Beats Pro High-Performance (White)
Manufacturer: Monster Part number: 129480
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- The Beats Pro by Dr. Dre from Monster Headphones deliver a sturdy design and top-notch sound quality for those who enjoy skull-shattering bass. If you're a casual listener and can afford them, they're a worthy investment, but if you're an audio purist then you may want to comparison shop.
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CNET editors' review
price range: $249.95 - $399.95
- Reviewed by: Julie Rivera
- Edited by: Dan Ackerman
- Reviewed on: 12/09/2010
- Released on: 09/29/2010
The good: Quality construction; dual input/output audio ports for communal listening; thumping bass; ear cushions can be removed and replaced.
The bad: May not be comfortable for everyone; weight is a little on the heavy side; some songs can sound harsh; travel case doesn't match up to the professional packaging of its predecessors.
The bottom line: The Beats Pro by Dr. Dre from Monster Headphones deliver a sturdy design and top-notch sound quality for those who enjoy skull-shattering bass. If you're a casual listener and can afford them, they're a worthy investment, but if you're an audio purist then you may want to comparison shop.
Great Pair Of Headphones!
by S-Sexton on September 20, 2013
Pros: + Music quality and noise reduction is excellent. Bass, mids and highs come through crisp and clear
+ Cable cord is thick and rubberized with a coiled area
+ Very well designed as far as durability, solid aluminum building
+ Padding is good and thick
Cons: - It's not inexpensive
- HEAVY(Will break your neck if worn over an extended period of time. Remember, it's Nearly full metal construction)
- Tensile strength of the headband crushes your ears
Summary: The construct good quality is solid-these will stand up to a couple of knocks and tosses on the couch, or on the floor, and they feel very sturdy. The huge ...
Summary: The construct good quality is solid-these will stand up to a couple of knocks and tosses on the couch, or on the floor, and they feel very sturdy. The huge padded headband attaches to adjustable brushed aluminum sides, ending with complete-size earcups that rotate upward for storage. Each and every earcup is rounded and padded in a leatherlike materials that is exceptionally cushy, and every single contains an input/output port. The ear cushions can be eliminated for washing.Edit:
The Beats Pro uses a single red audio-cord cable with a secured connector that locks into spot on the bottom of every earcup and can be swapped to either side of the earcups. The unused port then becomes a second output for hooking up one more set of headphones and "daisy-chaining" the sound from the Pros to the second set of headphones for communal listening. We found daisy-chaining other headphones to the Beats Pro decreased the sound degree really a bit on the Pros themselves, but not to the point of significantly hindering efficiency. Two sound sources in addition to headphones can also be plugged into the Pros-1 into each and every earcup-if, for whatever purpose, the need to have to listen to two songs simultaneously comes up. The possibility for amateur mixing may match someplace in there, but most DJs use mixers with cue channels for this.
The cable cord is thick and rubberized with a coiled area, providing some additional extension if you need to be an extra foot, or two, away from your music supply for a second. It does take some conditioning to get the headphones to stretch additional out, without having stopping brief, when you 1st get them out of the box, as the cable is initially coiled extremely tightly.
Even with an adjustable headband, the Beats Pro are a tight fit on the ears and can result in some discomfort right after an hour or so of continuous use. It may not be the exact same for every person, but it was a problem for us at the time.
There has been concern that some MP3 players can not energy these headphones. Not like the authentic Beats, the Pros are not battery-powered, which indicates the energy consumption involved in powering the large speakers is pretty high. Although the Pros will work just fine with the majority of the players we've utilized-iPod Touch, iPod Classic, Nano, Zune HD, and Inventive Zen: Vision M-the Shuffle wasn't as effective, as it did not output enough energy for the headphones and hampered the audibility.
In use, the bass is booming no disappointments there. As we'd count on, the genres that truly shine are electronic (dub, drum and bass), dance, challenging rock, and hip-hop. Robust kick drums and wandering bass lines were usually prominent and delivered a proper thump. The lows are wonderful, the mids are clear, and the highs are crisp without having staying tinny.
Other genres had been also extremely great for the most part, but neither as stellar, nor inspiring. Percussion and strings, or subgenres consisting of intricate and layered sound, weren't as nicely defined as we would like. It requires some tweaking on the user's aspect (through EQ settings on your player) to get the very best sound for some subtle music kinds.
