I was always skeptical about buying beats headphones because many have told me that they are wildly overpriced. I'm going to try and be as honest and balanced as I can in this review. I also own the Bose on ear headphones, Bose quiet comfort 15s and senheisser 205 hds, so my review will partly be comparing with those, additionally I have tried out my friends beats solo hd and beats studio so I'll try to include these.
The headphones really come on top over all the others, they provide a really immersive experience with deep basses and rich vocals. For the music I listen to: predominantly Jazz, RnB, DnB and high bass urban music, this is a perfect combination. However, for other music types the powerful bass is perhaps less appealing, in which case I would say the Bose q15s offer sound balace (treble, mid, bass) which leans slightly more towards the treble frequencies. It doesn't at all create an overpowering bass, and it could be argued that it gives the true bass, not all genres are suited to this however. 9/10
[9.5/10 if you can adjust your music with an equalizer]
Although not 'active', the sound isolation is almost on par with top electronic NCs, and sound leakage is minimal. It doesn't quite have the vacuum effect of the q15s which offer virtually total noise cancellation but personally I prefer the level of cancellation on the pros. It is equal to the studios and better than the Bose OE and solo hd. What's great compared to the q15s and studios is that it doesn't require batteries whilst offering virtually the same effect. 8/10
This part is totally subjective but will be a major reason for buying these compared to alternative brands. Personally, the design was a significant factor in fawking out the amount I paid for these, I think they look absolutely amazing, beautiful shades of whites and silvers and ultimately very cool, stylish and fashionable...especially compared to the Bose headphones which in my opinion lack in this department to a degree. 10/10
I think I am lucky to some extent that I have medium/small size ears but I'm not sure how comfortable they would be for much larger ears. Basically they go around your ears so if you can wiggle them a bit until the totally cover your ears they become really comfortable for extended periods. The cushions are very softly padded. However sometimes when you put them on, they partially rest on your ears in which case they become less comfortable over extended periods. For most I think there will be no problem whatsoever and they will feel incredibly comfortable, it's just that I've also tried Bose which are in my opinion right at the top.
I think the order from most comfortable to least is Bose q15s, Beats studios, bose OEs, beats pro detox, beats solos, senheisser hd 205s. 7/10
The materials on these headphones are top of the range. The main frame is made of solid aluminium, and the top and ear cups are made of padded leather. The whole thing feels very solid and well built. I can see these lasting for many years and surviving general knocks. 10/10
Although very soft and good looking with a velvety suede outside material and soft inside material, THE CASE IS SOFT!!! This to me makes not sense when the headphones are this expensive. A hard case is paramount even though the form factor is so well constructed and tough. Both boses have hard cases as do the other beats, the senheissers don't but they only cost £25, not £250. 6/10
Apart from the case the headphones are rife with supplementary nice touches and additions. For example, the included 3.5mm to 6.3mm adapter contains a tether to prevent it from getting left in a device, the headphones can be daisy chained since there is a port on either ear cup. This means you can connect another pair of headphones into them and also hear the music with no quality reduction. The wires are tangle resistant and contain an extendable coil. 9/10
For around £250-300 these headphones are by most standards expensive. However, they do not at all feel like a waste of money and I personally rate them above all 5 other headphones discussed...especially on audio quality. Nevertheless, they ARE hugely expensive and the studios and Bose q15s also offer an amazing level of quality for a significantly lower price. Buy this if you really want one of the top headphones that money can buy and realise that some of the high price is due to the branding and design. 7/10
Overall a highly recommended product, I have no regrets and absolutely love these headphones.