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Solid pair of headphones for general use
on March 21, 2012
DISCLAIMER! My pair has yet to completely burn in, so my review is based on how they sound on first impressions.
Also, if you have bass heavy headphones, make sure you don't listen to them for several hours on high volume, as that much bass over time WILL worsen your hearing (I haven't had bass heavy headphones like these in a while, and my ears are tired after only a couple hours of use on a decent volume level).
First, I want to clarify that this is my first pair of these new wave of headphones (such as the Beats), as I have mostly used studio monitor headphones for mixing and listening to music.
Pros: Stylish, heavy bass compared to other regular headphones, detachable headphone amps ("sound engines"), detachable audio cord, virtually indestructable headband (also switchable), great price compared to Beats, loud compared to ear bud headphones, comes with a carrying pouch, sound leakage is minimal at full volume (although there is enough leakage to prevent these from being used as playback in a recording studio.
Cons: NOT applicable for music production, highs are muffled compared to studio monitors (Shure srh440, Sony MDR-V6000, Sennheiser HD280 Pro), bass is exaggerated, the overall frequency spectrum is biased to the mids and lows, not flat at all. Not extremely comfortable if you wear glasses. Sound isolation/cancellation is not very good, but if you have music playing then you won't notice outside noise much, in line control feels cheaply built (I cannot comment on call quality as I have not yet tested it)
For the average person, these are a GREAT pair of headphones. They give off great bass, decent highs, and are loud enough to block out most outside sounds. As an amateur producer, I bought a pair of these in order to hear my beats on consumer grade headphones instead of only studio monitors, and I do like these very much. My only concern is that the cable might fail due to the thinness of the section that separates to L and R, but since it's removable, I can always buy another one. The cable seems thick enough below the in line remote to be bendable even in freezing temperatures, but I don't know about the top, as it is very thin. The headphones themselves are built to last though, as the headband is very hard to break, and the sound engines are very well constructed. Also, the sound engines require a lot of force to slide them off, so you don't need to worry about these slipping off.
If you are deciding between these and the Beats, I would definitely go with these, as you not only save $100+, but you practically get the same thing, as I feel these are very similar sound quality-wise to the Beats, if not better. Plus, these look very stylish, and the SOL logo isn't too ugly and "uncool" to deter you from wearing these out in public. I'm definitely going to use these for a while while I'm in public, as I am tired of ear buds failing on me after faily use for a year. These are not a replacement for studio monitors if you like to make beats, as the playback is biased and not flat (assuming you are using an external sound card or audio interface).
Edit 4-8-2012: These have fully burned in, and they maintain a very nice sound quality. One problem is that since the highs are not accurately represented, my ears become accustomed to the sound on these, so the crisp highs on other headphones hurt my ears until I re-accustom to them again. These are NOT comfortable for extended periods of use (e.g. 1+ hours) as the headband has to compress on your head so they won't fall off, but this becomes very uncomfortable for both my ears and the top of my head. Also, the mic is very nice quality, except I can't really hear what I speak into the mic, but this isn't a major problem.