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The majority of people who enjoy music through headphones own Beats, in recent years they have become the major company in audio products and at £129.99 I figured that I could not go wrong.
Whilst many criticize the Beats for feeling cheap, I hold the completely opposite opinion. In my opinion these headphones feel like they are made from a quality material and this is definitely felt when folding the headphones they just fold so smoothly which provides for easy transportation especially with the included Beats pouch. In addition to this, they also have the huge advantage of looking very quality, much though has clearly gone into the visual element as these headphones have also become a huge fashion item.
However, there is no use buying a pair of headphones just to look and feel good, if they do not posses a high level of audio quality they are simply not worth the purchase. These headphones do not disappoint at all, they hold a perfect level of audio, the bass is nothing shy of amazing and the music is just incredibly crisp, they completely overshadow other headphones that I have tried (Sony, JCB, Sennheiser).
All together I feel that if you are considering purchasing headphones and are willing to put in a rather large financial investment, look no further than Solo HD's, without a doubt worth the money. Dr Dre Beats Solo HD not only look stunning but also feature the very best in audio quality, as the advert suggests, they are 'The perfect mix of sound and style!'
The Beats line is a sub-par and gimmicky product and I am disappointed with myself for buying into the chirade. Through clever marketing, product placement, and celebrity endorsements, Dr Dre has somehow managed to convince the world and consumers that he has made some revolutionary product worthy of the exorbitant pricing.
In reality these headphones are not special in any way. They are merely a name, or a silly logo on your ears. Yes, they are good headphones, but those are not hard to come by, and for a great deal less. I imagine there is no shortage of gullible teenage drones lining Dre's pockets since his rap career dried up, but I do not recommend you join them. Spend half the price on a decent pair of headphones, and then spend the other half on som Kendrick Lamar CDs or an Eminem t-shirt, don't waste it on Dr Dre.
I received a pair of beats headphones for Christmas and was obviously very excited. I used them straight away and found them to bring a real quality to a wide range of genres. I don't find the bass to be over powering at all and find the power of the headphones great. I use them mostly In a new Walkman where the bass on that can be changed and acoustic songs sound amazing when played that way. I also found more bassy songs sounded great. I have used the larger and more expensive Dre Dre headphones and found them to be of a real quality but I don't think they warrant the huge extra price tag compared to these. When I do use a £20 pair of headphones or in-ear headphones I struggle with the sound quality if I have used the beats recently before.
They are also very stylish and I got a pair in red, a colour they look very nice in if I don't say so myself. Would I recommend them to a friend? More than likely I wouldn't. It is a lot of money for a pair of headphones that aren't absolutely mind blowing. As a present however, they were a fantastic gift and I am very pleased with them. I wouldn't ever want to replace them but I am not sure I could recommend them.
I got some beats for christmas and I had wanted them for a while. I had used some of the bigger and more expensive ones before and thought they were amazing. I didn't expect much of a difference in these ones, however I didn't get the same 'THESE ARE AMAZING!' feeling. However I do agree they are a lot better quality than normal head/earphones.
WHAT I LOVE
They are stylish. Easy to use - just plug them in! The music is a great quality and the beats are amplified great. Also you don't have to put battery in them like other beats headphones and are not as chunky.
WHAT I DON'T LIKE SO MUCH
The wire is detachable which I think is pretty pointless. Also they feel quite flimsy.
ALL IN ALL I think they are a bit overpriced however they do there job well. I would recommend them.
I bought 'Beats by Dre' headphones back in September from Comet, and I am truly sorry I spent so much money on them.
The headphones themselves are well made, and fit perfectly over my head and ears with the slider adjustment, and they feel very comfortable - they are very light and sometimes I don't even realise I have them on. The actual ear pads swivel slightly as well, so it it fits flush to your ear.
Unfortunately, that is the best part about them. Because the actual sound quality is no better than my £25 Sony headphones, that I decided to get back out of the drawer and continue using. In fact, if anything, they are WORSE. I listen to mainly uplifting dance tunes, and the bass is absolutely awful - so bad that I thought they were faulty, but on trying my friends same headphones, I discovered they were not.
This is a classic case of someone famous cashing in on their name, and putting their name to something in order to sell something - regardless of the quality.
I am not an audiophile, but I do know what makes a headphone sound good. So, I thought that these would be pretty decent, given their price point. Most uni students seem to have these, so I decided to give them a go, and to be honest it wasn't long before I was regretting it.
By no means are they terrible, like some reviews I've seen elsewhere. They have a depth and warmth to the sound that you just wouldn't get from say, your standard Apple earbuds. However, the bass just sits there and dominates everything; making other instruments sound muffled and somehow, not so good. My £30 JVCs offer slightly less power on the bass, but are much clearer on the treble, making for an overall more pleasant listening experience, and the bigger ear cups mean that sound isolation is better with my cheaper JVCs as well. This is my main issue with the Beats Solo; they'd be absolutely fine if they cost around, say £50, but at £180 they are way overpriced for what they are.
