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Top 6 Better And Cheaper Alternatives To Every Beats Product

If the style of Beats is the only reason you’re considering them, you’ll want to hang around. There are plenty of Beats alternatives that will amaze you with the stylish design, excellent sound quality, battery life and much more. 

By: Aleksey Makohon Date: 10 / 25, 2019 Updated: 19.04.2021, video review added
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Best Beats alternatives of 2021

If the style of Beats is the only reason you’re considering them, you’ll want to hang around. There are plenty of Beats alternatives that will amaze you with the stylish design, excellent sound quality, battery life and much more. 

Every single Beats product has a decent option that will 100% work with your budget.

For example, the BeatsX are considered as Beats’ flagship headset and often compared with the AirPods particularly due to their ACC audio codec. The TREBLAB Z2 have this audio codec as well and the range of others (AAC, aptX, aptX Low Latency, SBC). They allow reproducing the audio from both iOS and Android devices in the best possible way. But their price point is way more affordable. 

In this piece, we’ll cover the best Beats alternatives in detail. Check out each of them closely so that you could make a more informed decision.  

Treblab XR700 As Headphones similar to Beats 

In this TREBLAB XR700 vs Beats headphones comparison, we’ll discover whether the XR700 can stack up against the PowerBeats3 and whether you can consider them as a more beneficial replacement.

The Powerbeats3 were designed to be used for fitness. They do not have the water-resistance and sweatproof rating, which is crucial when the exercise is getting tough. 


TREBLAB XR700 are made for runners and feature the IPX7 waterproof rating, which makes them unkillable by sweat or heavy rain. 

Let’s take a look at other significant characteristics.

Custom ear hooks 

The PowerBeats3 have ear hooks that prevent the earbuds from falling out. When sweat engages with the ear tips, they pull out easily. Fortunately, the ear hooks are flexible so they fix the whole headset without causing any discomfort. 

The XR700 come with three sets of foam and silicone ear-tips. Everyone, whatever the ear size is, can find the most perfect fitting with them. Since the headphones are also sweatproof, sweat has no chances to get on the ear tips and make them slip out. 


The TREBLAB XR700 contain signature adjustable ear hooks. They bend and take the form that a customer needs. That’s why runners find them completely comfortable.


When trying to connect the PowerBeats3 with the device, the music doesn’t go through the earbuds. So, you’ll need to disconnect and connect them again two times or sometimes more. 

With the TREBLAB XR700, things are much easier. Once you turn on the right earbud, it connects in seconds with the left one. After Bluetooth mode is enabled on the phone, the headset and the device pair immediately.

It’s important to mention that the XR700 support a multipoint connection. What does it mean? Two devices can be connected at the same time. You won’t get the streaming from both simultaneously but you can switch from one device to another seamlessly. 

Battery life 

The Beats promise to provide 12 hours of nonstop playback. But in fact, the PowerBeats3 last for about 10 hours. They also feature quick charging so that you can have extra 2 hours after ten minutes charge.

The TREBLAB XR700 truly provide 9 hours of seamless playtime, and their full charging time takes 2 hours. 

Sound reproduction

The PowerBeats3 are well-known for their distinguished bass. Unfortunately, because of it, the mids might seem unclear. 

The connectivity and the audio reproduction are better with iOS devices because the PowerBeats3 are compatible with Apple’s AAC codec and contain a W1 chip. 

However, it’s always worth saving money for the product that has the codecs for both iOS and Android devices. The TREBLAB XR700 are exactly about it with the AAC, SBC ones. 

As for the stereo quality of the XR700, they deliver True-HD sound and amplified bass. But the tonality is somewhat balanced. For a better listening experience, these earphones also have passive noise isolation. 


The PowerBeats3 are good for exercising but do not pack a punch when compared to other gym-oriented headphones. The question is should you pay $199 for the quality that you can get with the more reasonably priced headset? 

TREBLAB’s top Beats headphones alternatives for running are the XR800, the xRun, the X5, and the brand new xFIT with the price point starting from $39.

