Beats’ new Solo2 headphones sound approach higher than they really feel
After the information broke yesterday of Apple formally buying Dr. Dre’s headphone and music streaming enterprise, Beats is not placing the brand new product bulletins on maintain. The success of the model is with out query, and its hottest set of cans simply received a refresh. That is the Beats Solo²: a redesigned on-ear mannequin with re-tuned audio that does fairly a bit to fight the “an excessive amount of bass” argument.
Let’s begin with the sound, we could? As I’ve already talked about, Beats touts “up to date and improved acoustics” that boast “a wider vary of sound and enhanced readability.” That abstract is just about spot-on. Once I unboxed the Solo², I used to be fast to queue up some bass-heavy tunes to see if the corporate would stay in line with its affinity for the low finish. Nicely, the easiest way I can describe the sound right here is “extra balanced.” Do not get me flawed: There’s nonetheless loads of bass when tunes name for it, however it’s also possible to clearly decide up different parts — issues like hello-hats, snares and others all appear to face out extra when in comparison with earlier releases.
As lately because the Capsule XL, the additional bass was nice for some genres, however simply appeared to muddy others. That is not the case right here. When switching from hip-hop to metallic, after which on to one thing mellower, like bluegrass, every tune I threw on the headphones got here by way of clearly and with a wider vary of tones than present efforts. These on the lookout for a truckload of bass will nonetheless get it when a playlist calls for, however people preferring a myriad of types of their music libraries are catered to as properly.
The place Beats did not excel with the brand new mannequin is consolation.
The place Beats did not excel with the brand new mannequin is consolation. I’ve by no means been a fan of the best way this model of headphones feels once I put on them, and sadly, the Solo² is extra of the identical. Regardless of a brand new headband and ergonomic, pivoting earcups, the headphones nonetheless really feel like they’re pinching in on my head — a sense that will get uncomfortable about 15 to twenty minutes right into a listening session. That is a standard criticism of the Solo HD set, too. This new mannequin is 45g (1.6 ounces) heavier than the Solo HD, and whereas it is 25g (zero.88 ounce) lighter than my regular (albeit extra expensive) B&O H6 set, the best way the headphones take maintain makes them really feel rather a lot heavier. There’s new materials wrapping the earcups to assist dissipate warmth although, and that tweak was fairly noticeable after a number of minutes of listening.
When it comes to aesthetics, the world housing the long-lasting circle emblem on the surface of the earcups is concave and the leather-based-esque materials meets the plastic on the within seamlessly. That bunched-up hemline is not any extra. There’s nonetheless a shade-coordinated in-line distant for toggling tracks, adjusting quantity and taking calls, however solely on iOS units. The middle play/pause button was all that labored with each Spotify and Google Play Music or answering calls on my Moto X. Lastly, the cans nonetheless fold in on themselves identical to the earlier model, do you have to really feel the necessity to toss ‘em in a bag or the included carrying case for transport.
When you’re trying to replace from the newest mannequin, or choose in for the primary time, the Beats Solo² headphones can be found for a $200 funding beginning at this time. As you may anticipate, there are six colour choices (grey is pictured) to match your smartphone, wardrobe or soccer cleats.
Supply: Beats Electronics
Supply: Beats Electronics
- Key specs
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- Sort Over-ear (Closed)
- Channels Stereo
- Connections three.5mm stereo
- Inline controls Quantity, Mute
- Launched 2014-05-29