No one can deny that the original Beats by Dr. Dre was a revolutionary headphone design. It brought style and pizazz to the headphone market, and turned on a new generation of music lovers to the joys of great sound. The Beats Studio ($350) is still selling like gangbusters, but the Beats line has expanded to include something better, the Beats Pro ($450).
The Studio Beats have a lot of bass, but the Pros have more and distinctly tighter, more visceral bass. The two headphones sound very different; the Pros have a brighter, more forward balance, and the Studio Beats sound relatively laid back. Oh, one other thing, the Studio Beats are battery-powered noise-isolating headphones; the Pro is not, so it doesn't use batteries.
The Pro's build quality is miles ahead of the plastic Beats; the Pro's metal headband and metal earcup holders feel nice and solid. This headphone should stand up to a lot more punishment than the standard Beats, or most audiophile-grade headphones for that matter. The Pros feel like they could last. The thickly padded ear cushions and headband convey a feeling of luxury, but comfort was only good, not great. These headphones put a fair amount of pressure against your ears, which can get tiresome after a few hours of use. Being a sealed headphone design it blocks outside sounds and noise. The Pro is available in black or white finishes.
The Beats Pro folds for compact storage and comes with a soft carry case. The detachable 1.8-meter Monster headphone cable is coiled at the plug end and the coil extends the cable's length to 2.1 meters. The thick cable has a 3.5mm plug, and you get a beautifully finished, all-metal 6.3 mm adapter plug. The Beat Pro is an extremely efficient design, so it can play really loud with an iPod.