In a move that shouldn't surprise anyone, HTC won't be bundling Beats headphones with it's devices anymore.  Ever since HTC announced their partnership with Beats they've been talking up the benefits, namely better sound quality from your handset.  Regardless of whether or not you agree that the sound quality was actually better, the fact that you got some pretty decent earbuds with your phone was a major plus.  Everything you needed to have great sound was included in the box.  Apparently HTC realized that people don't buy phones based on what buds are included in the box.

Now that won't be the case, and it probably has more to do with Beats than with HTC.  It may or may not be common knowledge, but Monster was the manufacturer of Beats headphones.  We say was because the partnership has ended, which leaves Beats without a manufacturer.  So even if HTC wants to continue to include the buds, they can't, because Beats can't supply them anymore.

Source: CNET

 
There are 46 comments

hmmm says:

Fine with me. I would prefer a cheaper handset or more quality put into the handset than a pair of headphones I will never use.

UncleMike says:

Who said anything about lowering handset prices?

Franzie3 says:

Agreed, im fine with this, but as a form of customer appreciation they should include like a redeem code or coupon for like some % off select beats headphones for the people that actually do want them.

I think that is fair. I mean if the One X came to VZW i would jump all over it as im sure most would, but if they along with the carrier said oh hey its gots beats audio, no one thinks about beats without thinking about their stellar headphones. it just hasnt been marketed as a sound quality improvement to the phone. People like me and most of you realize it as what it is, but the general smartphone community thinks head phones.

So dont include them, but offer a nice discount of select models for purchase online/best buy/ or though provider.

El Jefe says:

Except Beats headphones aren't "stellar" they are just average.

The people who buy them & think they are getting any better sound quality are the same people who spend $90 on a Monster HDMI cable for their TV when any other HDMI cable will look exactly the same.

lightyear420 says:

There are so any things wrong with this statement. I agree that the headphones aren't the best... but comparing an analog audio cable to a digital video cable?????? You DO realize analog audio does improve with better cable materials such as gold right?? This is nothing like an HDMI cable that carries a digital signal!

zrb77 says:

You are not understanding his comment. He's not comparing the headphones and HDMI, but the type of person that would buy them.

lightyear420 says:

you mean the type of person who realizes that monster uses higher quality cabling materials for analog cables such as headphones so you get better quality sound???? Those people???

My point was el jefe was wrong to compare them....because someone who sees monster on the package would think they are great because they put better quality into their products. that being said....yes, these particular headphones suck. But the comment above is wrong to compare the two.

ScottJ says:

The reality is that headphone cables are what 4 feet? Also, the amount of wattage transmitted through them is what 1W max? At that level and length, you could use any wire and the sound would be just fine.

Analog signal attenuation is dependent on the gauge of the cable, the amount of wattage running through the cable, the length of the cable, and any corrosion of the cable over time. With headphones, the first three effects are negligible leaving corrosion as the only factor to be concerned with. As long as the cable has a decent cladding, there won't be enough corrosion to make a difference.

By the way, it's been proven in blind tests that listening to speakers with simple 16 gauge ultra-cheap lamp cord is indistinguishable from the same setup with 16 gauge high-end Monster cable. Monster is a marketing company whose sole purpose is to wring money out of gullible people.

Acroanidd says:

you clearly lack the ability to grasp El Jefe's comment... he made a comment about the people who buy the beats headphones thinking they are synonymous with quality are the same people who buy high quality hdmi cables from monster thinking they some how magically transfer a digital signal better... never once mentioning monster's analog cable line.. he even went as far as saying HDMI...

Acroanidd says:

Edit: double post

El Jefe says:

RyanZ is correct. You clearly didn't understand my comment.

I am not comparing analog cables to digital cables. Only that there are people who buy into the marketing that brands like Monster (who produce Beats headphones, by the way) are better than competitors who use the exact same materials. I can get 3-5 pairs of in ear headphones that sound just as good as 1 pair of Beats Audio headphones for the same price.

I used the HDMI example because it shows this gimmick most clearly. I always silently laugh when I overhear a salesperson at an electronics store trying to sell the overpriced HDMI as "better" & usually try to catch them before checking out to tell them that there is no difference in the digital signal from a $99 cable or a $.99 cable that they can buy online.

Funny you mention Monster cables, since people can't tell the difference between an expensive Monster cable and a coat hanger!
http://bit.ly/HRNVjD

El Jefe says:

Lightyear420 needs to read this, apparently, because they have clearly bought into the whole marketing gimmick that Monster uses "better materials".

icebike says:

Exactly.

