Monster Beats Tour In-Ear Headphones in Black/Red monster beats head phones
- Unique, stylish design
- Durable cable
- Tangle Free Cable
- Extra-long earpieces
- Poor sound isolation
- Due to weight of cables you have extra interference inside ears
In this review
Fashion-forward designs have recently been making significant headway in the headphone segment. It doesn't take much effort to find a pair that
matches your MP3 player or that can be co-ordinated with your outfit, although manufacturers with true eyes for design take things a step further.
Take Monster Cable's Beats by Dr Dre headphones, a super-stylish set of cans announced at CES 2008. The company has now added to the fashionable
line with the Beats by Dr Dre Tour in-ear headphones, an ultra-portable set that sports the signature red and black colouring. This 150 USD pair
once again proves that hip hop-branded headphones won't necessarily offer an overwhelming low-end response, and also leads us to believe Dr Dre may
have the deepest ear canals known to man.
These Tour in-ear headphones have perhaps the longest earpieces I've ever seen. The buds measure a full inch from end to end, and half of that
length is made up of the arms that hold the eartips. Half an inch isn't that long for most gadgets, but you don't have to stick most of them into
your ear. As a result, fit can be an issue.
Although Monster includes five sets of silicone eartips (three sizes of standard and two sizes of triple flange), I've found the TOUR Earphones to be fairly uncomfortable and could never really get a secure fit. Plus, the ends of the buds tend to stick out pretty far from the head.
The flat and thick cord is eye-catching and seems durable
Of course, fit is highly personal. One could make that argument for style too, but there's no denying that the TOUR earphones will add plenty of
flair to your listening set-up. The entire design is unique, from the flattened, disc-shaped earbuds -- decked out in the signature lower-case 'b'
logo to the red ribbon of a cable.
The cord, which terminates in a gold-plated straight plug, is like few I've seen flat and thick, it appears to be more durable than most earbud
cables, which is definitely a plus. Monster also includes a hard-sided zippered case for storing and protecting your investment when it's not in
The TOUR headphones may not present an overwhelming low end, but Bass is not lacking and it's good and tight. As with their full-sized siblings,
they offer an impressively crisp high end with good detail. If anything, music tends to sound rather cold for our liking, with the headphones
slightly lacking in the rich and buttery mids that add the desired warmth.
I was generally impressed, however, with the clear and balanced audio response during test, although a few songs sounded harsh. Hip hop,
electronic and pop are genres that shine, and even classical sounds good.
If you can get a good fit and want the most stylish earbuds you can get your hands on, the Monster Beats by Dr Dre Tour in-ear headphones are a
worthwhile option. The Monster Beats by Dr. Dre Tour In-Ear Headphones offer much in the way of style and sound.
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