Beats by Dr. Dre Tour (Black)
Manufacturer: Monster Part number: MH-BEATS-IE
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CNET editors' review
price range: $149.95
- Reviewed by: Jasmine France
- Reviewed on: 12/10/2008
The good: Monster Beats by Dr. Dre Tour In-Ear Headphones feature a unique and stylish design, and the cable seems more durable than that of most earbuds.
The bad: Monster Beats by Dr. Dre Tour In-Ear Headphones have extra long earpieces that may not be comfortable for all users, and they don't offer much in the way of sound isolation.
The bottom line: The Monster Beats by Dr. Dre Tour In-Ear Headphones offer much in the way of style and sound, but the extra-long earpieces my cause comfort and fit issues for some users.
Best earbuds I've owned to date.
by xPIZZLEx on June 22, 2011
Pros: Tangle free cord, BASS, clear mids, bright highs, well-fitting (for me), durable, no distortion, got 'em SUPER CHEAP.
Cons: They weren't free, 'sound stage' isn't as wide as the IE8
Summary: I have owned the Shure SE315, t-JAYS Three, v-moda Vibrato, Skullcandy Full Metal Jacket, Sennheiser IE6 and Klipsch S5i. So far these have been my favorite. I use them for ...
Summary: I have owned the Shure SE315, t-JAYS Three, v-moda Vibrato, Skullcandy Full Metal Jacket, Sennheiser IE6 and Klipsch S5i. So far these have been my favorite. I use them for EVERYTHING. My t-JAYS Three got into an unfortunate tangling incident a while back so I went shopping at my local audiophile store and tried out the Bose MIE2, Sennheiser IE8, Monster Turbine Pro Gold and the Tour. I have always despised Bose's voicing and the MIE2 were just as expected: TRASH. The Turbine Pro Gold didn't do it for me for some odd reason which I still can't figure out since the Tour and the Turbine are both made by Monster, so I passed them up. I remember my IE6 being rock-solid and I was tempted to get the IE8 because they sounded GREAT but then I tried these out and I honestly couldn't decide, so I slept on it. The next day, I checked my local classifieds, found these for $60 still shrink-wrapped in the box. I met the person selling them, checked the SKU using the barcode scanner app on my Android phone. It was 100% was legit so I picked them up and have been enjoying listening to music more each day.
A lot of other companies used a braided cable wrap that causes static when you're out and about, but the flat cable doesn't have this problem. When Monster says the cable is tangle free, they mean IT'S TANGLE FREE. Never had a single knot or problem with them. I especially like the low-profile angled jack as opposed to a straight jack because I'm pretty active and I secure my iPod upside down in my pocket to prevent the jack from coming out.
If you like music with a LOT of bass, these are for you. It sounds like there's a subwoofer sitting in your eardrum. They can be played at LOUD volumes without any breakup or distortion even when you're tweaking an active equalizer on high-quality audio (my entire library is AAC 320kbps). I listen to everything from Cascada to Buddy Holly to Johnny Cash to Coldplay to Beethoven to Slayer to Wiz Khalifa and these do not disappoint at all. I even use them for recording guitar tracks and have used them while playing local shows as an in-ear monitor. They do a phenomenal job of noise isolation. Some people think they stick out too far from the ear and need constant re-adjustment, but I use these at the gym, while skateboarding, longboarding, snowboarding and playing shows and they stay in place (for me at least) Only downside is that they don't sound quite as wide or have as much stage presence as the IE8, but for $60 I'm not gonna complain.
OK earphones but not worth the price tag
by vul3ck6 on June 17, 2011
Pros: plenty of bass, sound quality is above average, cool earphones and cable design,
Cons: expensive, only good for certain type of music, lack of clarity and realism
Summary: To be honest, I am not a big fan of Dr. Dre headphones, I have tried the Studio one, totally rubbish, especially with useless noise cancellation also problem with sound ...
Summary: To be honest, I am not a big fan of Dr. Dre headphones, I have tried the Studio one, totally rubbish, especially with useless noise cancellation also problem with sound leak, build quality is also questionable.
Anyway, I have ordered two headphones from catalog, the Studio one arrived early but I have returned it straight away, now the Tour finally arrived. I have to say, Dr. Dre headphones' package is very nice, probably over-package, huge box for small earphones.
