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Beats by Dr. Dre Beats Solo Headphones with ControlTalk from Monster - Black (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

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4 out of 5 stars 239 customer reviews
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  • Advanced driver design for precise audio clarity.
  • Beat Studi sound, in a smaller, lighter on-ear design.
  • Cleaning cloth with antimicrobial treatment polishes and controls germs.
  • Compact and incredibly lightweight, the tri-fold design allows Solos to fit into the included compact carrying case.
  • ControlTalk for on-cable iPad®, iPhone® and iPod® playback control and a built-in mic for iPhone/music phone hands-free calling
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Size: !Only Bluetooth 2.0 | Color: Black
  • ios-phone-control
  • lightweight

Product Description

Size: !Only Bluetooth 2.0 | Color: Black

Based on the popular Beats headphones, Monster has once again teamed up with Dr. Dre to offer the Beats Solo by Dr. Dre Headphones. The Solo headphones have a smaller, lighter design than their big brother, but offer sound quality that's just as amazing. Ideal for today's digital music, these headphones provide deep bass, a bold midrange, and clear, undistorted treble so you can hear every detail.The on-ear, closed-back design provides long-lasting comfort and a high degree of natural noise isolation. The single-sided cable is designed to provide you with plenty of slack while resisting tangles. Integrated into the cable is Monster's ControlTalk module, which provides you with a control button and high-grade microphone, ideal for controlling music playback, making phone calls, and taking voice notes on compatible iPods, iPhones, and Blackberrys. The gold-plated 3.5mm plug provides wide compatibility with MP3 players, CD players, computers, and more. FEATURES: Hear All The Music: In Comfort and Style - Headphones that could reproduce the true dynamics of today's music were a rarity-until the legendary Beats Studio hit the scene. Now, a new headphone in the Beats tradition, Beats Solo. brings you amazing sound in a smaller, lighter on-ear design. Perfect While on the Move - Solos are compact and incredibly lightweight and ready for your active lifestyle, gym work out, or frequent travel. The tri-fold design allows Solos to fit into the included compact carrying case. With Beats Solos getting a great music experience has never been easier. ControlTalk: The Ultimate in iPod and iPhone Control and iPhone/Music Phone Hands-Free Calling - With the built-in ControlTalk remote on the Beats Solo headphone cable, you get on-cable control of your music, as well as easy, high quality hands-free calling. You'll enjoy quick-access music playback

Product Information

Size:!Only Bluetooth 2.0  |  Color:Black

Technical Details

Part Number MH BTS ON SO CT
Item Weight 2.1 pounds
Product Dimensions 4.2 x 6.8 x 9.9 inches
Origin China
Item model number MH BTS ON SO CT
Size !Only Bluetooth 2.0
Color Black
Material Plastic
Item Package Quantity 1
Special Features ios-phone-control, lightweight
Batteries Included? No

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Customer Reviews
4 out of 5 stars 239 customer reviews

4 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #478 in Electronics > Headphones > On-Ear Headphones
#9,972 in Electronics > Portable Audio & Video > MP3 Players & Accessories > MP3 Player Accessories
#10,396 in Electronics > Home Audio & Theater
Shipping Weight 2.2 pounds
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
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Date First Available November 13, 2009

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Size: !Only Bluetooth 2.0Color: Black
Last year, I tried out a pair of Beats Studio noise-cancelling headphones at an Apple Store and, upon listening to the music selection, decided that it was the best sounding headphones I had ever listened to. I was impressed enough that I was tempted to purchase them on the spot...but I had some hesitations which led me to walk out empty-handed. The caveats then were:
-Battery required for operation (due to the noise-cancelling function, which I didn't need)
-Large size
-The plastic material felt cheap and likely to crack easily
-and of course, the price (about three-hundred fifty USD at the time)

The sound of the Beats Studio had "haunted" me since, as I searched in vain for a cheaper and better quality pair of headphones which matched or beat that sound. I tried pairs from Grado, Ultimate Ears, Sennheiser, Bose, but never felt satisfied with the sound quality as I had with the Beats Studio. Finally, a couple of weeks ago, I learned that these headphones, the Beats Solo, were coming out. I saw that the price was below two-hundred USD and ordered them immediately. My hope was that the sound quality would be just as good as the more expensive Beats Studio.

