Well friend, I like the closed back Beats Solo 2. I think the sound of Beats in general has improved a lot over the years as well. The original Solo’s were terrible, but since Apple took over, things have improved tremendously. Closed back vs. open back headphones
Comfort is fairly good, although you’ll be making slight adjustments from time to time. I really enjoy the protein leather here. It’s soft and supple, and doesn’t feel as cheap as actual faux leather. The clamp pressure is pretty tight, but I don’t find it over bearing.
Build is good as well, as they can bend quite a bit without breaking. Beats really took the original issue with construction to heart, and made this one a lot more sturdy. The headband adjustments are pretty standard, and all in all, there’s not much to say; this is a very utilitarian design that deviates from the flamboyant nature of the original iterations.
The bass doesn’t get in the way of the mid-range like it used to. This is a much tighter, punchier bass by contrast, and sits pretty nicely in the mix. The mid-range is still a bit recessed, but it’s much more detailed than other models, and doesn’t seem so lost.
That said, it still takes a gradual dive into the treble, which is actually not as bright as you may think. It comes across as a bit darker than average, but still retains a nice crispness. These are less likely to become harsh, grating, or sibilant. What does sibilant mean?
The Beats Solo 2 was a much needed improvement in the Beats line. Better bass, comfort, build, and a crisper, more balanced overall sound highlight this somewhat overpriced headphone. Yes, it’s good. But seeing as how “good” headphones are everywhere, the price never quite justified what you were getting.
I do think the Beats Solo 3 is an improvement over the 2, and I would very much recommend it for the average consumer looking for a complete solution. Interested in learning more?
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