This may be slightly old news, however Lady GaGa teamed up with Dr Dre and brought out two sets of ear bud headphones for all the fashionista’s out there. Music and fashion mix on a regular basis and this is no different.
I have been lucky enough to get my hands on a pair of the V1.0 Heartbeat headphones and I can finally do a review of them for you guys.
They come in a snazzy black box, the packaging is a little over the top I think but it gets the message across that these ear buds are expensive and they need expensive packaging to make them look like they’re worth even more. I think that’s the idea anyway.
The whole caboodle includes the ear buds, a small hard pouch to hold them, warranty, how to use guide and extra little ends. The headphones themselves feature a special flat chord that stops them getting tangled – I have to say this works like a treasure. I randomly just shoved them in my bag and true to it’s word it did not get tangled one bit and easily unravelled.
There are all sorts of funky little things on these headphones. Little silver pieces below each ear bud with shows a heart with an L or and R so you know which ear each bud goes in, the “joiner” (the bit of the cable where two goes into one) has “heart beats” on side of the small silver covering and then Lady GaGa’s signature on the other.
I do have to say; I have seen only a handful of this design of ear bud (The Heartbeats V1.0) in the flesh (so to speak) and on each of them I have noticed small differences in GaGa’s signature. At this point I am willing to wager that depending on how the signature looks depends on if you have real or fake ones. I know how much I paid for mine and if I find out they’re fake I will not be impressed. However, it must be noted that the signature on my ear buds distinctly looks like it says “Laay Gr”.
Wearing them is tricky and then painful after long term wear. The shape of the ear bud means you have to really cram them in your ears to get them to stay in and with the angle of the plastic diamond like design on them sticking INTO your ear, they can really irritate after a while. Mine actually fell out as I was walking.
The sound is AMAZING. I have clarity and very little sound escapes from them. I did an independent test which included me and my parents. They are always telling me they can hear my music so I purposefully buy expensive headphones which stop noise escaping. These ones seem to do the trick pretty well. Due to their shape all sound is directed into your which is both good and band. It’s good that you get to hear your music however at high volumes you can seriously damage your hearing and on certain heavier tracks (I’m a metal head in my spare time) the sound can easily distort.
Looks :: 8/10 :: A little cumbersome and annoying to get in but rather cool.
Sound :: 9/10 :: Apart from a little distortion on heavier tracks they’re fabby.
Wearability :: 3/10 :: I don’t kid you when I say they hurt after a while. I have earache after 3 hours of wear and there is no chance of falling asleep with them in either. I would for sure wake up if I rolled over onto one of these in the night.
Tangles :: 10/10 :: They don’t tangle at all – ever!
Longevity :: – / – :: I have had mixed news on how long they last. Some say they blew out their ear buds when they upped the bass to certain tracks. I need to do a test run on my Ke$ha tracks and see how they fair up to “Sleazy”. I have read that the Heartbeat V2.0 (Which looks completely different and retails in the UK off Amazon at prices ranging from £100 to £150) was brought out to combat issue with bass. How true this is, I’m not completely sure.
Overall :: 8.5/10 :: They look the part. The sound is good. If you want something small that looks good then go for these (V1.0 which are available in silver, white, red and black) or the V2.0 (available in black and white/gold) if you want comfort and fashion (The V2.0 are streamline and feature plastic studs instead of a large diamond type design).