These headphones have met all my expectations. The sound is truly amazing and I can clearly hear so much detail in my music. The headphones do a swell job of projecting the background detail enough, but not too much that it drowns out the rest of the music. Also, the bass is slightly amplified so you hear some slight "thump thump" but is definitely not overpowering like "THUMP! THUMP!
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Size: !Only Bluetooth 2.0Color: Black
I tried a pair of these headphones at a Best Buy demo station and was immediately blown away by the bass. I quickly bought a pair hoping all my music would sound just as good with that kind of bass. Unfortunately when I got home and started listening to music on my iPod I was very disappointed by the overall sound quality.

Yes, the bass is amazing, but the mid-range is blown out and not at all natural sounding for most music. Even worse the highs are very weak and it seemed like I was missing a lot of the high range while listening to the music. For example, many female singers sounded distant and muffled. I am not an audiophile, but I had a pair of Sony v900 studio headphones which had recently given out after 10 years of use, which the Beats solo were supposed to replace. The v900's had far better balance and a much more natural sound than the Beats, and I only paid $150 compared to the $180 for the Beats.

On the positive side the Beat's look very nice and the build quality seemed decent, although I did see a demo pair at Best Buy with the headband broke in two. They also fold up nicely and come with a carrying case.

If you listen to a lot of different types of music and this is going to be your main pair of headphones, then I would pass on them. If you mainly listen to rap or synth music with a lot of bass, then you may be extremely happy with them as they have some of the most powerful bass I have ever heard from a pair of headphones.
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Size: !Only Bluetooth 2.0Color: Black

Now for the review.

When I tried out these headphones, I was blown away by how well they fit what I wanted in a headphone. I listen to a lot of heavy beat music (i.e. hip-hop, techno, etc.) and these headphones cannot be beat in terms of sound if those are your tastes. The bass and low mids come in hard and smooth sounding (not crackly or simply too loud), and the treble and upper mids come in very clear. I have pairs of on-ear sennheisers that have possess the melodic clarity that I wanted, but lack the thumping bass I was looking for. These headphones were seemingly the answer to my and all bass-lovers prayers.

Now for the bad part, I owned these headphones for about 3 weeks and took great care of them. I never dropped them, wiped them off every now and then and never overextended the band on top. However, one day I was putting them on normally and the band simply snapped. I was so shocked that such a great sounding and stylish product, would be so lacking in construction.

When I called the monster help-line written on the warranty, it appeared that it was in fact the office of monster. Four options were listed before the warranty service extension was provided, and when this extension was provided, the automated voice said the four numbers once as rapidly as possible before hanging up. This seemed to indicate to me that monster does not take kindly to warranty service. This assertion was only further reinforced when I was put on hold for about 30 minutes before hanging up and attempting to return the product to the retailer.

In a stroke of good luck, the retailer accepted the return because it was within 30 days. However, to avoid shelling out almost $200 for poorly constructed headphones, don't buy them.
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Size: !Only Bluetooth 2.0Color: Black
Alright. I've had these headphones for about six months. I didn't buy them on Amazon, in fact I bought them at Best Buy. I imagine that Amazon gets rather more review readers than BB, so here I am.

First of all, just don't buy them. They look cool, they sound really good, and they're endorsed by a rapper/producer. These are great characteristics, but unfortunately none of them are really pillars of great headphone design. When you buy anything over a hundred bucks (headphones especially, given the huge availability of cheap alternatives) you expect them to be well built. Apparently Dre, Ph.D., didn't give any though to this. In terms of build quality and engineering, Beats by Dre Solo are really, really awful. Made of cheap plastic, they bend and creak around all over the place. The "convenient" folding action of the headphones is made less so by the fact that each folding hinge is just held together by one tiny screw which breaks extremely easily, leaving you with two-thirds of a pair of headphones.

The speakers themselves are held to the frame by two plastic tongue-and-groove slots each which pop out with almost no prompting and are about four-thousand times more difficult to put back than they are to dislodge. When the ear pieces come off the frame, they're noticeably less comfortable and it's not uncommon to have to pause whatever you're listening to for several minutes while you attempt to re-set them. In fact, I never would have written this review if I hadn't had to stop my current entertainment 8 (count 'em, 8 times in less than an hour) times in order to pop the ear pieces back in. I can't explain in full detail what an irritating hassle it is to fix your headphones so often. The ear pieces, have a tiny (24?) gauge wire connecting the ear piece to the frame.
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