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Dr. Dre... PhD in Music?


Does not tangle, Great sound

A lot of user complaints online

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I've always been a little crazy about music ever since I was around 14. But then, I wasn't really fussed about what earphones I had, as long as I had my CDs and my CD player.

Things have changed, as they say, I've grown up. I'm still crazy about music and I really have become fussy about sound quality.

I've had some SONY ones, Philips, JVC, and Sennheiser, though none of them very expensive. The one I'm using now is a SONY one which costs £50.

I've always been a fan of those earphones which goes inside your ear - technical term? in-ear headphones? I don't know, but I'm pretty sure you know which ones I'm talking about. The problem is that, those 'normal' ones which sits just inside your ear, tend to always fall out, hence I was very fed up of using them.

So gift-ting time came, and my mother so kindly have asked me what I wanted - I've wanted these Dre Beats - TOUR for a long time, but who would have thought that someone would pay over £100 for a pair of earphones? I certainly didn't - only time they were in my ears, were when I was fiddling about with them at Apple Store.

Right, so you're paying an awful amount of money for earphones, which most people I would assume, probably spends around £20-30.

What appealed to me most about Dre beats were, its looks. Now, aside from being extremely superficial about looks, I love good speakers - now they're important, as most of the music I hear are from them, but earphones were for travel purposes only. Being a student, I do walk a lot and my earphones are always with me, but £30 Sennheisers were good enough. So why is the design important? Let's move onto more important things, before I mumble you to death.


What's so special about Dre Beats are, the red, square-noodle like wires, which are made of soft rubber. I think I'll be speaking for the whole World, when I say, I hate those wires getting tangled. No matter how neatly you fold them up, they'll get tangled and eventually waste 2 minutes of your precious time. Now, with Dre Beats, you won't have this trouble - they won't tangle whatever you do (unless you actually make knots purposefully).

One end of the wire ends in gold-plated 3.5mm jack which will go into your music player, and the other end will split by a black plastic mechanism with MONSTER logo written on them, to 2 ear plugs with black plastic plug, with silver circle containing red 'b' that symbolises 'beats'.

How good is it really?

This, I cannot answer for sure - from my experience though, from having used a number of different brands of earphones, I can definitely say for sure, these are the best pair I've had. Music certainly sounds different in these, it's like you're in a concert. Of course, I cannot compare them with speakers, there are no match. What I can say though, I've also tried BOSE in-ear earphones, and they weren't as good as Dre beats I thought.

Sound is deep, crisp and the bass is enhanced (compared to my SONY earphones, which is supposed to be quite good). Don't expect miracles though, yes they are wonderfully pleasing, but they aren't speakers. And they are probably better than most earphones, but I cannot say the best - there are a wide range of expensive earphones out there, and really, you need to go try them if you can.


There are reviews flying everywhere on Dre Beats, and most of them have very bad reviews - like, very costly and not enough quality, bad materials used, wires fraying at ends, ear plugs not fitting and ear plugs too big, things like that.

While I can see some of them being true - such as being very costly, and ear plugs are a little bigger than normal ones, I must give a positive light on these. Here are the reasons why:

I've used them for around 6 months now, not regularly, but semi-regularly. The rubber does become slightly dirty but not really noticeable. The wires have not frayed yet, and they don't show signs of fraying either - which was also one of my worries, as I did not want to be contantly going back to the shop to return them. Another problem people have raised, was that ear plugs don't stay in the ears, and that the extra sizes of those ear buds, aren't comfortable. I must disagree - in the retail box, a number of ear buds are included, from round ones to those wavy triangular ones of different sizes. One set of them fit my ears, and I'm sure one set will fit yours. So in effect, I've had none of the problems that people have commented with these earphones, and I love using them - especially they look so great as well.

The earphones come in a nice circular case and big Dr Dre black/red box.

What I would advise though, however, is that if you do really want to buy them, that you buy from an official retailer, like Apple or Currys, because the way I look at it, all those people who say those problems occur, can't have been all exagerating, and touch wood, those things were to happen, you need to have that guaratee to go back to the store to exchange them, after all, £100 for earphones isn't a box of chocolates.

Also to mention, that if you care a little more about audio quality than portability (which I prefer a little more), then you should try Dre Beats Solo, which are proper headphones, a little more expensive (around £160), but delivers better sound.

Do I recommend it? Well, if you have the money, yes do spend it - look and quality for £100.

Having said that, if you are only looking for best audio quality, I'm sure other brands will make better earphones for £100.
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rosebud2001 01.03.2011 15:16

*picks jaw up from floor on learning the price*

JasonJRogers 01.03.2011 15:13

Fab read!

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Manufacturer Monster, beats by dr. dre, MonsterCable
EAN 0050644559570, 0050644531729
Type In Ear
Ear Canal Headphone Yes
Indoor/Outdoor Outdoor
Signal Connection Wired
Earclip No
Neckband No
Long Name Beats by Dr. Dre Tour with Control Talk
Dolby PL / AC3 without Dolby PL / AC3

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