The day I opened up the box I was amazed at, how small, yet how nice these headphones looked. The elegant matt-white design was superb to look at, and they were also very comfortable to wear.
Next I found it had 2 cables instead of just the one. One with Control-Talk, and the other is just a normal connector wire. I thought this was pretty decent just in case the wires were flimsy and one broke easily whilst travelling with these headphones on. Then there's all the warranty mess in 2 big, long booklets which you just take a glance at then look straight back into putting these bad boys on.
Tell you what, the sound is very impressive. For how small they are (and when I mean small, they are pretty smaller than expected), the bass is superb. The music is very VERY clear for the size of them, and at a reasonable volume, so no note is too painful for the ears to experience. The cushions on the headphones adjust to your head and ears, and are reasonably comfortable. I use mine mainly for being on the go - listening to music - and sometimes for gaming as well. The comfort of the headphones tends to decrease with an increase of time wearing them, however all you have to do is take them off for a few minutes then get back to your listening straight away. Sorted. People HAVE been saying these solos are very flimsy and snap easily. I haven't had this problem.
They can be the slightest bit flimsy, however. In the first 2 days of having these wonderful things I saw that the adjusting-part, on the left-hand side of the headphone is significantly looser than the right-hand side. When folding these headphones in the tri-fold mechanism, the left side tends to be much looser and delicate than the right. But that's just my headphones, it may differ from product to product.
The headband isn't as bad as I thought. I was led to believe it was a durable mess, and that it would snap in the first few days of having them. However I still do have caution whilst using these, as you never know what might pop up. The rubber-like material on the inside of the headband (which rests on your head with a cushion-like comfort), seems to have came off of the headband a tiny bit.. which has worried me. Because these headphones are expensive for their size, you straight away think to worst-case scenario when something seems to become a tiny bit delicate. I try not to worry though. They work perfectly fine and are very comfortable.
I got these as a Christmas present last year and I am very impressed with the item, I wanted a pair for such a long time because I heard the quality was by far them best, ten minutes in to using them on Christmas day and I now see why they are some of the most highly reviewed headphones on the market, price is definitely worth it, you get what you pay for, the bass is as good as everyone says, good for all types of music, not just rap and hip hop. If you are looking for a good gift to give someone, without a doubt you should get the beats by dre headphones, maybe even some of the more expensive ones, the price does not really differ that much. Definitely worth the investment, very happy getting these especially as a gift. Pick up a pair for yourself and try them out.
I bought these headphones a few years ago for around £170. I had seen a few people with them and they looked good, so I decided to give them a try.
The packaging is a very sleek, compact box, with a picture of the headphones on the front. Once inside, the headphones come with a soft case, two red anti-tangle cables and a cleaning cloth. The beats themselves are a nice design, with the iconic 'b' next to the ear and a smooth finish. The ear cushions are soft and comfortable and the headphones have a two hinges to allow for folding. Overall finish is excellent and you can tell they are well made.
The cables are the very distinctive red associated with Beats and like it says on the tin, they don't tangle. This is great because I am forever having to untangle my apple earphones before I use them which is a pain, so the anti-tangle feature is a massive advantage in my opinion. One of the cables it comes with is just a plain cable, but the other one has a built in microphone which is useful if you have an iPhone because you can make hands-free calls. It also means you can control the volume on the headphones without having to unlock your phone or iPod. I love this feature and its so useful. Even though it doesn't have the hands-free, the other cable is also good, because it means you always have a spare. The two hinge folding mechanism is also really useful because it means the headphones fold to a small size which makes them easy to carry and put in a bag. The case in its self is quite bulky compared to the headphones on their own but it is still small enough to transport easily.
The ear cushions cover the ear and block outside sound very effectively. This is great in terms of listening to music, since all background noise is removed, however if people are trying to get your attention or talk to you, they have no chance. I end up shouting replies because I can't tell how loud I'm talking! Plus, they are comfortable and you can wear them for long periods of time without your head or ears hurting. The head strap is also padded.
