Beats gives you the SAME audio experience as the Pro model. But what’s missing, read here to find out.
But let’s say…One:
You don’t want to spend upto $250 on the Pros.
You want want something that hangs around your neck instead of taking off your pros and putting it in your pocket.
You want even more battery life for convenience. The Powerbeats 4 might be the alternative. These retail for $150. I’ll place my affiliate links above, click on those links for the most updated prices in real-time. Beats did send these in for review, however, my assessment was not altered in anyway, I’ll be of course, going over both pros and cons.
The only difference aside from the wire, the Powerbeat’s are bigger than the Pros. If I didn’t have them both side by side, I honestly didn’t realize there was a difference, but now you guys know. Knowing is half the battle. I personally prefer the smaller look but it’s not a deal-breaker, not even close. The black version of the PowerBeats 4 were not fully black while the Pros were.
PRACTICALITY AND USE
They feel identical to the Pros and either running, working out, laying flat on the bench, doing bent over rows, these earphones do not fall out. If you want a secure hold, earhooks are the way to go.
YOU MIGHT LIKE THE WIRE?
IS THE WIRE AN ISSUE
COMFORTABLE POWERBEATS 4
WHATS MISSING ON POWERBEAT
So my first test around the house, I’m able to achieve 99% coverage, leaving my phone on one side of the 1100sq. Ft apartment and walking to the other side of the apartment, I was literally this close before to the wall when the signal started to cut out. With a straight line of site, I was able to achieve about 80 linear feet with my Pixel 4xl. That’s a rough estimate but the video shows where the signal remained stable for me. With the iPhone, I achieved about 95 linear feet.
VIDEO SYNCING DELAYS
First up, the Powerbeat Pros and these wired Powerbeats 4 sound practically identical. From bass, volume, sound imaging, etc. But if you’re not familiar with the Pros, the Pros and Powerbeats 4 will be loud enough for most people. This does slightly vary between 50 to 60% volume for casual listening to 70 to at times 80% to have it at a jamming level. Again, that seal around your ears is going to be very important.
There is minor sound leaking occuring. If you’re in a quite area, someone sitting right next to you might hear faintly what you’re listening to.
Beats are known for bassy audio and it’s been refined over the years. There’s been several new products with Apple being part of the picture, and I can see the improvements. Bass has the ability to hit deep bass levels but on most songs, it’s not that rumbling experience like what you can with headphones. It’s not a bad thing as you’re still getting a very good amount of bass but the important part here, it’s kept clean, distortion free and the Powerbeats won’t get muddy, suppressed or droning. If you’re familiar with the Jabra 75t Truly Wireless Earphone review, these have a similar characteristic. If you like bass in your music, or if you’re using these to watch Netflix movies on your phone, they sound really good in my opinion.
As mentioned earlier, I didn’t experience any muddiness. If anything, the mid-range frequencies – that’s where the human ear interprets most vocal work and instruments – it’s clear with a good amount of audio separation and stereo imaging. I’m able to identify left and right audio channels independently. You can hear snaps happening off to the side to vocal work being more centered and at the forefront. Things to critique, and this is honestly me nitpicking here, but there could be additional resolution and detail in the music. These could use increased soundstage but most earphones lack this anyways. Music listening, genres of pop, hiphop and EDM which I listen to worked great, but for pod-casts, for some reason voices, especially female voices sound to be a little high on the upper-mid range. That won’t deter from purchasing but nit picking on the quality or experience in this case.
For the high-frequencies, in my interpretation a very neutral experience. Nothing ear piercing, nothing tinging, no listening fatigue here. It’s not rolled off at an extreme level. With everything going on, I’m ok with a neutral level here. I think if there was more, it might be too much considering everything else is going on.
Overall, the Powerbeat 4 earphones shines at having great bass and the stereo imaging is done really well. The other features offered are simple, intuitive, and useful. The battery life alone is insane. I know these don’t have the most high tech features, but the features that are offered I think are done really really well. And at $100 less than the Powerbeat Pros, I think it’s justified.
Folks, let me know in the comment section below what you guys think. And don’t forget to signup for the newletter so you’re alerted of the next review! You guys take care. I’ll see you on the next one. Bye
– Jimmy Luong