We had the best final results when turning the volume on our player up halfway. Anything higher and the bass tend to overpower the highs and mids, generating the all round sound muddled and messy. There is a reasonable quantity of sound isolation in heavily trafficked environments (the subway, for example). In a quiet workplace setting, nonetheless, the Pros do leak a bit of sound-a frequent complaint about earlier Beats headphones, but there is a definite improvement given that the Studios were introduced.
Each and every earcup swivels up inside the headband, which cuts down their size in length, but they do not fold flat, so the travel pouch included was a bit of a disappointment. We would've preferred one thing comparable to the difficult-shell case included with the Beats Studio and Beats Solo.
In addition to becoming sold in the two black and white versions, the Beats Pro come with a cleaning cloth (even though the headphones are essentially smudge-proof) and a threaded 1/4-inch gold-plated adapter-tethered to the 1.eight-meter cable to prevent getting lost.
Despite the fact that the value is fairly high for the casual consumer, it is steady with how much expert DJs spend for headphones. At the identical time, these headphones possibly won't satisfy the challenging-core audiophiles who demand uncolored, accurate sound. For faithful, correct, organic tone in your headphones, these cans do not supply that kind of precise audio reproduction. What they do supply, nevertheless, is a massive volume of swagger. We see these headphones satisfying aspiring DJs or anyone with a great deal of spare cash who really enjoys blasting the wax out of their ears.
Construction (Durability): In contrast to the Beats Studio, the Beats Pro are made for Club DJ use and for that reason are constructed to withstand the kind of abuse a mobile DJ would place them via. The frame of the headphones are made of solid aluminum that in no way bends or flexes. Not like some other headphones I have used, the Beat Pro nevertheless feels sturdy when the earcups are extended or flipped up. This is simply because even the extender piece is created of solid metal. Only time will tell if the electronics hold up but I can say with full certainty that the frames of the Beats Pro is virtually indestructible.
Sound: In our overview of the Beats Studio we talked about that they delivered a really crisp sound that emphasized the high end of the music. On the other hand we located that Beats Pro puts extreme emphasis on the low finish of the sound spectrum. When it comes to booming base, the Pros cannot be beat. However the emphasis on the low end implies that on some songs you will discover that the mids and highs get drowned out and dont sound as clear or crisp as they do on the Beats Studios or other DJ headphones. Fortunately snares and kicks come through strong, which is a ought to when beat matching. I was capable to turn my mixer up to the maximum listenable volume with out the Beats Pro showing any indicators of sound degradation. We have heard that some smaller MP3 players are unable to properly power the Pro's, because they do not need batteries, as opposed to the Studios. We tested the Pro's on an iPhone as well as an older iRiver model and in the two circumstances the sound quality was excellent. It is probable that an iPod nano or shuffle could not be able to supply the correct juice to the Pros and as a result the sound high quality could endure.
Attributes: The Monster Beats Pros come with a amount of capabilities targeted for the DJs. I was most impressed by the potential to connect the incorporated red patrially-coiled audio cable to either the proper or left side of the headphones. This may possibly sound trivial, but I discovered it quite beneficial since I personally have my Traktor X1 on the left of my turntable and for that reason was in a position to maintain the cord on my proper out of my way. The dual inputs can also be utilized for daisy chaining (you can attach one more set of headphones to the Beats Pro and a good friend can listen to your music) or even listening to two inputs at when (can't feel of any cause why you would want this). Also the inputs have the capacity to lock the audio cord into them so they do not fall out if they get pulled. Lastly, each earcup can be flipped up so that you can listen to the output while you mix in a new track.
Comfort: The Beats Pro's solid aluminum building indicates that it weighs considerable far more than other headphones. I identified the Beats Pro to be significantly heavier than my Allen and Heath Xone XD:53 headphones. Also, although the earcups are made of padded leather, I discovered that the tightness of the headphones produced them somewhat uncomfortable following extended listening. DJs with larger heads (my hat size is 7 1/4/) could discover that the Beats Pro squeezes their head as well tight. The round shape of the cups also implies that the headphones rest on your ears instead of above them. This helps isolate sound but ends up creating the Beats Pro less comfy in my opinion. In comparison the Beats Studios have earcups that fit over your head and are light and loose adequate that you forget you are wearing them.
