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Ehh, what's your priority?,
Just for the record, I'm not your typical jaded 'beats hater', largely (well probably solely) because I didn't plunk down my own hard-earned cash on these expecting to be blown away. I simply had a bunch of Macy's store credit and gift cards with no better place to go than on some new cans. I figured they would be disappointing but passable and that's exactly what they are. Do they sound like junk? Not to me. I'm not an audiophiles, but I know sound reproduction, and to my ear, these sound like about your average $60 pair of lower-end Sonys or mid-level Skullcandys..not bad, but certainly not good either. The bass response is, sonically speaking, the best part of these phones. It's detailed and full without being overpowering, however it is a bit 'boomy' meaning you get the distorted pop on vocals beginning with the letters p and b, especially at higher volumes...and being that these puppies aren't very sensitive, you will find yourself listening to your music up pretty high. Aside from the bass, the rest of the sonic spectrum is very unspectacular on the Solos. I wouldn't exactly call it muddy, it's more just that the mids aren't detailed or crisp enough and there is not nearly enough musical separation.
Look, let's just call it what it is, the Beats Concept is not based on great sound, it's based on making a fashion statement. The packaging is slick, they look fantastic, and they let everyone know you have $200-$400 to throw down on a pair of headphones. Sound-wise, they simply sound nowhere remotely close to what you would and should expect from a $200 set of phones. To be fair, I would probably give them 3 stars were they not so comically overpriced, as the build quality seems acceptable, the bass response downright enjoyable, and to be frank-the look is just downright smokin'. However I have to knock off a star for the simple fact that you could buy TWO pairs of Grados or Sennheisers for the price of the Solos that sound far better and might even leave you with a couple bucks left over to buy yourself a Caramel Machiato or two at Starbucks.
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Initial post: Jan 9, 2012 11:31:22 AM PST
Barrett Benton says:
Well, it sounds like the HDs are slightly better than the standard Solos...which might not be saying much, since I found *those* cans downright execrable in terms of sound quality. Solid review!
Posted on Jan 9, 2012 11:56:27 AM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Jan 15, 2012 5:26:02 PM PST
John T. Shea says:
Thanks man. Yeah, they toned the bass down a little from the original Solos which is nice for those of us who might like to hear the words being sung in our music. After a couple weeks of break-in time, the HD's definitely sound decent. Unfortunately for $200, the consumer should probably look for more than 'decent'.
Posted on Nov 23, 2012 2:51:30 PM PST
I loved your review. It made me laugh and I am returning them to Target. I'm gonna look into your recommends.
Posted on Dec 4, 2012 3:28:34 PM PST
Warren M. Albee says:
Excellent review and exactly what I think.I just got a used pair of AT M50s, and they are brilliant. No brand name, no color choice, just a a lot of precision building experience, as in 4 decades+ long term R and D in the drivers that produce quality sound. Got em on Amazon, used for 95$. No color choice. Color choices are for folks who want to LOOK at their headphones the same way they want to LOOK at their sneakers. Seems to me that these 2 items are marketed to the same "youth with cash, trying to look cool", crowd.
Posted on Dec 18, 2012 11:12:42 PM PST
Posted on Dec 19, 2012 5:01:42 AM PST
Fantastic review. I will pass this on to my friends wanting to spend on these for xmas.May you have a good holiday season sir.
Posted on Dec 20, 2012 11:30:51 AM PST
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Bryan windham says:
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 23, 2012 2:29:24 PM PST
they were targeting suckers who don't plan for retirement and buy Ipads for their children but don't save for their children to go to college. Label-whores and people who were once deprived of material resources who feel the need to buy status symbols to make themselves feel happy for 5 minutes.
Posted on Dec 25, 2012 4:24:34 PM PST
Tim Urberg says:
Take a look at the Koss Porta-Pro headphones, with those you get the best bang for your buck and excellent sound quality.