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60 of 77 people found the following review helpful
on January 26, 2012
Had never heard of Sol Republic before trying them out in a local electronics store. On that particular day, I listened to several pair of headphones on the market including Beats, Bose AE2, Rocnation Aviators by Skull Candy, Klipsh and Sony. In all, I listened to at least ten sets of cans and these definitely stood out for their strong performance. If you like the sound of Beats, you'll like these-they sound just as good if not better. Plus, you can get a pair for much less than a pair of Beats. I bought these and really enjoyed the sound.

I eventually returned these headphones for two reasons. For one, they weren't real comfortable for me personally. Don't get me wrong--I wasn't in pain or anything, but put a little more pressure on my ears and the side of my head than I cared for. Also, since I primarily use my headphones during my train commute, portability is important to me. These were just a little too bulky to carry around. Definitely not the headset for you if you want to travel light.

Otherwise, I liked them and I like that Sol Republic is a new company. That means they haven't yet reached the stage where people run around wearing the headphones as a fashion accessory like some other brands. I tend to be a fairly value-oriented buyer. The $130 price tag is not outlandish for this set of headphones, but I think they could be $100. Sol Republic does make another version that looks exactly the same, but costs $100. I didn't discern a dramatic difference in sound quality between the two pair.

PROS:
Durable design, stylish, superb sound, good bass

CONS:
Bulky, not highly portable

OVERALL:
A budget friendly alternative to Beats that offer the same level of performance.
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17 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on February 9, 2012
I've owned Bose, Sony, Panasonic and Sennheiser and while nothing can compete with the clarity of a sennheiser headphone these are pretty neat in their own right. Practically indestructible because of the flex material on the headband they look sturdy and extremely stylish. The headband may or not be a bit too tight for certain heads as the cans fall on a straight angle because of the structure of the band so they do not swivel inwards to fit all types of ears. Regardless, if they do fit you, you'll find superb sound coming out of these cans.
They have a very punchy bass(in a good way), it mimics the sound of two large subwoofers in your ears. This can be good or bad depending on your sound tastes but I find the bass to be clear, full and powerful(Think of being live on a concert, this is the type of bass these headphones produce)

What is great about these headphones is that the Highs are not sacrificed to make room low frequencies. The highs sound very crisp and the mids are clear and rich. They can get very loud if you use them in your iPod. I tried every headphone on Best Buy and these were the absolute best, no comparison. If you are a Metal listener, they will bring that double bass pedal to the max and the guitar strings to the front without loosing quality. These are amazing for Electronica as well as R&B. Classical music is clear and soothing. Also make sure your audio rips are at 320kbps because you WILL hear the difference between this and a 128kbps file.

For the $130 they offer premium sound for budget price and these are better than the overpriced BEATS by Dre. Powerful bass without sacrificing crisp highs, Sol Republic has done something right. Plus they come apart nicely for travel. Both sides can be removed from the headband and put away and they have a DETACHABLE cord which can be replaced if it ever breaks.

the only minor complain and this is just to throw something out there is that the volume control doesn't work with everything. It works great with iPhone, iPod etc but it distorted on certain cd players and mp3 players, I had to keep the button pressed in order for sound to come out. This is minor though and you probably will have no problem with the device that you use.

Amazing purchase, amazing sound.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on December 26, 2012
These headphones are amazing!! They are better than Beats (in my opinion) because of the price and sound. Got these for Christmas and I'm loving them! Buy these for sure! 5 stars and some! Also they look amazing! Buy for sure!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on December 21, 2012
They have a nice clean sound, decent base, and elegant design but you need to take them apart to travel more easily. It's just one small step and is fast and easy to do. I own many brands and styles of headphones and really like these for the price. The cord is so much better than the Bose cheap thin design and it has the volume control built in.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on June 19, 2013
Ordered the Sol Republic headphones from Amazon, which were promptly delivered (as always! Great Job Amazon!). I did quite a bit of research as I was looking for something more than ear buds or in-ear headsets and less than full size over the ear headphones to use with my growing music collection on my iPhone. My choice came down to the Beats Solo and the Sol Republic Tracks HD.

