Friday, 17 February 2012

Beats by Dre REVIEW ~

Beats by Dr. Dre > On-Ear > Solo > Solo Black

I am sooo lucky to have been able to review these headphones, thanks to one of my friends :D He let me try it out to different music genres, and so I decided to review these headphones. So here goes!

This is what Beats by Dre claims with it's range of headphones:
"The music you listen to in your headphones should capture all the sonic details the artist wanted you to hear. But normal headphones can't deliver the rich, full sound in today's digital audio tracks, especially not smaller, lightweight headphones. But Solos high performance headphones, which are designed for today's active lifestyles, deliver sound so real, you'll be amazed it's all coming from something so compact and portable.".

These headphones claim to deliver sound that is full and rich, but I found that it made it dull. For example, I listened to "Over and Over" by Three Days Grace but it just ended drowning out the vocals as there was more emphasis on the sound of the instruments instead. So I decded to test out a rap song, so I listened to "Lying From You/ Dirt Off Your Shoulder" by Linkin Park & Jay-Z and that really sounded good. The sound quality wasn't really crisp, but the bass and instruments sounded impressive. I think these headphones would be more ideal to those that love to listen to rap songs, or songs with a lot of bass. For example, I tried "Cinema" by Skrillex and that sounded AMAZING through these headphones, there was so much emphasis on the bass, but I guess thats good considering Skrillex songs hardly have any actual vocals. :P

BUT, I would say the fact that these headphones blocked out the sounds around me, (and I couldn't hear anyone speak - besides the fact that I was at a bar :P lol) really sells me. I hate being able to hear other sounds over my music; so thats one thing I like about the headphones.

The design of these headphones are really slick, and I think (call me stupid if you wish) a cool fashion statement, like they look pretty cool. And the cushioning is really comfortable on the ears, and the overall device doesn't slip when you move, as opposed to say in-ear headphones.
There were volume control buttons on the wire and they are handy, for example if you were wearing gloves and couldn't be bothered to take them off to adjust the sound on you iPhone / iPod.. or any other touch screen mp3 player/phone. Another thing I liked was the fact that you could change the wire, and take it out from both sides (where it goes into the headphones, and the iPod). That way it wont get crushed and / or break, and also the wire is really thick too, so if a lot of pressure was put on it, it wouldn't really damage it!
So is it worth the £150? Hmmm.... I would say around £100 to be honest. The design, packaging and concept is really awesome, but in terms of delivering music of good sound, then not really. It could be a bit more crisp in sound as it claims..


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