Beats Tour In-ear Headphones Review
I listen to the audio in a ton of in-ear headphones ranging in price from the $20 range up to the $500 range. At the low end of the price range, the headphones typically sound cheap. At the high end, they sound amazing, but never amazing enough that I'm willing to pay for it. Monster Cable hits the sweet spot with the Beats by Dr. Dre Beats Tour in-ear headphones, offering a great sounding headphone at a price that isn't going to break the bank.
The first thing you notice about the Beats Tour is the cable design. Instead of the standard tiny round cables that tangle easily, Beats Tour have a flat cable that looks more like tomato linguine than cabling. The story is that Kevin Lee, son of Monster Cable founder Noel Lee, was inspired by his flat pasta getting tangled less than spaghetti, which resulted in the final cable design. In my own tests, the design is definitely less likely to tangle than any other set of headphones I own.
Sound is more important than appearance in headphones and here again, Beats Tour does exceptionally well. The bass is low without getting muddy. The highs are bright. And the mids don't get lost in the mix the way they do at the lower end of the spectrum. These are by far the best sounding headphones under $200. If you really want to pick out every individual sound in a 5.1 mix, you need to step up to something in the $400-$500 range. For listening to music that feels loud in any pop genre, Beats Tour are almost impossible to beat.
I have two major requirements from the headphones I buy. The first requirement is they have to sound good. The second requirement is they have to be in-ear, not ear bud, because ear bud headphones sound awful and they never fit right. Beats Tour fits the bill on both accounts.