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Removable cable; Dual cables, one with ControlTalk housing; Glossy black finish; Right-angle jack; Leather pads
The Beats by Dr. Dre range of headphones has only been around since 2008, but in the few years of its existence, it has become the most popular "trendy" range of cans in the western world. It has arguably brought headphones into the consciousness of normal gadgets buyers more than any other range in living memory. But are the Beats Solo HD, the higher-end version of the range's on-ear Solo set, any good?
A big part of the reason for the Beats range's success, other than that big, bad rap singer name, is design. All the headband sets maintain a consistent look that is undeniably stylish. They're simple enough to appear genuinely tasteful but distinct enough to become iconic - edgy enough to nudge its way into youth culture without causing an instant, despairing sigh in anyone over the age of 22. Of course, step back during the commuter rush and you realise they're really just the youth-oriented high street alternative to Bose's now fully-grown range of headphones.
Noise isolation is fairly good too, the inch-thick pads creating a reasonable seal between your ears and the outside world. This makes the Beats Solo HD better-suited than many over-ear headphones for use on public transport - a good thing given how frequently we see them worn on trains and buses - though in-ear headphones or noise cancelling sets provide another level of noise reduction.
Another big win for the flexibility of these headphones is its removable cable. A standard 3.5mm stereo jack plugs into the bottom of the left ear cup, making it very simple to upgrade to a longer cable - you can snag a 5m upgrade from everyone's favourite auction site for a couple of quid. The bundled cables do offer some neat custom tweaks, though. The jacks bear the Monster and Beats branding, and the cable is finished in the trademark Beats red. Two cables are included in the box - both of just over 1m in length - one bearing a ControlTalk handsfree and remote housing, the other doing without.
The Monster Beats by Dr. Dre Studio headphones offer a stylish and comfortable design as well as an exceptionally crisp and balanced audio response with a tight low-end and warm mids. The bass from these cans is overall clean and pleasant. Somewhat exaggerated, but not greatly so. Distortion, while present at times, is also in small amounts. These aren't the subs-attached-to-your-head that some might expect before having listened to them. Treble sounds above average, but slightly underrepresented. The mid tones even more so - to the extent that they come across as bland. Instrument separation is also a bit muddy(although not too terrible). Another reviewer commented that these headphones were designed to sound slightly muddy, but I find this hard to believe, since the advertisement on Amazon claims "precise audio clarity". But as I've mentioned time and again, the biggest drawback to these cans is the sound stage, which just wasn't there. Overall, though, I would give these headphones an above average score in terms of sound quality. All of that aside, the Monsters were definitely designed to be noise-canceling, so I won't dock points for that. What I will take off points for is relative effectiveness, which I didn't feel was where it should be, all things considered. They do block quite a lot of noise, but plenty of noise still bleeds through. I've heard noise-canceling headphones that are considerably more effective. Then again, I've also heard much worse, and these, in my opinion, are above average. Those interested in good, deep bass at or under the price of the Monsters should also listen to various Beyerdynamic headphones, and the ATH-D40fs model by Audio Technica.
These headphones do look and sound great, they sit over your head well, and are obviously adjustable. The sound is, in my opinion, untouchable compared to what I've personally used before. They come with a hard case for transportation or storage, and aren't too big to put in a bag comfortably. As for the scratch-proofing, it is undeniable that it exists! I took these to the beach in USA on holiday and had them in my bag, out of their case with sand in it, and not a single scratch was on the surface of the headphones.
The cords which lead into your device are thick, meaning that you do not have to spend hours untangling the world's tightest knot just to listen to your music. Aesthetically, they look great as well. Many people would say that you're just paying for a label, and in some ways I do agree with that, but the old mantra 'you get what you pay for' really does ring true here. They are a quality set of headphones for a price. They will also last you a very long time, granted you look after them - and I have had not a single problem with these since I bought them. In fact, they still look relatively new after all this time and use!
The sole problem I find with these is the sound bleeding from them whilst you're listening to music. If you're a considerate person (which I'm sure you are!) you might not want the whole bus-load of passengers knowing that you're listening to the Pet Shop Boys.
Apart from the single problem stated above, they are a great set of phones for anyone to use and enjoy. I don't know what they'd be like for studio and recording, but they are closed back and probably coloured sound - so from my rather uneducated guess, I reckon they're not too good for that purpose.
Firstly, Im going to list the pro's for these head phones - They are comfortable, not too tight, fit around your ear and are also adjustable, They look amazing, Sound quality is great, Compatible, they fold up and sit in a hard case that comes in the package, The 2 cords are slighty thicker than normal headphone cords so they don't get tangled, The coating is scratch resistant.