Personally, I think the sound quality is excellent, although I'm not too knowledgeable on the technicalities of sound. For someone like me they sound great, clearly better than your average apple earphones. The music is clear and because you can't hear external sounds, it's a totally different listening experience to the average earphones. In my experience they are at their best when songs with good basslines are playing, the headphones really complement and improve the sound. The earphones are a little expensive, but if you're into music then it's worth it.
The only thing which annoys me slightly (and this is a personal thing), is that I can't use them when I'm watching a movie or something on my iPad because they're too bulky to be able to lay on my side, so I would always recommend keeping a pair of trusty in-ear earphones for such occasions. Other than that, I would definitely recommend these headphones to anyone willing to spend that kind of money; they are sleek and classy, recognisable to a fellow-music lover and have great sound quality, in my opinion.
I am very passionate about music, and I like a lot of different genres. My favourite is rap/hip hop, so my view on these headphones will be mostly on what they sound like with rap. Lets start with the looks of these great headphones. They look great, on and off your head, and come with a protective soft case which keeps them clean and dust free when not in use. The colours they come in make them look expensive and impressive, which is exactly what they are. These headphones come with two AUX cables, one with control talk (volume control and mic.) and one with out, as a spare even. They both are nice quality cables, and are thick and red, which barely ever tangles. The actual headphones put out amazing quality audio, and you hear every instrument individually, adding a crisp finish to the music. When listening, it puts you in your own world of music, and nothing else matters. I have had these headphones a while now, and they still look brand new, and besides rumours of braking easily, mine have never even shown wear. If you're passionate about music, definitely get these, as I have no faults with them whatsoever. The only competitor for these headphones, is Bose's version, which are at least £100 more expensive.
The sound is pure quality, clear and crisp, giving not only perfect sound but also managing to keep out all of outside noise even when walking by a busy main road. They are not completly balanced in terms of sound, favouring base although this works to my advantage considering my musical tastes. I listen to a lot of Hip-hop, grime, dance and rock and pop so the base usually works as an advantage bar one or two songs in my regular playlist.
If they cut back on the luxury packaging they could most likely reduce the retail price but if your going to fork out over £100 on a dedent set of headphones why not make it a luxury desirable product from the first sight in shop. The cable is also of a exceptional quality standing no chance of getting tangled like many of the inferior competitors. On first use I did find them rather unccomfortable but this is soon rectified, you simply have to take a minute or two to adjust and find the best position for them to sit.
I decided to buy a pair of these when I saw how many people were recommending them. I had originally purchased some in ear iBeats and was very impressed with them so I upgraded to the on ear headphones.
I listen to a lot of music during the day so I wanted some headphones that would provide a magnificent hearing experience. I have to say that these headphones succeed. Rather than just hearing music, like with ordinary headphones, you actually feel every beat and every instrument. This all combines to give you a fantastically clear sound that leaves you in a state of wonder.
The only bad thing about these headphones is that when they are on your ears they feel quite heavy and after a while they tend to put pressure on your ears. Every hour or so I have to remove the headphones so that they don't hurt.
These headphones do look very good, with the engraved 'b' sitting on the cups. They look and feel good, it's a shame they hurt after a while. However, I cannot fault the sound quality. These headphones also fold down so they are easy to transport.
I've always been a buyer of cheap in ear headphones as I didn't really buy into the thought that sound quality could vary that much between headphones (a friend of mine had some £200 Bose in ear headphones I wasn't particularly impressed with). This all changed when I listened for a couple of minutes of my girlfriends sisters new Dre Beats, I instantly knew I had to buy some! The sound quality and bass are excellent and make the whole experience of listening to music so much more enjoyable, I'd rather listen to music via the Beats than any other way! They are easily transported in hand luggage for flights as they fold down into a pretty small case and I take them pretty much everywhere I go. I didn't feel the need to spend the extra money on the Studio Beats as I was more than happy with the sound quality of these headphones when I initially listened to music on them. Would definitely recommend.
Dre's Beats - Solo [HD]
Now, we all know (if you read my reviews) that I am very passionate about music. I listen to it pretty much all day everyday.
Since all my earphones end up dying after 2 months, I decided I needed something that was going to last me longer, and I realised that to get this I would have to spend a fair bit of money.
