Apple Streamlines BeatsX Earphone Lineup and Drops Prices

Apple today revamped the BeatsX earphone lineup available from its online and retail stores, eliminating several colors and lowering the price.

The BeatsX Earphones are now available from Apple in black or silver, with all other colors, including space gray, gold, white, and blue, discontinued. Apple has also removed the Black/Red Defiant BeatsX collection.


Apple has also dropped the price of the BeatsX Earphones from $149.95 to $119.95, a discount of $30. Apple never offered competitive pricing on the BeatsX, which are often available at a deep discount from retailers like Best Buy.

Right now, for example, Best Buy is selling BeatsX in gray, blue, and black for $90, which is even lower than Apple's current baseline price.

While a price drop could indicate an upcoming refresh of the Beats headphone lineup, prices may have been lowered in an effort to better match the BeatsX pricing available from other big box retailers.

Apple has not tweaked the pricing of other Beats headphones options including the Powerbeats3, the Studio3 Wireless, or the Solo3 wireless.

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12 months ago
I keep reading it as “beats ten”.

Question is what kind of sound improvements can we expect from up coming refresh product ?

Means nothing if they sound exactly like last year‘s models.


There is much need for improvement besides sound quality though that would be good too. My main qualm is the stupid power button. It’s difficult to find by feel, difficult to press, difficult to know if you pressed it, difficult to know whether it’s on or off unless you take it off to look at the light (it only makes a sound when it connects to a source, not when it turns on, but if the device you last connected to is not around then it makes no sound). It’s infuriating. To solve all of this all it needs is a sliding switch. It may not be as “sexy” as an invisible button, but at least it’s functional.

Other issues:
- the play/volume/Siri controls should be on the neck base, not the wire. When I’m running, the controls bounce around and pulls the ear bud out of my ear.
- I’d like double the battery life. I use it all day while at work and frequently run out of battery. It has a neck base so it can afford a bigger battery.
- not sure if the technology is there but I’d love to be able to stream from multiple devices simultaneously. I’m constantly switching between my work computer and my phone all day.

Hoping all or most of this is addressed in the next version. I do like the form factor and the advantages of Apple’s W chip. Though in my opinion there are still too many taps and long presses needed to switch audio accessories.
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12 months ago
Question is what kind of sound improvements can we expect from up coming refresh product ?

Means nothing if they sound exactly like last year‘s models.

I own beats X and gave my own opinion on them being overpriced, you can read my review here if you like to hear my thoughts on them or interested in buying these.

https://forums.macrumors.com/threads/my-thoughts-on-beats-x.2116619/

I actually said they should’ve been priced at $119 not a penny more from the get go. Mine are still working fine.
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12 months ago
I wanted to like these so bad. Total garbage sound quality. And Im not some audiophile. Airpods blow these things away by a factor of 100
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12 months ago
That title is just so so close to Apple Drops BeatsX Earphone Lineup and Streamlines Prices.
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12 months ago
Maybe a new model soon, perhaps at or around rumored October event?
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12 months ago

Question is what kind of sound improvements can we expect from up coming refresh product ?


If a refresh is coming, I'd expect it to focus on improvements in areas other than sound. For example, the BeatsX have been using Apple's W1 chip since launch, which has now been improved and is currently at it's W3 iteration (that now support Bluetooth 5.0, along with other improvements in connectivity, speed and battery consumption introduced with the W2).

I'd also love to see them replace the on/off button with an actual switch (it's always a headache to figure out if you've turned them on or not when you're wearing them around your neck.

They could also do some adjustments to the design (shorter cables for less of a "dog ears" look), better battery life, etc.
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12 months ago
They are good $80 earbuds. For $150 no way.
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12 months ago
This would be nice. The quality of the current models is suspect at best. I've been through about five pairs with various issues. Fortunately the do not bat an eye when I exchange them, so I suspect I'm not alone.

Maybe a new model soon, perhaps at or around rumored October event?

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12 months ago
These beat the Airpods IMO solely for the fact that they're attached. It's one piece. Had mine for a year and love them. Not knocking the Airpods at all, just see a market for both.
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12 months ago

People have different definitions of what it means for earphones to "fit" when using. Their definition appears to be more relaxed where Airpods are concerned.

Well said. I will buy the AirPods immediately if its an in-ear design.
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