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I cant fault the sound nice and deep when needs to be and clear. You can get them at a good price if you look around.
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I received my pair of Monster Sound Dre Earphones as a birthday gift a couple of years ago. I already had a few other earphones, but hey a gift is a gift so of course I accepted them with great pleasure! I actually didn't quite realise how expensive these were until I looked around on the internet for this review, and found Argos to be selling them for £119.99. It does seem a bit much for a pair of earphones, but I guess if you're an avid music listener like me then you probably wouldn't mind spending extra for quality. Prices however, can be found considerably lower on eBay starting from £20-70.
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* Changeable ear tips.
* Cushion ear pieces.
* 1m cord length.
* Tangle free cord.
* 3.5mm jack.
* Carry case.
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These earphones have a very trendy looking design, I received the red and black coloured version. The ear buds are black coloured and have and outward rubber padding that fits onto a small extended bar that itself is attached to a metal plate. The wire is 1m in length and is red coloured, it has a 3.5 mm headphone jack connected to its end. The Beats by Dr Dre symbol is located on the back of the ear phones and has a red and sliver finish.
The earphones come with two different sized ear buds to attach to the earphone ends. There is one small ear bud or a larger one to choose from, I tend to use the smaller sized one as I find the larger one harder to fit into my hear. The fact that it provides you with ear buds to choose from is excellent, as I sometimes share these with my partner and he uses the larger sized ones, so it really does cater for all sizes. The earphones fit into my ear fairly easily; however I do find that it requires one or two attempts to get them to fit, however once they are in, they stay in. My partner however simply just pops them in his ear with a single go, so it's probably just my odd shaped ears rather than a fault with the earphones and is a very minor quibble if any.
I can have the earphones on while exercising without having to worry about them falling out, I often do aerobics with these in and they really do stay in position excellently. I also use these occasionally while cleaning the house, or vacuuming and find it works really well in cancelling out background noise, and impressively drowns out the vacuuming sound quite well.
The 3.5 mm headphone jack is gold plated and therefore improves the quality of the sound distribution. The sound quality is brilliant, and I find that I tend to only need the volumes set just under medium as that is more that enough to produce sufficient sound. On the other hand if I use my cheaper set of earphones I would need to set the volume quite high to hear the music clearly, which illustrates just how good the quality of sound is from these earphones. There is no buzzing or crackling sounds, instead the sound is crystal clear and I can ear all elements of the songs playing back to me perfectly. The bass and base is amazing, and it really allows the background music and beats come alive.
The noise cancelling is a feature that has benefited me greatly when I am out and about in a busy shopping centre of on a busy train commute; it allows me to enjoy my favourite podcasts and music without any annoying outside interference. Sometimes it does work a bit too well, and I have failed on a few occasions to notice my mobile ringing or the house phone ringer going off, so I have missed a few calls accidentally.
The 1m earphone cable is more than long enough in my opinion, it allows me to listen to my mp3 player while it's in my pocket or on the side table without the wire restricting me in any way. The cable is also designed to reduce tangling, I am not sure how exactly it works but it does work well, I rarely find my earphone wire tangled up or with lots of tiny knots. This is great as my other earphones that don't have this feature have at least six knots in the wires from all the tangling.
The earphones come with a small black case which is great little added extra that enables me to store my earphones away inside when not in use, and most importantly keep them save when travelling. The case is made from hard plastic therefore provides excellent protection, and has a zipper closing.
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Would I recommend these earphones? Yes I would, they produce great sound quality and brings outside noise cancelling to whole new standard. I would rate these 4/5, losing one mark for the hefty price tag.
These in ear Beats by Dr Dre come at a hefty price but my experience with them was not good at all. I used them for a total of three months and after that they just stop working and I do not know why.
The ear phones themselves have extremely good quality bass as the ear buds go deep into your ears and unleash some really clear deep bass with average vocals. The ear phones come with five different ear pieces so everyone should have a pair of ear pieces that would fit them perfectly. For some reason though none of the ear pieces fitted my ears so I had to improvise and use Samsung ear buds in order to stop them from falling out my ears.
