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3.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Marketing - Average sound, 19 Oct 2011
So, we all possibly know Dr Dre and now his endorsement of headphones, but who makes them? Monster Cable. If Monster did not do the endorsement and superb marketing will anyone, especially the teenagers buy these? most likely no. So credit to Monster for excellent bit of marketing.

The price is very high, therefore expectations are high for some amazing sound experience. Initially the headphones sound good and have lots of bass. But then set the equaliser on the iPods off and stick another pair of equally priced headphones and it all sounds so very different. I compared these to the Denon AHD1100 and B&W P5 and Bose equiv. The P5 are on a different planet in every department. Sound & build quality. Considering the P5 and these Beats are on the same price level, the B&W are hands down winner. They also look the best. Where the Beats don't really highlight one of their features is the Sounds Cancellation technology. I suppose this warrants extra price and sound be highlighted. The Denon is another superb alternative, perhaps a better proposition. The sound is superb from low,mid and high tones. The bass is balanced and powerful, not distorted like the Beats. The Beats also misses some high range too. Lastly Bose. I must say the Bose is similar to the Beats and also commands a high price. Many years ago when Bose ventured into this market their products were the highest price with good audio. Now there are many in this market and price range. The Bose really stands out in terms of how much ground it has lost and frankly it sounds average now.

One important thing to mention - this is the most important part - frequency range. Notice there are no mention of the frequency range stated on their packaging? Their frequency range as stated on CNET is 20-20,000hz? compare that to the Denon AHD1100 - 5-37,000hz. That is a whole range of sound missing from Beats. The Beats headphone are efficient though at 110dB and the Denon at 101dB. P5 are the most efficient at 115dB.

To sum up, if you want style, noise cancellation, be part of the crowd, and pay high price then Beats is for you. The Denon sounds great for the money and nothing else sounds as good at 110, but is let down by conventional design, plasticky build and perhaps too much bass and lack of noise cancellation. The B&W P5 is the one if you are looking to spend >200 on a pair of headphones that look, feel and sound great. And if you have more money to spend then there are the ridiculously priced Denon AH-D7000 at 800!!!
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Initial post: 7 Nov 2011 19:01:34 GMT
S. J. Bidder says:
Just wanted to highlight that even the best human ears can only hear in the range 20 to 20,000hz so the fact that the headphones don't transmit sounds outside this range shouldn't be considered a flaw. Unless of course you happen not to be a human :P

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Nov 2011 00:11:23 GMT
CD says:
Even the JVC HA M750 go lower than the beats by Dre and I actually can hear more bass extension with the JVC so I must an Alien LOL

Posted on 23 Nov 2011 01:12:29 GMT
Mo says:
High frequency gives you the high end, like treble and low frequency for the bass. Since I can actually tell the difference when comparing these side by side, I must have special alien senses??

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Nov 2011 07:57:51 GMT
S. J. Bidder says:
You are confusing the range of frequency with the way each set of headphones amplifies different parts of the spectrum. Beats are renowned for their bass, so they obviously emphasis frequencies the lower end of 20 - 20,000 Hz range.
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