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The controversy continues: dismantling shows that fake Beats headphones are very similar to the originals

We recently published an article that raised a discussion beyond polemics: after all, headphones Beats Are they really good or not worth the price charged?

Many audiophiles claim that when you buy a pair of Beats headphones, you are "taking" only their brand and status. And a disassembly (teardown) of Beats Solo HD headphones, promoted by the company Bolt, seemed to have confirmed all this. But now we had a ?turnaround? in the case (yes, in quotes and you will understand why): those headphones disassembled by Bolt were, in fact, counterfeit!

And that would be a good turnaround, if not for a reason: according to the very Bolt, the original headphones are practically the same as the counterfeit ones.

With the floor, Avery Louie:

I recently published the first post of a new series in which we disassemble popular products and analyze how they are made. Like many consumers, we were deceived into believing that the counterfeit product we bought was authentic.

After dismantling two more pairs of Beats Solo HD that we bought on Amazon.com and Target, he concluded that the differences between the original and the counterfeit Beats only created a variation of the estimated component cost of $ 3.29 from $ 16, 89 to $ 20.18. Just as I was surprised to find that counterfeit Beats were sold to us, I was even more surprised to find that the differences between the authentic and the counterfeit pairs are so small the parts were so similar that I was able to assemble a pair of headphones using half of the genuine pieces and half of the fake ones.

Of course there are differences: the real Beats use a diaphragm mylar metallized with metal coating for drivers rather than mylar non-coated used in fake ones; the real ones have a metal shell (in the structure of the earphones itself) instead of a spray of metallic paint as in the counterfeit, etc.

But in general everything is very similar, really. Both, for example, have an internal metallic structure to add weight to the product which represents about 33% of the weight of the headphones (in the real ones we have stainless steel; in the fake ones, zinc).

Conclusion: the controversy continues