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Trade in Your Beats for DNA's Now!,
This review is from: Monster DNA On-Ear Headphones (White Teal) (Electronics)
Here is the real deal folks. The Dre Beats were produced by Monster. Monster and Dre ended their relationship (5 year contract)earlier this year based on Monster's desire to produce a better headphone (w/ Viacom as a partner) using the same and/or better technology they used in manufacturing the Beats (they even kept the same engineers). Allegedly, Monster also believed they could not market Beats to music pro's because Beats marketing targeted the sucker parents of the 11-14 year old range (the exception may be the "Studio" line of Beats). In short, the Beats are marketed to 11 to 14 year old's as the "cool thing" to have whereas the Monster DNA's are marketed to pros in the Music Industry (watch any of the pro music shows not sponsored by either Monster or Dre and you will see what I mean). I have no idea who is currently manufacturing the Beats at this point. Just thought this background may help in decision making.
I always believed Monster overpriced it's products to the point I stopped buying their cables and other products. However, the Monster DNA's are a big exception. The quality of the sound compared to the Beats is not so much better that you should not get the Beats if you can get them in the $50-$75 range for the Solos or $125-$150 range for the Studio's, especially for kids. However, the DNA's are simply better in nearly every aspect to include ergonomics, clarity, sound, tone separation, and even packaging. The sound is incredible. I can hear every detail distinctly. The sound is simply better than if I was actually at a U-2 concert front center. The noise isolation is 100%, without exception, perfect- like I am the only person in the world (do not wear these while driving- ever). I compared the sound difference (by listening, not reading specs) between the DNA's and all the Beats. Hands down, the DNA's win on all accounts, especially when listening to high quality encoded uncompressed audio files. However, the Beats did have overpowering Bass for those who only want to hear bass and lose other sounds. It is worth mentioning that I compared brand new DNA's to the line of Beats that were already "broken in." These headphones require some time to break in and achieve optimal sound. The Beats "Studio" line came closest to matching the DNA's in my opinion. But, the Studio's are over $300- yet still do not beat (no pun intended) the DNA's in my opinion.
The build quality of the DNA's also feel much sturdier and they fold up nicely. They are also lighter than the Beats. Compared to the Beats, the only drawback I could find with the DNA's is that they use a smaller gauge audio cable than the Beats; yet, Monster produced the cables for the Beats (go figure). Worth noting on the DNA's is the ability to swap out earpieces as well as share the headphones via second audio output. Monster provides both a carrying bag as well as a second audio line for sharing. The primary audio line has an inline volume control as well.
I could add another 500 words easily comparing published specs. However, you can research that if interested. My real world comparison and testing makes the Monster DNA's the hands down winner.
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Initial post: Jan 4, 2013 9:36:52 PM PST
Could you compare them to some more reputable headphones in the price range? Sound quality wise to maybe something in Ultrasone, Grado, Sennheiser, etc. Monster and Skullcandy are two companies in headphones that seem to be stepping up the game from just geared towards adolescents to maybe something along the line of basshead headphones.
Posted on Jan 4, 2013 9:53:56 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 4, 2013 11:55:51 PM PST
Steven A. Smith says:
All of these reviews are so glowing, but these have the same problem as the Beats line:the mids are mediocre at best. I've tried just about every headset under the sun and these are barely worth the price if you listen to anything other than rap/hip-hop, electronic or club music. Rock, classical, pop, alternative and vocals in general suffer from the mediocre mids. There are cheaper headsets with more well-rounded sound quality. Just look for reviews by audiophiles that do in-depth comparisons.
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 16, 2013 10:35:07 AM PST
Victor Aguilar says:
When on a conversation related to beats or headphones from monster get the Audio Technica
Posted on Jan 30, 2013 7:33:12 AM PST
I find it so interesting that people are rating the review as not helpful because they own Beats or are Beats Fan Boys. I actually received e-mails from people indicating they were upset with my review because I said they were better than Beats. Simply amazing. Taught me a lot about Amazon reviews.
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