Beats Pro Headphones Review
After the first hugely successful release of the Beats Studio headphones from rapper, producer and entrepreneur Dr Dre’s Beats Electronics company in 2008, it took 2 more years before their second headphones – the Beats Pro Over-Ear Headphones were on the market. They were released in 2010, and were generally very critically acclaimed as a great pair of near indestructible, audiophile level headphones. So, in this Headphones Hound review, let’s break down just how good these headphones are in 2016 and if there’s anything Beats could have done better in attempting to produce the ultimate set of DJ headphones.
Design and Durability
Firstly, the Beats Pro Over-Ear Headphones are a big set of headphones, and heavy, weighing in at 400g (14.1oz), compared with 260g (9.2oz) of the Beats Studio 2.0s. They are an extremely solid build quality, made from an aluminum gunmetal frame that’s designed to withstand the rigor of a DJ’s life on the road. Some DJs even say that the Beats Pros are near indestructible, that even being run over by a truck would not break these Beats beasts. We wouldn’t like to test out this theory with our HH review set, as they’re also a thing of metallic beauty and should be well looked after, but we’ll take their word for it!
In terms of design, the over-size appearance of the Beats Pro Over-Ear Headphones is most certainly eye-catching and won’t suit everyone, especially DJs that prefer an on-the-ear pair like the Sennheiser HD25 1 IIs.
As they are quite heavy on the head as well, when you are bopping to the beat, they can start to slide off a bit too. The headband is padded with a lovely, top-quality leather-like material over a solid metal frame that gives a little bit which is a great touch of engineering genius in terms of comfort while still being durable. For the price (check here on Amazon), they are well worth it for the construction and the design level.
The ear-cups are full-size and are very comfortable around the ear. Because the Beats Pro Over-Ear Headphones are designed for DJs, sound engineers and producers, they can rotate up for one-ear listening and to be put away for their next use. The cups are also padded in a leather-like material. On both cups are the input/output ports, so you can choose which side you want to wear the wire, more on that later. Another nice touch is that the ear cushions can be removed so that you can wash them and add to the quality, long-term value of the Beats Pros.
Like everything with the Beats Pros, a high level of quality is also apparent in the audio-cord cable. A single, thick, rubbery cord is supplied that locks securely in place into either ear-cup. This is important for all DJs and personally I also prefer the largely straight cord of the Pros as it has a coiled part for an extra foot or so extension at the end rather than being coiled throughout like with some DJ headphones on the market today. With the inclusion of a second port available on the other ear-cup, it’s possible to use the other to transfer the sound to another set of headphones. This is useful for communal listening. But do expect a slight drop in audio quality on the Pros with this sharing feature enabled. You could also feed in two different feeds, one to each ear-cup but most DJs will use mixers with cue channels for this. It’s nice to have the option of this though.
No Internal Battery with the Beats Pros
As the Beats Pros don’t have an internal battery, certain devices don’t have enough power to run them. But with most good quality modern MP3 players and phones, the headphones will perform optimally.
The Sound Quality and Best Music Genres for the Beats Pro over-the-ear professional headphones
Firstly let’s start with what Beats’ headphones are most famous for… A booming bass! The Beats Pro over-the-ear professional headphones do not disappoint in this department and deliver a truly thumping, deep, clear bass. However, the Beats Pro headphones are so ‘bass-heavy’ that when you go over 60% volume, the bass starts to drown out the mids and highs, resulting in a slightly muddled overall sound. At 50% volume and lower, the mids are very clear and the highs extremely crisp and most certainly not at all ‘tinny’ as you’d expect from a pair of audiophile high-end headphones like these.
So in terms of the genres of music the Beats Pros are suitable for we recommend using these to listen to hip-hop, drum and bass and dub. We would not recommend the Pros for listening to classical music or jazz tracks with a lot of intricate, layered sound as they weren’t quite as well-defined as they would be with say the likes of the Sennheiser HD 800s. For rock n’ roll and other genres of music you will have to tweak your EQ settings on your device to get the most out of the Beats Pros.
So in terms of the genres of music the Beats Pros are suitable for we recommend using these to listen to hip-hop, drum and bass and dub. We would not recommend the Pros for listening to classical music or jazz tracks with a lot of intricate, layered sound as they weren’t quite as well-defined as they would be with say the likes of the Sennheiser HD 800s.
Noise Reduction on the Beats Pro over-the-ear professional headphones
The Beats Pro over-the-ear professional headphones boast ‘True noise reduction’ through their design of heavily padded and pivot-enabled over-the-ear ear cups. While the pros don’t come with an electronic, battery powered noise isolation system, they are quite effective in reducing the outside noise, even at quite a low volume setting. In very busy, noisy places like walking on the sidewalk – the outside noise can still be heard a bit on the Beats Pros, compared with good noise-isolation headphones like the Bose Quiet Comfort 35s.
The Beats Pro over-the-ear professional headphones were criticized for some sound leaking especially in very quiet places like the library or in the office. The Beats Pros do improve on the Studio’s failings but there is still a bit of sound leakage in very quiet places.
As the Beats Pro over-the-ear professional headphones are made for DJs, the ear cups do swivel up to slot in inside of the headband – However, as the final fold-up position is not quite flat, the pouch supplied with the Beats Pro headphones is not quite as good as the hard-shell case that comes with Beats Solo and Beats Studio headphones. However, if you order on Amazon, a Case Star ® Black EVA Heart-shaped Protecting and Carrying Hard Headphone Case can be purchased for less than $20. These great cases house the headphones in their folded out state and guarantee complete protection during transit.
Are you a big Beats fan? We think you’ll like our Bose Freestyle review too!