Beats By Dr. Dre Beats Pro Headphones Review
We recently reviewed the new Beats By Dr. Dre Mixr Professional DJ headphones and we were impressed with the build quality, the sound signature, and all the other features that worked well inside the DJ booth. The Beats Pro headphones have a completely solid steel/aluminum construction, an over-the-ear design for good isolation, and a folding-swivel construction for one-ear monitoring and storage. Watch the complete review video to see how they hold up through the tests.
Review Video & Demo
Setup & First Impressions
The Beats By Dr. Dre headphone brand has been around for quite some time and they’ve recently split with the Monster Company to form their own brand that now produces all of its famous headphone line-up in-house. The Beats by Dr. Dre headphone range includes many different models including over-the-ear active noise cancelling models to inner ear-buds that were created in conjunction with B-ball star Lebron James. The Beats headphone range as a whole has been given a bad rap amongst many DJ inner-circles, but we here at DJbooth.net like to give all DJ gear a fair shake, no matter what name brand they come from.
We’ve recently reviewed the Beats Mixr Pro DJ Headphones a few short months ago and we were happy to report that the sound was great and they were tough enough for the DJ booth environment. Be sure to watch our Beats Mixr DJ Headphone Review Video in case you missed it the first time around. Our good friend at the Beats office, DJ ProfessorBX, decided to send us a pair of the brand new Beats Pro headphones so that we could see just how good they would hold up during DJ performances and for other all around listening needs.
In case you’ve been living under a rock, the Beats Pro headphones were created in conjunction with Super Producer Dr. Dre and come in four different color schemes (Black, White, Red, Red/Black). The Beats by Dr. Dre Beats Pro headphones can be found at around the $400 price-point and the high quality packaging and material finishes definitely reflects the “top-tier” pricing. The Beats Pro headphones have an over-the-ear design with an oversized and super-sturdy feel that should hold up nicely in the DJ booth.
In the Box:
Beats Pro over ear headphones
3.5mm audio cable (coiled)
¼" audio adapter
In-line remote & mic cable
Beats cleaning cloth
The Beats Pro headphones are the top-of-the-line set from the Beats brand with their over-the-ear design, 50mm oversized drivers, swivel earcups, and a very soft and plush synthetic leather covering the memory foam earpads. These headphones are made up of good mixture of steel and aluminum which gives them a very strong and indestructible feel. I’m very happy to see all of the metal components throughout the design at this price-point as they are built to last for a long time. Because the Beats Pro headphones are made of all metal, they do have some weight to them, but they aren’t overly bearing on the head when in use. Overall, the Beats Pro headphones are rugged and built like tanks. They could easily withstand being thrown into the soft carry bag for transit without worrying about any damages from accidental drops or bangs.
The Beats Pro headphones are pretty bulky since they fit over the ears but they are actually light on the head in terms of weight. At the top, the padding on the headband is very thin but comfortable. The headband is actually made of two metal flexible strips that are covered by the synthetic leather material with light padding underneath. The strips were so flexible that they were actually comfortable with the thin-plush material over them. The Headband can bend and flex to incredible limits without creaking, cracking, or breaking. There is a big “beats by dr dre” brand logo at the top of the headband as well as a smaller “pro” logo on the sides.
The circular metal earcup holders are connected to the headband via a large metal swivel-pin that joins the metal portion of the headband to the metal earcup holder. This metal joint is where most plastic headphones break first and I can assure you that this joint is completely metal on both sites and will last through lots of abuse. The metal earcup holders can swivel backwards using this metal swivel-pin to rotate the earcups for compact storage or for on-ear-off-ear DJ monitoring. The metal headband has metal extensions that come out of the headband on each side in order to adjust the size of the headphones. Again, the construction is all metal inside and out. On the inside of the headphones each earcup has an R or L printed right underneath another small “beats pro” logo near the hinge to distinguish the earcup side.
The earcups on the Beats Pro headphones sport over-the-ear style 50mm drivers which are covered in removable and washable synthetic leather. They used synthetic leather instead of leather so that they can be removed and washed after those long nights in the studio or DJ booth. They also decided to go with this synthetic leather because it’s made to last and it won’t crack or degrade so quickly. Unlike with the Beats Mixr headphones, these earcups clamp down with a nicely balanced force that wasn’t too tight to cause discomfort and it wasn’t too loose to where they would fall off in the DJ booth.
