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HP Monster Beats Solo with ControlTalk Headphones
Member Name: AwesomeForrest
HP Monster Beats Solo with ControlTalk Headphones
Date: 06/05/12, updated on 11/05/12 (44 review reads)
Advantages: Great sound quality, brilliant design.
Disadvantages: High priced.
I caved and picked them up from the Apple Store and they cost me £139.99 it seems now that they have swapped them for the HD version which has a higher price tag of around £169.95 currently.
I went for the black but they had white ones available as well.
The first thing I noticed when getting them was the box which stood out even though it was just big and black but it has another box which is bright red that slides into it which obviously is a more eye catching colour. Everything is matt so looks stylish and luxurious and you can tell you've just spend a load of money on it basically.
The actual headphones themselves I had read reports about before buying saying that they were quite easy to break but I found that they felt quite sturdy and the fact they folded up meant you shouldn't really have any problems with them if they're looked after carefully.
They have the same rubber matt effect over the whole of the headphones which makes them really stand out this continues across the whole band over your head and outer face of the headphones then it has the silver circle with the red b in. I couldn't tell if the silver circle was actual metal or just given the effect but it looks like it's made from polished aluminium.
Like I mentioned before they fold up about 2 inches up on each side so that they can fold flat for packing and transporting them which is good because unless you leave them round your neck over ear headphone can always be a bit awkward to put in a bag or something without taking up a lot of room and fear they may break.
The cushioning for the headphones is perfect I wore them regularly for hours at a time and I never noticed any discomfort on my ears like you sometimes find with other headphones on the market.
The wire is something everyone recognises straight away because it's bright red to match the colour of the logo and it has the incontrol section which is perfect for iPhone users and I believe it works with most mobile phones that can accept a 3.5mm jack. It has the same controls as your regular iPhone headphone controls so you can skip back and forward through your music and play or pause it, activate the voice control and answer phone calls using the built in microphone and the headphones for sound. The wire is unique in that it is made of a material which means it is anti tangle I'm not entirely sure on the mechanics of this and how it works exactly and it doesn't say too much on the packaging but I can say that it does actually work I'm yet to have pull them even out of a messy bag and find the wire tangled.
Obviously as you would expect with headphone costing you so much the quality in sound matches the price. The first thing you notice is the perfect balance you get just the right amount of bass without it sounding too loud and distorted and fantastic mids and crystal clear highs. I actually found myself noticing background instruments and sounds that I didn't even realise where there because of how well balance and perfectly sounding everything was coming through.
An important thing I really noticed was at high volumes you had absolutely no loss in quality at all everything came through crystal clear with no distortion in the bass no hissing or rattling of the headphones which really is the tester for me because I like to listen to my music really loud.
I definitely would recommend these headphones to someone who really appreciates music and spends a lot of time listening to it. If you're a listener who maybe just uses an iPod while commuting or something similar I think you would maybe find yourself better buying a pair of lower priced headphones to suit your needs as I don't believe you would get the moneys worth with these headphones at all. I also don't doubt you could get a pair of headphones with similar quality of sound for a significant amount less but the overall design and build of these headphones definitely adds to what makes them more special than the others available.
This is also posted on Ciao under the same username AwesomeForrest
Summary: Expensive headphones but very high quality and worth it for avid listeners.
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