From left > right starting with mixr beats neon range ( ltd editions) in colours pink, blue , green, yellow and orange, followed with standard mixr range - red (ltd edition in UK), white and black.
Neon range of mixr beats are noticeable for vivid colours and uniform white ear cups, compared to the standard mixr beats which have the same color ear cups as the headband and ear cup arms that have more subtle/classic colours. The black mixr beats are one of if not my number one fave out of the entire range, the all black theme even covers the ring surrounding the beats "b" logo which is silver on the red and white standard mixrs, but I guess this break of continuity on black mixrs was chosen by beats as it enhances the red beats logo and overall cool style. Beats also broke continuity with the black mixrs by using a black tone of colour circular bevel used on each ear cup arm for adjusting fit and pivoting, which is a silver/chrome effect on red and white standard range, for added style as already mentioned I'd guess was also beats reason here.
The mixr series of headphones was designed in collaboration with French celebrity DJ David Guetta who spent 2 years in developing the mixr headphone to what it is today. Primarily designed for DJ's, live performers and audio engineers, they also can be used as simple listening to music by anyone, especially for users requiring light weight, small footprint easily carried when travelling use.
Noticeable features which show mixr's dj and professional capabilities is the 270-degree radius, pivoting ear cup arms, which smoothly rotate for seamless transition to single ear monitoring. As with all beats headphones, each ear cup has individual jack input to choose which side left or right to connect and with an extra jack input allows another connection to daisy chain from, so a friend can hook up to your headphone jack to listen to your music with you. A light weight feel, ultra compact design, and high grade materials ensure mixr headphones are natural performers.
Mixr beats have the loudest drivers throughout the entire beats range, likely to cover professional use such as in a dj environment where a booming club sound system may make monitoring the next track to be mixed difficult with standard volume headphones. The max volume level is amazingly loud and distortion free.
The mixr range manufactured by beats LLC seem to have a more neutral sound compared to the mixrs produced by Monster which had more of a bass sound signature.
Mixr headphones were firstly produced on behalf of beats by Monster, until their contract expired and not renewed when beats LLC produced product directly. All mixr beats on photo are produced by beats LLC, apart from black standard mixers produced by Monster, noticeable by logo markings on each side of ear cup arm in replacing the "beats" markings on standard red and white mixrs, which in turn differ from neon range marked with "mixr" rather than "beats" or monster logo. Monster wording also displays on cables jack input outer casing on black mixr beats (cables not shown on pic).
Standard beats mixr beats come with the usual red colour cables that connect headphones to your playback device, and also a black hard shell carry case for storage and protection, and a micro fibre cleaning cloth to keep mixrs spick & span gleaming. Neon mixr beats range are the first beats headphone to not use standard red cable, instead use white, as is the hard shell carry case rather than standard mixrs black type.
Cables provided are one with in-line microphone for taking calls if using mixrs with smart phone, as volume fades out to allow interference free communications. This cable also has volume control, track forward and back, in addition to answer/end call and voice dial. Second cable is a straight jack to jack type with no features other than connecting headphones to device, for DJ, sound engineer etc use.
Mixr beats sound quality is fantastic, easily handling heavy bass without any distortion, and the new neon range have an improved sound signature of a more neutral sound than before which many regard an improvement from prior signature that leaned towards a more bass driven sound reproduction.
Mixr headphones, altogether - hard to beats...
Photo taken by myself, with Fujifilm X100 camera, using wide angle lens.
That is your opinion of course and not fact.
I personally disagree with your remark that looks mean nothing, as aesthetic appeal is hugely important for virtually all consumer products, else brand owners would not employ designers or invest multi millions of funds into creating desirable products that not only perform respective required function, but are pleasing to the eye. Beats achieve this remarkably well to such degree that their brand has almost overshadowed their products with their headphones used as a fashion accessory in addition to a headphone.
If you check out the many independent reviews throughout the web for mixr beats, you will find vast majority of them in praise for the excellent sound quality which is a far cry from the early over bassy beats in the past, but more neutral but able to handle any bass without distortion.
I own sennheiser, Philips and Sony headphones to and comparing those in same price range as beats mixrs, I don't find mixrs to be in anyway inferior at all and in some aspects the mixrs outshine my comparable other brands.
slagging off beats has been "fashionable" for peeps to bandwagon with for a while now, and it seems to have ran its course now just boring to hear, especially when beats go strength to strength releasing new models with physical design improvements and more importantly - improved sound signatures from the tuning of their drivers.
Beats, IMO, like all brands, has its place, but the quality of their sounds, especially the mixr range are due the respect they deserve as many tech critics acknowledge.
Don't beat down a good beats, I'd say...
But thanks for your opinion nonetheless
Sony/Senn/Philips are all mainstream manufacturers aiming to cash in, as is Monster. Denon/Foster/Fostex and companies which are dedicated to manufacturing professional equipment, like Yamaha, AKG, Audio-Technica, usually churn out better quality per price when it comes to headphones and other "consumer" kit. As a rule, a set of professional headphones (like ATH-M40 or ATH-M50, AKG K-240 Studio, etc.) will usually perform at least as well as a set of posh consumer headphones selling for twice/thrice the amount. It's a rule. Also The Reg has a good rundown on Beats: www.theregister.co.uk/2013/04/…
Current headphones are heavily modded ATH-M40, and again, these beat anything mainstream, commercial, overadvertised and just pushed mercilessly at prices thrice the normal.
Audio-Technica itself is guilty of this. They reuse ATH-M drivers in the posh ATH-ESW series selling for 2-3 times as much as the pro models.
DJs aren't musicians. They can use any fart cannons, to borrow a Head-fi term. Speaking of which, nobody at head-fi.org/forums takes either Bose or Monster or Skullcandy seriously.
By contrast, being a sound engineer and a musician, accurate headphones are necessary. ATH-M40 simply show what there is. An electric guitar will play much the same through them as through a guitar cab, say.
In fact, it is silly to buy overpriced garish-looking headphones for crazy prices when there's pro gear, which is priced reasonably and does what it's meant to (which is simply play the music with no distortion).
I think you need to reconsider your facts my friend as you are woefully out of synch and your opinions are just that - your opinions and far from fact.
You can check what cans I personally own by checking my signature on head-fi.org for yourself and you will find I've a place for the high to medium end of headcans in my collection and keep away from the snobbery you display.