If you’ve been paying attention over the past couple of days, then you’ve heard that Monster is about to release a very limited edition version of their Beats by Dr. Dre headphones into the world. The thing is, they are gonna cost $700 - twice the price of the standard Beats headset that we love so much. We got in touch with Monster for the backstory on these special editions, just to clear everything up.
First of all, you’ll only be able to pick these up from the Ron Herman boutique store in Los Angeles. These Beats headphones aren’t just pure white—they are done up in Ron Herman white, blue, and gold. Unfamiliar with Ron Herman stores? Well, let’s just say a t-shirt there will run you over $60. It’s all about high fashion. In fact, Ron had this to say about the custom Beats:
“Our Ron Herman boutiques are the quintessential environment where one can experience the unification of fashion, music and culture. Beats By Dr. Dre are more than just headphones, they are a fashion accessory.”
Can’t argue with the dude either, the Beats are a fashion accessory almost as much as they are a functional pair of noise-cancelling headphones. I’ve seen hip hop artists wearing them just to look cool. That’s not the only reason for the expense though. According to Monster, one of the biggest challenges with getting the Beats out the door was the finish. They sport a custom coating that works as both a glossy coating and a paint. This coating has to bend freely, while never cracking. These custom Ron Herman Beats were worked on by Colorware, who had to come up with a similar solution. Plus, have you ever gotten anything customized by Colorware? It isn’t cheap. So in this sense, Monster is basically passing the cost of the coloring process on to the customer.
One last tidbit - if you are a big baller and want one of these white fashion pieces, hurry up. No more than 20 pairs of white Beats by Dr. Dre Studio headphones are going to be made. Supply and demand baby! Check out our White Beats by Dr. Dre gallery for a close-up look at what you can get at the Ron Herman store.
Also, in case you missed them, we’ve also got galleries up of the pink Charles Hamilton Beats, and the red LeBron James Beats. Or, you prefer the original, we’ve got the standard Beats by Dr. Dre gallery as well.
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So, by now you know we are big fans of the Beats by Dr. Dre headphones, as we’ve talked about them quite extensively. The over-the-ear cans are just very good, and we also appreciate the look. Up next for the line, though, are the Beats Tour edition. The difference? While the Beats Studio headphones went over the ear, the Beats Tour headphones are actually earbuds, meant to go in your ear (obviously.) We’ve got a pair of the new Beats Tour headphones here, and we are putting them to the test. We’ll hit you with a review in a bit, but for now, we’ve snapped a bunch of photos to show them off. Check them out in our Beats Tour unboxing gallery.
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We’ve been big fans of the Beats by Dr. Dre Studio headphones since we first got our hands on them. They’ve got a nice style, with a hip-hop vibe, and a fantastic noise-canceling feature. The earcups are surprisingly comfortable, and fold away on the inner side of the glossy black headband, which can then be stored in the included case. The Beats by Dr. Dre studio headphones do requier two AAA batteries for the noise cancellation feature, and you’ll get about 50 hours of listening time on a pair of those. They also include two audio cables, both of which even fit into the original iPhone headset jack, and one of which also includes a mic, so you can take calls. The Monster Beats by Dr. Dre stereo headphones can be found on Amazon for $349.
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We took a peek at Sears’ Black Friday list and found oodles of inexpensive gifts if you want to fight the crowds. Most are less than $50.00.
- Buy Any Xbox 360 System Get One Xbox 360 Wireless Controller FREE
- Nintendo DS - Guitar Hero Decades Bundle Game $49.99
- Nintendo DS - Traveler Case $9.99
- PlayStation 3 - Little Big Planet $59.99
- PlayStation 3 - Blu-ray/DVD Remote $24.99
- Sony Wireless Stereo Headphones with Transmitter $29.99
- Wii - Music $49.99
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Have you ever heard a tune so great that you just had to share? The Hijack Keyring Double Headphone Sharer does just that. Of course you each have to have 2 sets of headphones, but the device will work with an iPod, MP3 player or any device with a standard headphone socket. Share the music with someone on a bus, train or subway for the mere sum of £6.95 (~$11.00.) and you might make a new friend.
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Onkyo has released a new set of MHP-UW2 wireless headphones. The acoustic earbuds operate on a 2.4GHz frequency. Plug the 46 x 90 x 17mm transmitter into your iPod and you are good to go. With lithium-ion batteries, expect about 8 hours of use before needing a recharge. The headphones come with a USB cable and AC adapter. Look for a November release for ¥20,000 (~$20.00.)
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Think you can design a cool set of headphones? Nokia is sponsoring the Music Almighty Contest. Download a “Style Palette” or “Freestyle” template and come up with your creation. You can alter the color, add graphics, and drag and drop components. Five winners get to go to the UK to see their designs become realities. The deadline is Dec. 31. If you want to see some of your competition, head over to their gallery.
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Aiaiai’s new Y-Com is not only less metallic and ugly than most earbuds, it is compatible with iPhones. With a choice of 3 different color combinations, it one ups its non-iPhone design with thicker cords for less tangling, and has an inline mic button to control incoming and outgoing calls. Three sets of buds come with the headphones, and the Danish company claims great sound-isolation and full spectrum sound from C4 Studios. Available from Aiaiai for a price of €55 (~$110.00.)
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If you live in one of those states that has a Hands Free Law and have already been busted, Jawbone is offering a $20.00 discount. What a clever promotion! Their theory is that “having a conversation shouldn’t be a crime.” You simply put in the state that caught you and the ticket number and your price is lowered. Available in black or gold, the Jawbone, with NoiseAssassin technology, separates speech from ambient noise. It comes with a wall charger, USB cable, 3 earbuds, and 4 earloops for $109.00 after the discount.
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JVC has a new pair of Neodymium in-ear canal headphones with a frequency response of 8Hz to 22,000Hz, a 104 dB/mW at 1 kHz sensitivity, a maximum power input of 200mW, and a 10ohm driver diameter. Similar to the company’s HA-SX500, the brass ring on the HP-SX505 supposedly reduces vibration and energy loss. Look for the dynamic earbuds with their 0.8m cable to make their debut in August with a price of €80 (~$125.00.)