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Beats Tones Down the Bass With its New Solo2 Headphones

Following the announcement that Apple was acquiring Beats Electronics, the audio accessory company is not slowing down, announcing a new version of its most popular set of on-ear headphones. The new Beats Solo² offers a new physical design and improved acoustics that promise to deliver "a wider range of sound and enhanced clarity."

An early review from Engadget suggests the new cans tone down the bass, providing a "more balanced" sound than other Beats headphone models that often are criticized for their bass-heavy sound.
Well, the best way I can describe the sound here is "more balanced." Don't get me wrong: There's still plenty of bass when tunes call for it, but you can also clearly pick up other elements -- things like hi-hats, snares and others all seem to stand out more when compared to previous releases.
Besides the improved audio quality, the Beats Solo² has a sleeker, more polished design that makes the headphones comfortable to wear, says The Wall Street Journal.
The new design, which echoes the more expensive, over-ear Beats Studio, is sleeker, with no visible screws and higher quality materials that offer a more premium feel than the predecessor. Acoustics have been improved, too. The ear cups now sit at an angle that’s far more comfortable on your ears—especially after hours of wear. The new ear-cup design also blocks out more background noise.
Now that Apple is acquiring Beats, these Solo² headphones may be among the last models released by Beats as a standalone company. Going forward, Apple will oversee the design and marketing of Beats' future products. As part of this transition, Beats will sever its long-term relationship with design firm Ammunition, which is responsible for the design of the Beats' current lineup of headphones and speakers.

The new Beats Solo² headphones are available now for pre-order from Beats' website and will arrive in retail stores beginning June 1. Pricing for the model remains the same, with the Solo² costing $199. It is available in a variety of colors including pink, blue, gray, white or red.

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71 months ago
So are we going to have news posts about these crappy products all time now that Apple have bought them?
Rating: 69 Votes
71 months ago
One, two, three and to the fo'
Dialin' back the bass before they're in the Apple sto'
Rating: 30 Votes
71 months ago
In before MacRumors has turned into "BeatsRumors" claim in 3... 2... 1... :rolleyes:
Rating: 30 Votes
71 months ago

So are we going to have news posts about these crappy products all time now that Apple have bought them?

Probably not a great idea to visit a website who's sole purpose is reporting Apple news if you're not interested in reading about Apple news :rolleyes:
Rating: 29 Votes
71 months ago
I actually think beats headphones look great.

Edit: For me, they sound great too. Can't wait for their future products under Apple
Rating: 28 Votes
71 months ago
I see you wearing Beats headphones then I know you know nothing about headphones...
Rating: 25 Votes
71 months ago
Hmmm. The timing of this release seems like a strategic alignment with the acquisition becoming official. Doubt Apple engineers had anything to do with this model, but wouldn't be shocked if the release is aimed to target listeners of genres where bass is less emphasized.

Forget pleasing the audiophiles though. They hate everything.

PS -

Sennheiser = German
Bang & Olufsen = Danish
Bowers & Wilkins = English
Spotify = Swedish

Apple = American
Beats = American

Perhaps that played a role as well for Apple.
Rating: 25 Votes
71 months ago
Still nowhere near as good as Sennheisers that cost 1/4 of the price.
Rating: 23 Votes
71 months ago
Did Apple tell them that boosting the bass isn't what makes good headphones?
Rating: 16 Votes
71 months ago
I don't know what people's problem with Beats is, I own a pair of the Solo HD's and they are brilliant, very durable and the sound is great. Yea they are bass heavy but they also work great with other types of music, I listen to all different types of music and I love Beats.
Rating: 15 Votes

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