Google the three words monster cable scam sometime.

Gekko says:

so Chou finally figured it out.

318sugarhill says:

Not really an issue. They are not really high quality earbuds, just a name. As for the phone being any cheaper because of it? No. Phone prices are set by the market, and people are buying $299 phones with or without earphones. Unless you need the latest and greatest new thing, wait till the phone you want has been out for 3-4 months, then buy it on a weekend sale. No point in letting the carrier pocket more of you money. Rezound for $50 is so much better than paying $299 two months ago when I was eligible to upgrade.

icebike says:

Phone prices are set by the market,

Ah, sorry, but Nothing Approximating a "market" is operating in the smartphone world.

The closest approximation you can achieve is buying an unlocked international version of a GSM phone that happens to have the bands your carrier uses. Even there, with different specs, and single manufacturer for each model, there is no such thing as a market price. By the time you add in carrier subsidies, carrier locks, different frequencies, different radio protocols, the concept of a market is meaningless.

Big whoop! They suck anyway. The Rezound however does not!

Ravaloft says:

+1 for hitting the nail on the head.

dubdrop says:

I'm torn on that decission but honestly pimping beats audio as a feature with the phone and giving anything but those buds in the phone doesn't make much sense to me. Maybe I would have bought a regular set if I liked the buds(style I don't like) and the sound it produced. We'll never know now. Like I said torn really. Main focus...new evo>cm9=happy dubdrop

MRWOLF6969 says:

A 20.00 skull candy headset sounds just as good.

wffjr3782 says:

Although I have never used beats audio headphones, I purchased a pair of Skull Candy headphones at TJ MAXX for $7 and they are some of the best ear buds I have ever owned.

ICU812 says:

Agree 100%

baykes says:

My Creatives have been giving me amazing sound well before HTC thought of working with Beats, so I'm good. Got all the bass i need

its all about frequency response, not a name that's on the head phone

MrSmith317 says:

Maybe the new partner could be Bose and Beats could actually get a headset that sounds G-R-E-A-T

ezrevo2010 says:

The rezound is the best phone ive ever owned by far! Like i told the vzw sales guy im not getting it for the ear buds but for whats inside the phone!! 1.5 processor!!!

Beats headphones are a perfect example of the placebo effect people have with them. "All my bros have them, so they must be good. If they were bad, why would so many people buy them?" Once they actually try them, of course they will try to justify spending $300+ on a pair of shitty headphones - "yes, yes, they sound amazing! These are the best headphones ever!" Meanwhile, the only other headphones they tried were some Skull Candy's, white iPhone/iPod buds, and/or some other cheap-ass headphones that actually do sound worse than Beats. Spending $300+ on something doesn't automatically make it the best, it just means that you're a dumbass who spend a few hundred dollars "because everybody else has them." Don't fall into marketing, instead, listen to audiophiles who actually review headphones and know what they're talking about. I just bought a pair of Audio Technica ATH-M50's because I did a little research and read and watched lots of reviews and comparisons instead of going by "all my bros has dem, so dey good!"

And that Beats software is just a bloated equalizer, Engadget already did a post on that.

wffjr3782 says:

I was thinking about jumping on the deal on the Rezound for $50. I think the sale ends today and I have a $30 credit for renewing my contract that I could use making the phone $20. Should I pick up the Rezound or wait a little longer for something new?

The real question is why you haven't jumped on that deal already. The Rezound is the most underrated phone on Verizon and maybe the best.( Though you could make a good argument for the RAZR MAXX.)

Cubfan says:

Sennheiser CX-300 earbuds or Koss Portapro/Sportapro headphones that are inexpensive will destroy the Beats any day. And you don't run the risk of getting mugged when somebody spots the red cord.

dubdrop says:

A rezound for twenty bucks is a good deal in my book. Sure its not the latest and greatest but its a solid piece of hardware. If you hold out you'll spend 300. So 20 or 270...

Could of chose a better photo for the blog post lol.
Dirty headphones? lavley.

tdosthp says:

I was waiting for someone to mention the dirty earbuds. In fact, its the only reason I read the comments on this story. This Bud's for you galaxys2boi!!!

movielover76 says:

I'd rather they put the $$ into the phone, the only time I use headphones is when I'm working out and I have bluetooth headphones for that, beats audio is just a name and a crappy one trick equalizer, I'm even more convinced now that the buds where nothing special since monster made them, I've been using $4 hdmi cables from ebay for years over ripoff monster cables for years. Monster and Beats Audio are just names to fool an unsuspecting public. If you want higher quality buds I'm sure their are much better ones around, just do your research.