Now I didn't go out and buy Dre's Beats just because of the name, or because everyone else has them or even because I thought they might make me look cool. I went and bought them to enjoy my music, and these headphones allow me to do just that.
What do these headphones bring to the table?
Well, to be quite honest, I only bought these to listen to my music and my music only. But making music audible is not the only thing these stylish headphones can do, oh no; it seems technology even for headphones is evolving greatly.
===The Built in Mic===
These headphones have a built in microphone so that you can chat to your friends and family whilst in an online call and it is completely hands free! You can say good-bye to them desk mics now, since all other companies will be looking to do the same as what Dr Dre has, some others may have already done this, I am unsure since technological things aren't really my area of expertise. This built in mic is also compatible with iPhones and iPod touches, which is a bonus in my book since I own both.
I don't use the mic much since I don't like conversing via web chat, I prefer to talk in person because I think I sound like a man through phone and web chat, the joys of hating your own voice, but from the times that I have used it, it worked really well for me!
===Fold Them Down and Pack Them Away===
These headphones, much like Skullcandy's are easy to fold away, and these even come with a case to keep them in, so when you aren't using them you can keep them safe! I personally think this is a great touch, I mean, how many pairs of headphones have you gone through because you dropped them and accidentally stood on them? Or left them on a chair and sat on them? I have done that plenty of times, but then again, I always went for the cheap stuff. However, if those headphones had this design they might have lasted longer.
It's a great little thing and at least this way they don't take up to much space in your bag or have to have them hanging around your neck when you aren't using them.
With these headphones, you get a cleaning cloth. I know crazy right? Well no, this cleaning cloth is actually handy, I don't know if it is just me but the ear cushions get dirty or kind of greasy, I keep this cloth in the case so that I can clean them when I want. Super handy!
Now down to business... ===The Audio===
These headphones are High Definition; the sound should be immaculate, right? Well, they certainly live up to that title! These headphones make listening to music more enjoyable and not only that; they don't hurt your ears from being too tight around the head.
I have my iPod setting set to bass, I love bass. These headphones make it sound like heaven, I am not joking. They have really set the standard for me, I don't think I could find any better headphones.
We all, however, have that small problem with headphones. When you have them on, someone wants to talk and you can't hear them. It's annoying, I know. But these headphones have what is known as control talk. With this you are able to control the music; change the track pause and even adjust the volume, though for me, I prefer to do it 'the old fashioned way' and use the buttons. But I think it's a great idea, but I still don't understand why people talk when they can clearly see you're listening to music...my biggest pet peeve!
The price for these, from beatsbydre.com are £169.99 and I can tell you now that they are worth every penny.
You can get these in two colours, black or white and they all have that red b in a silver circle, since that is the logo. I think they are greatly designed and recommend these 100%
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I bought a pair of these for my boyfriend as he wanted some decent over the head headphones to use with his iPod when he goes on runs and bike rides, as they stay on better that the in-ear ones. He loves his hip hop, rap, drum and bass etc...so knew I had to get the most bassy ones I could find! I tried these in the shop and they nearly perforated my ear drum... ok, slight exaggeration, but i was really impressed with how loud they were, and although there was a lot of bass, the vocals were really crisp and clear too. I personally think "Beats by Dr. Dre" sounds a bit cheesy, but the design is actually pretty simple and understated. I went with these instead of the Studio model they do, as these were a bit smaller and lighter.
My boyfriend used them a couple of times, and not going to lie, we had to take the first pair back as the sound started to crackle. But they changed them no problem, and he's had the new pair now for a good few months with no more problems.
He uses the headphones all the time, as I said, on runs etc and he thinks they're ideal. I've got myself a pair now too (after borrowing his all the time!). The sound is amazing, I would say the best of all the different makes I tried in the shop. Some people have said they find them to bassy for genres of music other that hip hop, but if you change the EQ settings on the iPod itself to one with less bass, its not really an issue. They fit really well one me, however, my boyfriend found them quite snug on him at first. Saying that though, now he says he doesn't even notice when he's wearing them and absolutely loves them. I would definitely recommend these to everyone.
