Pros Work great if you want good quality and good looking earphones with great sound. I use them not just for the gym/jogging but also generally walking around/on the bus and as a skype headset for my ipod touch and macbook pro. The mic supports the newer blac
Cons According to the reviews below if you're one of those people who sweat like heck and leave a treadmill covered in your scent after a work out you may damage these. If you are one of those people i'd suggest water-proof earphones. If not these are absolute
Summary Of the alternatives I tried before buying these: Sennheiser high-end pricey sports earphones have average sound, not THAT much better than a standard set of ipod earphones. Adidas&Sennheirser sports earphones have awful sound, worse than the regular sennheisers. Bose sports/portable models don't fit everyone that well and bang & olufsen earphones have no bass whatsoever.My pros & cons were cut off: Pros concluded that the bass & sound are great, particularly for hip hop/rap and the mic supports newer blackberries. The cons were that apart from incompatibility with overly sweaty people, they do not have much to offer to fans of rock & pre-2005 kinda pop as their main selling point is the amazing bass.
Updated on Aug 6, 2011
Pros nice fit for any ear type, great sound quality, amazing bass for an in ear head phone, sleek look, compatible with iphone/ipod controls, presents clear and jaw dropping sounds, loud for an in ear head phone
Cons considerably price around 150$
Summary DO NOT listen to these negative reviews below, I absolutely love my powerbeats. I wear them to workout in everyday and never have had a problem with them. I also own studio beats by dr.dre headphones and was very pleased with them so I decided to try the powerbeats. over all they are great headphones to workout in and produce amazing sound quality for their size and price.
Pros Sound Quality (when you find the right pair), Fit, Comfortable, don't fall out, style,
Cons Cable is a little thin, no right angle mini plug like the beats studio, it took me 2 returns before I found a set that worked, Needs more ear tips, sample pack from monster should have come with it, I have an android phone for listening to music
Summary Ok so the first pair I bought had a broken microphone but sounded great, I returned them, the next pair had 1 speaker only producing certain sounds so it sounded like all the audio was coming from the right speaker. 3rd pair don't sound as good as the 1st pair but I am not returning them again. after reading reviews on certain sites I would say that monster is having some quality control issues, I don't care though they are a great customer service department and will fix them if anything goes wrong even past the warranty period.
Buy the sample ear tip pack from monster if you think these things don't thump for the style of ear buds they are then you need to change the tips. I have the beats studios, monster turbines, bose qc 15's and these sound just as good as the studios, or the turbines.
Don't use these headphones or any others for that matter on an Android device they sound like garbage. You need an Ipod, or Iphone with the EQ to really push these over the edge. Just like the Beats studio they don't give you that 3d sound that you would get from the Bose QC15's but you don't get the distortion the bose gives you so its a trade off. Remember you are buying higher end headphones stop listening to mp3, and start using your EQ to get the most out of these headphones
my suggestion: buy the CD rip it using a loseless format, manage your eq in itunes, use it with ipod or iphone, buy the monster sample tip pack, and you will be most happy with these headphones they sound great
Pros I love the fit, very comfortable. Sweat resistant (CNET has it wrong). I like that I can still hear what's going on around me. Very crisp sound.
Cons My control talk controller failed in 30 days of use. Mini-jack plug sticks too far out of the top of device it is plugged into. Cord is a little wimpy. MSRP of $179 - ***?
Summary I would never pay the $179 MSRP for these headphones, or any headphone for that matter! I picked mine up @ Best Buy for $99, which is still a lot of cash for headphones. The Powerbeats are close to my perfect headphones but durability has to be improved. The cord is very thin, which also makes it light and not pull on the earbud, but I wouldn't carry them out of the case for fear of damaging it. They come with an cord extension that I use when cycling otherwise the standard cord length is perfect. The portion of the mini-jack that sticks out of the device you plug into is way too long and there is no protection for the cord at this connection. The Controltalk controller has a very cheap feel to it and mine has failed in 30 days of use. It is very thin plastic and it doesn't feel like it it too securely held together. The center button is very small an makes it's use difficult. I often find myself changing the volume instead of advancing to the next song. The flat cord from the Tour model with it's smaller ControlTalk controller might have been a better choice for the Powerbeat. Sweat protection appears to be good. I choked and killed the OE Apple ear buds and a set of Skullcandy's with sweat within 15-20 days of use. The Powerbeats show no signs moisture intrusion. The fit is perfect for me and very comfortable. The ear clips bend a little for fine tuning the fit although they are sometimes a struggle to get on. They stay put during workouts, jogging and cycling. The case is nice but I could live without it if it meant a lower price. The sound is good. Nice and crisp with out too much bass (some might argue not enough). I prefer the crispness over the heavy bass that the Skullcandy units provide.
Bottom Line: Good headphone if you can find it for less than $100.
Pros Your hearing lasts longer as they break before you can even start listening with them !
Cons You have to return it back to the shop !
Summary I cannot begin to explain to you how awful these headphones are. To be honest if I was Monster/Dre etc. I would have recalled all of these by now and jsut issued a formal apology to all those loyal customers. I bought these from a retail shop in central london (a major one). The first pair I had lasted for about 3 months until the clicker for the volume and changing tracks just stopped clicking :( . Contacted Monster, and after jumping through several hoops contacting the USA and Europe UK Customer Support, they issued me with an RMA, and I have had to send these headphones back to the Netherlands at my expense (£10). After 2 weeks I finally got a new pair, and not even in the colour I initially bought them in (I had the black ones, and they sent me the white ones, bloody jokers !). So after being highly disgruntled at the level of service and overall plain build quality of the product, I decided to merely flog them on a major online auctioning site. Well that went down like a lead balloon, as I have just been informed by the buyer of my newly replaced headset that his left headphone has stopped working on him. Thanks Monster you have now made 2 people very unhappy with your lack luster over priced goods ! Never Again !