IceDree says:

Maybe if HTC didn't ask an arm & a leg for them, they would've actually sold some of them
With what HTC is asking for a Sensation XL, I can buy a RAZR & a Beats Studio ! & lets face it the Sensation XL cant NOT come close to the RAZR

I would like to point out something : as someone who played with Beats headphones
The iBeats is crap & waaay over priced ! My Headphones that came with the Atrix is Allot better
The SOLOs are okay, but again Over Priced
The Studio is actually really good, but with the price they are asking , you can buy BOSE & have money left

The orginal Beats by Dre was outstanding

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I used a RAZR as example & I dont hate HTC
& I love Dr. Dre's music & I appreciate his efforts to make something orginal (not just anthor Clothing line) & the Hardwork he put into making the Original Beats by Dre

yomommasaid says:

The reality is the people on this site do not represent the mass market, thank god!! I am an audio engineer for a respectable radio show and live by my studio beats headphones.

IceDree says:

Agreed
I get your point, The Studio sick. Especially if u listen to allot of Hip-Hop music (I.e. me)

But lets face it, the iBeats are crap & SOLOs are okay .... they wanted to market them to the mainstream public, unlike the Studio which was made for Professionals

I remember Dr. Dre said something similar about the Studio

ScottJ says:

"The reality is the people on this site do not represent the mass market, thank god!!"

And an audio engineer does?

15israellai says:

Even without the earphones, the One X is still much more expensive than past flagship devices e.g. Sensation XE. Apparently there isn't a price drop due to the exclusion of Beats earphones.
Speaking of the XE, I've heard that people buy the phone and sell it again without the earphones - the money they lose is still less than the cost of a pair of those earphones. Smart, really, and would that be related to the exclusion of the earphones now?

Rob White says:

I guess since I did buy a Rezound (w/ iBeats earbuds) I should be considered lucky. Personally I can live with our without it. Beats may be a 'cheap equalizer gimmick' & not 'for a serious audiophile' to be sure, but what exactly does satisfy those people? You ever have a conversation with an audio tech or classical conductor? They are never satisfied with the end result. Their pursuit of perfection drives them to keep working at it.

Some of the same peeps posting above have made plenty of hay of this phone's benchmark scores or that screen technology. If you don't like it don't buy it. Choice is never a bad thing. You have yours & others have theirs. Are you harmed in some irresponsible way because a consumer is swayed by marketing gimmicks? Hello Apple.

Personally I am quite happy with the iBeats earbuds that came with my Rezound. Are they the best I've used? Nope not by a long shot. But they along with the Rezound & a 32 GB sd card made it possible for me to finally ditch the iPod Nano 4th Gen I had used for users. No more iTunes for me at last so that's what counted in my book. All of my music is stored in the cloud with Amazon & Google now. I can download it to my sd card & listen thru the native audio app w/ Beats enabled & foolishly like the 'muddy or distorted & ugly' sound & be blissfully happy.

IceDree says:

Agreed

regarding the first part of your comment,
that's how the original Beats by Dre came out to life, Dr. Dre said that he was never satisfied with the end results & how the music comes out through the Headphones, so he started to work on a better things & bam years later Beats were born

Dr Mixer says:

And he's another reason why the Rezound price has dropped. IMO it's still a stellar phone, depending on what you are upgrading from.

blasphomet says:

Really, all android and or HTC needs to do, is buy the rights or find a way to integrate the cyanogen dsp and voodoo into their code. Maybe not an exact clone but the sound quality increase is the only thing keeping me from going back to stock. It's too good really.(it can make a pair of 17$ headphones sound better than 80$ headphones.) The EQ apps on the market don't do it for me at all. It's a software problem not a "Materials" problem.

Acroanidd says:

I once owned 3 Rezounds, all 3 of them had a nasty ground loop problem with their headphone jacks that introduced a terrible buzzing / beeping noise when listening to anything. Oh and the beats headphones haha.. sure they may be better than most cheap 20 dollar headphones, but they aren't worth the money that they are selling for. I personally use Etymotic HF3... you want good sound from a hands free headset there isn't anything better.

TimeHunter says:

The Rezound sounds pretty good with my Klipsch S4s or my Etymotic ER6s using the Beats enhancements. Haven't tested it using Cyanogen DSPManager instead of Beats yet.