Release Date: 7/16/2009
Colors: Red, Black, White
“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 the bass, the detail, the dynamics. Bottom line, the music doesn’t move you.
With Beats, people are going to hear what the artists hear, and listen to the music the way they should: the way I do.”
This is the exact quote from Dr. Dre on the box and he is 100% right. Due to the new technology of MP3s, the warmth of past vinyl records, cassette tapes, and A-Tracks are now gone. MP3s tend to sound sterile so Dr. Dre teamed up with Monster to create the best headphones ever made and this is also 100% right. You can hear things in movies, music, and games (mainly music) that you didn’t know was there. Little tiny sounds that make a huge difference.
The bass is just phenomenal which is very deep, but not too booming where it blows out the rest of the sound. The mids and highs are pure and flawless and I just have never heard anything better than this. Listening to music ranging from classical, rap, and even heavy metal the sound is richer and fuller, but words can’t really describe this. I can’t even say it’s theater quality because it’s actually better, so there’s nothing to really compare the experience too.
Video games sound amazing as well with the sound being places where it’s supposed to and soundtracks boom, special effects explode deep in your skull and draws you in more than a 7.1 system probably would. All I can say is that the experience is perfect and nothing has ever sounded better to me than Beats.
How about comfortability? It’s there. With foam cups that perfectly fight your ears and are airtight for noise cancellation (which really works you can’t hear a thing) as well as a nice adjustable band. The top of the band has a cushion underneath to keep from hurting your head. The cups have a nice length that can be adjusted so the whole layout is superb. The phones may seem a bit fragile at first, but you’ll soon realize that even a good hard tug or fall won’t damage them. Anyone headphone will break if sat on too hard, but a small child will not.
The box comes with two cables one for regular listening and another with a built-in mic for using your phone. There are two jack adapters as well as an anti-bacterial cleaning cloth so you get a lot for your money. The cable sits nicely on the left side and doesn’t protrude out with one end bent at 90 degrees while the other is straight so you have a choice on what side you want where. The cable is made of a red rubber and is pretty thick so it won’t easily stretch out or break. The length is a good 5′ so you have plenty of moving room from your pocket or even your computer. There is also a mute button and a power switch located on the right side. The phones do take 2 AAA batteries, unfortunately, so having rechargeables around will be handy. I found that the battery life lasts pretty long which is several hours so you don’t have to worry too much about that.
Overall my only complaints are that the mute button isn’t a toggle so you have to hold it down, it takes batteries, and you can hear the phones pretty clearly from the outside so this is either audio loss, or just the fact that the speakers are so big and powerful. On another note, you can replace the battery cover and headband if they happen to break for very cheap with parts from the website. For the price these things are sweet and for audio aficionados and music lovers.