I wanted some good headphone for mixing music, so I thought ones designed in conjunction with a well respected producer would be a good place to start. When receiving these phones you are presented a tour case which is very rigid and should protect these phones from all manners of bumps and knocks. Once opened the phones are red and very shiny and folded up to save space, this is quite an original way of folding. The phones are plastic and fabric but feel very sturdy, and of a high build quality. Also in the box is a microfibre type cloth to clean them.
The headphones themselves are smaller than expected and the connected cable is quite heavy duty. The headphones include a built in microphone for talking to people on games or over the internet. Also on the cable is a little controller for controlling your apple products remotely.
The sound quality on the headphones at first seems very good but on closer inspection the sound has been drastically been altered. The headphones must have equalisation circuitry built in and they are creating a unrealistic sound. This includes very exaggerated bass, harsh highs but normal mids making a gap in the frequencies. This to me seems like they have been tuned to hip hop. This is quite dangerous though because audio that sounds good on these wont on other headphones due to the eq. Also a producer spends a lot of time eq'ing and setting the levels of tracks to the perfect settings and these headphones undo that hard work to some extent by colouring its sound with its hip hop biased sound.
So serious producers should invest in a pair with a flat frequency response however most hip hop producer will probably purchase these for their association with dr dre anyway. These can be picked up for £100-150 and a portion of that money goes to a charity.
After months of research and considering wether I would splash out £140 for a pair of headphones I decided I may aswell get a pair. I purchased them from amazon for £137.99.
My first thoughts of them were not great in all honesty. They sounded poor, they were uncomfortable on my head after a short period of time and they didnt look as good as they looked in pictures. However after forcing myself to listen to them for a few weeks I noticed the sound seemed to improve and I got used to the uncomfort of them.
The headphones them self produce a large amount of bass (which is why they are called Beats I guess). I often find when listening to certain songs its really difficult to hear the words of the rapper/ singer due to this loud bass. Some songs on the other hand I have to say sound really good with the bass. I have noticed that songs with a nice beat (Teach Me How To Dougie by Cali Swag District for example) seem to sound really good when listening to them. However i've also tried listening to vocal singers like Jamie Cullum and Jack Johnson and to be honest the quality of sound is awful.
These headphones are only worth getting if you listen to rap, hip-hop or dance all of the time. If you listen to any other genres you really dont get anything good out of them. For the price of £137.99 you would expect alot more for your money. I think the main reason I bought them was for the fashion side. When your young and your wearing expensive headphones indorsed by Dr Dre you look cool. If I were to have known what they sounded like I would have bought a pair of Skull Candys which sound just as good for one third of the price.
These are a premium product, and you can tell from the start. They come packaged in a unique box, with the headphones inside their very own neoprene case. Not only does this protect you device, but it also adds to the portability of it, which is the primary reason these headphones were created. They come with two cables, they come with the standard red 3.5 to 3.5 cable but they also come with the iSoni talk cable. This is a cable just like the other however, it has an additional feature. It has a control, similar to the one sean on the Tour headphones. these can be used on iPhones, Blackberry's and also other smartphones, to control volume and also to pick up and answer phonecalls.
These are on-ear style headphones. They are designed to provide high quality sound at a lower cost and also added portability. The leather is soft and light, this allows you to be able to use the headphones for prolonged periods of time without it being uncomfortable or getting hot on your ear. This is a benifit as it means it can be used on long journeys without discomfort.
It also provides superb osund quality, from such a small size. Although the bass is not as loud as the bass on the studios or the pros, all of the frequencies are clear and it offers superb sound. The only problem I would have with these headphones is the hinges. The hinges seem as if hey are out of line and look as if they are broken. This makes me worry when folding the headphones as I fear that they may be damaged and I may break them
Dr Dre is a well known artist when it comes to the music business as he has become well known for his gangsta rap and music of the hip hop genre. More recently he has launched his own stlyized range of headphones which are branded under the name of Beats By Dr. Dre. There are currently six versions each of the headphones and earphones. The ones I have got and will be reviewing will be the Monster Beats by Dr. Dre Solo Multilingual Headphones which are an over ear style of headphone. There are also in ear versions of these headphones available. I actually got these as a present but they are not cheap and retail for around the £150 mark. They are a bit cheaper than the high definition version which will tend to cost upwards of £200.
