump out massive bass, while midrange/tweeters reproduce ultra smooth vocals and clear, crisp highs.

In-Line Remote/Mic Function: The Powerbeats have a built-in in-line/remote function for use with select Smartphones and iPhones. The Powerbeats headphone cable has an in-line call answer button and a microphone so you can easily switch between listening to music and talking on your phone. It also features music and video playback control for iPod, iPhone , and iPad.

  • Music: Play/Pause, Skip/Previous Track, Fast-Forward/Rewind, Volume Up/Down
  • Phone: Answer/End Call, Decline Call, Call-Waiting, Volume Up/Down

Mobile Phone Compatibility: The following chart lists compatible mobile phones (as of December 2010):

Service Provider Phone Model Hands-Free Calling Media Audio Volume Control Play/Pause of Media Tracking & Scanning Back/Forward
AT&T Blackberry Curve 8900 Y Y N Y N
Samsung Eternity Y Y N N N
Blackberry Bold Y Y N Y N
Blackberry Pearl 8110 Y Y N Y N
Blackberry Curve 8310 Y Y N Y N
iPhone 3GS/4 Y Y Y Y Y
iPhone 2G/3G Y Y N Y N
Sprint Blackberry Curve 8330 Y Y N Y N
Blackberry Tour 9630 Y Y N Y N
Palm Pre Y Y N N N
Samsung Highnote Y Y N N N
Blackberry Pearl 8130 Y Y N Y N
Samsung Instinct s30 Y Y N N N
Blackberry 8830 Y Y N Y N
Blackberry Curve 8350i Y Y N Y N
Palm Treo PRO Y Y N N N
T-Mobile Motorola Motozine ZN5 Y Y N N N
Blackberry Pearl Flip Y Y N Y N
Blackberry Curve 8520 Y Y N Y N
Blackberry Curve 8320 Y Y N Y N
Blackberry Curve 8900 Y Y N Y N
T-Mobile Sidekick 2008 Y Y N N N
T-Mobile Sidekick LX Y Y N N N
Verizon Samsung Trance Y Y N N N
LG Dare Y Y N N N
Blackberry Storm Y Y N Y N
Blackberry Curve 8330 Y Y N Y N
Blackberry Tour 9630 Y Y N Y N
LG Chocolate 3 Y Y N N N
Motorola Krave ZN4 Y Y N N N
Motorola Rival A455 Y Y N N N
LG enV Touch Y Y N N N
Blackberry Pearl 8230 Y Y N N N

iPod/iPhone Compatibility: The remote and mic are supported only by the iPod nano (4th/5th/6th gen), iPod classic (80/120/160GB), iPod touch (2nd/3rd/4th gen), iPhone (2G/3G/3GS/4), and iPad. The remote is also supported by the iPod shuffle (3rd/4th gen). Audio is supported by all iPod/iPhone models.

Eartip Selection: The variety of eartips that come with the Powerbeats make the difference between good sound and great sound. With the right fit, you get increased bass response, better tonal balance, and the earphones will be more comfortable. Because everyone's ears are unique, supplies several sizes (Small/Medium/Large) of eartips.

Note: Unlike many in-ear headphones, Powerbeats are not designed to completely seal out external noise. With the Powerbeats, you will be able to hear the outside world while running and biking in or alongside traffic.

Integrated Ear Hooks: The Powerbeats feature integrated ear hooks to help keep the in-ear headphones in  your ears more firmly during activity. These adjustable/bendable ear hooks with flexible-arms wrap around the outside of your ear to keep the headphones in place while you're working out or playing sports.

Advanced Cable: The Powerbeats in-ear headphones utilize an advanced cable with patented technologies for accurate and clear audio. The Powerbeats in-ear headphones also offer rugged strain relief to protect the headphone cable from heavy-duty use. The Powerbeats feature an attached 40" headphone cable and come with a 39" headphone extension cable.

3.5mm Connector:: The Powerbeats feature a 24K gold-plated 3.5mm connector for maximum signal transfer and corrosion resistance.

Cable Management: The Powerbeats in-ear headphones include a cable management clip and cable slider.

  • Cable Management Clip: Attach the cable management clip to clothing to keep the headphone cable under control and out of your way, as well as reduce accidental pulling of the earbuds from your ears.
  • Cable Slider: Use the cable slider to control cable swap while listening. Also slide up to reduce tangles during storage.

Storage Case: The Powerbeats in-ear headphones come with a compact, protective, carrying case to store the headphones when not in use.

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