Ah, Beats by Dre. For the longest time I shunned this brand, and rightly so. Everything I had heard about them was downright atrocious, and to this day the negative reviews are warranted. Before Apple took over Beats, the audio quality was pretty laughable. Hugely overblown bass, no mid-range, awful build quality, etc. etc.
Fast forward to today, and we’ve now got a respectable product on our hands. I was pleasantly surprised at how good these sounded. They’re very comfortable and seem durable as well. The folding mechanism is pretty ingenious, and the ear-pads themselves are made of a soft pleather that doesn’t seem like it would peel over time. One of the things I didn’t like about my beloved MDR7506 and MDR V6 was the pads; they would crack and peel after about two years, leaving a mess and a seemingly never ending supply of black specs around my room, in my ear, in my hair, etc. It’s a mess, but something I’m willing to deal with because they sound so good.
As far as the Solo3, I like the simplified structure of them. They’re fashionable, but not too flashy. The sound is very good, but not quite as revealing as some of my other favorites. There were a few times when the sound opened up, and overall they are decently clear. I would say on a clarity/detail scale they get a solid 7.75. There is a bass emphasis on these, but it isn’t out of control. The mid-range is pretty good, but could have been better. As I said before, the clarity is there, but that “wow factor” is missing. If you’ve never heard a good pair of mixing/mastering headphones, you will probably be amazed by the Solo3. If you have heard a good pair, you won’t be amazed at the Solo3.
It’s simply a fun consumer headphone, no more no less.
Nice bass. Not overblown or cheap sounding.
Durable. I can see these standing up to some light abuse, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to hurt them. 😛
Comfortable. I was pleasantly surprised by the comfort factor. I didn’t have to take these off really at all.
Nice features. I like how compact and convenient they are. Being Bluetooth with a removable cable adds a nice element of versatility. Use them in any circumstance!
Good packaging. You feel special when you open these up. The boxing and presentation is very elegant and makes you tingle inside. 😛
They sounded pretty decent with rock, but their strong suit is definitely more bass oriented music. I found the treble range got a little harsh at times with more treble heavy stuff. They also sound surprisingly good with Jazz 🙂
Thoughts from Stu’s notepad
The folding mechanism is pretty simple; you just push the bottom halves of each side and they collapse in. To open them back up, they snap into place with what looks like some kind of very small magnet contraption. Very simple and effective.
I’m not a huge fan of the glossy finish. I tend to like my headphones more muted down and less prone to finger print smudges.
There isn’t a scroll button as far as I know. The Play/Pause function is nice. You simply press the side in that has the “b” on it.
To turn them on and off, you simply hold the small LED button on the right underneath the ear-cup. There is also a 5 light indicator that lets you know how much battery life is left.
They have a detachable cable option which I thought was cool. So they’re good for on the go or in studio if you prefer to listen to them at your desk.
The carrying case is nice, but smells funny.
The Solo3 comes with a charging cable, detachable cable with inline mic, and a carabiner.
The headphones work with both iPhone and Android devices.
The wireless battery life is around 40 hours.
Apple’s W1 chip makes these very easy to pair with your iPhone. In fact, as soon as you have both in the same general vicinity, the headphones will pair automatically.
A good consumer headphone with a good sound signature. Portable, convenient, and Apple’s W1 chip makes Bluetooth extremely easy to pair.
I like the sound of these a lot and I would recommend them, but I probably wouldn’t purchase them at the retail asking price. Interested in checking out the price on amazon?