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What are they?
Stylish and comfortable, these Monster Beats by Dr Dre Diddy beats with Control talk are in-ear headphones that are suitable for the casual listener and serious music enthusiasts. The Monster Beats headphones are made of aluminum wrapped with silicone and the earbuds are mold able supposedly in order to give the user a personalized and secure fit.
I purchased these headphones with the intentions of enjoying high quality sound for both travel and fitness purposes. The headphones provide great sound, but the size of the rubber covers were too big. Thankfully, they came with smaller sizes. After finding the proper fit, the experience was a lot better. However, during many of my intense workouts and runs, the headphones began to fall out my ear. At one point, both had fell out and I had tripped on them running on a trail. This made me very frustrated for I had to stop mid work out to adjust my headphones and stick them back into my ear assuring they wouldn't fall out. An uncomfortable process I might add, because I had to forcibly shove them in my ear to stay.
Now, one of the head phones sound is very low. I took them to an electronic store where they assured me the headphones were in mint condition. However, the sound continues to be very silent and the headphones continue to fallout.
I really do love the color of the ear phones and the tangle less wires, but the earbud shape is not at all comfortable or suitable for all ears. I wish i could return them, but they have no been used for over 4 months. Please try running with these headphones or jumping up and down with them in your ear before you decide to keep them.
Your excitement for the product will quickly shattered. I saw issues about fit but naturally assumed I would be immune from this gripe. Not so. The headphones are just too heavy, they pull out of the ear no matter what eartip I use. The included foam eartip was the best fit, but still not wonderful. Having had a pair of in-ears previously, I know this is not a normal thing for me. Then the kicker, I specifically bought these to work with my iPhone 4. The controls worked beautifully, but when I tried to place a call I heard a terribly loud background buzz/hum that originally just sounded like I was driving in a car on speakerphone. During the call, however, the sound was so loud on my end, I could barely focus on the call. Additionally, the caller on the other end could hear the noise. It was far too loud to tolerate having a phone conversation. Today I am returning them and buying the Klipsch image s4i just like I should have to begin with. If you're reading these reviews, please take my word for it and don't think you're "immune" to these problems as I did. These headphones LOOK like they're an excellent quality from the outside; they're heavy, the packaging is impressive, they look pretty. BUT they seem to have some pretty big issues with internal quality, and for the price it's not worth the hassle. I would certainly beware buying these, maybe try them out in the store before you actually order them.
I bought these headphones when I was on one on my business trips on the east coast in the US. Few years ago I pulled out whooping $150 out of my pocket to purchase this new trendy headphones.
The design of the headphones is very stylish. They are very well constructed - the flat ribbon cable appears to be very durable and does not twist so much like a cable my standard headphones. I bought them in light pink color - the only downside is that this color picks up dirt very easily so I would recommend to purchase them in black color. On the cable is a inline module with a microphone (works very well), a volume control and a multifunction button that answers incoming calls and controls your playback. Each earpiece has a famous "db" logo in lowercase on the side. The earbuds slipped sometimes from my ears quite easily.
These headphones provide a very good sound quality without any disturbing noises. However was this a good choice for me? Probably not. They offer a very stunning design and amazing sound however keeping them spotless clean is quite a hard task especially when you travel day to day in public transport. The other downside for me is that I need to put the earbuds three times per tube journey in the ears again since they do not hold properly.
After few weeks of having them I gave them to my aunt. She is happy with them but said as well that for the price they are nothing extra.
Having worked my way through various pairs of headphones over the last couple of years I did begin to think I must be bad at choosing the right earphones - until now. The Diddybeats in-ear headphones are from the music superstar that is Sean Combs. He has had various alias' along the years and is most popularly known as 'P Diddy'.
The first concern I had when I opened the packaging was the realisation that each earpiece had 'db' on it - I am not the greatest fan of David Beckham! This is only a minor irritation though, and the earphones soon spoke for themselves in terms of sound. The design is very different to a lot of other earphones I have used/seen in the past, and the cable is also unusual in that it is more like a ribbon with its flat profile. I opted for the white colour but they also come in powder pink and black. The earphones come in a very smart box, which also contains a black pouch for storing your earphones in. I don't use this, as I dont like getting the cable tangled (this happens VERY easily) - probably due to the rubberised construction and the ribbon-like design. It should be noted (at my cost) that the white style DOES NOT have the ability to adjust the volume on the cable, this must be done at source. This is a slight letdown for me, but if it is really important to you then I strongly advise you choose the black Diddybeats. These have a +/- on the hands-free mic.
One feature I am not too keen on is that there is a mouthpiece and button for recieving calls hands-free. Having paid over a hundred pounds for these earphones it is a nice addition if you talk hands-free, but personally I would have preferred not to have this feature and instead have the design aimed purely at listening to music. The quality of the earphones, however, is of a very high standard. I love the feel of the earpieces and the cable and every aspect of the design oozes quality and style.
Now onto the sound quality. The most important factor to me with high-end earphones is sound quality. Design is of major importance to some, but for me it is all about the sound quality. You may be thinking that the Monster Beats range is all about design and image - I fell for that trick at first. Until you have used any of the Dr.Dre ranges you could be forgiven for thinking that style is all they are. From my experience of the Diddybeats earphones I am blown away each and every time I use them. Yes, I paid £101.99 from Comet with a 15% online order discount, but I have found in the past that price doesn't always buy quality! The bass given out is very deep and rich, and the top end is also a worthwhile exeprience. I did read that these earphones took a while to 'break-in' but I thought this was a load of rubbish. I have found out though that this is true - they do improve after the first week weeks of use, a bit like a car engine.
I would most definitely recommend the Diddybeats earphones to anyone with this kind of budget. I would go as far as saying if you have a £50-60 budget then consider stretching that bit further and getting these. These really are Dr.Dre's greatest hit!