Beats By Dre Review – For Music Production
This is a Beats by Dre Review from the perspective of a music producer as opposed to a casual listener. We’ll focus on how well they perform for monitoring audio mixes. Obviously many people who buy or use Beats by Dre headphones don’t work in a studio or make music, but they are marketed to an extent with the idea that they should work well for music production. We’re going to put that claim to the test.
Sponsored by Dr. Dre, who is obviously a well known music producer, and manufactured by Monster which is known for their “high end” cables (overpriced if you ask me) which are also well known in the recording industry. You’d think these would be the ultimate headphones for monitoring and mixing. Unfortunately you’d be completely wrong. The Beats by Dre Headphones hype is exactly that, just a hype. As much as I admire Dr. Dre’s work and success, and can appreciate the quality of Monster products even if they are extremely overpriced, I would never recommend you purchase these headphones with producing music in mind. Stick with me for a minute and I’ll explain exactly why you should avoid these especially in a home studio.
Great Low End Bass, Comfortable, and They Say Dr. Dre
So what’s wrong with mixing a track using Beats Headphones?
So these headphones have an extremely nice low end sound to them. It’s almost like you took your car stereo system and stuck it on your head. Sounds good right? Well it’s actually a horrible attribute for monitoring / mixing headphones. When you’re mixing you want to be hearing an accurate sound. This means a flat signal, with no equalization or coloration. How can you know what your mix really sounds like if something is enhancing or changing it before it gets to your ears? The answer is you can’t. You might be hearing magic come through your “beats headphones” but when you go to playback the mix from a different source you’re going to hear a different sound, plain and simple. If you’ve read any other Beats by Dre Review, I’m sure you’ve heard them mention this coloration, especially in the low end.
Beats By Dre for just listening to music?
Beats By Dre Headphones are definitely “ideal” for casual listening. They offer a great sound and are extremely comfortable. The only problem I could see with buying these with the intent to listen to music is the over the top price tag attached to them. Just like some cheaper microphones are worthy of hanging with the big dogs, you can probably find a cheaper set of headphones that will work just as well for casual listening. Can you really justify a couple hundred dollars for headphones? If so, grab me a pair too. Or better yet, let’s trade bank accounts. When it comes down to it, unless you can get Free Beats By Dre Headphones (good luck), I wouldn’t get them at all.
What would be a better set of headphones for mixing / monitoring?
With the Beats By Dre Review part out of the way, I’d like to point you in a better direction for monitoring a mix with headphones. Ideally you want to monitor using studio monitors (makes sense right?). It never hurts to hear your mix on multiple sound sources, but nothing is going to give you as accurate and flat of a signal, and cover as much of the frequency range as studio monitors. Even cheap monitors are more ideal than Beats By Dre Headphones. If monitors are outside of your budget, and you insist on using headphones, I’d recommend Sony’s MDR7506 Large-Diaphragm Foldable Headphones. These can be found in hundreds of professional and home studios. They don’t look as cool, they don’t say Dr. Dre or “beats”, and they don’t shake the block with bass, but they provide a very flat, uncolored tone, which allows you to mix accurately and hear exactly what you should be hearing. Not to mention they cost 1/3rd the price of Beats By Dre Headphones.
Summary of the Beats By Dre Review
So all in all these headphones look really dope, sound really good, and are sponsored by what some might consider one of the most influential hip hop producers in the game. Do I think you shouldn’t buy these? No, not really. Do I think you should buy them for monitoring and mixing? No, not really. I really think the selling point on these is based on nothing more than a hype, and there’s no real logical incentive to purchase Beats by Dre Headphones besides wanting them because they’re the “cool thing” right now. Save yourself the 300 dollars and go get some decent studio headphones. Hell if you have an audio interface already and want to spend 300 dollars for monitoring, go grab some Behringer B2031P Studio Monitors. Regardless of the word “beats” in Beats by Dre Headphones, these things just weren’t made for producing beats. Whether they say Monster Beats, Beats by Dr. Dre Pro-High Performance “Studio” headphones (how’s that for misleading), Beats by Dre solo HD, or anything even remotely close to that, I strongly suggest avoiding them at least when it comes to mixing your tracks.
Beats By Dre Reviews From Other Sources
Don’t just take my word for it, go read some other reviews on Beats by Dre headphones. The consensus that I’ve picked up on in every Beats By Dre review is that the user was either dissatisfied or they thought they were good but overpriced. I tend to agree with that consensus if you can’t tell by now. I think more money went into the marketing and branding of these headphones than the actual product, and it shows very clearly. If you disagree or would like to add to the discussion, feel free to leave a comment at the bottom of this page.