When I first heard that Dr. Dre was releasing his own line of headphones, I was skeptical. I could not believe that anything of quality would be released and I thought that the whole concept was just a marketing trick (attaching a world famous name to a brand of earbuds to help them sell). I have now come to believe the opposite.
The Beats product line by Dr.Dre has several types of headphones. There are the professional studio headphones - the Beats Studio. The Beats Solo is a cheaper alternative to the Solo. While the Beats Solo does not offer the same audio quality as the Beats Studio, it should satisfy the average consumer. This article will focus on the Beats Tour - the earbud alternative in the Beats by Dr. Dre product line.
The Beats Tour has the standard 20hz to 20,000 khz frequency response. 20hz seems a bit high for an earbud that claims to be a "good reproduction of hip hop". Generally the lower value the better the bass. From experience 14hz is the optimal value. However, the Beats Tour earbuds have an impressive driver design. As quoted from the Tour's feature list: "Large, high-efficiency drivers let you crank it up and enjoy loud play without sound-wrecking distortion." Driver size is one of the most important aspects to look for when buying earbuds (especially if you need a good bass response). Due to their small size, earbuds often have mediocre drivers. The Tour earbuds claim large drivers, and based on the favorable customer response, it seems the large drivers size makes up for the mediocre frequency response.
These earbuds come with "The World's First Tangle-Free Cable". While this may not seem as an important issue at first, as you use earbuds you realize the annoyance of tangled cords. The Beats Tour earbuds have a flat cable, thus effectively eliminating that issue. Previously there were issues with the earbud cable breaking. The fact that the earbud cable breaks, outweighs the benefits of a tangle free cord. However, this issue has now been resolved and Tour earbuds purchased today, come with a new and improved cord that will not break.
The biggest issue of the Beats Tour earbuds is the fit. Even if the earbuds are great, if the fit is bad the earbuds are worthless. These earbuds come with several noise isolating earbud tip sizes and types to try to appeal to everyone. However, please be aware that these earbud tips may not fit everyone. Customer feedback suggested that for some people the earbuds went in "too deep". However, don't let that stop you. If you can get a good fit, the Beats Tour earbuds sound phenomenal.
I would highly recommend buying the Beat Tour if you are looking for an entry level high end earbud. Before purchasing a pair of Beats Tour earbuds, be aware that there are two types of Beats Tour earbuds: one with ControlTalk and one without. ControlTalk allows you to control your music (pause, next track and volume) and make phone calls (using the built in microphone). The pair with ControlTalk is $30 more than the pair without, so it's up to you whether you believe the benefits ControlTalk brings are representative of the extra price. Either way, you won't be disappointed with the quality, sturdiness and stylistic value the Beats Tour earbuds bring.
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