Monster Beats urBeats
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? Monster Beats urBeats. You might think that we have already reviewed this earphone in the past but we have not, the Monster Beats urBeats and the Beats urBeats are not the same earphone, we will explain it later on.
The Monster Beats urBeats are an earphone launched with a 2-brand collaboration, Monster Cable Products, Inc. and Beats by Dr. Dre; Monster is a brand founded by Noel Lee in 1979 and Beats by Dr. Dre belongs to the rapper Dr. Dre. The 2-brand partnership lasted from 2008 until 2012 when both brands split and continue to develop products independently, the Beats urBeats (without “Monster”) are part of the non 2-branded manufacturing, belonging only to the Beats by Dr. Dre brand. Instead, the Monster Beats urBeats (model being reviewed in this article) are the very first urBeats model created and launched before the Beats urBeats.
The confusion about these 2 models and their very similar name leads to dishonest sellers trying to sell the older Monster Beats urBeats as if they were the newer Beats urBeats, we hope that our recent explanation will help you to not get scammed.
Through out the years Monster did many other partnerships with famous artists creating the brands and models:
- HearBeats – with Lady Gaga
- Diddy Beats – with PDiddy
- The Beats™ Solo Justin Bieber Edition
- PowerBeats with LeBron James
- Just Beats with Justin Bieber
The Monster Beats urBeats have a relatively small size but are very robustly built in metal with a substantial weight, the cables are rounded and rubberized. On the rear section of the housings you will see the Beats logo, on the top you will find the “urbeats” writing and on the bottom the MONSTER logo.
Inline you will find a microphone and a 3-button remote, these 3 buttons allow you to play/pause music, skip tracks and set the volume up or down. We tested the buttons with Android and Apple devices and they resulted to be fully compatible with Android devices but only the play/pause button worked with Apple devices.
You can buy the Monster Beats urBeats in:
- Monster Beats urBeats black
- Monster Beats urBeats silver/white
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Accessories & Packaging
The Monster Beats urBeats unboxing results in 4 total pair of eartips (counting the pair already placed on the earpieces), a branded soft carrying pouch and a cable clip. Most sellers nowadays will send them to you without the retail packaging but if you happen to find one with the original packaging, it will be a relatively large box with a clean design that opens sideways.
Bass & Sub Bass
The Monster Beats urBeats bass has some punch but sometimes lacks depth or sounds distorted, we would not consider their lack of depth or bass style to be conservative we would say that it is unbalanced and a wanna be (badly achieved) bassy earphone. You could tolerate their bass if you listen to bass-absent music but for the rest they will fall too short.
Applying an EQ, sub-bass gains a substantial depth but gets out of control, punch is also added.
During our extreme bass tests the Monster Beats urBeats managed to take 40% of power from a Fiio E12 amplifier (high gain, bass boost on, custom basshead EQ) not reaching any type of basshead impact and rumble.
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Mids & Vocals
The Monster Beats urBeats mids sound odd with somewhat boxy and tinny but vocals do not sound too distant. Higher mids are substantially rolled off and not harsh. To be honest, their mids sound pretty horrible.
With an EQ, lower vocals become even boxier and things do not improve much.
Highs & Treble
The Monster Beats urBeats highs exhibit some brightness and fair detail but have a strongly dark and muffled style, they provide more detail than brightness. Piercing and sibilant highs are not present at all.
An EQ helps to ease up the lack of brightness but will mostly enhance their level of resolved detail, sibilance will not arise too much but piercing highs will start to show up.
The Monster Beats urBeats have a slightly less perceivable than average level of sound leaking. They will not be absolute silent like the KZ ATE but if you keep your volume in a moderate level they will not heard by nearby people in noisy city situations.
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The isolation that the Monster Beats urBeats achieves is a tad better than many average earphones, not a radical difference but a bit. Surroundings will be substantially subdues even with low-moderate volumes.
The shape of the housings are very comfortable to wear and provide a good firm fit. Moreover, the back section of the housings is slightly larger in diameter giving an optimum place to grab them and re-position them easily.
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Response to Equalization
The Monster Beats urBeats could have benefited from the help of an EQ but they failed to provide worthy sound upgrades. Bass became uncontrollable, mids made their vocals even boxier and tinnier and highs resolved more detail but brightness did not catch up.
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- Accessories - 7.75/107.8/10
- Design - 9/109/10
- Bass - 4.75/104.8/10
- Mids - 3.75/103.8/10
- Highs - 4.25/104.3/10
- Sound Leak - 7.25/107.3/10
- Sound Isolation - 7.25/107.3/10
- Comfort - 8/108/10
- Response to EQ - 4/104/10
- Value for Money - 3/103/10
- ✅ 3-button remote with volume control
✅ Comfortable fit
✅ Robust metal housings
✅ Nice design
- ❌ Unbalanced bass
❌ Sub-bass lacks depth and sounds distorted at times
❌ Highs lack brightness
❌ Mids are horribly resolved with boxy and tinny vocals
❌ EQ could not help to repair their SQ
- We liked the Monster Beats urBeats housing's design and robust build but due to their mediocre overall performance and poor sound quality we find no reason to recommend them to anybody. In fact, we are classifying them into the Not Recommended category.
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Monster Beats urBeats
|Driver Unit||Dynamic Driver|
|Cord||Y-type, round cord|
|Plug||Stereo mini plug|
|Supplied Accessories||3x Earphone tips; cable clip; soft carrying pouch|
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