These headphones are very sleek and stylish in appearance. They are smaller and lighter in terms of design compared to the more expensive version. They are also easily folded away inwards and can be put away in the carry case that comes with them. The ear cups are also well cushioned. The headphones offer both style and also comfort. The headband over the top is easily adjusted to fit over your head. You have to be slightly careful with this as they are not really sturdy but with a product like this you will tend to be quite careful.
I am not really technically aware to be able to judge sound quality but overall I can say it is very impressive. The cushioned ear parts also ensure that surrounding noise is also mostly eliminated. You can really hear the bass when listening to the music.
These headphones do not come cheap and the price is certainly a major off putting factor. If you are willing to pay the price, then they are a quality product. There are though other cheaper versions available if you cannot get these. I would give these 4/5 stars overall.
Aside from nearly blowing my own head off when I first used them I have decided that these are an essential piece of kit for any music lover or general basshead. The large price tag may put people off but to be honest after having them for a month now I'd have been happy to pay for them twice over. Sound quality is mainly dependant on the quality of your MP3's however legitimate iTunes purchase sound as crisp as though you were in the recording booth. Whether it be The Game or Take That who do it for you musically you will enjoy listening to your songs with perfect sound and no crackle. However to use these to their full potential songs with heavy bass and hard beats are literally mind blowing. I don't believe that their are a better pair of headphones on the market at this moment than the Monster Beats set, now if only they are working on a headset for Xbox 360 I'd be set.
I purchased a set of these headphone in white, just over a month ago off of amazon for a rather excessive (are what seemed to be at the time) £150. I actually purchased them due to what I had heard from people about the sheer quality of the brand, one person even said to me "I had not heard music until I had listened to it through a set of Dr.Dre Beats Audio headphones", the question is, was he right? Or are they a set of overpriced headphones which are a obvious scenario of you pay a premium for an exclusive brand? I have organised my rather lengthy review into a selection of bitesize chunks: Appearance, Sound quality, Comfort, Reliability, other positives, a 'be aware' section, negatives and a conclusion - therefore if you are in a rush and don't feel like reading the entire review, feel free to skip to the section you would most prefer to read. Enjoy the read!
First of all like any product the appearance is a key selling feature and inevitably will usually be the main reason for purchase especially from internet shops such as Amazon. As I am sure you would probably agree these headphones are absolutely stunning. They make simplicity flashy - but by no means garish or ugly. A good example of this would be there logo featured on either speaker - a simple red 'B' which is visually stunning but yet so simple, encased by brushed aluminium proving the £150 has been spent on quality and class, not just sheer performance and power.
Another characteristic that I personally like is the intricate writing on the head band piece which says 'Beats by Doctor Dre'. The beats is in a luscious vibrant red and the by Doctor Dre is in a subtle grey colour, the contrasting of the font colour is a brilliant way of marketing - with the "Beats" being more evident to the eye. However the text colouring is more than that, it is what makes these headphones unique, and special. In my opinion the clever use of text is perfect for the curvaceous band and is also a way of making these headphones exclusive - a certain positive.
The final aspect which becomes evident - especially in person, is the how well these headphone, seem, to be put together. Each piece of plastic and metal and cushion moulds effortlessly into the next - there are not rough edges left on this product, and that is certain.
Retrospective of the design, I would argue these headphones are the best looking headphones out in the current market, they are simplistic, fashionable and possibly most importantly they are cool. And yes it is only a four letter word but 'cool' sums the aesthetics of this product down to the tee!
Rating wise I would give these headphones a appearance ranting of 10/10 - It just shows you don't need massive tribal designs to produce a good looking product (maybe Skull candy will realise this!)
Sound quality in some respects is rather hard to comment on, because as you may have already noticed I am not the most technical and like many I do not know a great deal about the mechanical processors that produce such brilliant sound quality, but I do know what makes good headphones, and what consumers are looking for - hence why this section is more about the impact of the product instead of the technical figures and statistics.
The sound quality of these headphones is unmatchable, but then again so is the price. The sound and volume ranges are rather remarkable, it can play the quietest of songs with perfect clarity and constant bass and treble levels then produce that same clarity at volumes in excess of 65 - 75%.