The ear phones come at a premium price but in my opinion it is not worth it as they are easily breakable if they are accidentally stepped on and the wires are extremely thin. The reason they are thin is to stop them from tangling and it actually does work because they have never tangled for me. You can just store them in the case provided with the ear phones without having to worry about them tangling up in the case.
I did not like these though as they broke extremely quickly and I had to replace three of then so instead I opted for overhead Dr Dre Studios. The Tours were unreliable for me because sometimes they worked and sometimes they would not make a sound.
If you do want to try them the best device to use is an Apple product as the ear phones are optimised to work well with all of Apple's devices.
Sorry I haven't published a review for a while, college finished and I jetted off to Orlando. I am back now though!
I have bought many pairs of headphones and they kept on breaking to a point where I'd spent hundreds of pounds trying different ones out, I thought it was time to actually buy an expensive product and see how well that works for me. I had to save up and I did not wait until I had broken the previous pair like I usually do, mostly for comparison purposes once I had the headphones. The headphones I have gone through have been brands like Creative, Skullcandy and many others I cannot remember, just trying to save money. Bad idea! Come to think of it the Skullcandy pair I had were the ones that broke first, also the most expensive.. brands aren't always worth the price tag.
A main reason I had wanted to buy these was because I wanted a pair of good headphones as I have started trying to produce EDM as a hobby and need to hear everything that anyone listening can hear. Learning all these things through tips and learning how to use Massive. Maybe it will always just be a hobby but you never know, although I'm not giving up on education juuust yet.
As you know these are expensive, yes it is mainly because they are Beats just like Apple products are more expensive because it will have the Apple logo on it. I have never splashed out on headphones before and I thought why not? I have not regretted it, some friends say I can get the same quality for less money but I made my decision and I am happy with it.
What's in the actual box you get with the product? You get the box itself which looks very nice, the way the headphones are packaged is strange but very cool and safe for the transport of them. You get 7 pairs of ear buds to adjust for your ears as if they are too big this can cause discomfort.
The design is one of the main factors with headphones and usually determines the durability of the headphones and how long they will last. These have a flat cable design which is relatively new, within the last few years. It keeps tangling to a minimum, makes the wires themselves more durable in case they are enclosed or stretched, with this design the effects from being stretched will not show up unless they are actually being tugged on, even then it will take a while.
They are very comfortable in the ear for an extended period which is nice, you can actually listen to for a long time without feeling discomfort which had happened to me all the time with other headphones, though you do have to bear in mind that I have never had my own over ear headphones because I do not see a use myself for them. They are too big and annoying to cart around for me.
The wire has a volume control which can answer calls, turn down the music. This is a nice feature as you will not have to take the device out of your pocket to change the audio volume or to answer a call and of course they have a microphone on this remote control device so you can speak to someone with the phone in your pocket and on the move. I also like the design visually, it looks really good, I have the red and white version of these. Finally they fit really well and do not fall out even when in the gym and doing such activities, they fit perfectly when you have the right buds for your ears, even when they are slightly loose they still fit.
On the subject of taking them around with you they are easier than previous pairs I have had but these type of headphones (in ears) are usually awkward to cart around unless you have lose pockets, the enclosed space can damage them. A design hasn't come up that can completely combat this problem though. They have made the headphones light and durable so that it is easier to do this. I have done this with them and they are fine but wouldn't often with any headphones.
Now on the sound quality it is great as I expected, people seem to say that beats are terrible because of the price and yes a portion of that price is simply because they are beats, a known and very popular brand but this does not mean the headphones themselves are bad, they are one of the best if not the best I have ever had with all factors including sound quality. The bass isn't made so heavy that its hard to listen to but it can handle heavy bass songs, the range of music is can handle is incredible. For example listening to EDM songs it is so different to any other headphones I have ever had. A good song for this is SKisM-Experts, the bass is so much more prominent with the beats.
