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The Monster Beats by Dre headphones deliver the trifecta of sleek, comfortable design, useful features, and top-notch sound quality. If you can afford this, it's a worthy investment toward an improved listening experience.
It's not always easy to get excited about a pair of headphones at first glance. Generally, the listening experience, which is gathered only after putting a set on and sitting down with some favorite music, is what draws people in. Not so with the Monster Beats by Dre headphones, a sweet-looking set that will relieve you of US$350 . Though the can's sound quality is nothing to scoff at, its appeal as eye-candy is undeniable. For audio enthusiasts who are tired of the same old look, the Beats by Dre headphones are a must.
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Closer inspection of the headband discloses a seam on each side where it expands, revealing the metal support band within. This same metal accents the inside of the headband and rings thinly around each earpiece, which also features deep red accents. The outside of the earcups also have a metallic disc containing a red "b" (the one on the right will mute your music when pressed). The overall effect is a sleek and stylish design that is not ostentatious. However, the Monster Beats padding on the band is a bit stiff and may take some breaking in to be truly comfy.
Of course, a pair of cheap beats headphones may be the most gorgeous thing you've ever seen. But if they don't hold water when it comes to audio quality, the shine is quickly diminished. Luckily, this is not an issue with the Beats Studio, which offered an exceptionally--one might say shockingly--crisp response. Maybe we're pigeonholing here, but we expected Beats By Dr Dre headphones to be excessively heavy on the low-end. That's not to say there's no bass--it does thump--but these earphones are nicely warm and balanced in the mids and truly impressive in their delivery of high-end detail. At no point did we suffer through the muddiness that ails bass-heavy headphones.
The genres that really shine are electronic, dance, pop, hard rock, and hip-hop, although other genres are also very good for the most part. No matter what the music, be forewarned that these Monster Beats By Dr Dre headphones have a fair amount of sound leakage, so your listening experience won't be entirely private. We are happy to report, however, that the cheap beats headphones don't suffer from the noise cancellation module rattle of their predecessors. Overall, these provide a fantastically comfortable and enjoyable listening experience.