Conclusion: The Monster Beats Pro are a excellent selection for a skilled DJ seeking for a sturdy pair of headphones that are built for club use and deliver booming bass. They could also be a great choice for a non-expert user who is primarily interested in style and bass. However, if crisp highs or comfort are your main considerations, then you really should probably look at the Studios or yet another brand. At retail, you might also be able to find a similar sounding headphone at a decrease price, but if you are not on a spending budget and you worth type as nicely as strong building the Beats Pros can't be beat.
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27 out of 28 users found this user opinion helpful.
Extremely overpriced, overglorified and overhyped.
by crinacle on June 12, 2011
Pros: Looks very nice, sturdy build, great for rap and pop music.
Cons: As stated in titles, extremely overpriced, overglorified and overhyped. People love to shoot out of their ass when they own one of these, and start to call them "the best there is" when there is much better choices to choose from.
Summary: Firstly, I have to say that I'm an audiophile. But still, it absolutely pisses me off when the stereotype finds us being the only kind of people wanting "faithful, ...
Summary: Firstly, I have to say that I'm an audiophile. But still, it absolutely pisses me off when the stereotype finds us being the only kind of people wanting "faithful, accurate, natural tone in our headphones".
THIS IS ABSOLUTELY, POSITIVELY, NOT TRUE.
There are such things as a basshead audiophile, or a rock audiophile, or maybe even a classical audiophile. I belong to the basshead category. With this in mind, you have to understand that when it comes to headphones, we are very picky, but we definitely aren't the type to search for neutral, "natural" headphones (which I personally feel makes the music sound ABSOLUTELY BORING Zzzzzzzzz).
First off, the build quality. Granted that it's sturdy. It feels solid, unlike the Solo, Solo HD or the Studios for that matter. I have no complaints about this.
Next, comfort. A very subjective aspect, though I also have to qualms about this. There is ample padding in every side of the headphone, unlike my Shures which, personally, HURT LIKE A BEAR TRAP.
Next, oh ho ho, its sound. Being an audiophile (a basshead audiophile, I RE-EMPHASISE AGAIN), I have a set list of criteria that a headphone has to go through in order to make it to my "IMMA GONNA RECOMMEND THIS TO E'ERBODY" list.
1. Is there enough bass?
2. Is the bass clear?
3. Does the bass bleed and/or muddy up the middle frequency (the frequency in which the vocals, guitars, basically 90% of instruments are)?
4. Is the sound distorted the any way?
5. Do the headphones give an accurate reproduction of the music (again, you do not want rap to sound like blues, or classical to sound like rock do you?)? How much detail pickup is there?
Lets start with 1.. Oh definitely. Bass is there like a lion in a crammed cage. You can't miss it even on bass-light music, and this is what I love in my headphones.
2. Clear bass? I would say... yeaaaaamaybe. It's not as tight (or as punchy) as any of my Ultrasone models, but they do have the reverb of the Sony XB series. Pretty okay, most of the details in the bass aren't missing from the music here.
3. Bass bleed? Surprisingly, little or nothing. The middle frequencies remained untouched by the bass. To be more in-depth with the mids and the highs, vocals sound smooth-ish while guitars sound too warm (A.K.A. veiled or lush or "slow") for my liking. If you're a metal or rock lover, STEER AWAY.
4. Sound distortion. Apart from a little warmth in its general sound, no complaints here.
5. Reproduction. Even though I'm a basshead, all headphones still need to be able to hear the recording AS IT IS. To avoid any arguements here, let's take a look at Dre's words towards the Beats line:
"People aren't hearing all the music.
Artists and producers work hard in the studio perfecting their sound. But people can't really hear it with normal headphones. Most headphones can't handle the bass, the detail, the dynamics. Bottom line, the music doesn't move you.
With Beats, people are going to hear what the artists hear, and listen to the music the way they should: the way I do."
So OBVIOUSLY, if you're such a Beats fanboy, you're looking for "accurate reproduction" in your headphones. Otherwise, pardon my language, WHY THE **** DID YOU BUY THESE THINGS?
Again, you're looking for the detail within your music, every last nuance, drum vibration, guitar air or mouse fart, you're not looking hard enough if you went for these. i have to be frank; compared to other more well-respected and professionally recognised brands (NO. Beats is NOT professionally recognised. What your favourite singers wear does not decide how good the headphones are), the detail pickup is absolutely and utterly... average. Mediocre even.
As for reproduction of the music, the ONLY genre they seem to reproduce properly is rap and pop. Other genres like classical, rock, blues, electronica even, all sound artificial under the wrath of these headphones. If you're willing to pay $400 for a rap + pop pair of headphones only, be my guest. BUT...
I will re-emphasise again, THESE ARE OVERPRICED. I can name a hundred or so headphones that does what these do just as good and even BETTER and just a quarter of the price. I'll be wasting my time naming all these headphones, but I'll pick out 5 of my favourites:
5. Beyerdynamic DT700 Pro 80 Ohm Edition. A good entry-level bass king, the DT770 provides boomy sub-bass that vibrates your entire skull. Again, these beat the Beats Pro by a mile in terms of overall clarity as well as bass quantity, at a cheaper price as well.
4. Ultrasone HFI-580. Having the same amount of bass at a quarter of the Beats Pro's price, it's a killer. Even so, the quality of the bass in the HFI-580 far surpasses the Beats Pro's, being tighter, punchier and clearer than the latter. What's overpriced now?
3. Audio Technica Pro700 MKII. A relatively new headphone in the market, the Pro700 beats, bashes and mashes the Beats Pro every every aspect you and think of. Bass? One of the best. Mids? No contest really. Highs, come on, any headphone other than Skullcandy or Bose can beat the Beats Pro.
2. Sony XB1000. Or as I would like to call them, "GIANT FLUFFEH PILLOWS OF AWESHUM BASSSS XD"! But in all seriousness, the Sony XB series are notorious for its earthshaking, diarrhoea-inducing bass, which will put any Beats headphone to shame with a thump of a drum, literally.
1. Ultrasone Pro900. Absolutely godly and reigns king supreme in the bass department. No other headphones can ever DREAM of trying to beat the Pro900 in terms of bass quality. If you love the Beats Pro, the Pro900 will re-educate you, no holds barred. Strap two mini-subwoofers to your head and VOILA! Pro900.
Granted that the Beats Pro aren't terrible headphones, I would rush for them if they were priced at $100. Unfortunately, they instead cost a whopping $400, a price in which only the stupid, cliche consumers would be sucked into.
Don't be a stupid consumer. Get better headphones.
30 out of 49 users found this user opinion helpful.
by Vin226 on March 5, 2011
Pros: they look okay
Cons: Awful sound quality, flimsy construction, warranty service does not answer the phone.
Summary: A big waste of money for such poor sounding badly built headphones.
Summary: A big waste of money for such poor sounding badly built headphones.
8 out of 15 users found this user opinion helpful.
by acep524 on January 18, 2011
Pros: The sound quality is average. If you like big and flashy these headphones could be for you
Cons: Bose sells a pair of headphones with the same quality sound for 100-200$ less
4 out of 7 users found this user opinion helpful.
Above average considering its cost.
by hassan_rashid on July 10, 2012
Pros: -Great Bass
-No battries needed
Cons: -Its really heavy
-Very much expensive
Summary: Well this thing isnt for the masses, the one's who are really into lisning every beat of the music can consider if their pocket money allows them. It sound'...
Summary: Well this thing isnt for the masses, the one's who are really into lisning every beat of the music can consider if their pocket money allows them. It sound's really good but constant hearing may cause some headach's due to its heavy bass and weight.
1 out of 2 users found this user opinion helpful.
Beats - Overrated, Mediocre, and Overpriced.
by joejoeweiwei on February 18, 2014
Pros: - Beats look good.
- Bass is loud.
- Good for rap and some pop songs.
Cons: - Beats are uncomfortable to wear.
- Bass is not clear.
- Very expensive and overpriced for quality of sound.
Summary: Beats are good if you listen to rap, especially because of the loud bass. However, Beats is very pricey - other brands, such as Bose, sell for $100 - $300 ...
Summary: Beats are good if you listen to rap, especially because of the loud bass. However, Beats is very pricey - other brands, such as Bose, sell for $100 - $300 less. The flimsy plastic construction will not stand a couple falls (There go your $300 headphones), plus it is uncomfortable to wear for long periods of time: The structure of the headphones crush your skull. The look of the headphones are not bad, though. In a short summary, Beats look cool, have mediocre quality, but come at a steep price.
Looks okay, but very heavy.
by just_kelvin on February 12, 2014
Pros: The design is not bad.
Cons: It is heavy and overpriced, and very uncomfortable!!!
Summary: Beats Pro are a waste of money and I recommend that you buy something else other than beats pro and I recommend beats studio 2013. If you really want to ...
Summary: Beats Pro are a waste of money and I recommend that you buy something else other than beats pro and I recommend beats studio 2013. If you really want to buy it, try it on first, then decide.
The trump card of beats headphones
by Fiio4Miio on January 30, 2014
Pros: Great build quality
Eye catching Aesthetics
Punchy fun sound
Cons: Price to performance ratio is off. WAAAYYY off.
Can be uncomfortable after an hour of use.
Bass DOES bleed into poorly mixed tracks.
Summary: The Beats Pro are Beats electronics top of the line Headphone, promising sound that is "what the artist truly wanted you to hear." But do they really live up to ...
Summary: The Beats Pro are Beats electronics top of the line Headphone, promising sound that is "what the artist truly wanted you to hear." But do they really live up to the hype that the business has given them?
For starters, lets discuss the build quality. As you probably know, they are made of a sturdy aluminum type metal. Cheap metal, but strong considering most headphones are made from plastic. The Headband however is made out of a different material, which gives in order to supply more comfort. The cable itself is durable, with a thick rubber coating that terminates into a 3.5 audio jack with a 3/4 inch adapter tethered to the end. The cable is also coiled towards the end in order to give you a bit more room to move around your mixing station and or turn tables.
The next major thing is sound. The beats pro have a deep, punchy bass, but on certain tracks it can be a tad overpowering. The mids are very present, so is the treble, but lacks sparkle to it like other headphones in thus price range. The sound may be good, but its just that. Good. In the same price range you could purchase. For example the sennheiser HD 380, 600, and the newer beats studio outshine these in terms of sound. However, these headphones aside the Studios, need proper amping to sound their best.
In the end, the Beats pro are a great headphone, and are not "****" like most Audio Snobs or bandwagoners claim. Many will enjoy their sound, some won't. My only complaint is that theyre overpriced, and just that.
These headphones are made from poor quality materials.
by jaschaheifetz on November 27, 2013
Pros: Nothing - there are no pro's The RRP is extremely overpriced
Cons: Cheap cones that cannot emulate the high and lows of the orchestra and virtuoso violin soloist! the sounds are very synthetic!
Summary: 1 star out of 100! for value
1 out of 10 for sound
Summary: 1 star out of 100! for value
1 out of 10 for sound
Very overpriced not that great
by F1nn3g4n on November 13, 2013
Pros: -Good lows
-Good for rap
Cons: -Terrible lows
-Use batteries (some models)
-Uncomfortable for short term use
-Ruins most styles of music
Summary: You can find some 50 dollar headphones that are as good or even better than these. These are just overpriced and think about it, even Dr dre does not use ...
Summary: You can find some 50 dollar headphones that are as good or even better than these. These are just overpriced and think about it, even Dr dre does not use these.
- Manufacturer: Monster
- Part number: 129480
- Description: Attention sound engineers, DJs, musicians, and hard core music lovers: Beats Pro is the reference headphone designed by audio professionals for audio professionals, particularly, for those who prefer a balanced yet forceful sound across the spectrum. Constructed from strong yet lightweight aluminum, Beats Pro resists vibrations, so you never hear unwanted artifacts, just pure, clear sound. If you've ever wanted to share a mix without removing your headphones, now you can. Dual input/output cable ports let you share mixes by daisy-chaining headphones, so others can you hear it in their cans. Plus, convenient flip-up ear cups let you monitor the room with Beats Pro still on your head. There are three awesome reasons to get excited about the Beats Pro ear cushions. One, they're so plush and comfortable; you'll wear Beats Pro for hours and forget you have them on. Two, they deliver advanced passive sound isolation, keeping the music in and ambient sounds just audible enough. Three, they're washable so you don't have to sweat sweating in them.
- Packaged Quantity 1
- Color White
- Recommended Use Professional audio system
- Connectivity Technology Wired
- Sound Output Mode Stereo
- Connector Type Headphones ( Mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm ),
Audio line-out ( Mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm )
- Cables Included Headphones cable - 6 ft
- Included Accessories 6.3 mm (1/4") stereo adapter,
- Service & Support 1 year warranty
- Service & Support Details Limited warranty - 1 year