Getting rid of the poor cans that came with your MP3 player is a very good idea, and you needn't pay a fortune. Not only are the Beyerdynamic DTX 50s good value at around £45 online, they feature a great low response range and noise-isolating tips to keep the outside world at bay.
Included in the box is a packet of silicone tips of varying sizes, to help ease the 'phones deep into your ear canal, providing a very comfortable fit. Choosing a snug-fitting tip is crucial to getting optimum performance from the .
The 1.2m cable is perfect for on-the-go music use, and has a standard 3.5mm stereo jack to connect to your portable audio player.
As for sound quality, it's the bass reproduction that swipes the gold medal for the DXT 50s. The raw power contained within these earphones give a pair that are twice the price a run for their money. Low-end tones are thick, warm and outrageously deep, which is crucial for the true reproduction of dance, metal and live music.
We initially tested this pair with Yeah Yeah by Bodyrox and were immediately blown away by the bass performance, especially at higher volume levels. The kick-drum pounds into the ears like the god of thunder beating the floor during a tantrum, and bass riffs are powerful and enormously well driven. Pendulum's astoundingly bass-heavy track Slam sounds incredible, with bass lines feeling almost as powerful as they feel on the club floor.
Tracks that are driven less by bass and more by melody and vocals, such as the club favourite Something About You by Jamelia, sound warm and full but, as we'll see shortly, lack some definition in the mid-ranges.