Beats are our #1 choice in a noise cancelling headphone for sound quality, even if they aren’t the best noise cancelling set of cans out there. We’ve owned Bose and Audio Technica and the Beats are miles apart in all around sound quality.
Now, we aren’t exactly into the heavy driving techno type bass, nor should everything sound like tin can treble either. The right mix is really hard to find in a set of headphones, but Dre and the people at Monster have definitely found the right mix. The sound is always crystal clear and clean.
Where these ‘phones could use some improvement is noise-cancelling. If you’re buying these strictly to drown out other noise and not for playing audio, then you should probably go with the Bose. In a side-by-side test, the Bose were much better at drowning out ambient noise without an audio source.
From a build perspective, our Beats have held up very well on our travels. Battery life is great, although since AAA batteries can be difficult to find in some countries, it’s always best to carry a spare set. Murphy’s Law always seems to come into play when you least expect it. While the case is somewhat oblong shaped and thicker than most competitors, it does a good job at protecting them, as well as providing storage for extra cables.
Beats comes with two cables: one for audio only and one with a mic if you use your headphones with a cell or smartphone. The mic works very well at picking up just your voice and eliminating background noise when talking. Definitely, a plus.
Overall, you just can’t go wrong with these. The audio quality is amazing and will fit a wide variety of musical listening styles.