Now I bought these headphones early May, I know this is not a long time but these are still working the same as the were the day I first got them and they have been through a lot with me I am very impressed, I will update this review when they do break but I anticipate it will be a long time. I say when because no pair of headphones will last forever. I have learnt to treat my headphones better with the many pairs I have been through.
I have talked about the price a lot, but never mentioned how much. Well if you buy direct from the website it is currently £119.95. They are offering a discount on the original beats at the moment, maybe they will on the Tour in the future. If you search around on the internet you can get these for a lot less, I saw amazon selling these from £50-£100 at times.
You also get a one year warranty with the headphones if you buy direct from the Beats By Dre website or an official seller, anywhere else there is no warranty. Be aware of this if you are only saving a small amount of money is it worth it? What if they break within the first year due to manufacturing problems? I would personally be very angry with myself and the saving wouldn't stack up enough for me to buy from a second hand source.
In conclusion all factors that go into headphones such as durability, sound quality and lifespan these beats excel at all and I think will continue to do so.
I, along with multiple other people am a music enthusiast, I can't go a day without listening to music and if I forget my headphones or iPod I will be in a general bad mood for the rest of the day, music is my passion and "my life" so to speak and so as you can properly tell I am in need of decent earphones/headphones on a regular basis and although that may sound like an easy thing to find, it's really, really not.
Over the past two years I have been using my headphones a lot more after obtaining a proper iPod and finding easier ways to locate music to put onto my device, but I haven't used just one pair of headphones, oh no, I've probably gone through at least 25 pairs all in all, makes such as Sony, Apple, Skullcandy, Signalex and more, no matter how nicely I treat them it just seems adamant that I'm going to break every pair.
Now don't get me wrong, I understand earphones aren't made to last forever, but I go through them way quicker than anybody else 2 weeks - 1 month and ½ as opposed to about 6 months, that was until investing in a pair of Dr Dre. Beats, I've had mine for about 3 months now and have found them much louder, much more sustainable and much easier to handle.
What Are They?
Dr Dre. Monster Beats are a type of in-ear headphones they were designed and produced by Dr Dre. as part of his exclusive headphone range, first surfacing about a year ago, Dr Dre. is the first to introduce a new trend within celebrities, inspiring them to create ranges of their own, big names such as Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, Usain Bolt, Ludacris and many more.
Beats are renowned for being stylish and I have to say I'm inclined to agree, compared to the design of most earphones with their bland white or black cables and non intrepid customisation, Beats choose to venture down a different path, one of elegance and class. Normally that would a very hard thing to class a pair of earphones as but Beats manage it, with their bright red cable and simple black base used to enhance their logo, they somehow make you stand out from the rest when wearing their product.
Now generally there are two types of cable that earphone designers can chose to use the classic one with two separate cables all the way down, covered very slightly with plastic, or the ones I'm more in favour of that Beats have chosen to use, the second choice with two separate cable's until a point where the two cables and then covered by the same piece of plastic, this designed helps for less tangling in your pocket, and make it much easier if you (like me) chose to wear your headphones under you clothes.
Dr Dre. Beats sport a 1m Tomato Red cable, which as well as being very different, it has also become a very recognisable fashion statement.
Are they Comfortable?
Don't you just hate that? When you buy a pair of earphones that work great and look stylish but leave your ears feeling very uncomfortable, I know I do. Beats opt for the comfortable option, ensuring a comfortable listening experience due to the soft bud that cover the speakers and specific design to make each earphone suitable for either your right or your left ear, the only reason you'll get earache from these earphones is for having them turned up too loud!
In my opinion (which this review is based on) Logos are very important, it's what represents your company and what can make or break your business idea, but Dr Dre. definitely hasn't gone wrong with the logo for his headphones although just simply being a Red "b" on a metal background, there's something strangely deceptive about it, it looks futuristic and very impressive.
I can't possibly publish this review without discussing the main factor, do the earphones produce good sound?
