Here is the simple truth about Beats. They are not for everyone, if you are someone who very much enjoys all styles of music, and hearing the full, naked, pure, and unadulterated sound "as the artist planned it," these may not be the be-all-end-all of headphones for you. But these headphones don't promise that, so no one should be surprised they do things a little differently.
Personally, I have never classified myself as an audiophile, but I'm a musician and a singer, and my life has always been submersed in music of all kinds. So let's break this down into a couple categories.
These headphones are on-ear style, not over the ear. I've never been much of a fan of the on-ear style, especially when they cost upwards of $300.
However... With the adjustable size, the soft touch material on the band and the leather earcups, these are some of the most comfortable headphones I've ever worn. Without hurting my head they stay snug and fit enough where I feel comfortable running with them.
If you are even considering Beats, style is a concern to you. I personally have always enjoyed the look of beats. The Solo2 Wireless only further that claim, they look refined, expensive, but very clean with almost no sharp edges or harsh curves like some other premium headphones. I happened to buy the gloss black with subtle red accents, which was a mistake. Stay away from the glossy finishes, buy matte colors. I do not have particularly greasy fingers, yet I leave so many fingerprints that it drives me nuts. And yet... they look amazing, and without the "pesky" headphone cord they are incredibly compact.
The battery for the Solo2 charges via a standard micro USB. It takes me about 2 hours to charge, and I'll get around 11 hours of mixed music and audio call time. This is more than enough for me and most people to last a few days, but be weary of just leaving them on without music, it will drain the battery very quickly. If you ever are in a pinch and you have to connect to a device without bluetooth or have no battery, you can always use the supplied in box cable which has audio controls integrated.
Usually I wouldn't touch much on this aspect of a product, but for these headphones, I had to. You've probably seen it and heard it before, but the unboxing of beats headphones is a magical experience. You feel as if the price was totally worth it as soon as you unzip the carrying case and pull out these beauties.
Everything feels and looks clean and well made. One of my favorite unboxing experiences ever.
Calls sound OK on these headphones, the voice is clear enough and the mic I've been told is nothing too special, but they work for what I need and haven't missed a beat yet.
And finally, how do they sound?
Here is where people will either be won over, or totally turned off by these headphones. The sound is loud, with an unbelieveable amount of bass. I listen to pop and dance music as I workout or relax, and paired with spotify's wonderful streaming quality, these headphones simply shine. They make you want to dance. I am in no way saying that these headphones won't play classical music wonderfully, they simply just aren't the most optimized headphones for that job. The noise cancellation is very, very good. You are in your own little thumpin bubble if you have these on.
I love my Beats, and will continue to update this review as I continue to use them.
UPDATE: 2017, still using them almost every day. They still sound amazing, are physically holding up amazingly, I rarely ever have to charge them. 10/10, would still recommend
I am not endorsed by anyone, this is simply my opinion on my Beats Solo2 Wireless.
Hope this was helpful.
|Product Dimensions||4.5 x 8.3 x 5.8 inches; 0.8 Ounces|
|Item Weight||0.8 ounces|
|Manufacturer||Beats Electronics, LLC|
|Item model number||MKQ22AM/A|
|Batteries||1 Lithium Polymer batteries required.|
|Is Discontinued By Manufacturer||No|
|Date First Available||September 28, 2015|