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An Engineer Took Apart Some Beats By Dre Headphones And Says The Parts Cost £11

But the finished product costs you quite a bit more... H/T Bolt.

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And what do those metal parts do? According to the engineer, nothing: They're just there to add weight and make the headphones feel more substantial – though this has been disputed by commenters on the Gizmodo blog, who say they do serve a purpose.

They wrote: "Screws are cheap but are tedious to install, hence nearly every part on this product is snapped or glued together."

As they conclude: "This is the power of brand; Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine have leveraged their personal backgrounds and a sleek design to launch a remarkable brand that's become fundamental to music pop culture."

You can read the full blog here.

BuzzFeed News has reached out to Beats By Dre for comment and will update in due course.

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