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Urbeats by Dr Dre Review$99.95
The Urbeats are a strong bet.
If you haven't noticed the literal ocean of people every which way wearing Beats by Dr. Dre, then maybe you should have your eyeballs checked (or maybe you don't review electronics for a living).
Together, Beats Electronics and Monster Cable Products devoured 53% of the headphone market before divorcing last year. Now, Beats Electronics is on its own, and it means business: I just spent a week with the Urbeats by Dr. Dre (MSRP $99.95)—and these in-ears really put up a fierce fight.
Design & Features
Designed with Goldilocks in mind
The Urbeats sport slick visual design elements, but their utilitarian aspects really make for the best talking points. Since in-ears can be tough when it comes to finding just the right fit, Beats Electronics includes four different-sized silicone speaker sleeves with an accompanying carry case. Talk about customizable!
Lastly, users will also find a small carry case for the Urbeats for on-the-go protection. And speaking of on-the-go, these headphones block a considerable amount of unwanted, outside noise. High-pitched bothers like birds and neighboring conversations are 1/32 as loud. Even lower frequency sounds like dump trucks and trains can be reduced to anywhere from 1/2 to 1/4 of their original loudness. If you want the world to go away, these Urbeats can help.
When I unwrapped the Urbeats and found myself confronted with the image of an unclad lady in not but a set of headphones, I felt less than optimistic. Yet this set of in-ears entered the audio lab and emerged mostly unscathed, with favorable results across the board.
From there, it's really just roses, sunshine, and unicorns. Unless you're just blasting your tunes—which is bad for your health—you won't find a single portion of the scale that suffers audible distortion, not even in the often-flawed sub-bass range. Next, volume between the left and right speakers wavered so little that it's practically undetectable across the board—a rare feat. And to top it all off with a big cherry, the Urbeats showed wonderful noise-blocking ability and barely leaked a drop of noise. Your horrible taste in music need not bother your neighbors. For under 100 bucks, these results look mighty fine.
Eat your Beats
Thanks to healthy sound quality, customizability, and a tangle-resistant cord with a mic/remote, the MSRP $99.95 Urbeats by Dr. Dre are excellent companions for travelers, runners, and office drones alike. These headphones block out a great deal of unwanted sound while keeping music locked in, too—so you won't bother your neighbors.
Comparison shopping is certainly never a bad idea, as there are definitely suitable alternatives for less—competition is never far, is it? But if you're waffling, just think on this: This is a great set of in-ears, and at the end of the day, the right buyer for the Urbeats is a bass lover with a $100 dollar bill in their pocket.