Beats By Dr. Dre Mixr – Sound Quality
The Beats range of headphones has a reputation, and among audio fans it’s not a good one. Beats headphones are a little bit obsessed with bass, and the Beats by Dr. Dre Mixr are no different.
Like most on-ear headphones, they use 40mm dynamic drivers, but it’s the tuning that provides the Beats ‘magic’.
The Beats by Dr. Dre Mixr’s main aim is to provide the sort of low-end thrills that you’d normally expect from a subwoofer. Hence the name – beats: electronic beats, kick drum beats and so on.
If you’re after meaty bass thuds, the Mixr headphones can provide them. But these headphones are tuned with the idiotic glee of a teenage boy put in charge of the hi-fi volume knob at his first house party.
There is some small degree of separation between bass and ‘the rest’ of the sound, to the extent that we think the Beats by Dr. Dre Mixr sound better than the hugely popular Solo and Solo HD headphones. Balanced they are not, though.
The bass artificially promotes lower-register instruments in a mix, proving that the Beats claim of relaying music “the way artists intended it to sound” is utter nonsense.
That said, these are certainly not bad-sounding headphones. There’s a good width to the sound, and the smooth, rich mids and treble are very easy on the ear. They are as critical as a new-age nursery school teacher, and the over-enthusiastic, occasionally resonant low end does cast a fog over the mid-range, but we can imagine many of the prospective Beats audience being satisfied with their purchase.