I knew they weren't premium headphones, but I didn't realize how close to garbage they were. Beats by Dre could have been a great way to introduce a broader population to premium audio. Instead it's just a gross money grab by people who have plenty of cash.
There's some question built into this around whether or not Dre started out making good stuff and then things got pushed down, but he clearly hasn't made any effort to distance himself from the product.
Instead, I recommend these cheap, good quality bud headphones.