Thought this might be interesting for the jet-setters in the Web 2.0 world. Monster Cable, the makers of cable, just sent us the new Beats by Dr. Dre, a pair of noise-canceling “studio” headphones aimed at the mid-range audio consumer. At $349, these are priced at exactly the same point as the Bose QuietComfort 3 which I’ve used for over a year now. I’ve been wearing the Beats for the past hour and found them on par with the QC3s in terms of noise reduction. They have very crisp bass and a nice separation as well.
Best of all the, the Beats use AAA batteries instead of the QC3’s battery pack, which means you’re not stuck if you forget to recharge. I’ll be taking a flight tomorrow and I’ll bring these along to test – I’m just about sold on the QC3s when it comes to noise reduction but I’m game to try these out in a real-world scenario. Look for a full review next week but until then pop over to CG to look at some more photos.