Beats Executive Over-Ear Noise Cancelling Headphones Review

Editor rating

3.7/5 on July 18, 2016 Reviewed by: Mark Torrent

User’s rating

349 reviews


  • Sturdy build quality
  • Comfortable
  • Good noise-cancelling
  • Come with two cords


  • Price
  • Weight
  • Noise-cancelling has to be always on


Most of you will probably want to know how the Beats Executive headphones measure against the Bose Quiet Comfort 15. Honestly, they don’t do too bad. While the noise-cancellation itself might not be as effective, the recognizable sound signature of Beats headphones makes listening a pleasure. It also helps that they cost only half as much as the Bose QC 15 do, even though we still think that they could be even cheaper if the wasn’t for the Beats logo.

With Beats, you always get an abundance of bass. The same is also true for the Beats Executive Over-Ear headphones. These luxurious headphones are made with people who are constantly on the move and want to enjoy the same high-fidelity listening experience no matter where they are.

Design and Build Quality

The Executive headphones ditch the usual youthful look of Beats headphones for a much more elegant silver design. As soon as you pick up the headphones, you won’t have any doubts about their build quality. They are heavy and built to last. The extra weight kept reminding us that we had them on, and we even felt the need to take a break ever so often just to give our necks a chance to recover.

Beats included two cables – on with an in-line microphone and the other without it. They connect only to a single earcup and are ended with an L-shaped plug. Both cables are red and their quality is decidedly above average.

The Executive headphones feature sturdy hinges that allow the earcups to fold flat for improved comfort and easier storage.

Sound Quality

As far as the sound quality of the Executive headphones from Beats goes, the bass is slightly more subdued when compared with other headphones that boats the recognizable “B” on the side. Beats probably wanted to make the headphones more appealing to business people who could take them on long airplane trips.

The noise-cancelling feature may not be as effective as the level of active noise cancellation that you get with Bose headphones, but it does an absolutely adequate job of reducing the steady hum of airplane engines to something that’s hardly noticeable.

But there is a big problem with the way Beats implemented the noise-cancelling: it has to be always on for music to play. That means that if you run out of battery power, the headphones become essentially useless.

What’s in the Box

The packaging includes everything you might need to start listening: 2 AAA batteries, 3.5mm audio cable, ¼” adapter cable, airplane adapter, cable with an in-line microphone, cleaning cloth, and hard-shell carrying case for storage and travel protection.

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