What a gamble I thought I was taking on these headphones. I've listened to them in various shops (e.g. apple), where they are a massive amount more expensive, but they had never had batteries that were fully charged. SO it was with trepidation that I plumped for them, all of the youtube and other reviews seemed very positive. It turns out they are exceptional. I mostly listen to R and B or rap music and for both of these they are exquisite, the bass and drums are toned to perfection. For those who prefer something a bit quieter I listen to them also with the likes of pianist ludovico einaudi and it is a wonderful experience. In terms of your personal listening they are on another level from anything I've tried before. I also have a hope recording studio which they work wonderfully with thanks to the provided adapter. Noise cancellation is top notch, meaning I can use them to turn the noisy computer room at university into a space as quite as the library.
My single negative point, as so many have noted, is the sound leakage. It is only at quite high volumes but is certainly noteworthy. It would be with some hesitation that I would turn my music up above 60% volume on a train, for example. However this one caveat is far outweighed by the exceptional sound quality and, lets be honest, the raw aesthetic appeal of them. An excellent pair of headphones I would highly recommend.
If these Beats Studio is advertised for studio use, then it's a joke. It leaks lots of sound that will be bleed into microphones, its sound is not detailed enough for professional mixing, and it's bass is too muddy and exaggerated making these a bad reference.
However, I have to say these are very stylish looking headphone that the teenagers and trendy people like. I do admire Beats for making headphones a desired headphone, a fashion statement and accessory. They are advertised extremely well, with strong endorsements and products placement everywhere. However, being a headphone, it's primary function should be it's audio performance.
Sound quality wise, they are certainly better than the stock Apple white earbuds. However you are comparing to a £1 headphone. Not really a fair comparison. When you are comparing to professional studio headphones in this price range of the Beats Studio, it's a losing battle. The Beats Studio is by no mean an awful headphones, however professional headphones such as the Denon D2000, Audio Technica M50, Beyerdynamic DT 770, AKG K550 etc, these Beats just don't match up acoustically. A studio musician would never use a headphone with active noise cancelling built in, because this lowers the resolution and colours the sound. These are all substantially higher resolution and detailed compared to the Beats, with better instrument separation, soundstage and neutrality. A trendy alternative for the Beats Studio is the Denon D400 headphones, which has a built in amp and arguably more fashionable and attention grabbing. The D1100 headphone which can be know bought for less than £70 is another superior headphone in term of sound quality, with a better bass response, bigger soundstage richer mids and clearer highs.
The noise cancelling feature is no more than marketing gimmick, as its one of the worst ANC I've heard. If you truly active noise cancelling for quite travel, then get the Bose QC3 or QC15. If you want great sound quality, then get a studio grade headphone instead. For this amount of money spent, people deserve better sound quality. The Beats Studio packs more features than substance and performance. Great packaging, shiny plastic, vibrant colours and sleep design makes these fashionable. However, if audio quality is what you want, these will not be the best option for you.
A must buy pair of headphones, they rest on my head wonderfully and very comfortable.
I used to get a lot of ear ache from certain headphones but these are perfect and are great fashion.
The only downfall I believe is that it is very expensive for a pair of headphones and should go down a little to be in the 100s.
Why did I buy these particular headphones?
They have great beats towards music, I find them very comfortable and I have seen them advertise a lot on television so I thought I would buy these.
I prefer these type of headphones because just tiny ones that don't sit on my head just fall out of my ears and the wires use to bust a lot and so did one side of the headphones.
I would say give them a try....
they are very comfortable and are great fashion, they have a lovely sound to them which is very high and it knocks out background noise so easily.
I wouldn't have them too loud otherwise you will feel as though you have just came out of a disco!
I strongly recommend buying these pair of headphones for those who love the company Monster and love wearing these type of headphone and are looking for a specific pair and don't really know what ones to go for.
I have tried these and so should you...
hopefully the price drops down a little more and then you can hear and experience the fantastic headphones....
I hope you enjoy!
WHAT IS IT?
This is a set of headphones that is made by Monster Beats.
WHY DID I BUY THEM?
I bought these headphones only because my daughter asked for them as a Christmas gift. I did not read reviews before I bought them so I took the chance that they were as good as she said and they have met the expectation of both of us.
WHAT I THINK
I have used these headphones even though they belong to my daughter and they are very good quality. They are comfortable to wear and music sounds good through them also.
The headphones adjust to different size heads and my daughter can wear them and I can also even though our heads are different sizes. I like that the headphones do not feel heavy on my head and they are comfortable around my ears also.
The music I listen to sounds good out of these headphones and the music is equal in each ear, the bass and treble are good for each sort of music I listen to but sometimes the volume changes and that is not because of my music player and I know that it is the headphones that are causing it.