First, the design, probably not everybody cup of tea, but I do think they are quite fashionable with a big "b" on each earphones, red flat cables look cool and won't tangle, control function with iphone 4 works fine. Now, the problem with the flat cables are the weight, you do feel they are pulling the earphones, definitely need to clip it to something to reduce the pulling.
Second, the sound, I am surprised with the sound quality after the terrible Studio, it's above average, but with the price tag including the equation, just not worth it. The Tour is more like a pair of Sennheiser CX400 than CX980. Well, I think you are also paying for someone's name on the box. Unfortunately, there are so many headphones on the market within Tour's price tag are better. Klipsch S4i, Sennheiser CX980. Shure SE315.......too many to mention. It's a good pair of headphones if you like dance, and club music but saying that, there are better headphones on the market for that too and a lot cheaper. It's not easy to define its market position, the best I can think of "fashionable headphones" with an expensive price tag to pay.
Anyway, the editor was mentioning the difficulty about the seal of the ear buds, to get the best seal, I always use slightly larger one layer ear buds, push them into the ear canal then pull them slightly out, when you feel the pressure(more like suction) then it's perfect seal. I know everyone's ear canals are different, so try all the size of ear buds to get the suction effect.
Thanks for reading my review
!!! HORRIBLE !!!!!!!!
by theguylucas on June 10, 2011
Pros: the cable is neat and durable
Cons: the sound quality is bad they have no bass and they are highly overpriced. the skullcandy titans ar only $ 40 and have twice the preformance
Summary: dont but them
Summary: dont but them
by algerts on June 7, 2011
Pros: Rich sound, stylish
Cons: Earpieces are a bit long
Summary: Perhaps just a bit overpriced but overall I'm happy with them.
Summary: Perhaps just a bit overpriced but overall I'm happy with them.
Don't understand all the hate on these headphones.
by nikeinajar on May 29, 2011
Pros: Good sound quality, no-tangle cord, comfy, stylish.
Cons: Spendy, took a while to get used to in the ear.
Summary: I don't understand when people complain about these headphones, my girlfriend got me these for christmas this last year, and I'm very happy with them. These are my ...
Summary: I don't understand when people complain about these headphones, my girlfriend got me these for christmas this last year, and I'm very happy with them. These are my go-to headphones, wear them around the house, when I go out, in class, at work, they haven't shown any signs of wear-and-tear besides a few scratches on the outside of the buds. They were definitely designed with hip-hop in mind, they excel across the board though. As I type this I am listening to Elliott Smith, it's nice, loud, with a strong bass presence, clean mids, and the highs aren't too harsh. When it comes to the comfort, I will admit at first they hurt my ears a bit, but if you wear them enough your ears adjust to the tips (I use the smallest tips though I just tried out the other tips and they all work but the smallest ones seem to give me the best bass balance.) Like I said they are stylish, I get compliments on them all the time. Over all, I recommend these to people, if you got the money to spend, of course shop around first, don't be dumb and buy without trying them out/doing your homework.
The most balanced, stylish, quality earphones
by epictone on April 26, 2011
Pros: Stylish, lightweight, balanced sound, nice noise isolation, portable, sturdy, tangle-free
Cons: a bit pricy
Summary: When i saw these headphones, i immediately wanted them. I heard lots of great reviews from my friends, who all agreed that they were superb. The first problem i did ...
Summary: When i saw these headphones, i immediately wanted them. I heard lots of great reviews from my friends, who all agreed that they were superb. The first problem i did find was that they were a bit expensive, totaling $170 at best buy. But if you want studio-quality sound, you have to pay more or you might as just use the cheap iPod headphones. I honestly have to say that these are by far the best in-ear headphones you can get. The bass is very rich, which will make you happy if you're a pink floyd fan like me. the treble doesn't go over the edge, and the mid-range is perfect. The headphones themselves are very stylish and striking, so you'll definitely be noticed. The housing seems almost hollow, and the cable is totally tangle-free as promised. All-in-all: Beats Tour by Dr. Dre are high-quality headphones that goes unmatched with style, and sound that don't have to sacrifice one for the other.I actually got them at ListenUp in Boulder.