I got an opportunity to do some headphone-to-headphone comparisons of the Beats and Sol Republic via the displays available in a number of retailers like Target and Best Buy. While both were excellent sounding headsets, it became apparent that the Beats was balanced with more of an emphasis on providing a deep, thumping bass line at the expense of clear mid-range and treble sounds. In particular, I thought the Beats over-balanced bass drowned out voices - making vocals a bit muddy sounding. In contrast, the Sol Republic sounded great - very clear mid's and treble tone with a pleasant bass line. The bass was there, but never overpowering. It was pretty much a no-brainer and at a cost nearly half of the Beats, I chose the Sol Republic's.

Pro's
*Very sturdy construction
*Stylish
*Modular construction - virtually every piece of the Sol's can be replaced or customized to your taste like headbands, cables and even the cans themselves.
*Excellent sound quality - I don't consider myself a true audiophile, but I can appreciate great sounding audio. The Sol's provide sound quality that I seem to go back to time and again.

Now for what's not so great.

Con's
*Markings for Right Speaker/Left Speaker could be clearer. The markings are on the bottom of each speak near the cable. On my unit, it's a black R and L against a dark gunmetal background and is not very legible. There are also markings on the headband, but those are often obscured by the placement of the speaker, requiring sliding the speaker up the headband to reveal.
*Comfort - For me personally, the Sol's out-of-the-box new were uncomfortable after about 15-20 minutes of wearing. The major source of the discomfort stems from the design of the Sol's, particularly the headband.

1) The Sol Republic headphone uses a very rigid, almost polycarbonate type plastic in their headband construction. It's one solid piece of thick, translucent plastic. Out of the box, the headband is incredibly tight. The two ends of the headband virtually touch without the speakers installed. Even with the speakers installed, the bend of the headphones causes the speakers to rest against each other when the unit is not in use.

2) Due to the design of the Sol's and its headband - the two speakers are exactly parallel with each other. I can't speak for others and as a middle-aged man, I don't think I have a particularly large head....but - my ears do not lay perfectly flat on my head. The back of my ear extends more than the front. With its rigid headband and parallel speakers, the Sol's begin to press quite heavily on the back and upper edge of my ears. The way it presses is due to the tension in the headband pushing in on itself inward toward the tips. There is a complete lack of any kind of lateral articulation present. Simply put, the speakers don't swivel so that the face of the ear pads sits evenly on the ear. The end result is that the ear pads push in quite tightly, crushing against the back and upper edge of my ears and not much at the front of the ear.

3) Positioning - the Sol's are a bit unforgiving in terms of comfort based on the vertical positioning of the speakers. Push them too high and they rest over the top of the ear and crushing the top of the ear. Push them too low and they sit mid-ear and extend past the bottom of the ear. While you might think this a silly issue, in terms of comfort it's not. I had an old pair of Sennheiser on-ear headphones that were always comfortable and could be made more so by minor adjustments. The Sol's almost require you to hit a "sweet spot" in the vertical placement of the speaker to wear them comfortably. You'll also find that after as little as 5 minutes, you are constantly adjusting to find that sweet spot, and then again after that and yet again after that. You never seem to be able to place them and leave them. You're constantly fidgeting to find the comfort zone.

4) Eyeglass wearers - Folks with glasses may find the Sol's very uncomfortable to wear, almost to the point of calling them painful to wear. Again this is due to the extreme inward pressure of the headband design. Due to the inward pressure of the headband. the ear pad pushes in against the back and top of the ear. Folks with glasses will find the extreme pressure against the outside of the ear causes the ear to crush the glasses ear piece against the side of the head. Wearing the Sol's with thick framed glasses can be very painful.

OK - your probably wondering if I returned the Sol's. The answer is No - I did not for a simple reason. I like how they sound. What I did do is come up with a couple of tips and tricks to make the Sol's comfortable for extended use.

