Are you considering dropping a couple or maybe a few hundred dollars on an expensive set of headphones? Chances are good if you are Beats are one of the brands being considered and this next article over at Medium.com takes apart a set of Beats headphones to show you just what you are actually getting. I don't want to wreck the entire article, but 30% of the weight of your headphones is actually just weight to make it feel heavier and sturdier..... Check out the entire teardown over here.
Lots of optimizations are to be expected in a product manufactured in the millions of units: snaps and glue are used for assembly rather than screws (which require lots of human manipulation) and almost every part is injection molded plastic (which is essentially free at high volumes).
Anytime I take a product apart there are a few exciting surprises to solve some tricky problems. Here’s what I found for Beats: