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I got my new Beats Pro the other day after waiting an insane amount time for my amazon pre-order to process. I know that the studios get a good flaming here, but I feel like the Pros are a far better set of cans (I've listened to both, and I like the studios, but damn, these are great).

As a preface to my equipment and music taste, I think its important to note that I'm a bass player (both classical double bass, jazz, and general music production) so I love bass! I love feeling my body shake in rooms with stereos and I love the sensation of my head vibrating, but aslong as its musical, because thats the most important aspect of music! Who cares about ridiculous bass for the sake of shaking things. Also, I'm only using my iPod and Mac Book Pro (but I'm using an M-audio USB soundcard witht the mac book). I tested these with the third movement of Shostakovich's 8th Symphony (played by the National Symphony Orchestra directed by Rostroprovich), Incubas' Sick Sad Little Word, Kanye West's The Good Life, John Coltrane's Giant Steps, and various Hiromi Uehera recordings. 

With the Shostakovich, the detail is ridiculous. Compared to my previous headphones (SK Pros from skullcandys, a waste of $100 compared to these headphones) the recording sounds like your at the front of a good orchestra, as opposed to listening in the very very back of the concert hall. This piece is a blast to blast. Everything is pretty even, all the parts are clearly heard. Basses and cellos boom, but do not loose pitch definition. The bass in these headphones doesn't muddy up the other parts, but is still powerful. Brass sound amazing. Mids are good. I can't say that I've heard GREAT mids, but I have no complaints here. Overall, they handel classical music with ease, it puts a smile on my face every time I listen.

WIth the Incubas recording, it seems the treble is a little much, but I think that is just the eq and setting of the guitar and cymbals done in the studio. The detail is ridiculous. I hear the stick head hitting the cymbals, the nuances of the players style, and little things the vocalist does that I've never noticed before. This has always been one of my favorite songs by then, and its still one of my favorites. The bass cuts through great, guitars are even and not over bearing, drums are there, and you can feel every single bass drum hit. The effect saturated guitar solo is just beyond cool.

Obviously, Kanye is hip hop, and this is where these things shine. The bass is insane. Kanye's voice is crystal clear. The little synth line during the chorus is super funky, and the bass end just adds to the punch. The recording is obviously highly processed, but hey, it still sounds good, and its fun to listen to.

Coltrane's Giant Steps isn't a great recording by today's standards, but its still enjoy it. The bass is driving, but once again, not muddy. You can hear the clicks of the string thwacking the fingerboard, The stick hitting the incredibly dry ride cymbal. Obviously, Coltrane is at the front of the mix, and is virtuoso trumpet style playing never gets lost. I noticed that sometimes the piano gets lost, but its not very high in the mix. The Hiromi recordings are great too. As if her playing didn't give me chills on my spine before, with these it's like listening to it for the first time again! However, I never realized how bad the bass players tone is sometimes...but maybe thats the sign they're good headphones (or bad, depending on if you like tony grey or not). 

Overall, I'm pretty damn happy with these! I thought about picking up an amp for my ipod, but it doesn't really need it. It's comfortably loud at 70 percent volume, and the battery lasts a decent amount time. My drummer borrowed them yesterday, and my Ipod lasted a few hours at full volume, and the car ride home, and they only had a half charge that day. I only paid 265 for these because of the pre order. I'd say they're def worth that, but the 400 they're asking now...thats pushing it. They're great though, and great build quality too. I'd never worry about these breaking, but still take care of them! They're 400 dollar headphones! Hope this helps anyone in speculation of these things. I

post #2 of 171

Just out of curiosity, have you ever extensively listened to any other $200+ headphones by any other brands?

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^ This... Can't help but feel sorry for the OP...

post #4 of 171
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Not extensively. I listened to to a bunch in the apple store in new york with my ipod when I was there during the summer. I've also listened to some Seinheisers and sony's and didn't care for em. I listened to Bose but I didn't care for them either right from the beginning. 

post #5 of 171

I'm glad you're happy with your purchase, but you may not have the same opinion once you've tried others. There are so many other brands that aren't exactly available in store: Beyerdynamic, AKG, Ultrasone, Grado/Alessandro, etc.

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^ This... Can't help but feel sorry for the OP...



You feel bad for him because he likes his headphones? Clearly he doesn't feel like he got swindled.

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You feel bad for him because he likes his headphones? Clearly he doesn't feel like he got swindled.


I feel bad because he could get exponentially better for his money. If this is his conclusion having tried more then good for him.

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I would love to score some Grados some day. The other thing I wanted was passive noise isolation so I wouldn't have to use earplugs and headphones when drumming along with music, or to use as monitors in a loud band. These do the job perfectly. I would've felt screwed if I payed the retail price, which is why I preorded them. If I didn't like them, I could have just returned them and got my money back. To each their own though. I'd love to try some more headphones, but that could really expensive really quick! Music in general is an expensive hobby.

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meh, no need to apologize for liking some headphones.  you're right though, buying a lot of different headphones can get expensive... um, i do that.  and i do that b/c there's a lot of hyperbole in this forum (both love and hate) and i just had to figure it out myself.  on the other hand, getting a good deal is a fine thing.  (honestly, i probably would not have ordered these if they were $400).

 

thanks for the quick review.  i'm looking forward to listening to some Shostakovich.  biggrin.gif

post #10 of 171
I have the ultrasone hfi 580s and am borrowing my friends beats pro over the weekend and i have compared them. The beats suck. They have decent bass but the music lacks mids/ highs, clarity and depth. Ultrasones kick the crap out of beats in th bass catagory. The ultrasones have a deeper and tighter bass. It sounds great. In the beats, the bass is only ok, it sounds flat and artificial. My sennheiser hd 238 has about as much bass unamped an they are half th size!
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I say, as long as your happy with your purchase... that's all that matters.  Everyone hears differently... and tastes vary.  I say... "enjoy them!"   Now, I've never listened to them, so I can't form an opinion.  I've listened to a few different BOSE, and the other Beats stuff ('cept for in-ear, as I'm not an in-ear fan).. and didn't care for any of them.  I'd recon these would be better.

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Everyone deserves better than beats for their money though. wink.gif
 

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I say, as long as your happy with your purchase... that's all that matters.  Everyone hears differently... and tastes vary.  I say... "enjoy them!"   Now, I've never listened to them, so I can't form an opinion.  I've listened to a few different BOSE, and the other Beats stuff ('cept for in-ear, as I'm not an in-ear fan).. and didn't care for any of them.  I'd recon these would be better.

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I had Tours, at that time i only had Senn CX300IIs. To them I thought the bass extension was a major deprovement, and the clarity was slightly improved. Treble was too harsh IMO. Sound stage was similar. Very obvious and deep V curve in sound, even more than my XB700. Didn't like them so much after a while. I was extremely happy with my second hand ER4P i got for $115.

post #14 of 171

o: my klipsch image s4i gave about the same quality sound of the demo that was at best buy. 

how do these fare to the ATH-M50?

post #15 of 171

Used the Pro's and Studio s side by side, they are almost the same can, but the pros have recessed mids V.S. none.

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