“People aren’t hearing all the music. Artists and producers work hard in the studio perfecting their sound. But people can’t really hear it with normal headphones. Most headphones can’t handle bass, the detail, the dynamics. Bottom line, the music doesn’t move you. ” – dr. dre
That’s a quote that basically epitomizes exactly what beats by dr.dre is all about. Headphones made for you to not only listen to the music but feel it the way it was always meant to be heard when mixed and produced at a recording studio. Back in January we reported on the collaboration of Monster and dr. dre and now beats has come to fruition. A pair of headphones that not only look amazing but sound amazing too.
Beats shouldn’t be misconstrued as just another pair of average headphones. They are a big pair of luxury badass, Samantha Ronson deejaying headphones. The design overall is sleek black high gloss with some red and silver trim and is scratch resistant. There is a lower case “b” for beats on each ear cup. Each cup is outfitted with a comfortable soft leather to provide extra comfy comfort to your ears as well as the headband portion of the headphones. On a female head the beats do appear to be a bit massive but actually wearing them was lightweight and very comfortable. Size really didn’t matter in this instance. And despite their size, these headphones are really comfortable, actually the most comfortable heavy duty pair I’ve ever tried. Often I get a headache from wearing a heavy pair of headphones, but the Beats don’t feel that heavy when I wear them and their leather cushioning has been done so well that they are a pleasure to wear. The Beats can also be folded for easy travel inside an included heavy duty touring case.
It doesn’t take a genius to figure out a pair of headphones. However the beats do have a few interesting features not typical of a lets say your standard pair of Bose headphones. In order for the beats to work you need to install the “AAA” batteries into the left ear cup. You press down and turn the cup cover and it will come off revealing a compartment for you to slip two batteries into. Pop them in and then twist the cup cover back in place on the left ear cup. The right ear cup has switch for you to turn the beats on. Once you do, you will see a red LED illuminate. This means the headset is on and ready for music to pump through them. If the red color were to turn amber that means the batteries are dying. Also on the right ear cup is the ability to mute the headset while listening to music in case someone needs to get your attention or if you need to hear something other than the music at the moment. As long as you continue pressing the center of the right ear cup it will stay muted. Once you release your hand the music will go back on.
So we unpacked it, stared at it, and drooled over it. Now it was time to actually use it. The beats I have to say is nothing like I ever experienced before. I first tested it with my iPhone and was very impressed. I felt the bass, the treble, the mid-range…what makes music great. But the sound files are only 192kbps, it was not the best way to test such professional headphones. So we tested it with a music CD (yes we still have a few) which has 320kbps and all I have to say is WOW. I had not heard music pumping from a headset quite like this before. It was thumping in my chest and I was bouncing my head to the beat. I also tested it with a TV blasting in the background and didn’t hear a peep from it while using the beats. All I heard was the music. My Co-Editor tried to talk to me while I had the beats on literally shouting at me and I heard nothing. This was better than any Seinheiser noise canceling headset I use for air-travel. The best comparison I could muster up was my Bose on-ear headphones. In all honesty the Bose around-ear headphones would have been a more comparable match up but I had to make due. I have always been happy with my Bose, they too are lightweight with great sound quality but in comparison to the beats I could really tell that I have been missing out. It didn’t have the same depth and quality the beats had when listening to the music, which was kind of surprising to me since I never thought anything would beat a Bose headset. But the beats certainly gave them a beat down.
The beats are certainly impressive. It is fashionable in design, travel friendly, and above par in sound quality. It comes with a iSoniTalk Monster cable with built-in answer button and microphone for your iPhone or Blackberry, which is a nice touch. There is also a cleaning cloth included to buff off finger prints and a 1/4 inch adapter so that it can work with stereo component systems, not just a simple MP3 Player. Overall, it really has everything you could possibly want – including amazing noise cancellation. The only downside, is that some consumers might shy away from it because of the price which is $349.95. In any case I loved them and the best part is, it drowned everyone out around me….heavenly!
The Good: Comfortable, stylish, and excellent sound quality.
The Bad: A bit pricey and may only sell to audiophiles and those in the biz.