Updated on Apr 26, 2011
These are horrible and didnt last an hour
by K9_EDT on April 17, 2011
Pros: Look good, nice thick cord
Cons: lasted 2 hours before right earbud blew out
Summary: I bought these to replace the Bose ie2's because they were not loud enough for me. I picked these up today and while listening to music at medium volume ...
Summary: I bought these to replace the Bose ie2's because they were not loud enough for me. I picked these up today and while listening to music at medium volume on my iPhone, the right side started crackling and becoming distorted. I am very disappointed, but it seems the reviews were right. Do not buy these, they will only disappoint you.
These blow because the bass SUCKS! Get Monster Turbine
by leanandsuperfit on April 3, 2011
Pros: Pretty packaging
Cons: Bass sucks - anyone who says these have good bass needs to try the Monster Turbines or even Klipsch S4
Best headphones I've had the pleasure of using :)
by egc93 on February 2, 2011
Pros: Crisp clear sound, Booming Bass, no tangling, Best looking ear buds I've seen
Cons: Only the triple flange tips seemed to fit my ear but they were i little to uncomfortable so i purchased some foam tips which work perfect with it and even seemed to make the bass even stronger
Summary: These headphones are awesome and were definetly worth the $150 price tag with there superb sound and design. All they need to do now is add some foam tips in ...
Summary: These headphones are awesome and were definetly worth the $150 price tag with there superb sound and design. All they need to do now is add some foam tips in the package to assure it fits all ears for thats the only problem i had
alright but not durable
by runequests on January 17, 2011
Pros: good sound
Cons: cheap cord
Summary: probably the worst headphones I have ever had the "pleasure" of buying. The rubber chord tore within hours and now an inch of copper wire is exposed. Unless you plan ...
Summary: probably the worst headphones I have ever had the "pleasure" of buying. The rubber chord tore within hours and now an inch of copper wire is exposed. Unless you plan on never taking dr. dre headphones out of the house, I would buy a different pair for taking outdoors or anywhere outside the walls of you home.
- Manufacturer: Monster
- Part number: MH-BEATS-IE
- Description: The Beats Tour flat cable design is so revolutionary it's patent-pending. The Duraflex cable jacket is tough yet remains flexible while the flat profile virtually eliminates annoying tangles and snarls. With Beats Tour, you'll spend less time untying knots, and more time enjoying your music. Now, Monster is proud to unveil Beats Tour featuring Monster's driver design. Because the ultra-fast response time, the Beats Tour driver can accurately reproduce the full sound and details of today's digital music with precise clarity, natural vocals, and big bass punch. Most in-ear headphones simply cut off the low end of your music because they simply can't reproduce low audio frequencies. It took well over three years to develop and fine-tune the technology that makes Beats Tour bass so big, you'll think Monster puts a subwoofer in your head. Dr. Dre would have it no other way. Beats Tour in-ear noise isolation cuts external noise for a better music experience than traditional earbuds. Beats Tour includes five pairs of earbud tips: three pairs of cone tips and two pairs of triple-layered tips for the most comfortable, secure fit that isolates you from unwanted external noise. With Beats Tour, you'll hear everything no matter how loud the rest of the world is. Most earphones don't have the power to play music at the volume some music lovers like Monster prefer. The large high-efficiency drivers and magnetic technology have been custom engineered to play loud without distortion so you can hear every note. Beats Tour delivers power and clarity that reveals the emotion in your music. The sound check feature on your iPod balances playback levels so all your music tracks play at a consistent volume. But if the volume difference between tracks is large enough, ordinary earbuds may not play tracks with sound check loud enough. Beats Tour drivers were engineered so you have all the power you need to rock out even with sound check on. At Monster, they know cable. The Beats Tour cable features Monster's patented magnetic flux tube and Micro-strand construction to provide clear no-loss audio and reduced interference.
- Packaged Quantity 1
- Product Type Headphones
- Weight 0.7 oz
- Recommended Use Portable audio system
- Additional Features MicroStrand conductors,
Patented magnetic FluxTube,
24K gold contacts ,
In-ear noise isolation
- Headphones Form Factor In-ear
- Connectivity Technology Wired
- Sound Output Mode Stereo
- Type None
- Connector Type Headphones ( Mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm )
- Cables Included Headphones cable - 4 ft
- Included Accessories 6 ear tips,
- Power Device None
- Service & Support 1 year warranty
- Service & Support Details Limited warranty - 1 year