Beats Solo 2 Wired On

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Even if you can piông xã these up refurbished for a decent price, don"t. There are better options for the price.
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by Sound GuysFebruary 2, 2021

The Beats Solo 2 headphones were flying off the shelves when first announced but now there are way better options. In fact, you probably won"t find these unless you buy second hvà. If you were once a fan of the Beats Solo 2, there are plenty of other more modern Beats products lượt thích the Solo Pro or the PowerBeats Pro, but the Solo 2 are not worth the money.


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Beats has been one of the most popular brands in audio for a while now & that’s in no small part due to lớn the success of the Beats Solo line of headphones (& marketing). The original Solo headphones sold lượt thích hot cakes và the Beats Solo 2 did the same, but are they worth picking up now when there are so many other obvious options available? Maybe for the right price, but they’re not among mỏi the best Beats headphones anymore—wireless or not.

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Editor’s note: this Beats Solo 2 nhận xét was updated on February 2, 2021, khổng lồ include a contents menu.


What is it like to lớn use the Beats Solo 2?

The Beats Solo 2 headphones come in a variety of colors. For this Reviews, we’re looking at them in blue, though blaông chồng, Trắng, silver, red, & pink are also available. The finish is very shiny, though it didn’t seem khổng lồ attract nearly as many fingerprints as I initially thought it would. Still, if you want these khổng lồ look their best, you might want khổng lồ keep a microfiber cloth handy lớn keep them clean. These headphones also feature no visible screws & use a flush hinge thiết kế.


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The Beats Solo 2 look very similar to lớn the previous model.


The inside of the headb& has a very nice feel, almost lượt thích leather, though it’s clearly plastic. Putting them on, the Beats Solo 2 are fairly comfortable, though the fit was definitely snug. It wasn’t enough khổng lồ be uncomfortable, though your mileage may vary. If you’re thinking about picking these up, you might want khổng lồ see if you can try a pair on first just khổng lồ see if you can giảm giá khuyến mãi with the tight fit.

After an hour or two, the headphones felt less comfortable than they had at first, but after a five-minute break I was able khổng lồ resume wearing them and they felt comfortable again. Though they don’t feel brittle, the Beats Solo 2 are far from the most flexible-feeling headphones we’ve sầu tried.

This has always been a style-focused br&, và that influences the box as much as it does the headphones themselves. Slide off the outer portion of the box, & the box that contains the headphones is solid red, aside from a slight bit of embossed branding on the very front. Open up the box, and the first thing you’ll see is the soft carrying case. The headphones themselves are already inside the case, & everything else is underneath. You’ll get a 3.5 milimet audio cable, carabiner, và a packet containing the manual, warranty info, and of course a sticker.


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The Beats Solo 2 connect lớn your source device 3.5mm inputs.


If you’re looking for công nghệ Bluetooth không dây, you’re going khổng lồ need lớn kiểm tra out the newer Solo3 or the Beats Solo Pro (which I’ll get into later), as the only connectivity you’ll find in the Beats Solo 2 is the 3.5 milimet audio cable with built-in mic and remote. Luckily, unlike a few other brands out there, the cable uses standard 3.5mm jacks on both ends instead of any proprietary connections. So on the off chance that the cable dies on you, you can easily replace it with another cable.

The built-in remote is of the three-button variety, though how much functionality it offers depends on the device you’re using. Only the middle button works on Android devices, providing the same functionality as a one-button “clicker” style remote. If, however, you use an iOS device, all the buttons will function as expected. Call quality was fine with the built-in mic, though these probably aren’t a pair of headphones you’ll want to wear for making calls around the office.


How vì the Beats Solo 2 sound?

Plenty of self-styled audiophiles lượt thích to lớn look down on the audio unique of Beats headphones, as is always the case with popular companies. For quite a while, there was some good reasoning for that, but lately the company has been making quite a few steps in the right direction, & as a result, the sound unique of the Beats Solo 2 is not khổng lồ be dismissed easily. Keyword: easily, because it can still be dismissed considering how expensive these are.


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These are surprisingly comfortable thanks lớn the padding, but they still fit tight on the head.


In testing I played CDs và lossless audio files from a computer through a Focusrite Saffire Pro 40 audio interface for purposes of testing fidelity. Though it would be an odd choice for such a style-focused br& to ignore mobile devices, I also streamed songs from Rdio on my Molớn X to lớn make sure that volume was adequate. It was.

