What Hi Fi Sound and Vision Mon, 21 Mar 2011, 3:45pm

Monster Beats by Dre Powerbeats

Tested at £120
100100
5

Get past the gaudy styling and these over-ears are worth a listen

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For

  • Great detailing, balanced sound, stay in position, amazing accuracy and control

Against

  • In your face styling

 

If the styling of the Monster iBeats is a little too in-your-face, you’re going to have a real problem with the Powerbeats.

They’re almost entirely red, and thanks to the chunky over-ear band, there’s no hiding them.

Of course, that band does serve a purpose: to keep them in your ears even when you’re exercising, and we can confirm that recreational joggers and sprinters-for-the-bus will appreciate that.

Thankfully the Powerbeats are about more than flash and fit: they also sound super. The presentation is powerful, weighty and pacey, but with excellent overall balance and a great deal of detail.

Lovers of rock, hip-hop and dance music will be especially pleased, but the truth is that the Powerbeats have the accuracy and control to turn their hand to just about any genre.

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