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

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What I will bring you in this review

Today I will simply give my impressions of both the original Beats Solo and Studio, with some Similarities & Differences outlined. 🙂

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

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


Let’s face it: When Beats headphones first came out, they were more than a little rough around the edges. Both the original Studio’s and Solo’s had heaps of issues, from durability problems, to the bloated sound, etc.

After Apple took over, things got a lot better (and continue to), and I believe the Beats line is finally headed in the right direction. They’ve come a long way, but today we’ll take a trip back in time to find out how it all started,  by making some comparisons between the original Beats Studio and Solo.

Let’s get into it!

Similarities & Differences


  • Aesthetic. Both headphones had a similar look and design, though the Studio’s were a lot bulkier. The Solo’s were leaner in appearance, and were meant for on the go situations.
  • Fold-able. Both had the same folding mechanism, which has been much improved in the more recent iterations.
  • Case. Both came with a hard shell carrying case.


  • Durability. Both had a lot of construction issues, with plastic snapping primarily in places where it shouldn’t have.
  • Sound. The Solo’s lacked the impact that the Studio’s had, though both possessed a sloppy sound overall. The Studio’s bass was large and in charge, but it was muddy, bloated, and sounded much too artificial to be a true studio headphone.
  • Noise Cancelling. The original Solo’s did not have a noise cancelling feature, while the Studio’s did. How do noise cancelling headphones work?
  • Price. The original Solo’s were cheaper than the Studios.
  • Power. The original Solo’s came with an inline control and mic cable, and ran off of 1 Lithium ion battery, while the original Studio’s were wireless and ran off of 2 Triple A batteries. That said, with the original Studio’s you also had the option of using them wired, as they came with a 3.5mm audio cable, 1/4″ adapter, and inline control and mic cable.
  • Cloth. The original Studio’s came with a cleaning cloth, while the Solo’s did not.
  • Fit. The original Solo’s were Supra-Aural (On-ear), while the original Studio’s were Circumaural (Around the ear).

Final Word

I would go ahead and steer clear of both of these. Lol. As I said in the open, Beats has come a long way, but it would be best for everyone to forget about these monstrosities and move forward. The sad thing is, back when they first came out they were monumentally overpriced. It was possible to get better sound out of something much cheaper. The power of marketing is not to be taken lightly.

So what do I recommend instead?

Well friend, the Solo3’s are actually really good. If you’re not an audiophile, but want a fantastic consumer oriented bass-head sound, complete with Bluetooth, wireless capability, good comfort, and long lasting durability, the Solo3’s are the solution. I was extremely surprised at how good they sounded, and would recommend them in a heartbeat. Interested in learning more about them?


What about an audiophile type headphone that provides bass in spades? The V-Moda Crossfade M-100 is the solution. It’s comfortable, durable, and has a tight bass response that has plenty of slam and impact. Not only that, but for a closed back bass-heads can, it’s got an incredibly rich, detailed, and articulate sound signature. Interested in learning more about them?


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

Questions? Comments? Requests? Did I miss the mark on something? Looking for something else? Please let me know down below or Contact me!!

Which of these tickles YOUR pickle? Would you invest in either of my recommendations? Let me know why or why not! I would love to hear from you. Until next time..

All the best and God bless,





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