Monday, October 22, 2012

Beats by Dr Dre Tour review





























Hello! I'll be doing a review of the Beats Tour by Dr Dre ^_^

Design: 9/10

The design of these Tours are extremely sleek, and they definitely look very good when you are wearing it.

Sound Quality: 7/10

Since I'm no audiophile, to put it across in words for the average consumer, I would say that the Tours sound quite good with a strong bass, vocals and trebles but with high distortion. The soundstage is definitely very good, perhaps due to the driver chamber design (which is quite large). 

Dr Dre's personal EQ has extremely high distortion, lol. However, as beauty is in the eye of the beholder, some people might like this EQ, while others might not. The EQ pattern goes something like this:

Bass - Good thump, very muddled and distorted, some emphasise but not overpowering neither underpowered (Unlike some people who describe it likewise)

Mids - Virtually reduced to none, creating a very 'deep' and good soundstage.

Treble and Vocals - Very, very high emphasise, much more than the bass, but not shrill, sharp or overpowered.

So thats how I would roughly describe the EQ (Note that it might not be fully accurate as I am by no means an audiophile :( ). Distortion is very, very evident, however it doesn't twist the song into something completely alien. Thus, I can only conclude that audiophiles would only hate the Tour's to the extreme. Since I'm no audiophile, to put it across in words for the average consumer, I would say that the Tours sound quite good with a strong bass, vocals and trebles but with high distortion. The soundstage is definitely very good, perhaps due to the driver chamber design (which is quite large).
However, when I compared it to Sennheisers and Klipsch, the difference is like night and day. The Tours lose too much details for music to be worth recommending at its price. Dr Dre never fails to disappoint :)

The Tours are definitely good enough for the everyday consumer, but maybe not so for audiophiles. Definitely overpriced for the sound though.

Sound Signature:

The sound signature (in my opinion) feels slightly 'warm' (not harsh sounding), but also muddy at the same time. The clarity of premium earphones thats found in brands like Klipsch and Sennheisers are definitely not present.

Durability: 9/10

These earphones are extremely well made and durable, and they hardly show any signs of wear and tear from day to day usage.

Usability: 7/10

These earphones also stay put extremely well when you wear them, and unlike the iLeaf pro by Ounuo, aJays or any other flat cable earphone I have tested before, these earphones hardly fall out.

My only quibble is, sometimes, when you walk with these earphones, you can actually hear the sound of the cable rubbing against your body, thus making the music go 'thump thump' as you walk.

Overall score: 7.5/10

While these earphones might definitely be really distorted, they don't sound bad in particular. However, the EQ seemingly makes the music sound better in certain cases. This is probably due to the fact that I mostly only listen to Japanese electro-pop and acid jazz, maybe not classical music haha :X

However, these earphones are definitely overpriced for its sound, and there are many others which are much better and priced much lower such as the Sennheiser CX500, and certain JVC, TDK, Sony and Audio-Technica earphones.