I tested Beats on my new TP against my Mac. I put the same music files on both (incidentally, HP Play worked great) and used the same earbuds. I picked music of various genres, to test the sound on vocals, instrumental, and rock.
Dylan and his guitar sounded live, Beethoven's 9th exploded, and U2's "Zoo Station" literally gave me goosebumps.
As I bragged about it to a friend, he reminded me that all Apple products come with equalizer set to "Flat". Oops... Mine was. So, in iTunes I reset the equalizer to "Rock", turned on "Sound Enhancer", and tried again. Mac was much better this time... Now it was harder to tell. Still, after more comparing back and forth, I feel that Beats is better. Clear and crisp, with full deep lows, it just feels more live.
I don't have an iPad to compare to... The Mac has much more power, so the TP volume did seem weak. I wonder if iPad is more on par with TP in that area? And whether the equalizer adjustment in iTunes on the iPad makes it closer to the Beats sound.
Still, its nice and simple with the TP to just plug and play and get great sound. I never liked having to adjust equalizers, and especially not for each song. My car stereo has about 10 eq profiles, and manual adjust... And I just picked one I liked the day I got it and haven't touched it since. I do love great sound, I just don't want to have to fiddle constantly to get it. TP seems to provide that.