One of the main things Beats headphones are known for is boomy, overpowering bass. That is not the case with the Solo 2. While bass is certainly svào and well represented, it doesn’t overpower the mids as was the case with older headphones from this company. Bass also seems to lớn be focused lower on the frequency scale, rather than the focus on the 100–500Hz range, which can lead to unpleasant masking of deeper vocals.

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The mids are slightly less loud in volume but not nearly as much as I was expecting from my experience with older Beats headphones. Overall, the midrange is fine though depending on the tuy vậy, I did notice the occasional touch of harshness in the upper mids.

The highs slightly rolled off lớn avoid distortion but did a good job at avoiding sounding muffled. Cymbals & other high kết thúc details are well represented, but it sounds lượt thích the absolute highest highs are subdued lớn make for a more pleasant listening experience.

Soundstage is decent — nothing felt closed in, though I was never surprised by the sound either. Overall this is a nice sounding pair of headphones that eschews absolute accuracy for a more hyped sound with more of an emphasis on the low end of the frequency range. The sound means you’ll notice emphasized lows và highs, though they don’t go anywhere cthua kém to as far as older Beats headphones did.


If you’re worried about angering your immediate neighbors while cranking your tunes on the Beats Solo 2, don’t be. Sound leakage is almost nonexistent here. The headphones also vày a good job of keeping out outside sounds, though obviously no active sầu noise cancellation is present.


So should you buy the Beats Solo 2?

The Beats Solo 2 might have been flying off the shelves when they were first released, but you shouldn’t waste your money on them today. Besides, you can really only find them refurbished anyway và even then they’ll still cost you around $100 which just isn’t worth it. Even if you were just looking for a throwaway pair of headphones khổng lồ have as a backpack or something lớn give as a gift, there are better headphones for less money you can choose from.

If you have your heart mix on a pair of Beats headphones, then just wait for the Beats Solo Pro headphones to lớn go on sale & scoop those up as those are actually a good pair of headphones. For people who are willing lớn spover extra cash for noise cancelling headphones, without leaving the Beats ecosystem, check out the Beats Studio3 Wireless. But if you’re after a pair of Beats Solo 2, don’t bother. Before you make a decision, make sure khổng lồ check out some alternatives to Beats as well.


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Android users need lớn hold the “b” biệu tượng công ty down for a few seconds khổng lồ access Google Assistant.


If you have sầu your heart phối on a pair of Beats on-ears, then you should kiểm tra out the Beats Solo Pro. As they’re still Beats products you’ll still kết thúc up paying a pretty penny for them, but unlượt thích many past products from the company these are actually a really good pair of headphones. You’ll get công nghệ Bluetooth không dây 5.0, the H1 chip for easy pairing & sliông chồng connections, around trăng tròn hours of constant playbachồng, & top-notch active sầu noise cancelling as well.


What about the Beats Solo3 Wireless?

In the time since the Solo 2 headphones were released, a lot has happened. Not only has Apple released the Beats Solo3 Wireless, but they’ve released a few other Beats products as well including a pair of active noise cancelling over ears, on-ears, và even a pair of true wireless earbuds.


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The Beats Solo3 Wireless headphones offer much of the same benefits of the previous generation, but also have sầu some new tricks thanks lớn being wireless.


If you like the idea of the Solo 2 headphones but wanted an updated version of some modern specs, then the Solo3 Wireless headphones are the ones khổng lồ go for. These have sầu a few notable improvements like the addition of Bluetooth không dây, playbaông chồng controls built into the headphones, & Apple’s W1 chip which allows for easier thiết đặt & a better connection with iOS devices. With a wireless connection comes other issues, like the fact that they need a battery that can then eventually die. Luckily, the battery life of the Solo3 is superb, at around 30-40 hours of constant playbachồng depending on the output of your music.


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The Powerbeats Pro have sầu the same over-ear hook kiến thiết as the standard Powerbeats, but they ditch the wire connecting them.


If you’re more inkhổng lồ earbuds, there’s also the Powerbeats Pro that you should check out. While these are definitely more expensive than the Solo2, they’re also smaller, sound better, and (let’s be honest) have sầu a way higher cool factor because of their true wireless abilities. You’ll get around 10 hours of constant playback here as well as a more refined Beats sound. So while the low over is still emphasized, it isn’t to the exaggerated amount that previous Beats products are known for. Plus, they’re sweat-resistant so you can wear them to the thể hình if you want to.