Since it‘s the season of giving, I decided to do something completely selfish and purchase myself some expensive headphones. I looked around for quite some time and decided on Beats By Dr. Dre. I have to admit that a huge reason for the purchase was the way that they look. I’m not usually a sucker for style, but the design of Beats put them over any other headphones I looked at.
When I got them from buy.com ($250, $50 cheaper than any other places), they felt real heavy and I was worried that they would break my neck. When I took them out, I realized that the heft of the box, was mostly the box itself and not the headphones, which are quite light. They come with a carrying case that they fold into, 2 chords (one phone compatible), some AAA batteries, 2 adapters and a lovely cleaning cloth.
As I said, they are nice and light and that, along with the padded ear pads, make the headphones extremely comfortable. My main beef with the overall fit is that they seem to be a little loose. Maybe it’s my unusually, if not freakishly, small head, but they slip a little if you’re head nodding, as I’m sure you’re prone to doing.
The overall sound is crisp, and I’ve never heard bass in a pair of headphones like I have in these. I would almost say there’s a bit too much bass, as I cranked up the volume and listened to some music, then took the headphones off, I felt like I just spent an hour or two in a loud bar with a band playing. Comparing Beats with some other noise cancelling headphones that I have, I really don’t see too much of a difference in the noise cancelling and the bass is really the only big difference. I also don’t like that the headphones don’t work without using the noise cancellation feature, so if you don’t have batteries in, you can’t listen to your music. However, the mute feature is nice. You can use mute by pressing on the right ear piece and holding it.
Monster knows what they’re doing and created a highly stylish set of headphones, and created buzz by throwing them in video after video, and on will.I.am. They are trying to create a niche for they’re headphones like Apple is doing with computers. If you aren’t willing to pay for them, then they don’t need you. I wouldn’t expect them to lower the price and ruin their brand.
To be honest, I can’t quite justify a purchase of Beats over any other lower priced headphones. For the price that I paid, I expected to have some sort of eargasm, as Dre and Big Boi would put it. I’m satisfied with my purchase, but would tell you to save your money, unless you have some extra cash to spend, which I apparently did.
My Hollaback Girl (she hates being called that!), Gwen Stefani, rocking Beats: