Three years of thoroughhttp://www.beatsdrdresale.co.uk research and development resulted in the most incredible headphone speakers ever built. Combining extra-large speaker drivers and a high-power digital amplifier, the Beats by Dr Dre Studio Isolation Headphones deliver an unprecedented combination of super deep bass, smooth undistorted highs, and crystal clear vocals.
Musical details get easily lost in today’s noisy world: on the street, on the bus, on the plane. The Beats by Dr Dre headphones’ powered isolation technology actively cuts external noise, so you experience all the rich details your favourite artists want you to hear. Spacious ear cups give you extra room for a higher level of listening comfort.In the world of headphones, it’s all the rage to add the moniker of a music superstar to your brand in order to create a sense of authority. The House of Marley has released a range of earbuds and cans, David Guetta has loaned his name to a DJ-centric headset from Beats, and Chas and Dave are rumoured to be in talks with the Cockernee Headphones Co from Bow. Probably.
But, two specific brands have used their association with big name producers to climb to the very top of the tree. The first is AKG, with its tie-in with Quincy Jones. While the other can be summed up succinctly with four little words; Beats by Dr Dre.
It’s impossible to walk thedr dre beats studio streets of London (at least) without seeing someone – generally in their 20s – sporting a pair of Beats by Dr Dre headphones. You definitely couldn’t visit the changing room of a Premier League football club without being surrounded by them. For the younger generation, a Beats by Dr Dre headset is the must have accessory, often being worn around the neck as much as on the ears.In stark contrast, AKG’s Quincy Jones signature range of headsets are favoured more by older audiophiles. And although they too are offered in a range of colours, including a rather garish bright green, their focus is on high-end performance rather than good looks.
So, therefore, the Beats by Dr Dre Studio and AKG Q701 Quincy Jones headphones may seem strange bedfellows in a battle of the brands. Until you realise that they share a similar message, that is; a deep-routed philosophy that runs throughout their core. These are no mere licensed products, these both have the soul of their respective sponsors running through their very cores. Jones and Dre helped design these headphones, and boy can you tell.The Beats by Dr Dre Studio headphones, however, are as subtle as a swift punch in the man glands. There be bass in that there them hills, and it’s going to beat you into submission. Listening to Eminem’s Lose Yourself or Public Enemy’s Night of the Living Baseheads on these baddest of bad boys is like trying to juggle knives on a bouncy castle; hugely dangerous but ultimately great fun.Sadly, that bass overload does mean that they are far from suitable for all musical ventures. Trying to listen to If I had a Gun by Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds on a pair was like trying to have a conversation in a nightclub – the vocals were fine, but the precision was mugged by a bassline so massive it could’ve been security at a Boo-Yaa Tribe gig.
So, indeed, in audio terms, these Beats By Dre UKheadsets are chalk and cheese. And that’s why they are both equally brilliant.
The Beats do win out in extra features, offering battery-powered isolation functionality (effectively, the manufacturer’s own proprietary noise cancellation) which definitely helps when in a loud environment, such as on a plane or tube train. But we suspect the Q701s will be utilised more in the home than on the move – certainly, they’re much bigger, being of an over-the-ear design.I’ve sampled both of these (as well as every set of cans I mention below) a few times, and to make this comparison is a joke. It’s more like a stark contrast. The Beats are decent headphones, I’ll give them that. However the AKG’s are much lower in price than those it competes with, having an endorsement not affecting price (identical non-endorsed K702 which came prior costs the same). The Beats are priced well above their quality, based completely around their endorsement. Just to preface, the ideas I talk about below are hardly a matter of a opinion, but more so a representation of basic ideas that headphone enthusiasts would generally agree upon
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