Absolutely, I know it sounds cliqué but these earphones really do make you feel like you're actually at a live gig, especially if you close your eyes and just concentrate on the music. I always have to have my music turned up to 100% volume, which although isn't healthy for my ears I am definitely able to do with this product.
In my personal experience so far, I have had absolutely no problems with my earphones, they're still intact and don't look as though that's going to change anytime soon, but, I do have a friend who also has a pair of the same headphones and a few weeks ago we went to a gig and left our bags on the stage (one of which had her earphones in), people keep walking over our bags to stage dive and unfortunately for her, resulted in her earphones being stepped on and broken. So, although they are very sustainable, don't take them to any gigs with you!
When looking on the Dr Dre. Beats official website, you will these earphones priced at £119.95, but if you look around the internet a bit on Amazon or Ebay you can find them a hell of a lot cheaper than that, or hey go to Camden Market!
Dr Dre. with help from the likes of David Guetta, will.i.am, Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber has produced many different types of both Headphones and Earphones the most popular being the original headphones which are made in various different colours and these earphones.
When buying a pair of earphones next, I would definitely say pick yourself up a pair of Beats, but I also understand that for a pair of earphones, they are rather expensive, so next time you win the lottery go and buy this product but until then, feel free to go into HMV, because they regularly have Beats set up for people to get a taste of.
The Tour were not cheap at all but I think their quality is worth the price. They come in a fancy box so even when you get it you know immediately something good is inside. Then you open it and see the really cool and practical hard case which is great so you never accidentally put weight on them and break them. It also includes 7 pairs of ear tips in case you need them to fit better or when you just lose them.
The thing I like the most is the flat cable which makes them impossible to get tangled, something very annoying with the others and in the future ends up ruining them. Another feature that their creators thought through is the remote control with microphone on the cable that makes it so handy when you want to answer a call or just handle your music without having to get the player out of the pocket.
Speaking of the sound I believe they are, perhaps, the best earphones I have tried. the sound is incredibly clear making possible to hear every detail that songs producers want you to hear. The bass is also great without being too much and unbearable after a while of listening to some songs. An issue sometimes common with other similar models.
The style is great and the b on the back is becoming a well known icon among artists and people who matter about sound quality. Also the colours are great, they come in black with red and white with some red. I have the black ones since that black and red combination is my favourite. They fit very well too, so you never have to push them back into your ear to avoid them falling off.
Summarising, I think they are great and recommendable. The only downside I could think of would be the price which I consider is a bit high compared with other top brands.
I bought these beats 1 year ago, mainly for use on buses travel etc.
Like with all monster products the earbuds come in exceptional packaging containing all the useful information, as well as a carry case.
The case is a small but sturdy case, pocket sized and perfect for keeping the ear buds in your pocket while out and about. In this case there is also room for the extra ear pieces and clips which are used during workouts when the beats my fall out.
The earbuds themselves have perfect clarity, and with the right ear pice fit in the ear perfectly. Beats have a reputation for an 'overpowering bass' something these earbuds do not have, what they do have are perfectly tuned mids and highs, and the quality is exceptional - something helped by the gold plated cable.
Another great feature added to the later versions is the control talk. This enables you to receive calls, pause music and change the volume. This really handy (I have found this myself) as you don't need to keep getting your phone / iPod out.
1 year on, despite beings bit dirty as they are whiteb my tours are in great condition and still sound fantastic.
Worth the money, with beats you get quality throughout.
These headphones are amazing and deliver a good rich sound along with a good base and don't disappoint at all regarding the sound aspect. However i do struggle to keep these in my ears when runny or doing more strenuous activities that requires more than average movement.
The sound is amazing like all dre beats products and wont disappoint you and are by far the best in ear headphones i have ever owned not quite as good as my dre beat solo's HD though.
The design is good and the elastic style wire prevents the wires getting tangles or breaking so you can count on them lasting well and the wired not to split. They look good on and have an expensive look to them unlike some other headphones ive used which have a cheap look to them.
