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    Posted on Dec 12, 2014

    5 Better And Cheaper Alternatives To Every Beats By Dre Product

    While your favorite celebrities love Beats By Dre headphones and speakers, there are other choices for you out there that are better and cheaper. Even Lady Gaga wouldn't be mad at you for trying to save money.

    1. Audio Technica ATH-M50X, The Beats Studio Killer

    What It Costs: $169.00 (Amazon)

    What It Beats: Beats Studio ($299.95)

    What It Offers: The Audio Technica ATH-M50X offers audio that gives you clear, crisp vocals for pop playlists and deep, even bass for EDM rolled into a comfortable design with soft pleather ear pads that make you never want to stop listening. As an added bonus, you get three removable, durable cables so you're not fighting wires all the time or breaking them when you're jamming out.

    Why It's Better: Compared to the ATH-M50X, the Beats Studio overpowers songs with bass that drowns out even the highest of Taylor Swift's notes, which isn't good news for other songs that feature vocals. EDM songs benefit from the bass boost, but can also sound like one part of the instrumental is turned up more than the others. The Beats Studio also has this uncomfortable, cheap plastic headband, and needs to be charged even if they're wired. For over $100 less, the ATH-M50X is a better choice for all those times you need to tune out of reality with your favorite playlists.

    Also Check Out: Sennhesier Momentum ($227.21), KEF M500 ($249.99)

    2. Bose SoundTrue On-Ear, The Beats Solo 2 Killer

    What It Costs: $149.95 (Amazon)

    What It Beats: Beats Solo 2 ($199.95)

    What It Offers: A balanced, "clouds on your ears" listening experience when you want something lighter for a short train ride or a walk. The Bose SoundTrue on-ear headphones have memory foam ear cushions that remind you of your favorite pillow, and have good, balanced sound whether you're getting lost in Sam Smith's voice on "Stay With Me" or vibing to that one guitar solo on Magic's "Rude". While it tends to be softer than bigger headphones like the Audio Technica ATH-M50X, the Bose SoundTrue still gives off very detailed audio that allows you to pick up elements like backup vocals and subtle drums. The headphones also feature a built in remote and microphone for taking calls.

    Why It's Better: At $50 more, the Beats Solo 2 has a sound that caters more towards electronic beats versus catering to all genres on your playlists, and fit a little bit too tight with earpads that just aren't as comfortable. There's no reason you should have to deal with the struggle when you're just trying to relax, and the Bose SoundTrue on-ear headphones simply deliver a more comfortable listening experience than the Beats Solo 2 can.

    Also Check Out: V-MODA XS ($179.99), Samsung LEVEL-On ($125.99)

    3. JayBird BlueBuds X, The Powerbeats2 Killer

    What It Costs: $143.00 (Amazon)

    What It Beats: Powerbeats2 ($199.95)

    What It Offers: Workout earbuds with 8 hours battery of life, detailed sound that eliminates unnecessary noise, and ear-tips that actually stay in your ear while working out. The JayBird BlueBuds X also come with a built-in mic for taking calls and are even sweat resistant for when things get messy. It's worth mentioning that these are the official earbuds of USA Triathlon, so if they can survive miles of swimming, biking, and running, they're worthy of your days at the gym.

    Why It's Better: While seeing LeBron James go beast mode in that one commercial makes them look great, there just aren't enough reasons to buy the Powerbeats2 over the JayBird BlueBuds X. The Powerbeats2 has a shorter battery life of 6 hours, has an uneven sound that gives off a "hissing" noise found with other Bluetooth earbuds, and has a design that pulls the eartips away from the ears for a not-so-tight fit. Save your $30 for your gym membership and get the JayBird Bluebuds X - your long cardio sessions will thank you.

    Also Check Out: BlueAnt Pump ($92.87), SOL REPUBLIC Relays ($66.99)

    4. Logitech UE Boom, The Beats Pill Killer

    What It Costs: $169.99 (Amazon)

    What It Beats: Beats Pill ($199.95)

    What It Offers: A cylindrical and very portable Bluetooth speaker that can get loud with 360-degree sound when your phone or laptop simply can't fill the room. The UE Boom lasts for up to 15 hours on a single charge, has a long-range of 35 feet, delivers audio that doesn't sound like a busted radio at high volumes, and resist water and stains thanks to special coating. If you have two UE Booms, they can even be paired together to create a stereo sound so that everyone in the room can get into the party.

    Why It's Better: Logitech doesn't offer a dock that looks like a Smurf, but if you care about important things like sound, range, battery life and durability, you should go with it over the Beats Pill. The Beats Pill gets choppy even at low volumes and has a shorter battery life of about 8 hours, which defeats the whole purpose of a Bluetooth speaker in the first place. Whether you're throwing your first party at your new apartment or you've had it up to here with your MacBook's weak speakers, the Logitech UE Boom is worthy of your money.

    Also Check Out: Jawbone Mini Jambox ($124.99), Soundfreaq SFQ-04 ($99.99)

    5. Jabra REVO, The Beats Studio and Solo Wireless Killer

    What It Costs: $154.37 (Amazon)

    What It Beats: Beats Studio Wireless ($379.95), Beats Solo 2 Wireless ($299.95)

    What It Offers: A sleek wireless design complete with high-definition sound and touch controls for your most epic tracks, a padded headband and memory foam ear cups, and 12 hours of battery life for when you won't be home for a while. The Jabra REVO also includes a built-in microphone, and is made of durable materials that can withstand your bending and dropping even on your worst days. There aren't many choices for solid Bluetooth headphones that sound great, but the Jabra REVO brings that wireless future you've wanted for so long for a very fair price.

    Why It's Better: Beats makes wireless versions of its Studio and Solo 2 headphones that aren't really different from the wired versions, which means that they still have the same overpowering bass that drown out singing and the same uncomfortable plastic headbands that can make it seem like someone is literally trying to hold you down. But, you're better than that - don't let anything hold you down, keep that extra $100 bill in your wallet, and go with the Jabra REVO if you desire a pair of wireless headphones.

    Also Check Out: Panasonic BTD-10 ($199) , AKG K845BT ($299)