Beats Pill+ Speaker Launches Alongside New Colors for Solo2 Headphones

A few new products from Beats by Dre have been made available to customers today, beginning with the launch of the new Beats Pill+ Speaker for $229.95. The Bluetooth speaker was announced earlier in the month with an expected launch date in November, but has made its way to online availability a few days early. The Pill+ Speaker introduces a new design into the line-up of Beats portable speakers and includes an extended 12-hour battery life along with a new iOS companion app.

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Also introduced today by Beats are new "Luxe Edition" colors for the Solo2 On-Ear Headphones, including Blue, Silver, Black, and Red. The $199.95 headphones offer the same features as the other editions of the Solo2, but with "a refined glossy finish and polished accents." The Solo2 Headphones in the new "Luxe Edition" colors and the Beats Pill+ Speaker -- available in white and black -- can both be purchased right now from Apple's online store.



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10 months ago

How about making them sound good instead of releasing new colors all the time?



They do sound good. Have you heard the latest stuff from Beats? Especially the new Solo 2? Comments like these are getting old and are just regurgitated nonsense that people think they're clever in saying. Times have changed, Beats actually makes solid audio gear now.

Tyll from InnerFidelity has a very favorable review on the new Solo 2s, for anyone curious for more info about how good they really are.
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10 months ago
How about making them sound good instead of releasing new colors all the time?
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10 months ago
My sister just got a pair of the Solo2 Wireless for her birthday, and I was genuinely impressed by the sound. They are much improved from Beats of old.

That said, they should sound a little better for the money they cost. They can't hold a candle to my Sennheiser Momentum over-ears in the clarity stakes, but they're still a very good pair of headphones if you listen to rap/electro. I felt they make guitars and drums sound muddy across too many tracks for me to buy a set if my Senn's died.
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10 months ago

How about making them sound good instead of releasing new colors all the time?


The new ones sounds quite nice, and way better than the older Beats that are way too bass heavy for me.

Lot's of reviews of the Solo 2, including data on the sound. One of the prominent ones by InnerFidelity:

With almost a quarter million views, a lot of people have experienced my opinion regarding the original Beats Solo in this video ('https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ipZY0qGrA9Y&list=UUs5A6Gg74iPHyTFJh69w-RA'). I've been quoted in the New York Times ('http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/20/business/beats-headphones-expand-dr-dres-business-world.html?pagewanted=all&_r=1&'), Huffington Post ('http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/05/09/beats-headphones-reviews_n_5294628.html'), and numerous places elsewhere ('http://www.ketknbc.com/news/what-beats-by-apple-would-mean-for-music-and-you') expressing my distaste for their products. I now find myself with the unenviable task of reversing my opinion, at least in part, with the introduction of their new Beats by Dre Solo2—a very fine headphone indeed.


Video: [MEDIA=youtube]PcpIba9SSjE[/MEDIA]

Review article: http://www.innerfidelity.com/content/time-rethink-beats-solo2-excellent#BrWrjvHUko7qIlJ3.97

And measurements of sound output: http://www.innerfidelity.com/content/time-rethink-beats-solo2-excellent-measurements-page-2#qJ6zoD1hf6hfQTzK.97

I'd like to know what you don't like about them? Anything specific? Did you try them?
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10 months ago
I have Beats Solo 2 Wireless, Master Dynamic MH40, Audio Technica M50, and Grado SR-125e sitting around and I actually reach for the Solo 2s more than any of the others. The combination of on par sound, wireless, small, and lightweight definitely make them more convenient than the super heavy MH40s, unwieldy M50s, or sound-blasting Grados. The battery life is insane too, sometimes I use them at work all week before charging and I've never run down the battery completely. It's also slick how the battery life shows up in notification center with my phone and watch.
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10 months ago

I know the article you're referring to and that only applies to the old pre-Apple Solos as far as I know. The new 2s are pretty great in both build quality at choice of materials used. I've felt them in hand at my local Apple Store and it certainly felt like a quality product, especially in terms of the plastic used. Not even accounting for the really nice, polished metal bits.

These new 2s are pretty excellent and completely destroys everything bad about the previous Monster influenced generation of Beats. I remember memes on headfi.org making jokes about "why can't we just give beats good sound quality" etc. and it finally happened. Good stuff.


Maybe I'll have to check them out again. But I still don't like the idea of being a giant walking billboard for a company. The white earbuds were more subtle back in the day. My phone has a little Apple logo that is usually covered up by a case or in my pocket. I typically don't buy logo'd clothing unless it's sports.

If I mostly listened to pop(ular)/radio type or other bass friendly music I'd definitely consider them.

But my taste is wide ranging so I too prefer the more nuanced brands.


Yeah I listen to a really wide range as well—and have expanded quite a bit over the last few years with all of the music discovery stuff built into streaming services. I'm starting to develop an ear for comparing audio equipment with different types of music, but I've got much to learn as I'm a person who is usually tuned to critiquing visual imagery, calibrating displays, editing photos, etc.
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10 months ago
The Solo 2s actually sound pretty good (still overpriced). I believe they took sound more seriously with the products released 2014. I'll definitely agree that their older stuff sounded like garbage though. Haven't heard the Pill speaker yet, however.
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10 months ago

I wouldn't say can't compare at all - in some tracks I listened to they weren't far off at all. Again, these were electro and rap ones and they've always been Beats' target. But yes, the Senn's were far more consistent. I've never heard a better sound through headphones, the clarity is insane with them.

I think you hit the nail on the head. I have HD 598's and love them. I had never heard a pair of Beats before my daughter got a pair of Solo2's as a gift from nana. Jazz, classical? Senn's by a mile in my opinion. But as you said, EDM, Rap, Pop? I gotta give credit where credit is due. My 598's are pretty neutral and it was noticeable compared to the Solo2 when listening to her music. Point blank they just sounded better to me. Beats knows their target market and the Solo2's are right in that wheelhouse.
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10 months ago

Did they make a new version of the Solo 2s? Pretty much everything I read trashed on the first ones and when the 2s came out it seemed like most people didn't like them. I've only listened to the earlier ones.



As I said above, only the first one which sucked. Reviews of the 2s didn't seem very favorable when they came out. Then I saw online that they're mostly plastic junk with cheap metal weights inside to make them feel premium. To me, that's shady at best and flat out dishonest at worst. I'm no audiophile, but I'd rather just go with some cheaper Audio Technica kit before Beats. But I also don't wear headphones out in public, so the design doesn't matter as much.



I know the article you're referring to and that only applies to the old pre-Apple Solos as far as I know. The new 2s are pretty great in both build quality at choice of materials used. I've felt them in hand at my local Apple Store and it certainly felt like a quality product, especially in terms of the plastic used. Not even accounting for the really nice, polished metal bits.

These new 2s are pretty excellent and completely destroys everything bad about the previous Monster influenced generation of Beats. I remember memes on headfi.org making jokes about "why can't we just give beats good sound quality" etc. and it finally happened. Good stuff.
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10 months ago
I was kinda expecting them to replace the micro usb port to lighting for the headphones. I suppose that would be on the solo 3. kinda interested to see what beats does when they release "apple inspired" versions of the headphones. Im happy with my wireless studio beats.
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