The perfect headphones for DJs.
What do Dr. Dre and Colonel Sanders have in common? They might not be true to their titles but they’ve proven to be beyond excellent at their craft. Dr. Dre has accomplished much in the music industry. He’s created some great tracks, singed up award winning artists such as Eminem and 50 cent but most importantly, he’s created the Beats by Dre series in association with Monster.
One of the reasons that the Beats by Dre line has been so successful is that they’re so great to look at that they’ve become more of a fashion accessory than a means of listening to music. This holds true for the very trendy Beats by Dre Pro, which is aimed at DJs.
The big difference between the Pro and the Studio edition we reviewed earlier is that the ear cups swivel upwards. It’s quite a handy feature for DJs who need to keep an ear open while mixing tracks. It also comes with an input/output on each ear cup. You can use this to connect the headphone cable to whichever ear cup you prefer and you can use the other to “daisy chain” the Pro to another set of headphones thereby sharing the music on two headphones. The daisy chaining feature is probably what we love most about the Pro.
The Pro also comes with a long red cable. These are perfect for DJs as they’re long enough for you to move around a fair bit as well as have the ability to fit into any ear cup.
The Pro has a metallic build to it and are a heavier than most standard headphones. They also clasp quite firmly onto your ears. Personally, I like that they do that but some people might find it a bit tight and uncomfortable – particularly if used for long periods of time. So make sure you try them on for yourself before you buy them.
In terms of performance, the Pro does not disappoint. It manages to deliver great thumping bass and decent mids. It’s great for listening to hip hop or heavy metal but the performance isn’t as good if you’re an easy listener who wants to mellow down to a slow number or some classical music. But let’s face it though, if you’re going to buy a Beats by Dre headphones, you’re not going to be listening to Nessun Dorma or Kenny Rogers.
Overall, these are great earphones for DJs. The swiveling ear cups and daisy chaining features surely give them an advantage over other headphones to the disk jockey demographic. If you are a music aficionado and a bit of a pop fashionista, the Pro would be a good choice too, provided you can afford its hefty price tag.