Monster beats by dre

Discussion in 'Ask The Experts' started by ZakT, Aug 26, 2010.

  1. ZakT

    ZakT Casual Listener

    Aug 26, 2010
    There seems to be a lot of criticism about the brand, but i was looking into purchasing the studio ones. However the criticism is a concern. What is good and bad. Also what other headphones would be a good choice for some one who likes to hear the bass but also likes to be able to hear every individual instrument clearly. In-ear or over-ear doesn't matter, oh and under £300
  2. RobinHiFi

    RobinHiFi Super Moderator

    Apr 28, 2010
    Hi ZakT,

    These headphones come in for a lot of criticism - some of it very fair some is a little snobby but still worth noting.

    First of all the positive - Noise cancelling, active headphones so will work well with weak input signal - no need for amp, cable with iPhone/Blackberry Mic and answer button, folding design, comfy, Bassy presentation (if you want that), case, "fashion" looks.

    They have a big, powerful and clean sound with chunky bass that suits R&B and Hip Hop really well.

    Now for the problems -

    I think a lot of the stick these come in for is to do with their unfortunate marketing hyperbole. They are most certainly not the " headphones in the world!", they are not even the best noise cancellers I've heard.

    They are also about as far away from Studio Headphones as possible "With Beats, people are going to hear what the artists hear, and listen to the music the way they should." is a ridiculous statement which makes you question if Dr Dre has ever been in a Recording Studio (if indeed he ever said this). Also there is no such thing as Ultimate High Definition Sound (They don't even have full range drivers - 20Hz to 20kHz) which is why no other headphones have this imaginary feature. They even talk up the "Anti-Microbial" Cleaning cloth they give away with them.

    So they leak noise, build quality is slightly questionable (very creaky and don't feel solid), no passive mode (so take extra batteries with you), sound is not accurate - they are heavily Equalised in favour of lower frequencies, Noise cancelling actively alters the sound from source.

    All in all they are a really well designed, over priced, noise cancelling fashion headphone. If that is what you want then they will be a good choice.

    If you want the same kind of powerful bassy sound in a cheaper, better package then get some Shure SRH840, an excellent pair of genuine studio quality headphones.

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