The Monster Beats by Dr. Dre are a plausible alternative when shopping for headphones, be it for personal or professional use. This article will review the Solo HD and Studio models. I will review their design, functionality, and value for dollar.

Solo HD

While small in design with respect to other headphones at $200.00, the Solo HD offers a range of features which may potentially justify the price tag. Weighing in at only 6.5 ounces (185 grams), the Solo Beats by Dre headphones are equipped with a 'Control Talk' feature, allowing smartphone users to answer incoming calls without reaching for their handheld. These headphones make use of a Neodymium magnet for their speaker design. The potency of this particular magnet allows the Solo's to produce heightened responses to audio input, such as bass, with respect to other headphones on the market. The ear cushion material is made of a plush, breathable fabric, making the Solo's an ideal choice for extended periods of use. The ear piece does an adequate job of encompassing the entire ear, muffling external noise, making listening more enjoyable for those commuting on public transit. One area of concern regarding the Solo HD's would be the brace design. The mechanism responsible for extending the dimensions of the headphones isn't too stable, and as such should be monitored from time to time. One final thing to note is that the Solo's do not support a screw-in 1/4 inch jack. Those looking to use these for professional audio purposes should acknowledge this, and aim to find an adapter which simply has a clip-on female receiving end.

Monster Beats Studio

The alternative to the Solo HD's are the Studios. While heavy on the wallet starting at $300.00, the Solo's bigger brother weighs in at only 9.1 ounces; a difference of only 2.6. The Studios are equipped with a mute button, allowing the user to silence incoming sound without physically removing the headphones. The ear piece is made from the same breathable, plush fabric as the Solo's and is larger, encompassing the entire ear. The overall greater size associated with the Studios make them ideal for professional audio use. While these headphones do offer a 'noise cancellation' feature, this function requires 2 AAA batteries. Like the Solo's, these headphones make use of the Neodymium magnet, aiding in the production of superior sound quality. The major point of concern with the Studios is similar to that of the Solos. The bracket which connects the head brace to the ear pieces is prone to damage. Extra care should be exercised when storing them.

Are the Monster Beats by Dr. Dre line of headphones worth the price tag? For the purpose of simple listening pleasure, I would say they're a bit over priced. That being said, they are a good alternative for those interested in a lighter pair of headphones, in comparison to what is offered. For professional audio use I would recommend the Sony MDRV-700 model, or the Sennheiser Pro-audio line. For Disc Jockey use, the Beats by Dre Studio model would suffice. For the non-audiophile, these headphones would not be worth the investment, in spite of their audio quality.