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I bought these head phones about 3 months ago on a recommendation from a friend. I travel a lot and was looking for a good pair of headphones that had good sound quality and also a noise canceling feature. I was willing to spend the money if they met these two things, so i ended up with beats!! Not going to lie, i was drawn in by their appearance and the fact that all the athletes of the moment are wearing them. So in terms of appearance they are "cool" big loud and make a statement! However thats also the problem i have, i would only wear these either in my house or on an airplane or train during travel. I would not dream of wearing them out and about or walking the dog! They are big and look out of place on my head creating an almost square look. I know you can get the smaller beats but they sit on the ear and not over it so they don't have noise canceling. Anyway, as a female they probably look a little big, i also got them in white which also doesn't help the lo key look i was going for. Sound: They have great sound! The babe is really high however, if you are listening to pop, hip hop, rap or dance these would be amazing to have! However if you are looking for more classical or country or that lower key music i don't think the sound quality would really impress you and for the price there would be better headphones out there! Price: These are pricy but they are around the same price as other headphones in the market and i feel they are worth it in terms of quality, would i buy these headphones again probably not i think there are better quality headphones, there is a portion of the price you pay simply for the name beats and if this doesnt bother you then look into other headphone options. Fit: They fit well i love the over ear feature and it doesn't irritate my ear or press down on it like some headphones i tried they are incredibly comfortable to wear! Extras: You get a travel case and several additional input extras so they will fit all the machines you want. Batteries: Yep!! These headphones take 4 AA Batteries which ok isn't a huge deal and there is an on/off switch but the problem is what happens when your out and about and they die??? do you have to carry spare batteries around all the time!! I don't know but i haven't changed them yet so i'm worried when i'm on a flight my headphones will die!! Anyways overall! i Love these headphones they were expensive so i feel i should expect a lot! sound is great for the songs i listen too however i feel they are one dimensional. Comfort is a 10 you almost forget they are on! I like them and would recommend them for their noise canceling alone!! If you can get them at the right price, i'd say 200 then well worth it!! Enjoy!!!
I purchased my Beats Studios around 3 years ago, paying about £80 in HMV when trading in a bunch of old video games. I have to admit to buying into the fad around these at the time, but thought that headphones that cost £280 couldn't be that bad, could they? After getting them home I opened up the box and turned them on (they won't work unless you have batteries in, they power the noise-cancellation technology). The first thing I gave a listen to was Ed Sheeran's '+' album - a personal favourite. I cranked the volume up to about 75% and gave the whole album a listen to. I was fairly impressed, the sound being nice and crisp, with the acoustic nature of the album shining through. I should state that all my music is in a lossless format, so as close to the original recording as possible, so I'd expect to hear ever nuance of the recording. I don't class myself as an audiophile (I wouldn't have bought them if I was), but I do have a keen ear for music, and was impressed with what I heard. Next up I tried something a bit punchier, giving Beyonce's album a go (it was my girlfriend's - honest...) - 'Love on Top' sounded particularly impressive. At this point I thought I might as well give the headphones a real challenge and throw some bass-heavy hip-hop at them - they are after all endorsed by the grandfather of modern rap, so I thought they'd excel here. I wasn't wrong, with a variety of Asher Roth, Beastie Boys and D12 sounding suitably punchy. At this point, my housemate stormed in, fuming. At this point I'd discovered the first downfall of these. The noise-leakage. It turns out that whilst I'd been jumping around my room in blissful ignorance, the sound leaked so much that he could here it from across the hall - through 2 doors. At 75%, which didn't even seem that loud to me! We decided to crank them to 100% and see what kind of leakage they produced - wow. He could go outside the flat and keep the door closed (and we had heavy fire doors) and still hear the vocals clearly - not ideal. The only way to counter this was to listen to music at around 30-40% when out and about, so those idiots that wear them on the tube cranking the volume? Yeah, we can all hear you playing your embarrassing music, and sing along should we wish... So, whilst the music itself was pretty positive, these are ultimately let down by a number of poor issues: Sound leakage - as above. From what I can gather, this is a problem that applies across the whole range of Beats headphones unfortunately. Build Quality - they're made of plastic (unlike the aluminium Pro model), and feel rather flimsy Obtrusive - they're fairly bulky in comparison to other on-ear headphones, not great for the tube where space is at a premium. Expensive - BOSE headphones often come in at half the price, and sound twice as good, without the noise leakage. Easily faked - there are some scary stats out there on the amount of fakes in the market - so you need to buy from a reputable retailer. Overall - I can understand why people would buy these; the marketing is very slick and they're well advertised. The majority of people I've seen wearing them are teenagers or young adults that consider themselves trendy - nothing wrong with this, but the quality doesn't justify the price or perception unfortunately. If they were half the price they are, this would've been a more positive review, but alas, they're not. Decent sound is let down by sound leakage, the need to change batteries every 20 hours, and the poor build quality.
