Dr. Dre's Beats headphones here on July 25 for $349


Dr. Dre and Monster (and Geffen’s Jimmy Iovine) will release THE MOST ADVANCED HEADPHONES EVER on July 25 at Apple retail stores (and online) and Best Buy (and its Web site). The headphones are called Beats, and have been in development for three years, which certainly sounds impressive.

Beats are supposed accurately reproduce the entire spectrum of music, just like you would hear in a pair of recording studio headphones. The headphones are $349, which, in today’s economy, may be a bit much to ask for, especially considering so few people really care about high-quality audio. How much people still use the standard earbuds that come with an iPod or iPhone 3G? That, and how many people want to use such large headphones on the subway or while walking about town?

Good luck to Dre & Co. The Chronic is still one of the best albums ever recorded, IMO.