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TJ's Notebook A plethora of random contrivances of the world that I live in...Gaia.

TJ Sylvester
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Dear Readers,

As the title suggests, I found a patch of beets (yes, you got that right) cropping out from out of nowhere. I can only wonder whether or not someone planted them...

...Okay, that's not the point of my little article. My dad (from I dunno what came into his head, but bless him) bought me a pair of "cans," or more importantly, headphones. They were also of the Beats kind: big, round, and oh-so-stylish. For about a hundred dollars, I thought them the fake kind, but I'll review it anyway.

First, the model. It's the Beats Pro, a pair of cans I've been dreaming about for the better half of a year. They're big, the give the clearest tones, and they look the part. It's got brushed aluminum on its sides, giving the matte-y metal finish. The cushions and headband are also of solid construction, which gives a great feel to it while wearing them. Though so many reviewers agree on one fact – it's big, bulky and over-the-top heavy, I personally agree with them in that subject, but after nearly three hours of playing Minecraft with my sister, I got used to it right away. Beware that if you don't wear it properly, your ear flaps are gonna hurt. I prefer them hooked around the ear cups. However, it's very comfortable, and didn't feel heavy at all. The only problem was that it doesn't disappear in your head, but I don't think that that's a problem in the first place.

Now, on to the other features. It's got flip-up ear cups, great for DJ-ing and mixing (though I won't find much of a use for it). It's also got dual inputs, also for mixing. Other than that are the (pretty small) carry pouch, cleaning cloth with "anti-microbial technology" and other various accoutrements. Oh, and did I mention a quarter-inch converter, too? That one is great for listening to my piano during practice.

Then, for the main event: the muziks. While I type this, I'm listening to my iPod, so reviews are within reach. Before I start, let me tell you that I've...put up with the classic Apple whites for over a year and nothing else, so compliments will be everywhere. Of course, this is a review; I don't really care what you think about my Beats. So finally, after getting this pair, I was more than happy to ditch the Apple whites.

Okay, so Beats by Dr. Dre is obviously for rap and hip hop, thanks to the guy making it. Well, after listening to "Lighters" by Bruno Mars, Eminem, and Royce da 5'9, the people who reviewed it were right. Vocals were crisp and clear. Bass was punchy, and not too much. Even pop-rap songs like "Nothin' on You" by B.O.B. gave pristine sound.

Moving on to my favorite genres, I listened to some Mandopop (along with Kpop) and everything was just...fantastic. Mids were clear, voices were über-clear. After that are some of the bass-centric songs like "Gangnam Style (you prolly thought it's gone down to this)."

Along the way are the jazz-band instrumentals like "Sazh's Theme" from the FF13 Soundtrack, which was...magical. The acoustic bass' sounds were heard right down to the plucking of the strings, and cymbals were heard clearly. The guitars and brass were fantastic. Even the orchestra in "Lightning's Theme" was something not to be missed.

Finally, we come down to my favorite – the piano. Isaac Shepard's pieces were clear, but with a hint of muffled-ness due to the actual recording being a little muffled in itself. ThePianoGuys were awesome, too.

Okay, so after all that, let me remind you that all I had before this was the cams sic pair of Apple whites, so everything that I have said until tjisbpointbus because I didn't get to hear any other good headphones. Well, for the actual price of nearly $500, it comes as no surprise that this is obviously overpriced. I was lucky to be able to find it for about a hundred bucks. And all I can say after the speculation of whether or not this was the real thing is – It's the real thing.

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