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What I will bring you in this review
Today I will quickly outline the similarities and differences between these buddies, and give a recommendation towards the end. 🙂
Similarities & Differences
Now without further ado, let’s get rolling!
Beats Solo Timeline
Monster Beats Solo (2011). The original incarceration. Really crappy.
Beats Solo HD(2012). The second generation. A little better, but still pretty crappy.
Beats Solo HD “drenched in color” 2.0 (2013). Really? More like drenched in poop.
Beats Solo 2. Decent.
Beats Solo 3. The best out of the bunch. Actually very solid across the board. More on that in a jiffy.
For the purposes of this review, I will compare the DNA with the Solo 2 version. The important thing to note about each successive model is simply the fact that each iteration gets better, i.e. the Solo 2 is better than the Solo HD, and the Solo 3 is better than the Solo 2. Just forget about the stupid crappy Monster Beats Solo. Ugh lol.
Fundamentally speaking, they are almost identical in appearance and the sound deviates a little bit in that it gets better. The original Solo, called the Solo HD, looked a little different than Both the Solo 2 and Solo 3.
Cable. Both have inline remote cables, but the DNA’s come with 2 separate cables while the Solo 2’s only come with 1.
Design. The Beats Solo 2 and Solo 3 are a lot more utilitarian in appearance contrasted with the somewhat alien feel of the Monster DNA.
Pouch. The Solo 2’s come with a larger case.
Comfort. The DNA’s are more comfortable, and better for larger heads. The ear-cups in particular are softer and more breathable. You’re able to wear the DNA’s longer without having to take a break. The Solo 2’s tend to pinch the ears more.
Sound. Monster DNA’s sound quality is better than the Solo 2. The Solo 2 is improved over the original HD, but DNA still works better for a wider array of genres. The Solo 2’s are really only good for bass heavier music.
The DNA’s win here pretty handily, and I would recommend them over the Solo 2’s. In my other article Monster DNA vs. Beats Solo HD, the DNA’s also won. I think they are a great option in the Wireless category if you’re looking for a more balanced sound with less bass, more detail/clarity, and a greater emphasis on genre flexibility. Interested?
If you’re looking for a consumer type of bass oriented sound, the Beats Solo 3 is the solution. It’s a wireless Bluetooth can that really surprised me. I was extremely impressed with the sound quality, comfort, and durability, and would recommend it in a heartbeat to the guy or gal looking for a big, fun sound. Interested in learning more?
If you’re looking for an audiophile type of bass head sound, the V-Moda Crossfade M100 is the solution. It’s got a walloping low end, but comes across as more detailed and nuanced. In my opinion, the mid-range clarity here is pretty impressive for a headphone with a lot of bass, but no part of the frequency seems forced or unnatural. They are more durable than the Solo 3’s, and are also more affordable with a better sound in my opinion. Interested in learning all about them?
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