Beats tour by dr dre review

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  1. CZK, Nov 4, 2010
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    CZK macrumors 6502a

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    Last month i bought Beats by dr dre thinking that it was a good decision.

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    I am the kind of person that takes care of his things, so i was always using the protective case to carry them. After a 2 Weeks of light use ( everyday for around 30 mins each day), the right earphone stoped working (died).

    I went to the store to exchange them and now i got a new pair. One day after i received the new pair, the metal button logo that you see one the jack went off and i lost it ( in my pocked i guess).

    200 bucks is super duper overpriced for cheap made earphones made in china.

    Material quality and build/price note: 1/10 ( gave 1 point for the style and the nice box and accessories)

    Sound quality: 8/10 -2 for pitiful noise cancellation/isolation, besides that they sound very good

    The bottom line: Adding to that that they are very very very uncomfortable to wear and that they need constant adjusment as soon as you are moving ( i was having a hard time walking and keeping them in my ears, they were always moving/falling off my ears), i strongly suggest not buying these earphones.


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  2. deeesea macrumors 6502

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    I never owned the beats tour, but having owned the Beats studio, I know what you mean, they are overpriced. Half the world thinks the beats studio/Beats Solo and Tours sound amazing, well they clearly haven't heard much of the "mid-fi" portable headphone market.

    I've got a pair of Shure SE530's for my IEM's and they sound great, and Im using a pair of ATH ESW9's for my headphones and they definitely blow the studios out of the water.

    May I recommend trying a pair of monster turbines? I had a pair and they sounded great to me, that being said, I did have small fit issues with the headphones, but perhaps YRMV
     
  3. peteisanidiot, Nov 4, 2010
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    I have a set and at first I was not very impressed, however with the replacement of the rubber grommets with Comply foam tips the sound quality was far superior. An annoyance for me with Sennheisers and most other rubber tips is that when the ear bud inevitably gets yanked from my ear unexpectedly the pressure change hurts my eardrum. The foam tips do a better job of canal isolation while not creating a vacuum lock. They also keep the buds in your ears. Trust me, I had all the problems you outlined until I got these.

    http://www.radioshack.com/product/index.jsp?productId=3757461

    $14 isn't cheap for foam tips but hey, you're already $200 in the hole right? These tips also have a wax guard which is nice. I got my Tours for around $120 on eBay before all the knock offs flooded the web. $120 is a little much so I can definitely understand your $200 expectations.
     

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    Are you using the headphones correctly? I don't understand how they could be falling out.:confused:

    I've had the Tour's for about a year and have never had to worry about them falling out when walking around with them. I use them pretty much daily, sometimes for a couple hours at a time.

    As for noise isolation, did you try all the ear tips? The size (second smallest) I'm using create a perfect seal in my ear; I honestly can't hear much of the outside world.

    To be honest though, in-ear headphones reviews are useless. Every person is different, one pair might work for one person but might not for another. People should try out the headphones for themselves and return them if they don't like them.

    Just my .02.
     
  5. CZK, Nov 5, 2010
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    Very interesting comment, i will consider these foam tips for sure.

    Never tryed studios and i probably never will after my experience with tours.
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    i would recommend the large size. since they are squishy foam it's better to error on the side of having extra. radio shack also sells a variety pack with all sizes. one pair will actually last you several months if not more.
     
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    I also bought the comply foam tips even though i thought that $15 was a bit pricey. You get 3 pairs though in case you lose them or want to use them with multiple headphones. They definitely improve the sound and offer great noise cancellation. Also, they are hard at first but once you put them in your ears they become super soft and fitting.
     
  9. anetoiu macrumors member

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    I was really not expecting to ever see someone saying that these headphones are low quality but I still know that they are too overpriced so that's why I'm not buying them at all

    maybe some fake ones would be even better than the original ones :D
     
  10. CZK, Nov 5, 2010
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    There are indeed very cheaply built (made in china at its best). The metal button logo (on the jack) just felt off after a single day... thats not serious especially for 200$.
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  11. dccorona macrumors 68020

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    ive had them for almost a year now, the sound quality is superb, the build quality is...not so much

    about 3 months into owning them, the cable was coming apart both at the y split (where the headphones branch off from the main cable, and at the jack. I've had to tape over those (I'm too lazy to make a warranty claim over the phone, and they don't let you make them over email)

    as for the issue with the noise cancellation...when I have the flanged ear pieces (look like a pyramid with 3 sections) in, I can't hear a thing.