I believe that the full price of them is too expensive for in ear headphones even though they are good quality headphones and i feel dont disappoint and wont be breaking any time soon.
Thats my short n sweet review on these if you wish to know any more feel free to ask
Well, where to begin...?
I got my set of Monsters in February this year because of all the hype about Beats in general, now, I'm not a fan of the over the ear style headphones because I like to wear them when I go skating and you can imagine the issue so when I found out there were in-ear style beats I was obviously excited.
Since I first placed these into my ear and pressed play I was blown away, the sound quality of these is just superb, they fit so comfortably into your ear because of the rubber earpiece that seems to mould to any inner ear type.
When you're on the bus or out in a public place they won't cause people to get annoyed at listening to your music as well because no matter how loud you like your music nobody else can hear it so long as it's in your ear, the noise cancelling quality of these headphones is second to none.
Design wise they look fantastic with the little B on the back of the ear piece giving it that Beats feel and the wire going from ear piece to input is flat, stylish and is durable to an extent that it doesn't get chewed up from being in your pocket with your keys or phone etc. All round awesomeness if you ask me.
If you want studio quality sound, very nice modern design and unparalleled noise cancellation, these are the headphones for you.
Although I regularly use headphones, I usually stick to the standard ones that come in the box with my phone and I find they work just fine. It wasn't until I heard about the hype surrounding the headphones by Dr Dre that I thought maybe I should give them a try, but I didn't see what all the fuss would be about. Little did I know...
** Packaging **
The packaging of these headphones is slightly more over the top that anything you probably have seen before! The come in a fairly large black and red box with a case/cover that protects it and must be removed to open them. On the front is a picture of the headphones and the back has a small picture from Dr Dre and the product information. The box opens with a lid and the headphones are displayed inside. They side securely in the box and there is a small black pouch which you can carry them in, also with some different sized ear pieces in. There are also a number of instruction guides and booklets. The headphones themselves are black with a red cable and have the beats 'B' log on each headphone.
** Stockists and pricing **
These are now widely available both in stores and online. I purchased mine from Currys in store for £119.99 where they had a display for them so I was able to try them out beforehand. Other similar stores such as Comet sell them too for a similar price and they may be slightly cheaper online.
** Use **
The 3.5 mm jack will plug into any device with a compatible port, so phone, iPod etc. The ear pieces fit comfortably in your ears but you can change them with the extra ones that are included. They have used an exclusive cable design with flat wires instead of spherical ones which means the headphones will never get tangled up. I have tested that statement but I can say it is definitely true! The sound quality of these headphones is absolutely off the scale. The bass is incredible and the bandwidths have been increased in order to get the best sound possible. Also there is literally no external noise so you can turn them up as much as you like and no one else will be able to hear them. The headphones make very lyric and beat sound so crisp and clear, it really is fantastic.
** Summary **
It is difficult to describe just how good these headphones are but you really must try them to see. It makes the headphones I used before, which I thought were really good, seem so poor in comparison. They will give you a whole new listening experience to make every penny worth paying for.
Dr. Dre is a WestCoast rapper and a producer as well. He is seen as the founder of G-funk (funk gansta, a form of hip hop), and is seen by many as the best hip-hop producer ever. Dr. Dre was born in Los Angeles under the name Andre Romell Young. I listen to rap music itself occasionally and I think Dr. Dre really becoming one of the best. He doesn't only produce music but he also sells music accessories.
I got the earphones sent home in an ordinary cardboard box. When I opened it I saw a beautiful package. I opened it and then the beats were very nicely packaged. You have a storage box and the beats earphones themselves You can definately tell by the box alone that these are expensive earphones.
That the box is beautiful that's of course a plus but not the most important thing. Luckily enough the earphones themselves are very pretty to and since you walk around with them, which are important. The cables are red and thin. It looks really good and the part of the earphone that goes into your ear is black with a silver circle with a red six. The six stands for Dr. Dre. I think they look very good and very beautiful. It's a very well finished product. At the same time the earphones are very comfortable and don't fall out your ears that easily.
