These $16.99 ‘Urban Beatz’ Headphones from T.J. Maxx Are Pretty Awesome…

I have a $400+ pair of bluetooth-enabled Parrot Zik headphones. Those are better than my new, $16.99 ‘Urban Beatz’ headphones that I bought from T.J. Maxx.

But the strange thing is that they’re actually not that much better.

The Urban Beatz headphones are clearly made of cheaper materials (they are $16.99), but their rubberized exterior and imitative design seems to be fooling people. Actually, they seem to be fooling me: these supposedly crappy Beatz imposters have pretty decent sound quality and EQ range, not to mention satisfactory bass. They also feature a pretty snug fit and an on-cord microphone that actually works.

You can even control the volume on the go, with this handy volume adjuster that is attached to the microphone (and also works). You see, it’s quite possible that these headphones are made in the same Chinese sweatshop that makes the other headphones: just recently, a report emerged that Dr. Dre is minting $100s of dollars per every Beats by Dre headphone sold, thanks to labor and production costs that are about… $16.99.

I looked the Urban Beatz headphones up online, on Amazon. There were a lot of people who felt exactly the same way and didn’t want to pay $300 for a pair.

That’s when I realized something: these Urban Beats Headphones are actually better in a number of ways. For starters, I am not worried about them. And when I inevitably crush, sever, submerse, or abandon my Urban Beatz in a taxi somewhere, I won’t be crushed for the next month. You see, there’s tons more at T.J. Maxx, not to mention Marshalls.

The Urban Beatz headphones also have another advantage: cheap simplicity. My Ziks are pushing the boundaries with things like side-touch music control (yes, you can tap the side of the right headphone to skip through songs), a companion iOS app with EQ control, and Bluetooth-enabled connectivity. But unfortunately, it’s complicated, and I spend a lot of time plugging the Ziks in and fiddling around with bad Bluetooth connections.

And I’d never take an expensive pair out on a workout. But my Urban Beatz? I couldn’t care less about murdering these knock-offs with sweat and steam in a tough workout. You see, I actually don’t mind destroying these things. Even better, I expect them to destroy themselves in about six months, if that. At which point, I’ll try another pair of Urban Beatz, this time in yellow.

Written while listening to the heavy riffs of Grave.

Beats Powerbeats Pro Totally Wireless Earphones (Black)

Overview

High-performance workout earphones
Powerbeats Pro, powered by the Apple H1 headphone chip, will revolutionise the way you work out. Built for elite athletes, these totally wireless earphones have no wires to hold you back. The adjustable, secure-fit ear hooks are customisable with multiple ear tip options for extended comfort, and are made to stay in place, no matter how hard you go. These lightweight earphones are built for performance, with a reinforced design for sweat and water resistance so you can take your workouts to the next level. With up to 9 hours of listening time in each earbud and powerful, balanced sound, you’ll always have your music to motivate you.

Sound like a pro
We listened to real athletes with the intent of designing wireless earphones that matched their toughest workouts – and over and over, we heard that nothing was more important than sound. Powerbeats Pro boast powerful, balanced audio via an entirely redesigned acoustic package, delivering pure sound reproduction, enhanced clarity and improved dynamic range. Because great sound starts with proper fit, these earphones were crafted with a focus on ergonomic comfort to deliver the best listening experience possible.

Play both sides or just one at a time
Left, right or both – enjoy ultimate control over your audio. Each earbud has full volume and track controls so you don’t need your device to adjust your music. Optical sensors and motion accelerometers work together to detect when the earbuds are in your ear to jump-start your workouts as soon as you’re ready to go. With voice capability on a variety of compatible devices, you can stay in the zone.

Power. Play.
Long hours of training? Marathons? Bring it on. Each earbud has up to 9 hours of listening time so you can keep your music going. With the charging case, you’ll get more than 24 hours of combined playback. If you’re in need of extra juice, 5 minute Fast Fuel charging gives 1.5 hours of playback when the battery is low1. To further conserve battery, motion accelerometers detect when they’re idle and automatically put them in sleep mode. And when you’re ready to use them again, simply put them back in your ears and you’ll be off and running. Now you can spend less time worrying about charging and more time charging forwards.

