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The Bottom LineThe Beats Solo by Dr Dre Headphones from Monster offer a killer, travelfriendly design thats sure to turn heads, but the audio quality ils to live up to the price tag.

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The Beats Soloheadphonesfollow in the tradition of Monsters other Dr Drebranded earphones, right down to the black and white colour options. This set looks very similar to the original model with the full earcups, except the overall of everything is noticeably smaller because of the onear design. The earpieces, which feature the customary red lowercase b logo stamped in a shionable brushedchrome circle, are circular and measure just . cm across. The earpads swivel a bit in the base for a more comforle fit and are designed to rest on the outer ear. While we found the Solo headphones quite comforle for an hour or two, some may experience uncomforle pressure from this design, as we did after a couple hours.

From the earcups to the headband, the Beats Solo headphones have a nice, quality feel to them. The adjusle band is metalcoated in a soft, matte plastic and features a bit of padding on the top as well as the Dr Dre logo stamped on the outside. A single, removable cable in the Beats signature thick, red coating attaches to the left earcup via a goldplated straight plug. Following this cm to the other end brings you to an uberreinforced goldplated Lplug that attaches to your audio source. The cable appears to be exceptionally durable and is not at all tangleprone, a definite plus in our book.

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Stylish, compact and durable design. Good for onthego use. Nice cable with integrated mic, iPod controls and volume rocker. Bass is thumping. Includes carrying case.

While the original Dr Dre Beats headphones rather underwhelmed us in the bass department, the Beats Solo set takes things in the complete opposite direction. Indeed, the lowend can be quite overwhelming, especially on first use. Although the thumpiness mellows after the earphones have burned in a bit, there are still several tracks that tend to suffer from muddiness, Five Deezs Afghanistan Dans Skating Stand being one example. As such, if you tend to listen to a lot of beatheavy electronica or even dance pop such as Scissor Sisters, you will likely be disappointed with the audio reproduction here.

The Beats Solo headphones have a couple of additional features that are worth mentioning. Foremost is that they include ControlTalk, which refers to a small square module a few inches down the cable that has an integrated mic and callanswer button for use with music phones. This button also doubles as playback controls for the iPod or iPhone, with oneclick playing or pausing music, two clicks skipping forward a track and three skipping back. The module also incorporates a volumerocker, which appears to work only with the aforementioned Apple devices. Finally, the headphones fold down into a compact form for storage and transport and Monster includes a case for these purposes as well.

Once Monster dipped its toes into the headphone market, there was no stopping the cable manucturer from releasing a bevy of earphones on the unsuspecting masses. From inear to onear to overtheear, you shouldnt have trouble finding a pair of undeniably stylish Monster headphones to suit your needs. The latest offering is the Beats Solo by Dr Dre, an onear model that features ControlTalk, which is essentially ncy terminology for an inline mic and integrated controls for the iPod. This AU set offers all the bass we expected from the first two Dr Dre headphones in a slick, compact package. Unfortunately, while the lowend is satisfyingly earshaking, it also tends to taint the overall sound space.

On the plus side, not all songs sound overly muffled. We had a ir amount of luck with alt dance Cobra Starship, OH!, clean alt punk No Doubt, some rap MC Solaar, Cent, and folklike music Dan Hicks. With these tracks, the Beats Solos offered reasonably clear audio with defined low and highends and a smooth midrange. And yet its hit and miss T.I. tends to sound muddy, for example, and Journeys Dont Stop Believing is lacking in crisp response. Wed expect more of a genrefriendly pair of headphones given the AU price tag. The design alone may be enough of a convincer for some, however.

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