Now, let’s examine another credible alternative to the Beats’  lineup of over-the-ear headphones.

Treblab Z2 As Alternatives to Beats headphones

The range of the Beats headphones includes the Beats Solo3 Wireless ($199.95), the Beats Studio3 Wireless ($349.95), and the Beats Pro ($399.95). 

We’ll name the characteristics that make each of them stand out and find out if TREBLAB can provide the Beats wireless alternatives.

Battery life and range 

The Beats Solo3 Wireless are classic on-ear headphones that provide up to 40 hours of playtime. It is their huge asset. Another one is the speediest connectivity thanks to the W1 chip.


The TREBLAB Z2 last for 35 hours and feature the latest Bluetooth version - 5.0, which allows them to connect to the device in seconds. Great headphones similar to Beats Solo3!

The $200 cost of the Solo3 is too much for something that you can get twice cheaper. 

Active noise cancellation 

If you’re willing to isolate from the world around, then the Beats Studio3 Wireless is definitely a no-brainer. They contain the active noise cancellation technology that scales down significantly ambient noise and provides a comfortable and pleasant listening experience. 

This feature is also present in TREBLAB Z2 as well, which makes these headphones as good as Beats. 

Outstanding sound  

The Beats Pro are deemed as the ultimate sounding headphones with the emphasis on low ends. At times, it makes the mids and the highs unclear. This is why these headphones are mostly recommended to DJs and audio engineers who need to listen to music in loud places.  

Although the TREBLAB Z2 do have the active noise cancellation that might seem helpful to DJs, they are not probably the best choice for the representatives of these professions. The headphones provide crystal clear balanced stereo. The listener will catch every single detail of the song without particular extremes. 

Other points to consider

None of the Beats headphones mentioned in this piece has a waterproof rating. It is a serious drawback since this kind of headset is widely used at a gym. 

The TREBLAB Z2, for example, certified with the IPX4 rating, ideal for sweaty workouts. 


Both brands manufacture the headphones from plastic, and TREBLAB also makes the ear-cups from high-end material Alcantara (used in luxury cars).

Also, the Beats function via the AAC audio codec, which is great particularly for iOS. This codec comes behind aptX. The Z2 contain AAC, aptX, aptX Low Latency, SBC codecs. 

Let's Compare

If you compare the PowerBeats3 with the XR700 and similar ones, you’ll discover that there’s no reason to pay the extra money. There are cheaper alternatives to Beats with the characteristics of the same quality. These are the battery life, connectivity, audio quality, design and fit, and isolation from the noise. But unlike the Beats, a lot of alternatives ensure the protection from water and, what is more important, a fair value vs. price ratio. 

Please, refer to the table for the more consolidated information:




Beats Solo3 Wireless

Beats Studio3 Wireless

Beats Pro









Audio quality

-Distinguished bass

-Mids unclear 

-AAC codec 

- Passive noise isolation

-True-HD sound 

-Amplified bass

-Balanced tonality

-AAC, SBC codecs

-AAC codec

-Poor isolation

- Brittle sound

-AAC codec

-Active noise cancellation

-AAC codec

-Sufficient  isolation

-AAC, aptX, aptX Low Latency, SBC codecs

-Hyper-HD sound

-Active noise cancellation


-W1 chip for iOS

-Bluetooth for Android

Bluetooth 5.0

-W1 chip for iOS

-Bluetooth for Android

-W1 chip for iOS

-Class 1 Bluetooth for Android

Audio cable

Bluetooth 5.0

Design and fit

-On-ear earbuds

-Secure fit with ear hooks

On-ear earbuds

-Snug fit with adjustable ear hooks

-Over-the-ear headphones

-Tight seal

-Over-the-ear headphones

-Tight hold

-Over-the-ear headphones

-Tight fit

-Over-the-ear headphones

-Reliable seal

Battery life 

10 hours

9 hours

31.5 hours

40 hours


35 hours

Water resistance 







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