Hey everyone. This is Jimmy with JimsReviewRoom. I had reviewed the Solo 2’s back in June and for sure they were a step up from the original Solo that started this all. Well Beats just released their Solo 2 wireless for the price of $299 as of this review. For sure Beats are on the top tier in regards to pricing, but they’re selling for some reason. I’ll go over its construction, determine if there’s a difference in audio quality of Bluetooth vs being wired, and showcase another pair of beats for you.
Before starting here, I have all three models, the Solo 2, the Solo 2 wireless which we’re reviewing, and also brand new, is the Solo 2 Fragment Edition. And I’ll try to showcase the Fragment’s more in the video when needed as they sound identical to the original Solo 2’s.
To first start off, theres only subtle differences with the Wireless that makes it stand out. All models still offers the same beautiful glossy finish that’s very fingerprint prone though. For the Fragment Edition, the Chrome is a mirror like finish and no question as a fashion statement, it really stands out. If you like White Cars, white tees, the Fragment I would describe in person looks like Pure White. Its not an off white, its just looks really clean.
But going back to the differences, its mostly seen on the earcups themselves. Considering the Wireless is now Bluetooth, there houses a battery with a micro-USB port going into the right earcup. Closer inspection reveals what appears to be additional air flow for the battery housed and not necessarily vents for the speakers themselves. More on the sound test later.
Staying on the right earcup features a small on/off button thats somewhat hard to find when you have these on your head, but after some practice, muscle memory kicks and finding this was a bit easier. In addition, I love white LEDS as it looks classy and sophisticated. Here, they indicate your battery remaining which is a huge plus. There’s also another LED on the left earcup which indicates when it is paired to your selected device. And also take notice, there’s still a 3.5mm port if you are running low on batteries or you just don’t want to use Bluetooth altogether.
The last subtle feature that you can’t see is only on the left earcup, you now have pause play buttons by tapping on the Beats Logo, or, you can adjust volume by pressing up or down, and skip music by tapping twice or three times to skip forward or move backwards respectively. And I did test, this worked on Pandora and Slacker radio AND, on both my Android and Apple devices. All buttons are clicky and responsive, and again, muscle memory eventually guided me to where the buttons are located.
FIT AND COMFORT
As discussed in my Solo 2 review, they are indeed of much better quality than what they were once before. Stable hinges, better plastics used, more cushion all around, especially with the very soft and plush ear pads. Now wearing these and going into my comfort test, I do admit, they clamp somewhat firm. At first, they’re great, but after an hour and a half, I noticed slight discomfort, but after the 2hr mark, I personally noticed a pinching to the ears. Readjusting them helped, but taking them off and having a brief rest had me wearing them for some time again with no real issues. The positive note, unlike some other headphones, there’s really no pressure along the jawline which is a real nuisance, and overall, the crown of the head where at time pressure is noticed, I didn’t notice any issues there either with long-term wearing.
In regards to content, Beats does provide the 3.5mm wire for your headphones with an inline controller. Similar to the original Solo 1’s… its still the same quality with clicky buttons and responsive controls. There’s also a built-in mic so you can answer phone calls. Audio quality is fine and it sounds like you’re on a headset, nothing too special and nothing bad to speak about thats out the norm.
Beats also provides its Neoprene carrying case which is also a plus. And when stowing away your headphones, its a small package overall which is convenient. Inside, there’s unfortunately not a separate pocket to hold your wires.
Now, moving onto the performance, Beats has always received mixed opinions in regards to audio quality. I personally do listen to a wide variety of music, of course preferring some over others, but for me stating these are horrible overall wouldn’t be fair.
To put in simplest terms, sounds similar to John Mayer, some songs from Maroon 5 or One Republic does sound a bit, what they call muddy. To me, if I can describe sound, its bass droning or spewing over to the mid range. Its not as apparent for the average consumer, but if you do pay close attention, for example One Republic’s Secrets, you’ll notice the lead singer, Ryan Tedder’s voice is a bit recessed and not as pronounced. You lose a bit of clarity. Its not the sound of distortion, but its a loss of clarity for the benefit of bass.
But with that being said, hiphop and rap does perfectly well in my opinion. When a producer focuses on the beat and bass, with the Solo 2’s, they do bring those notes out very well. Bass and sub-bass levels are hit deep and in my opinion without distortion. And Beats I believe hits bass more than the other headphones I’ve so far tested. Whether it be the VModa Crossfades, Sennheiser Momentums or the Samsung Level Overs. And, considering pop music now-a-days relays on so much techno or EMD like music, the Solo 2’s works for the most part for that particular genre. Again, those songs where vocals are key, instruments hitting the mid range of sound, those songs will not do as well as other brands on the market. But, if you’re a basshead, need that deep bass, into genres again, of EMD, rap/hiphop and most pop music, Beats does well in my opinion. And I hope I’m coming across as being fair as these headphones are good in the right areas.
Now to finish off the wireless headphones, what I wanted to test is determine if there was a difference in audio quality. Bluetooth versus a wired connection. Bluetooth is an audio compression and does degrade audio somewhat, but to be honest, that seems to be more in the past. As I’ve tried with my Bluetooth speakers, switching from wired to wireless connections, I can’t tell a difference, and if there was, its so minute that the average consumer can’t even tell. Its the same with the Solo 2’s and the Solo 2 wireless. There’s no downgrade in audio quality that I could tell. Both still plays very loud, and louder than other headphones on the market. Testing the distance, I left my phone upstairs and walked down stairs and onto the other side of the house. The signal remained perfect going through several walls and the first floor ceiling.
So I hope this video helped you in some way. Let me know what you personally think of Beats… If you like my work, add me, @Jim’sReviewRoom, onto Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, or as I normally post updates on items I’m currently testing, before I put them on the website. Its a great way to have fans of my work communicate on there. Again, This is Jimmy with Jim’s Review Room, you guys take care, and I’ll see you on the next one.