Dr. Dre's Beats: Hot Performance, High Fashion

That said, under unsweaty circumstances, the Tour performed just fine. Their flat, ribbonlike cord, which the HeartBeats also sports, subtly differentiated them from the multitude of headphones on the street, and they thumped music loud enough to block out most of New York City's hustle and bustle.

But the piece de resistance of Dre's line is the Solo. Sure, you could spend $150 more and get the Beats Studio 'phones, but for the nonprofessional audiophile, the Solos more than satisfy. I never wanted to take these things off. Large cups and pillowy cushions massage the ear, even when the sound is off. And when it's on? Oh, it's on.

You can forget about the world around you when you're wearing Solos, so much so that it's probably not advisable to cross a crowded intersection with these babies bumping. With such high quality sound and eminently effective noise canceling capabilities, Solos possess the power to transport you to dimensions previously unheard.

Should you want to be brought back to reality, you can use the microphone and volume control-equipped Solos as a hands-free headset, and tell all the contacts in your cell phone how awesome these monsters are. Or you can continue to ignore your calls and, like Rihanna said, "keep on rockin' to it, please don't stop the, please don't stop the music."

It's the more likely scenario, trust me.

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