    Ironically enough, the reason I chose these over another set is because I thought the "ribbon cord" would be superior. Not true
     
  12. Peruvian macrumors regular

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    Well just to update those who care, I bought the comply T400 foam tips and they have made a big difference to the Tour Beats... They are comfortable, The sound seems better (I think), I dont have to keep adjusting them to get optimum performance... Overall, I would recommend them to anyone not satified with the Tour Beats standard ear plugs..

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  13. CZK, Nov 9, 2010
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    Where can i find these in canada ?

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  14. Peruvian macrumors regular

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    Just look online, I found a seller in the UK thats stocks them.. But Im pretty sure a U.S. seller will ship to canada....
     
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    Unfortunately you are not the first to be pulled in by the beats marketing. Even the studios have poor sound/build quality vs price. Its pretty much the logo you are paying for.

    I'd recommend the Ultimate ears Triple.fi 10 pro's or the Sennheiser IE 8. Although these are on the expensive side, they have amazing SQ! And amazon does deals on them sometimes.

    If budget is a bit tight, try the Sennheiser IE 7's. they're still pretty good and relatively cheap.

    Check out Head-fi its full of reviews and tips for all kinds of cans and phones.
     
  17. peteisanidiot macrumors regular

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    personally i cannot stand the sennheiser routing of cables behind the head:

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    can't do it. i know senn fans swear by them but i found them to sound tinny and lacking on the low end.
     
  18. Austin M. macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks! I was gonna get these but I guess I'll hold off.
     
  19. Frenchjay macrumors 68000

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    You dont have to wear them like that you can have the wire straight if you want to. I don't know what type of fit/tips you used but they have huge amounts of bass if you get the right fit/tips. The selling point is the adjustable bass and the replaceable cord. That's why I got them:)
     
  20. deeesea macrumors 6502

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    Back of the ear? or Back of the head? I wear my Shures around the back of my ear, but then the cable falls to my chest, not over behind me. Is that what you mean?
     
  21. iBrody macrumors 6502

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    Tinny? Really? My IE8's sound the opposite, very bassy and full sounding.

    To get the most out of the IE8's you need to swap Senn's flimsy tips for these Sony Hybrid tips, which fill the ear to stop sound leaking:

    http://www.amazon.com/Sony-EPEX10A-BLK-Replacement-Earbuds/dp/B001RB24UA

    I will only stop using these phones when I upgrade to a set of full size cans, they are that good - dance and hip hop lovers should definitely use these as the bass really comes into it's own.

    I have owned UE TF10vi's and they don't have enough bass for my liking (although they will be fine for people who prefer a well balanced sound - some of the highs made listening to music quite painful/irratating sometimes). Also, the cable broke within a month, which is well documented fault with the 10vi's.

    I wouldn't bother paying over £100 for any earphones if your music is lower than 320kbps (mp3) / 256kbps (AAC) CBR.
     
  22. Frenchjay macrumors 68000

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    If you have flac or wav files it sounds even better. I'm thinking about upgrading to the nighstalker cable have you tried it yet?
     
  23. iBrody macrumors 6502

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    Not upgraded the cable on mine, waiting to see if any company's going to incorporate a mic function into a high(ish) quality cable - do you know of any?

    Yeah the 320/256kbps is just an ideal minimum really, I find it a good compromise for quality and space (plus wouldn't flac or wav need to be converted into ALAC to be compatible on an iPhone to retain CD quality?).
     
  24. Frenchjay, Nov 14, 2010
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    Sennheiser have a new model the ie8i with mic and iPod control buttons.

    http://www.sennheiser.com/sennheiser/home_en.nsf/root/private_headsets_mobile_music_504173

    I'm not sure if they will be selling the cable separate but I hope the do because I would love to have it on my set :D

    I use 320kbs on my phone but have alot of flac wavs on my mac and it sounds awesome with the sennheisers!! There is some custom cables from japan, I can't remember where i read about them (maybe head fi) but they was 100-120£ :eek:

    Edit: Found the cable with the mic/iPod function :D

    http://www.custom-cable.co.uk/headp...lacement-lead-for-ie8i-1.2-metre-inc-mic.html
     
  25. iBrody macrumors 6502

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    Cheers for that, didn't realise Senn had released a mic version. Looks a bit chunky though! Wonder if it's really that big.
     

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