Prizefight: Beats Solo by Dr. Dre vs. Bose On-Ear Headphones

A collection of judges from CNET put the Bose On-Ear Headphones and the Dr. Dre Headphones through their paces, pitting the earphones head-to-head in five bone-shaking rounds. See who comes out on top in this subjective battle

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Bose has built quite the reputation for its entire audio line, so it's no surprise that the company's portable headphones, the On-Ear, have a tidy little following. These cushy, earpad-style cans distinguish themselves from their brethren by removing Bose's signature noise-canceling functionality in favor of offering a slightly deflated price tag. But don't fret: the On-Ear headphones still present a sleek design that's understated and compact without feeling flimsy. It's no wonder the Bose name springs easily to the lips whenever headphones are mentioned, and why plenty of competitors want a piece of that action.

One of the latest contenders for the Bose headphone throne is Monster, which has a powerful retail presence and spin-inducing partnerships with a variety of A-list musicians. One of these partners is Dr. Dre, who released an on-ear model of his Beats headphones just last year. The Beats Solo are the same price as the Bose On-Ears, but they come to the plate with a more fashion-forward, eye-catching style and timely features: an inline mic and playback controls that work with the iPhone and iPod.

Which will come out on top? A classic model with thick roots in the headphone space and the performance to back it up? Or a newcomer with sweet looks and up-to-date features? Let's find out, shall we? Let the battle begin!

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