Wireless that works
Powerbeats Pro are ready to go when you are. With Class 1 Bluetooth® technology, these wireless earphones offer extended range and fewer drop-outs, so they stay connected as you keep moving. Each earbud connects independently to your device for better connectivity and freedom of use for music and phone calls. A speech-detecting accelerometer and multiple microphones target your voice and filter out external noise. They’re set up instantly – just open the case and hold near your iPhone, then connect automatically to your Apple Watch, iPad or Mac2.

1. Testing conducted by Apple in March 2019 using pre-production Powerbeats Pro and charging case units and software paired with iPhone XS units and pre-release software. The playlist consisted of continuous pink noise at 80 dB. 5 minute charge testing conducted with drained Powerbeats Pro that were charged for 5 minutes, then audio playback was started until the first Powerbeats Pro stopped playback. Battery life depends on device settings, environment, usage and many other factors.
2. Requires an iCloud account and macOS 10.14.4, iOS 12.2 or watchOS 5.2

What’s in the box
· Powerbeats Pro totally wireless earphones
· Charging case
· Ear tips with four size options
· Lightning to USB-A charging cable
· Quick Start Guide
· Warranty card

Key Features
Totally wireless high-performance earphones

Up to 9 hours of listening time (more than 24 hours with charging case)

Adjustable, secure-fit ear hooks for lightweight comfort and stability

Reinforced design for sweat and water resistance during tough workouts

Volume and track controls on each earbud, voice capability and auto-play/pause

Powerful, balanced sound with dynamic range and noise isolation

Earbuds connect independently via Class 1 Bluetooth® for extended range and fewer drop-outs

With Fast Fuel, a 5 minute charge gives 1.5 hours of playback when the battery is low1

Enhanced phone call performance and call handling from either earbud

1. Testing conducted by Apple in March 2019 using pre-production Powerbeats Pro and charging case units and software paired with iPhone XS units and pre-release software. The playlist consisted of continuous pink noise at 80 dB. 5 minute charge testing conducted with drained Powerbeats Pro that were charged for 5 minutes, then audio playback was started until the first Powerbeats Pro stopped playback. Battery life depends on device settings, environment, usage and many other factors.

Description The Flux Sport wireless earbuds are here to enhance your workout day in and day out. With it’s comfortable, lightweight design and durable sweat proof build these earbuds are built to withstand your toughest training sessions. Play music, take calls, and control your playlist wirelessly withought breaking your stride. Specs

  • Streams music wirelessly from Bluetooth-enabled devices
  • Sweat-proof nano-coating
  • Adjustable in-ear hooks hold earbuds in place during exercise
  • Built-in 6 hour rechargeable battery
  • 24″ cable wraps comfortably around the neck
  • Weight: 2.8oz

Features

  • Wireless Bluetooth earbuds with advanced Bluetooth 4.0 technology.
  • Ergonomically designed – Compact and lightweight wireless earbuds with in-ear design for secure fit and premium sound. Long lasting 6 hour Lithium-Ion battery
  • The Flux Sport earbuds were designed to stay securely in place while moving so they are perfect for sports, running, biking, gym, and exercise. They’re constructed with durable, yet lightweight materials. All packed into a slim, low profile form factor.
  • Sweat Protected Nano-Coating Technology – Durable materials and thoughtful design protect internal components from moisture and sweat buildup.

Earpiece Design Earbud (In Ear) Fit Design In-Ear only Connectivity Bluetooth Wireless Features Volume Control Color Black Brand Urban Beatz Model UB-BTE90-101 MPN UB-BTE90-101 UPC 844702039537 Brand Urban Beatz Model UB-BTE90-101 Part UB-BTE90-101

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