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Published on May 11th, 2013 | by Alan Cross

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Beware the Fake Beats Headphones

When I was in Thailand last month, I wandered in a shop in Ao Nang and noticed that they had a really decent selection of Beats by Dr. Dre headphones.  But on closer inspection, they (like the ultra-cheap Apple Nanos in the window) were fakes.

And these counterfeit ‘phones aren’t just confined to Southeast Asia anymore.  Authorities in the UK have just seized 200,000 pairs.  Normally, Beats are expensive, selling for $250 and up.  These fakes were being sold in Cambridge for about $25.

How can you tell if your bargain Beats are counterfeit?  First, the packaging.  The fake stuff is about two-thirds the size of the normal Beats box and it’s very cheap and flimsy.  Check the wiring and the quality of the ear pads. And if the cable isn’t detachable, you’ve been had.  

More at the BBC.


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is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.



One Response to Beware the Fake Beats Headphones

  1. Mark says:

    No matter what you pay for Beats, it is too much. They are not good headphones. Please stop buying them and supporting these companies. Do yourself a favour and seek out actual good headphones! And for the love of god, not Bose. These are marketing companies, not top tier audio companies like they make themselves out to be. They are great at marketing a lifestyle, and guess what: you're just putting your money towards improving their shareholders' lifestyles. Remember, friends don't let friends buy Monster.. or Bose.

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