Are people buying AirPods and BeatsX, enough use case for it?

Discussion in 'iPhone Accessories' started by thadoggfather, Feb 11, 2017.

  1. thadoggfather macrumors G4


    Oct 1, 2007
    just curious :D

    to clarify subject, is there a use case for owning both ya think?
  2. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    I mentioned in another thread, I use the Airpods for weightlifting and the Beats-X for running due to the strap. It just suits my fitness style better.
  3. Fattytail macrumors 6502a

    Apr 11, 2012
    No, my BeatsX went back real quick. Powerbeats and AirPods maybe, but my AirPods work great for pretty much anything. My only complaint is sound isolation when on a plane, but I'll just use my QC35s for that.
  4. daijholt macrumors 65816


    Jun 14, 2013
    Wales, UK
    If I tallied up my use case;

    Use around the home; AirPods (much easier to drop in/take off and can be used with just one ear)
    Use on the train; BeatX (far better sound isolation)
    Use walking from station to work; AirPods (its a city, so spatial awareness is important)
    Use in work; AirPods (again, can be used with just 1 ear on conference calls and such whilst still able to talk to people around you)
    Use when working out; BeatsX (more secure fit when lifting, running, etc, I find I need to adjust the AirPods every so often to maintain the sound quality)

    Big picture, the AirPods are a better option for the majority of tasks, and as long as you're not bothered about the sound (AirPods still sound great, especially when you turn on the EQ, but Beats will always have the edge here) then AirPods make more sense overall.

    HOWEVER, if all you'll use them for is commuting, travelling and working out, then BeatsX 100%. My uses could justify owning both, but it would be purely for convenience rather than any other tangible benefit.
  5. Nikhil72 macrumors 65816

    Oct 21, 2005
    Have both. Airpods are mainly for at home use so I can hear others in the house. BeatsX on the go on NYC streets, subways, coffee shops, etc.
  6. edlex macrumors 68000


    Apr 14, 2010
    I carry both now. Airpods for regular daily use and BeatsX for when I want complete isolation.
  7. Fattytail macrumors 6502a

    Apr 11, 2012
    I considered this but the problem to me is that while the BeatsX are more sound isolating, they're not leagues ahead of the AirPods the same way a pair of actual noise cancelling headphones would be. If I were to go on a commute, I'd rather get the Bose options with true noise cancelling. For a little bit more money.
  8. Nikhil72 macrumors 65816

    Oct 21, 2005
    hm, are you getting a solid seal? With the BeatsX, 98% of the sound of an approaching subway train in manhattan is completely gone with music playing at 50%, and the bass is fantastic (which is lost once I'm outside a quiet environment with the AirPods since they lack a seal)
  9. AppleRobert macrumors 603

    Nov 12, 2012
    The ONLY advantage in my use for the Airpods is the case so faster charging instead of having to plug in the Beats X to lightning charger which I cannot do when I am out and about. For everything use for me the Beats X wins. And the Beats have enough battery life so ....

    Nope, cannot justify both.
  10. Shanghaichica macrumors G4


    Apr 8, 2013
    You can buy a strap for the airpods...
  11. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    Spigen makes one for the Airpods. I passed on it based on mixed reviews. I prefer the Beats-X For running. Airpods for weights.
  12. wittyphrase macrumors regular

    Jan 6, 2017
    New York
    FWIW I found the isolation on the AirPods to be fine for the 25 minutes on the subway and the 35 minutes on the LIRR. Had volume at around 75% and didn't hear anything on the railroad. I think something like the Beats would have to be better since they're much more IN the ear, but I was pleasantly surprised after reading people's concerns/complaints about the AirPods lack of sound isolation. I suppose if I were looking for more isolation at lower volumes it might be a problem.

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