If you’ve ever been interested in Monster’s Beats by Dr. Dre Pro headphones, then you may also be interested in the fake versions, dubbed “replicas”. The packaging and even the actual product are very identical to each other. The difference? The price. You can pick up a pair of the fake ones (including the packaging and accessories) for less than $100 on DealExtreme, while the real versions cost roughly $400 from Best Buy. Are the fake ones worth the 1/4 asking price? Continue reading to find out.
The package took nearly 3 weeks to arrive to me. I paid the extra $20 for faster shipping, and I imagine that, if I wouldn’t have paid the extra $20, it would’ve taken a few extra weeks to arrive.
Also, don’t forget to check out the video review and the photo gallery at the bottom of the post.
The box came nicely wrapped in plastic. I immediately noticed (while looking at the bottom of the box) that there was a rip, where something from the inside was poking out of the bottom. I’ll let that one slide.
The inside is where the magic happens. On the left side, you’ll find the red headphone cable, a headphone adapter, a user guide, and Monster’s “clean cloth”. Everything seems nicely wrapped up and packaged.
The right side is where you’ll find the headphones and the little carrying pouch/bag, which is located in the “beatspro” box below the headphones. The headphones weren’t wrapped up very well, as though someone just put them into the plastic bag and tossed them into the box.
Onto the most important part, the headphones! In terms of build quality, they seem excellent. I can’t imagine these things breaking or failing anytime soon. The left and ride sides are adjustable (as expected), and you can fold the headphones up to store them away.
So far, everything seems fine, but the audio quality and performance is where things start to fall apart. I’m not sure if this is an issue with my particular headphones or with everybody’s, but the right headphone is noticeably louder than the right. Listeners of rap and hip-hop may not be bothered by this, since these have a large amount of bass. Listeners of any other genres will be disappointed with the mids and the highs, primarily due to the lack of and clarity or definition. Everything just seems rather dull and boring. I can only see these fake headphones being used by those who like rap and hip-hop, as the amount of bass in these headphones is tremendous, and is sometimes too much for rock, classical, jazz, etc.
Due to the right headphone being noticeably louder than the left, I can’t really recommend these to anyone, even at the $95~ price tag. They look and feel good, but the audio quality is very disappointing. I guess my expectations were to high (since some of the video reviews of the fake ones I’ve seen actually praised them), but these are downers.