These are great looking, stylish headphones. Too bad they sound like garbage for their price range. When I asked for audiophile headphones, I received these for my birthday. Nice try, parents, but these are far from audiophile grade (although they retain audiophile prices!). If you're a person who cares more about style or branding than you do about audio and construction quality, these are for you. I'm not going to lie, they are decent sounding headphones. The problem, though, isn't with the sound. It's with the price tag. This price for these headphones? Someone somewhere is laughing at all the suckers that buy these slightly-better-sounding-than-average headphones with an audiophile grade price tag. I've bought much cheaper skullcandy headphones that sound as good as these do, just with less powerful bass. And, if you're in to muddy, overbearing bass and not quality, clearly reproduced lows, these are the headphones for you, assuming you're also in to paying a huge markup for a brand name. Their construction is decent, much better than the original beats which were mostly plastic with some metal bits here and there (the ones I got as a gift broke 3 months later under normal, careful use). I have to admit I do like some of the features, and they really did improve the overall feel of these headphones (they feel more solid, whereas the older beats were plastic, flimsy and rattled like cheap headphones when you shook them). One thing I like about them is the detachable cord. I have to summarize this by saying while dre's iconic headphones have seen some improvements with this new mixr model, they still are outrageously priced for what really matters about headphones - the quality of the sound. It's what I would expect from a $50 pair of headphones, not a pair at this price. If you're ready to drop triple digits on headphones, investigate a pair of sennheiser's, audio technica's, shure's, or any other from a myriad of audiophile brands. You'll get a much better, sturdier product, and the difference in audio quality will be astounding. This is what I did - I got a pair of Audio Technica A700x's (which were less expensive, by the way) and couldn't believe what I was missing with the beats. in the place of muddy, overbearing bass, suppressed mids, and forced highs was crystal clear, powerful lows, crisp mids, and crystal clear highs. Do not pay retail prices for them, if you do you are getting ripped off. Once I got my audio technicas, I sold the mixrs to the 8 year old kid across the street for all his Christmas money - $40 bucks - and he got great headphones for the money he spent, which he was very happy about. But spend any more than that, and you are throwing away your money.