The sound quality is of course what matters. It is important to have a good sound coming from the earphones. With Dre beats this is certainly the case. The sound quality is very good. The sound is very bright and clear. This ensures that you can easily listen to your favorite songs. Before I bought these I did some research on the internet and it seems that most people agree that the sound is excellent.
I am so far very happy with the beats. They were very expensive (115 pounds) but so far they have been worth it. The appearance is also excellent as well as the sound. I think this is a super product and recommend it to anyone despite the price!
I like to spend a bit of money on ear-phones. I believe that when its comes to this type of technology it is worth spending a bit because when you listen to music as much as I do then you will appreciate the better sound.
I usually buy Phillips or JVC but I decided to shop around. I like in-ear headphones but suffer from the same problems many people seem to, like they keep falling out as soon as I move around and never feel quite comfortable.
So ordinarily I wouldnt buy these headphones I think they that these Dr Dre sort would be for tennagers but my friend recommended them. I know that the brand can be quite expensive. But then I found a pair on Amazon for around £35 New, which is very unusual, I suspected something might be wrong with them but was pleasantly surprised when everything went through smoothly and my headphones where working fine. Also I was a little unsure about technology that is endorsed even by someone as venerable as Dr Dre. But I went along with it. So far the endorsement matter not a jot, these are good quality headphones.
These headpones typically cost between £35 to £50 depending on the variant you buy. They look very modern, they are a recognisable brand now, you get several different earplugs so that they fit in different ears of all sizes, which means you can find the ones that are most comfortabe for you. These headphones are slightly bigger then your average headphones but they dont they only wiegh an average 20 grams.
The sound is really great, obviously the base is good, the 3.5mm gold plated jack ensures that the sound is well conducted from your ipod to the headphone, your HDTV jack has the same principle. It has a wide bandwidth ensuring that you cna hear both bass and treble brilliantly, to really harmonise the sound.
My last point, is that these headphones have a patent-pending tangle-free cord, so rather then being cylindrical in shape they are flat and rounded at the sides. So tey dont get all messed up. Again I don't quite understand how this works, but it has severly reduced how much my ear-phones get tangled unexpectantly. Now no more annoying entanglements, How th hell does this happen anyway !! Now just give them a couple of shakes and these are all straightened out again. These are the only heaphones where this is a feature as far as I know, buy this I mean all Dr Dre headphones.
Finally, these headphones cut down much external noise, this means that no one can or has to listen to what you are listening too...I know, if only tennagrs thought more about these things. In the past, again, I have experienced some annoyance at the fact that the music was accompanied by sounds from outside my ear drum.....not so with these. You only hear the music.
Overall these are fantastic
Now this is a set of earphones that I have wanted for a while. I am a huge fan of Dr Dre as an artist, and I wouldn't go as far as to call him inspirational, but I definitely think he was a prime artist in an era when rap music was at a high quality, compared to these days where u can be lady gaga, Kesha, Justin Bieber etc and be a superstar. Anyways you have come to read about the earphones behind the man and more importantly are they value for money...
Let me come to cost first, simply because if it is too expensive for you then there is really no point on you reading the rest of this review. At the apple store this will set you back over a £120, however if you are a bargain hunter you can easily find these for around a £100, but just keep your eye out. Bare in mind the price is subject to change and it is purely based on the time of writing this review in Early 2012, and may go down as well as up in the near future.
I guess the first thing to talk about is the design, they are in ear headphones, so plug straight into your ear. Thankfully like most earphones these days, they provide a few different sizes, so you should be able to find the right one for your, plus they are noise isolating which is great. It is always nice to block out the world, and to know that your music isn't driving anyone else in near proximity insane. The cord is red which is a little different but not uncommon but what I have to admit is very cool is that it is tangle free. I for one always find that as soon as I put the earphones in a pocket and take them out, that I have to spend like a couple of minutes untangling it, and they have thought ahead here to prevent this. Whilst not perfect it does save a lot of priceless minutes.