Tip #1 - Try stretching out the headband to loosen the tension. What I did is found a small sized soccer ball laying around the house and using that like a "head". I then slid the Sol speakers very high up the headband, almost to the point of reaching the padding. I then mounted the Sol on the soccer ball so that the speakers almost sat at Mickey Mouse ear height when positioned on the ball. I just let the Sol sit like that on the ball for a couple of days. After removing the Sol off the ball, the headband probably stretched a good 1-2 inches, reducing the inward tension. I have read that you can try slowly warming the crown of the headband with a blow dryer and then pulling apart the tips for a period of time. I was reluctant to try that out of fear of melting the headband - it is plastic after all.

Tip #2 - Try wearing the Sol with the headband pitched a bit forward towards the forehead instead of straight perpendicular over the top of the head. By pushing the headband a bit forward, it shifts the tension line pressure from the headband from being horizontal across the face of the ear to being a bit more diagonal/vertical. Don't ask me why, but just pushing the Sol headband a bit forward over the top of the head makes it much, much more comfortable to wear. I can easily wear them comfortably for extended periods. That inch or 2 really can make a difference.

Would I recommend the Sol's. Yes - based on the quality of the sound for the price. But it would be with the caveat that some folks may be better suited to the Sol Republic Tracks HD than others. Kids, teens, or folks with small to average size heads may find the Sol perfectly comfortable. Others like myself may find the comfort issue overshadows the sound quality. Eyeglass wearers should probably try out a pair in a store to check the comfort level themselves.

I found my happy medium by basically breaking in my Sol's. You may not want to bother with fiddling with a set of headphones to make them comfortable - hence my 3 star rating.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on September 24, 2012
My SOL Republic Tracks are superb. They fit snugly enough on the ears without causing discomfort after extended use. The fidelity is pure with the speakers delivering solid bass, balanced midrange, and crisp highs (treble). The speakers effectively separate each instrument and blend them with harmonic symphony. Unlike many headphones in this price range ($100 to $150), these SOL Republics deliver great sound even at LOW volume. The inline microphone is also a handy plus. This is a great set of headphones for this price point!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on April 16, 2013
I'm not necessarily an "Audiophile" but I've had Sennheiser and Audio Technica headphones before, I was unsure whether I wanted SOL Republic, or Beats, I ended up going with the SOL Republic Tracks HD, due to the price difference and all the positive reviews.

I'm so thankful that I did! These are some of the best sounding headphones I've yet to own! The bass response is great without being too muddy. treble response is pretty good too, mids are also there, just not as powerful.

The biggest thing that I like about the headphones is the interchangeability with the parts. I have a large head and the vast majority (These headphones included) do not fit with the band going over my head, so I turn it so the band is behind my head & with the way these headphones work, you can adjust the phones higher up the band, which keeps the phones from falling off your head.

Rated 4 stars because
1.) Would like to be able to buy longer headbands so I can wear the headphones properly.
2.) the included cable seems kinda flimsy (the split part, from remote to cans) and it hasn't broken yet, but I'm being really careful with it, But I do appreciate the fact that I can purchase cables without needing to buy a whole new set of cans (Big boon for people that use it everyday, or if they've dealt with ripped out cables like I have).

EDIT: Had these for over a year, and they still sound as good as they did brand new, haven't had to replace anything with them.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on August 14, 2012
The headphones have an awesome sound. They are very comfortable and I have worn them for hours at a time. For the money you can't go wrong with these headphones!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 22, 2015
Amazing headphones. Sol Republic definitely delivers with these Tracks HD. The sound is crisp, the bass is good and the overall sound quality is above average. The build quality is amazing too. The band is virtually unbreakable, and I love the metal finish on the sound engines vs. the regular tracks. Very stylish. If you're looking for headphones under $100, I HIGHLY recommend these. I am very satisfied with my purchase :)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on September 24, 2013
Amazing product, really woth buying!! Recommended to the ones who love a deep bass and a nice and clear sound! Quality and price!!
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