The Beats Executive are stylish, well-crafted but average-sounding headphones. They impress with their solid build quality but disappoint with their sub-par noise isolation performance. They're also quite bass-heavy, which might not be for everyone.
- Sturdy build.
- Great ergonomic design.
- Poor noise isolation.
- Bass-heavy audio reproduction.
The Beats Executive are well-designed headphones. The plush, well-padded earcups and the sturdy metal frame look and feel premium, but the frame is too rigid at times, making the Executives a little uncomfortable. Button layout is simple, efficient and esthetically pleasing.
The Beats Executive have well-padded ear cups but a stiff frame. Although the stiffness could be attributed to their solid build quality, the lack of flexibility is bothersome. Once on your head they feel somewhat comfortable but a little tight and too rigid.
Button layout on the Beats Executive is simple and well-designed. There's only one button on the right ear cup, for noise cancelling, making them easy to use. The rest of the controls are provided by the in-line controls of the thick audio cable and have good tactile feedback.
The Beats Executive are moderately stable headphones. They are a little on the heavy side, and the large earcups sway a lot during physical exercise. However, they are tight enough on your head to stay in place during casual listening sessions and have a detachable audio cable that won yank the headphones of your head if it gets hooked on something.
The Beats Executives are decently portable headphones. They are compact for over-ear headphones and also lay flat or fold up for easier storage and transportation. However, they are still too big to comfortably, carry around on your person, as they will not fit into most pockets and some smaller handbags.
The Executives have decent audio reproduction. The audio profile is bass-heavy and the treble has also been amplified to make the headphones sound more exciting. This profile may work for some genres of music but will over-hype already bass-heavy tracks. On the upside, harmonic distortion is rare even at higher volumes.
Poor performance. Even though the low-end cut off is at a good 29Hz, and the low-bass is at a decent -2.6dB, the overly exaggerated bass and high-bass add a lot of unneeded boominess and muddines to the sound.
Decent performance. The exaggerated bass continues up to the low mids, adding a boxy quality to the sound. The rest of the mid range performs decently, but it is overpowered by the bass.
Decent performance. The high frequencies are nearly as hyped as the bass frequencies, over-powering the mids and creating some version of the "smiley face curve".
The low distortion at very low frequencies is rather uncommon. The overall performance is also good, but there's a rise in distortion at higher volumes.
The Executives fail at properly isolating the listener. Although the seal is decent because of the plush padding of the ear cups, the noise cancellation is weak and barely cancels any ambient noise. They shouldn't be your first choice for isolating yourself in noisy environments and they also leak sound at higher volumes, even with the decent seal.
Decent passive noise-isolation, starting gently from 300Hz, reaching -30dB at around 6KHz. The active noise-cancelling performance however, is sub-par, adding only about 10dB of reduction from 100Hz to 500Hz. They are even less effective below 100Hz.
Average leakage performance. The leakage is also relatively broadband, from 300Hz up to 5KHz.
The Executives only have noise canceling as an active feature. This makes them less versatile for other use cases except as noise canceling headphones, as they lack both wireless features or an app, to enhance and customize their sound. On the upside, the AAA cells deliver an outstanding 71 hours of continuous playback, which is ideal for road trips without needing to change the batteries throughout the day.
The Beats Executive use two AAA batteries to deliver 71 hours of continuous play time. This makes them good headphones to use on long flights or road trips as you won't need to change the batteries as often or throughout the day. Unfortunately, they can't be used without the batteries, and do not have any battery saving features like an auto-off timer.
No compatible app.
In the box
- Beats Executive Headphones
- Carrying case
- AAA battery (x2)
- Audio cables (x3)
- Airline adapter
- 1/8" to 1/4" Adapter