And I'm sorry, but £180 headphones should not be made from cheap plastic. They just don't feel like a quality product, which is unacceptable at this price point.
I returned mine just before the 30 day limit expired, but don't get me wrong, I used them extensively in that time. They just didn't feel as if they were worth the money, and I was very concerned about breaking them. I switched them for some Bowers & Wilkins P3s, which cost about the same, but their bass, while obviously present, is not as intrusive as the Beats, and the mids and trebles are much more audible, for example in Led Zep's Whole Lotta Love, you can hear Robert Plant using a tambourine, but you cannot when using the Beats.
Overall, while the Beats aren't bad per se, they're definitely not worth the £180 asking price, get some B&W P3s or Bose OE2s instead if you have to spend this kind of money. But for similar performance on a budget, check out the £30 JVC HA-M750s, similar bass performance but better treble.
Okay, This is straight out a waste of money. Compared to 20£ headphones they have better bass and are a bit louder. But then again these are a 100£ more expensive! so I expected more from the beats. Not only was the sound quality not as good as they made it out to be. the metal hinge has weakened within a few months so it doesnt stay folded, the colour has dark ugly debris on it, and the most disappointing thing of all were the wires it comes with. It comes with 2, the first one ripped after 2 months and the second one which wasnt even USED doesnt work at all. Overall your better off getting skull candies or investing in an even better headphone if you really want a useful investment! The only good thing is the 'prestige' of having beats infront of other people. and thats not the reason i bought it.
This is my first review in this headphones section, I'm not very good at all things technical but I know what I like and I know how it works for me and sometimes I think its better to read a review from a normal person and not one that includes lots of technical data that no-one can understand. I aim in this review to give you my normal person opinion on these cool headphones.
So, just to give you a little bit of background on the name of this headphones and where the name came from. According to an article I read, "Dr. Dre, is an American rapper, record producer, record executive, entrepreneur, and actor. He is the founder and current CEO of Aftermath Entertainment andBeats Electronics. Dre was previously the co-owner and artist of Death Row Records. He has produced albums for and overseen the careers of many rappers, including Snoop Dogg, Eminem, 50 Cent and Game." In my opinion he's pretty cool and although I'm just a white stay at home mum from middle England I do like rap and this type of music and think these headphones are really cool.
The company he set up, "Beats Electronics, LLC is a producer of audio products and equipment headquartered in Santa Monica, California. The company was founded by hip-hop/rap artist and entrepreneur Andre "Dr. Dre" Young and Interscope-Geffen-A&M Records chairman Jimmy Iovine, and primarily produces products under the brand Beats by Dr. Dre." The article goes on to say that Beats headphones accounted for 9% of the monetary value of the headphones market in the year 2010so they are doing very well.
This particular pair of headphones is like the headphones you would see someone wearing in a recording studio. They have a part that goes over your head and then has big padded ear phone covers that go over each ear. They are really comfortable to wear and cover over your ear and don't press on it so I can actually wear these for quite a long while without getting a sore head or ears. Also, obviously they do not fall out of your ears like the little in the ear earphones do so in terms of comfort and just being able to sit or walk with these on listening to music they are great. They are adjustable at either side and once moved do not move easily on their own so you can adjust them comfortably to fit your head.
They come packed in a really nice sturdy box with a cardboard sleeve over the top. The box is really well made and inside there is a plastic insert so you can keep these headphones well protected and they do not have a chance then to get damaged. This is a great box to store them in and also looks quite cool in itself too. On the back of the box it tells you a little bit about the headphones and I will quote that as it tells you way better than I would be able to describe them.
"It's all about the sound. The music you hear in your headphones should sound as good as it did when the artist recorded it. But normal headphones can't deliver the rich, full sound in today's digital audio tracks. Beats are precision engineered to reveal the full sound of your music. Big, powerful speakers with proprietary driver technologies dwarf the sound of the standard earbuds delivering all the power, clarity, super-deep bass that today's artists and producers want you to hear. Even better, the powered isolation technology actively cuts external noise so all you can hear is the music.
The music I hear through these headphones is very crisp and clear and definitely better than any other headphones I have used. I think because the headphones are all around your ear you get to really listen to the music and really hear it. This headphones are quite basey and you can really hear the back beats and tones of the music you are listening to. Now, in terms of noise cancelling I am not 100% sure about these. When I wear them if I speak to someone I can't really hear myself talk but that is because I am the one talking. If someone talks to me when I am wearing these headphones I can hear them so I would say the headphones are not 100% noise cancelling but they are very close to it.
I think the only downside of these headphones would be the size. Obviously like little in the ear headphones you cannot just stuff these in your bag and carry them around with you easily, you really need a bag just for them if you want to take them out with you so they are not the most portable but they are excellent functioning headphones. I was able to find these on sale in the £120 region and would recommend them if you are looking for good quality headphones.