In terms of sound quality these are very good, I have had a number of great budget earphones from Creative Ep-630's, through to Seinheisser 300i's. However this was definitely better, but the biggest question is was it better enough to warrant spending an extra £80 or so, and I would have to say no.
However they can go very loud, and this helps if the playing device, especially like with a lot of phones may limit you and it provides the extra oomph that is needed. The bass is great, and this would be expected for the price and with Dr Dre's name attached to them, and I would say the treble is also of a very good quality.
What I can say is that the earphones are the best I have ever used, however in terms of value for money, I just cant condone it costing £110-£130. I wanted to be blown away, and yet I feel like I was just pushed. Also on a personal note I am very prone to losing earphones, so will be taking extra care here to not do the same. However it is a key point to think about, so before purchasing these you should look at your track record in terms of breaking and losing earphones.
Overall I would give this 3 and a half stars, but I will round it up to four stars as I am in a good mood, but only recommend these to people, who have money to burn. Otherwise go with the creative or the Seinheisser's I mentioned earlier on.
I have recently written a few reviews for the things I have in my office and although these are products I use everyday I wouldn't say I have a huge passion for them. These headphones on the other hand... OMG! I actually received these as a gift from my partner at christmas, my first reaction was blowing the roof off in shock, (i knew how much a pair of these cost) despite never using a pair I was aware that they have an awesome reputation, but I would never have considered forking out almost a hundred quid for headphones... I usually spend around £25. Anyway my music habits are very much like may other 20 somthing year olds, I have my headphones in whenever I am not doing anything thing that requires me to take them out! I often sit in my office at work with music playing in the background through the speakers of my pc or have the radio playing (I am one of those strange people who cannot concentrate in silence, I need a bit of background noise). So after blowing the roof off and gettting at the mrs for spending a fortune on something I could get for £20, we come to a compromise.... I keep them and shut up (you have to love the compromise). So they stayed in their box over Christmas, although if I had have known how much background / external noise they actually cancelled out, I think they would have remained in my ear the entire festive period, it would have saved me a few headaches from my hyperactive toddlers.
So the first time I actually used these would have been a couple of days after Christmas, I took the Tube to work (I was a little worried about my alcohol consumption from the night before... better safe than sorry) now I am not a fan of the Tube, busy, noisy place but with these things in my ears, I was in heaven, they pretty much cancel out most of the external noise and I don't mean when you have your music cranked up to ridiculous volumes either, I played the music through my mobile (just a mid range blackberry) and I had the volume at about half way when I first put them in... when I pressed play I think my eardrums nearly exploded... The quality and level of sound is absolutely incredible! I turned it down to about a quater and comfortably listened to my music, minus the hustle and bustle of central london during rush hour!
I kept the headphones in for much of my day, rather than play my music through speakers I figured I would just keep them in, about half an hour into my work day, I look up to a member of my team, stood infront of my desk trying to get my attention and pointing at the phone, I hadn't heard her shout me or the phone ring... Marvellous, I have finally found a way to hide from the awful sound the phones in our office make!
So I guess for me these headphones are without a doubt the only headphones to buy. You have incredible quality, you actually hear little bits in songs that you have never heard before, you have the unbelievable noise cancellation, however this is also a negative or a slight concern for me, I think this could be a little dangerous if you have them in when walking the streets of somewhere busy, they block out the sound of traffic etc and you may run the risk of walking innto the road and not hear the speeding bus beep its horn, might be a wise idea to walk around with just one in!
Anyway thats my two cents on these, I would recommend them to absolutely anyone who listens to music regularly, whether it be during your commute, at work (beware of the noise cancellation though if you work somewhere a little dangerous like a building site) and finally just for relaxing, I am sat at this moment writing the review with them in, and about 6 feet away are my toddlers fighting over the television remote and I cant hear a word.... HEAVEN!!! Well done Dr Dre... and THANK YOU!