The sound quality is further improved by the cushions that block out a huge amount of the surrounding noise, which makes these headphones perfect for on the tube, train or similarly town or city, however of course the flip side being a safety hazard when walking beside roads - trivial but should be mentioned somewhere!
The overall sound quality is sensuous, let the days of distortion and weak vocals become a relic of the past. These headphones are special.
These headphones are extremely comfortable, they fit very well around most heads and are fully adjustable which of course is an added bonus. I would say I have a medium-large head and for me personally they are the comfiest set of 'overhead phones' I have ever owned.
The cushions that tightly wrap around each headphone make the headphones seem to hover around your ears, which makes it feel like you are not wearing them at all - which is quite a surreal sensation - but by no means is it a strange feeling; it's great!
As you would expect from an electrical gadget such as these, at a price of £150 the reliability is second to none, and for those worried about what happens when something goes wrong - a friend of mine had the in-ear versions of these and the logo began to scratch off, he told Beats audio and within days they sent him a new pair. So not only does that mean they have brilliant reliability, from my friend's experience I would say the service provided by the manufacturer is also fully commendable.
This provides a sense of security, which is always a positive when spending large quantities of money, especially knowing how tight things are for everyone as we enter the third year of this oh so 'brilliant' recession.
*They are extremely portable, they use a feature that Beats By Dre call a 'Tri fold' mechanism which simply means they can fold up and become very easy to transport even when they are not round your ears - why you would want to take them off is another discussion however.
*These headphones feature another technology called 'ControlTalk' this enables you to talk through a microphone when plugged into a mobile phone or similar device. This means they are more functional as you don't have to repeatedly take them off to answer calls. You may be thinking, 'but this isn't a new feature, my £10 Argos headphones have this feature', and I am not mocking the cheaper headphones at all when I say this, but there is a difference between the Control Talk microphone and normal headphone microphones, to the extent the person on the other end of the phone, unless he/she is a bat, will not believe you are talking through a microphone stationed on a pair of headphones - the sound quality is crystal clear, without any distortion what so ever, it is better than the microphone on my IPhone 3g! Once again in terms of functionality the wire is completely detachable and can therefore be stored easily.
*There is also a selection of buttons under the right earpiece, which cover the usual essentials such as volume up and down, change track etc., once again nothing new here but extremely practical and a welcomed addition.
*Price: This is debateable of course because most normal people spend around £30-40 on a pair of headphones and possibly £50 on a pair such as these that have a headband and go over your ears and in that respect £150 is great deal of money. However one should remember these are specialist headphones, the sound quality is unmatchable... So bear that in mind, if you are worried about the price and think it may be a bit excessive also consider that these are actually Beats by Dre's cheapest over ear headphones; the others being £280 and £350.
Another thing that one should be completely aware of when purchasing these headphones on the internet: like anything there are always counterfeits and for that reason I highly recommend buying from reputable dealers and if the price seems too good it probably is!
Secondly another thing to be aware of is with such specialised headphones they need to wear in/ loosen up a little, this period is called the 'warming in' period - very similar to a car or a bike or anything really that has moving parts. This 'warming in' period only lasts for a short time (for me it was just over two hours of music) and after that the sound quality will be at its peak for as many years as it lasts - obviously this time can be extended with optional warranty packages that protect you against the problems you may face, Amazon offer one for £27 - which is rather reasonable for three years cover (which I highly recommend just in case something goes wrong).
In all honestly I cannot think of any negatives - they are exceptional headphones. Some believe however the headband is 'flimsy', I however disagree, because as long as your treat them with respect - as you would anything that costs a lot of money - and be sensible with them they are fully capable of withstanding the occasional knock and smash.
A quote from their website sums the HD sound quality down to the tee: "The thrill of hearing tiny details you've never heard before. In songs you thought you knew inside out". This quote is spot on, it is true these headphones change your music experience, there are however two questions you need to ask yourself. Do I want to spend £150 on a pair or headphones? If so what's the quickest way of getting a pair?
I highly recommend these, granted they are not for everyone but I am hardly a 'lyrical miracle', I just bought these to accompany and complement the music I was spending so much on.