Sometimes you set out to write something with the intentions of the article going one way, only to have it take a big U-turn in the middle and go somewhere else. That's the case with this post. I was initially going to make some light hearted jokes about how LeBron and Kobe teaming up to give away headphones to their fellow All-Star members was a sign that LeBron and Kobe would soon team up on the Lakers. After all, isn't that what all the kids are saying these days?
However, as I started working on my outline and doing some research, I realized just how frequently LeBron gives away 'Beats by Dr Dre' Monster Headphones as gifts. And for those who don't know what I'm talking about, lets start there. Chris Broussard wrote an interesting little tidbit on ESPN's TrueHoop about Kobe and LeBron's gesture:
James and Bryant decided to buy each member of the 2010 NBA All-Star team a pair of custom-made 'Beats by Dr. Dre'' Monster headphones. James bought them for his 12 Eastern Conference teammates, while Bryant did the same for the 14 other Western Conference all-stars.
Speaking via blackberry, James and Bryant settled on getting Dre's $355 'Studio'' version headphones. They then contacted Dr. Dre and asked him to customize each set of headphones by making them in the All-Star colors (blue for the East, red for the West) and putting each player's number on them. That cost an extra $100 per set. now, beatsbydreseller sells it with $199. Here's some of the hottest selling items now, we already sell 10 thousand fitness Beats by Dr. Dre series headphones, and our customers are satisfied with those products. they dropship it to their customers on ebay and amazon and so on...
James and Bryant presented their gifts in the locker room before the Feb. 14 game. I'm told their stunned teammates 'went crazy.''
Headphones! Brilliant! I mean, everyone loves music, right? And players travel all the time, so they're constantly plugged into their iPods and laptops!
Nevermind the fact that, well, everybody owns a pair of headphones. I guess you could always stand to upgrade. Don't get me wrong, the gesture is certainly a nice one, but for some reason the idea of a bunch of NBA stars going 'crazy' over some headphones is just a tad ridiculous to me.
I have to admit, Rob is right.I mean, far be it from to suggest anyone should be ungrateful for the nice gesture put forth by Kobe and LeBron, but this story has been played out before.
You might remember that LeBron previously bought a pair of Dre Monsters for each of his comrades on Team USA. And maybe you will recall that LeBron also once bought all of his Cavalier teammates a pair of them for Christmas in 2008. Oh, and let's not forget about the time that he made sure he was wearing a pair of Dre Monsters (different from the Custom Cavaliers model) in this NBA ad.
Anyone who has watched either MTV or sports channel lately would have seen musicians, sports stars, or moviestars wearing these iconic Monster Beats headphones by Dr Dre. Just the other day I was watching NBA Action on ESPN and Lebron James was sporting a pair of Monster Beats by Dr Dre headphones as he was walking out to the team bus after dropping 40+ points on the opponents.
There is no doubt that the Monster Beats by Dr Dre are the headphones to use and be seen wearing these days, but are they just about image and coolness or do they actually live up to the hype that is generated around them? I had to find out for myself, and although i'm not a sound expert or audio technician, I am sharing my review with you having tested three of the Monster Beats by Dr Dre headphone models; the Tour in-ear headphones, the Solo headphones, and the current top model Studio headphones - and on top of that we are giving away one pair of Monster Beats by Dr Dre Tour in-ear headphones to the person that comes up with the best comment as to why they deserve the iconic headphones, and retweets this article (see bottom of article for more details).
Monster Beats by Dr Dre Studio headphonesThese are the flagship model at the moment in the Beats by Dr Dre range from Monster, a company known for delivering quality audio cables, which we can kind of see in the robust red cables that comes with these headphones. The whole ranke of Beats headphones are aimed at giving you as close an audio experience as to that you would experience in a studio, and without having that first hand experience i have to admit that the sound picture did impress me from the first test.
The Beats by Dr Dre Studio headphones does not only provide that filling bass sound that so many like, but also a very crisp and clear sound listening to classical music, folk music, and pretty much any other range of music i was listening to while trying them out. Based on my experience and likes when it comes to music and sound, these Beats definitely gets a big thumbs up, and the fact that they do look quite iconic and stylish is a big plus.
The Studio Beats by Dr Dre comes with two separate cables, of which one includes a wire control with a microphone that can be used to answering calls etc. when paired with your iPhone 3GS or any other compatible phone. There is also an adapter for use on flights, and a nice Monster Beats cleaning cloth to ensure your headphones are always shiny.
Despite weighting in at around 270 grams they are very comfy to wear even for long periods and moving around. The earcups are designed to be comfortable and completely enclose your ears to lock out ambient noise. Their active noise reduction is very effective in blocking out unwanted sounds when listening to your music, and by flicking a little switch on the headphones themselves you can all of a sudden hear what it going on around you. One of the best noice cancelling headphones i have ever tried.
Of course all this glory comes at a price, with the Monster Beats by Dr Dre Studio retaling at $159-199 range from beatsbydreseller.com. the Beats by Dr. Dre Studio High Definition Powered Isolation Headphones (James Limited Edition) and Beats by Dr. Dre Studio High Definition Powered Isolation Headphones (Kobe Bryant Limited Edition) have been arrived, they are only $199, Kobe and LeBron James fans very love it.