Beats Solo 2 vs. Solo 3 | WORTH THE UPGRADE?

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Before we get into the Beats Solo 2 vs. Solo 3 comparison, grab a snack, sit back and relax because..

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What I will bring you in this review

This will be a short, sweet and to the point no nonsense comparison of 2 headphones that I have personally tested. There is a clear difference! 🙂

  1. Introduction
  2. Similarities & Differences
  3. Final Word

Now without further ado, let’s get rolling!!


I had the chance to demo both the Beats Solo2 and Solo3 recently, and surprisingly I actually enjoyed the sound! Some of the older models of this headphone were absolutely awful, and got a lot of deserved criticism. Since Apple took over Beats, everything has improved tremendously. The sound quality, build, ergonomics, etc. are all much better than during the early years. I had come across an interesting article from Inner Fidelity concerning Beats’ marketing techniques and had to laugh because what Tyll said was so true.

When Beats first came out, it was all about style over substance. They were flashy, flamboyant, and to me downright ridiculous. There’s no way I could ever walk around with a pair of those on at the time, mostly because I didn’t want to flaunt terrible sound quality. Let’s face it though: most people were buying them based off of marketing, looks, and bass response above all. It was simply the cool thing to do just a couple of years ago, and still is in a way.

As other companies started catching on and copying this trend by releasing their own weird looking headphones, Beats then does a complete 180 and starts making the Solo series extremely utilitarian looking. It’s the classic bait and switch.

Nowadays, Beats is more known for being a company that actually puts out decent sounding headphones! Imagine that.

Anyways, both the Solo2 and Solo3 are very good sounding cans, but one does trump the other in terms of sound quality and to me it’s not even close. Let’s find out why.

Similarities & Differences


  • They have almost exactly the same look, feel, and build. I believe the Solo2’s are just a smidgen smaller in stature, but that could be my imagination. Both have the same durability, which is very good overall. I wasn’t really afraid of manhandling them a little.
  • Both have identical batteries. You may be wondering then why one has significantly longer battery life. It’s due to Apple’s new technology. More on that below.
  • Both have remote talk, and both include a cable. However, the remote talk on the Solo3 is on the headphones, whereas before on the Solo2 it was on the cable itself.


  • The Solo2’s have a fraction of the battery life at only 12 hours, while the Solo3’s come in at an astonishing 40. This is one of the main differences.
  • The Solo3 comes with that W1 pairing which makes it really easy to connect to Bluetooth if you have an iPhone. You basically don’t have to do anything. If your phone and the headphones are in the same vicinity, it will connect automatically. The Solo2’s do not have this feature.
  • The plastic circuit board inside the Solo3 is smaller and is black, while the one in the Solo2 is blue.
  • The cable seems to be sturdier on the Solo3.
  • As mentioned above, I thought the Solo2’s were just a little smaller and they are. 7.23 oz. compared to 7.58 for the Solo3.
  • The Solo3 only needs 5 minutes on a charge for 3 hours of battery life. The Solo2 gets 12 hours of use with 120 minutes of charging.
  • Overall sound. Here is where things get interesting. I heard a clear difference in quality between the two. The Solo3 was much smoother and balanced, while the Solo2 came across as harsh and intense to my ears. It just seemed like the 2’s were out of control and couldn’t adequately dictate the pace of the music, while the 3’s handled it with ease.

Final Word

Well that’s basically it! I would definitely recommend the Solo3’s over the 2’s. I really enjoyed them immensely, and they have recently come down in price. I think the entire package and what you’re getting is worth it. They’re comfortable, durable, have Bluetooth, are portable and convenient especially with your iPhone, and they have great sound. It’s balanced, but yet places enough emphasis on bass to still remain a fun headphone. Beats has really revamped their image with this iteration, and I do think they’re the solution for the casual consumer looking for phenomenal sound.


If you’re looking for more of an audiophile type sound and a punchy bass, the V-Moda Crossfade M100 is the solution. The bass digs down really deep, but also comes across as extremely detailed and articulate as far as the rest of the sound signature is concerned. Interested in learning more about them?


Well that’s about it for today my friend! I hope you’ve enjoyed this Beats Solo 2 vs. Solo 3 comparison.

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Is the Solo3 worth the asking price? I would love to hear from you. Until next time..

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