My daughter likes to watch movie clips on You Tube and I think these headphones make this easy for her because of the way speech sounds so good through them. I agree with her about that because I wore them to watch a full film on my iPad last night and I could follow the talk and scenes just as good as if I was watching it without headphones on the lounge television.
These headphones cost £250 but I did not pay so much for them as that because I bought them in Italy and they are alot cheaper there. I would not pay that money for them because it is too much but I paid about £140 and even that is alot but it is better than the English price.
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I always wanted one of these headphones when the first ever studio headphones were out but I never thought it would be worth £300. So finally a few years later when I had the cash I brought the Wired Studio 2.0 for £269.
So is it worth it? I would say yes and no.
Reason for Yes: They are very comfortable, if you place them correctly on your head, you will forget that they are on after a while. The sound quality is amazing you can hear the background music, especially if it has great bass. They are very cool looking and easy to carry, as they can be folded and put into its case which it can actually be hooked on to your belt/jeans etc.
Reason for No: They are very expensive, you can find much better headphones for cheaper. The ear drums are very soft and creases easily. Also you can't really use them in quiet public places as you can hear the sound from the outside as it is very loud. Also if you buy them in black like I did you will have to keep wiping them with the cloth provided as the headphones are a fingerprint magnet. However this ain't a problem for me.
But overall I enjoy them and recommend them if you love music and really want to own a pair of beats. However if you don't care about branding then you can find better headphones for cheaper.
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Like most , I was very hesitant on whether or not to buy this set of headphones . However , in the end I decided to take the plunge and see how good these headphones really are . As soon as you put them on , you realise they are worth the price . They offer deep , rich sound with an excellent amount of bass . They are easily connected to your bluetooth device and come with a 3.5mm cable for any non bluetooth appliance . The noise cancelling works extremely well and combined with the relatively good sound isolation created by the thick , padded ear cups , the noise cancelling does an effective job of blocking out certain background sounds . The battery life is around 12 hours and can be recharged using either the wall socket plug included or simply plug into any usb slot .
The pro's :
- 12 hour battery life
- Active noise cancelling
- Deep bass
- Hard case included
- LED battery life indicator
- Soft cushioned cups
- Interchangeable through wired and wireless
The Con's :
- Must have battery life to play music
The Beats Studio Wireless is a very comfortable over-the-ear wireless headphone that offers excellent sound for a Bluetooth headphone and features active noise-canceling technology . The headphones fold up into a more compact form factor which make them ideal for an every day traveler . I got them in gold colour and I think they look good with everything you wear .
I got a pair of these at Christmas from my Brother. They looked great and are a reputable brand so I could definitely look cool in public. They aren't bad headphones in terms of sound quality if you listen to a lot of rap music like me since they do have decent bass.However, they are expensive and for the same price you could get better sounding headphones. I also own a pair of sienheiser headphones for a similar price and they are better than these by far. In addition they are not the sturdiest headphones, my brother broke his pair! so, If you listen to rap or another form of bass heavy music , and have the money spare, then these may be the headphone for you but if you really want a pair of studio headphones I would look to Bose or Seinheiser. Hope this review was helpful to you.
-MeBeSte's Monster Beats Studio High Definition Headphones
Monster Beats Studio high definition headphones are great for those who like to follow fashion, thinking they look cool because they have just spent a weeks wages on a pair of headphones!
They are definitely not worth the price when compared to other studio headphones. The build quality is not too bad but neither is it anything to write home about. The are made of plastic and can easily scratch or I guess break. Mine have been fine and they do last but I would not recommend them to anyone just because your money could be spent on a better set.
When you buy headphones you choose ones that can provide clarity sound and sadly the noises that come out of these is disgraceful. The most valid point is the bass - The 'powerful bass' that these headphones produce is not the same as 'quality bass'. The Monster Beats Studio HD have powerful bass but it doesn't sound right, the opposite of the crisp notes. Imagine strapping a set of blown speakers to your head? Because the bass is so intense it overwhelms every other element of the music. The mid levels aren't really acceptable as you can't hear them and the highs are below average quality for a price tag like that. So due to the bass it ruins the other levels making these supposedly studio headphones in my opinion, rubbish!
Negatives aside they look 'cool', the cable jack is quite good and it fits flush into a socket and if your a fan of Dr.Dre or Justin Bieber you can feel like a legit fan. Money well spent (sarcasm)
To sum it up, DO NOT BUY these headphones - Search for real ones.
Well these headphones are good if you want to look cool and have you music loud. I would not play embarrassing music because people can hear it. But they are not worth the money you are just paying for the label if you want better quality for less money go else where.
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!!
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!