I got them in a trip to america at the airport for way cheaper than in the uk, and despite the relatively good sound, I still think they are not worth the cost. Mine are white, which makes them very attractive and cool, and I have to admit that the noise cancelling feature did impressed me, but not enough to forgive the fact that the cable with the microphone it included, for a fair amount of money extra, broke within a year of use. I believe it is supposed that headphones with this reputation and cost will last practically forever with regular use. It really pissed me off and made me have to buy another cable from a generic make with no mic which means that now I cannot take my calls with them. Apart from that, I don't think either that the "amazing sound quality" that every one says about these headphones makes it worth more than 200 quid. My point is that for half that money you can get some in-ear bose or other makes that sound sometimes even better and are not that big, something that I did not think would be that annoying. I feel that these are mostly a fashion accessory rather than made to last or genuinely have good sound. On top of all that you have to deal with the annoyance of buying or recharging batteries all the time so that you can use them, otherwise they are just lying in your house. Making them even more expensive than they already were. My advice for those wanting to invest in earphones is to get in-ear bose with a mic. Only buy these if you're one of those younger people who just want to look like you've got money!
As I write this a pair of bright orange headphones are slung around my neck, pumping out the beat to whatever crap it is I have on my iPhone. These are beats by dr. dre. Setting me back around £230 at Edinburgh airport, they would have to be the most expensive headphones I've ever owned. Are they worth it? Well the bold design and crystal clear sound say yes. Each and every part of your song comes through with an audacity that a generic pair of headphones could never give. The music finds a way past even my stony cold exterior in such a way makes you want to stop and actually listen to the music. It's a lucky fact then, that the noise canceling features means that pretty much all you can hear is the music. Even before you press play meaningless conversations turn into something of a muffled blur. An eye-catching style that is fast catching on and the unmistakable logo on each ear, with the words 'beats by dr. dre' stamped across the top. These are going to become an irreplaceable part of my wardrobe. The only downside to this would be that when listening to your tunes indoors, it might be a good idea to listen with on volume on fairly low. The headphones can go pretty loud and although you might like rocking out at full blast, those surrounding you might not be best pleased. You see, for such good headphones, the sound does tend to spread further than you'd want it to... Another factor to consider is the need to power your headphones independently with AAA batteries, which involves remembering to turn them on and off with each use. Having never experienced this with previous pairs of headphones I was put off somewhat at first, but not for long. Overall, I'd say these headphones are a must-have for anyone who wants to listen to their music and really hear it.
I purchased these headphones mainly for on the plane and they work great. I wanted to have headphones that cancel out the loudness of the surroundings on a plane and these did just that. As soon as you turn on the music, you can't here anything that anyone else is saying or background sounds (like engine). The sound from these are especially good, it is all crisp clear getting every note out. I tested them with a song with a high bass and they are brilliant. A big thing with headphones is if you can feel them buzzing (vibrating) on your ears then basically there no good, in this case you have fake Dr Dre's. The design of them are very nice, with the mute button being on the ear and the switch being on the other. The problems with it are definitely the price, they are well overpriced. But you do pay for the make of them. Make sure you are getting them from a genuine store as there are lots of fakes from China going round and even some stores don't even know if they have real ones or not. If you buy them for cheaper, look online at differences between real ones and fake ones before you open the so you can send them back. I.e, the box: Fake- No neck on Dr Dre (faded out) Real- Has clear outline of the neck
There are many pros and a few cons when dealing with the Studio Monster Beats from Dr. Dre. The sound quality is fantastic; the treble is not tinny, and the bass is very strong, in fact at the loudest volume they are so powerful they can almost act as reasonable quality speakers. I used these on a plane and the noise reduction function was brilliant, the entire higher register of the plane was blocked out and i was in shock when i switched them off and realised how noisy the surroundings I had been in were. With over-ear padding, the headphones are incredibly comfortable, and the logo of the left ear acts as a mute button, enabling you to talk to people without taking them off. The headphones come in a stylish case, which is big enough to also store batteries and most music players. There is also a two prong jack that enables people to use them when watching films on planes. On the negative side, the size of the headphones are a little excessive, they become bulky when being transported and took up a fair amount of space. The headphones themselves will not work without batteries - this can become very frustrating if you forget to switch them off (easily done). This is a definite flaw, and topping up with batteries adds to the cost of the headphones as whole. The batteries are placed in a well concealed and stylish manner inside one of the headphones. The price of the headphones will certainly put many suitors off and the question remains, can the price tag be justified? At +£200, Monster Beats push the upper limit of everyday headphones to the extreme (admittedly, being called studio, that is the environment for which they were produced), and I'm still not convinced they are worth such a price, but they are top quality headphones.