The following giveaway is sponsored by Staples. 

Each week, we take a look at what we are listening to when we workout or what is on our current playlist. This week, I’d like to highlight HOW we listen to our music. It’s pretty straight-forward, the better your headphones, the better the music sounds. Most of us may simply use the headphones or earbuds that come with the our phone or music device, but that isn’t what you HAVE to do. I don’t.

I have a 45 minute commute each day to, and then again from, work. That means if I am listening to music or watching a movie on my mobile device, I need to be able to enjoy it. I’m also on a train, which means it travels through more than one tunnel. Since it is during commute hours, that also means I’m surrounded by other people. It’s the worst when you can hear other people’s conversations over what you are listening to. A few years back, I decided to give Beats By Dr. Dre headphones a try. I went with STUDIO version of the headphones after narrowing down my choices between those and the smaller on-ear SOLO line. Essentially, the STUDIO version goes over the entire ear and also offers noise cancellation.

Tri-fold for a convenient way to carry and travel with

Tri-fold for a convenient way to carry and travel with

Various colors available including black, red and blue.

Various colors available including black, red, orange, purple, silver, pink and blue.



($249.95 at Staples)

Premium Comfort
Beats Audio headphones are designed for professional DJs and music lovers who spend hours listening to and mixing music. Flexible headbands, comfort ear cups, and secure in-ear designs ensure maximum comfort and keep you cool and dry.

Ultimate Noise Cancellation
Beats by Dre headphones have incredible noise cancellation technology that mutes sounds as loud as a jet engine ensures you aren’t distracted by outside noises. Plug in your MP3 player and get lost in the beats.

Powered by a pair of AAA batteries, the noise cancellation feature in a pair of stylish Beats Studio headphones amplifies the music as it blocks out noise, giving you consistently powerful and intense sound

Superior Durability
Beats Audio headphones are made with strong aluminum frames and quality materials. Leather ear cups protect against rips and wear, and strong cords minimize fraying and shorts.

Super plush and covered with ultra-soft breathable materials, you’ll be cool and comfortable even during marathon listening sessions. The Beats by Dr. Dre logo on the side also acts as a mute button when you press it. No need to take them off to talk.

Detachable wire makes it easy to unplug and still wear them in style around your neck. Wire also has a mute button.

Unpluggable chord makes it easy to unplug and still wear them in style around your neck. Wire also has a mute button.


Along with the over-the-ear STUDIO line, there is also the EXECUTIVE, PRO and SOLO and WIRELESS versions depending on what you are looking for.



Beats By Dre also offers in-ear headphones as well, complete with various styles, colors and ControlTalk for Apple devices.

I’m absolutely in love with mine and it has completely changed how I enjoy my music. I’ve been using these headphones for a couple of years now and when I’m using my plain white ear-buds, the difference is tremendous. As you can tell, I take my playlist very seriously and having quality headphones deliver the sound with “feeling” makes all the difference.



Staples was kind enough to offer me a pair ( and since wifey always steals mine when she travels, this will make things easier) along with the chance to give a pair to ONE lucky winner.

• Limited to US residents
• Winner may choose any pair (from here) up to $250
• Entries close 11/4/13 at midnight PST. Winner will be notified 11/5/13

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I was given a pair of Beats By Dre headphones (up to $250) by Staples along with a pair to offer as a giveaway. All opinions are my own and 100% honest… since I already own and purchased a pair a couple years ago, I was already a fan.