The earcups provide good isolation and they were comfortable around the ears for extended periods of time. The earcups hug the ears nicely as to not allow too much exterior sound come in and they don’t leak much sound out. They work great in the DJ booth which allowed me to only hear what was inside the headphones and none of the outside noises were able to interfere with my monitoring needs. They are somewhat big, so I did notice they were on my head after about an hour or so, but they never felt so uncomfortable to where I had to take them off. We tested these headphones on various DJ Controllers and Mixers and the monitoring volume of the Beats Pro headphones was really loud and definitely viable choice when higher levels are crucial.
The Beats Pro headphones come with both a durable coiled 4ft audio cable (that can stretch up to about 7ft in full length for DJ use) and a 3ft straight cable that has a three-button remote and microphone built-in for smartphone usage and one-touch dialing. The coiled cable is thicker than the straight cable and it also has a twist-lock end so that it doesn't accidentally get disconnected during a performance. The headphones also come with a soft black draw-string carry case that fits all the accessories and the headphones when in their compact position. The soft case doesn’t really protect the headphones, but they are so rugged, I’m not sure they need it…
Another good feature of the Beats Pro headphones is the ability to connect additional headphones to them to share the music or listening experience with another set of headphones. At the bottom of each earcup there is an 1/8th-inch output connector so that users have a choice of which earcup they want to plug in their audio source and they can also now daisy-chain additional headphones to the free/open 1/8th-inch port to share the sound. I liked how the headphone connections are angled towards the front of the headphones, that way it makes it easy to tell if you have the headphones on the right way or not.
The Sound quality of the Beats Pro headphones was excellent! I expected them to be just as good as or better than the Beats Mixr headphones we tested recently, and I was not disappointed. The sound of the Beats Pro is definitely loud and clear. The only other headphones that were louder than the Beats Pro in my Lab were the Beats Mixr headphones we reviewed about two months ago. The Beats Pro also headphones have really deep bass that’s really punchy and vibrant even at high volumes. The Bass gives a nice rumble with 50mm style over-the-ear drivers, but they still maintain accuracy which would be good enough for studio use. This deep bass is also great for DJ use as DJ’s often use that bottom end for quick beatmatching and cueing. The highs and mids are also very loud with a good balanced EQ between all the ranges meaning that I never felt any specific EQ range drowns out the other. The highs and mids just sound nice and full and accurate. It just sounds like the Beats Pro headphones have an internal amp that makes everything bump.
Even when using the Beats Pro headphones with a laptop for videos or for listening to music on a smartphone, everything sounds great and the isolation was definitely good enough for clearing out the background noises. These headphones were also great for working on producing tracks in the studio. The sound recreation was always spot-on.
Conclusion / Recommended For
After our testing, we found that the Beats Pro headphones are truly a great headphone for both the DJ booth and for everyday all around listening needs. The Beats Pro headphones have great sound quality that is very loud and clear with vibrant bass and crisp mids/highs. The Beats Pro also has a seriously rugged all-metal design that’s sure to last for a long time. They also sport a swivel hinge design for easy transport, storage, and one-ear monitoring. The soft and plush earcups are very comfortable and provide good isolation and a decent amount of leakage protection. The Beats Pro headphones also have dual inputs so users can daisy-chain additional headphones to share the music with a friend and they come with both a coiled heavy-duty cable for DJ use and a straight cable for smartphone and everyday use.
The only real issue I could find with these new Beats Pro headphones is the price. At $400 retail, the price is slightly higher when compared to other competitive 50mm DJ headphones that have similar features. I think the all-metal durable construction and the good sound quality make up for some of the price worries, but it’s still worth pointing out that they sit at the higher spectrum of the market.
Even though the price may be too steep for some, I am going to recommend the new Beats Pro Headphones to any DJ or producer who wants an over-the-ear set of headphones with an all metal-construction and good sound quality for both performances and everyday listening needs.
Pros & Cons
- Very Loud & Clear Sound (Vibrant Bass, Crisp Mids/Highs)
- Durable and Rugged All-Metal Construction
- Swivel Hinge design for Easy Transport , Storage, & One-Ear Monitoring
- Dual Inputs to Daisy-Chain Additional Headphones
- Comfortable Earcups Good Sound Isolation & Low Leakage
- Detachable/Replaceable Coiled DJ Cable & Straight Cable Included
- High price point