First Look at the New Beats Solo2 Wireless Headphones

Earlier this week, Beats Electronics introduced new Solo2 Wireless on-ear headphones, the first product the company has released since its acquisition by Apple became official back in August. While the headphones are not yet available for purchase on the Beats website, Mike Liang, aka HiFiGuy on YouTube has gotten an advanced first look at the new Solo2 Wireless headphones and has shared both photos and first impressions with MacRumors.

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The Beats Solo2 Wireless headphones share the same design as the Solo2 headphones that Beats introduced back in May, with Beats' signature large cups emblazoned with the Beats logo. Aside from some small print on the box, there's no Apple branding or Apple references on the Solo2 Wireless headphones.

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Reviews of the original Solo2 headphones suggested Beats had toned down the bass with the new design, offering better acoustics, and Liang says that the Solo2 Wireless headphones sound identical to the existing Solo2 headphones.
Solo2 Wireless has an exciting/energetic sound signature that's suitable for a wide variety of music genres (even Classical). No more muffled midrange and flabby bass of the old SoloHD by Monster. Audiophiles will certainly appreciate the much improved sound signature. No one can honestly say that the new Solo2 Wireless sound bad. These are good!
According to Liang, the Solo2 Wireless headphones paired easily to his MacBook Pro, taking only seconds to setup, but unfortunately it appears that Beats has opted to use the SBC Bluetooth codec rather than aptX, which is believed to offer superior sound quality.

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Beats plans to begin selling its Solo2 Wireless headphones later this month for $300, a $100 premium over the standard Solo2 headphones. The Solo2 Wireless headphones are available in black, white, and blue, with Verizon exclusively offering a red option through the end of the year. Beats has also released new "Royal Edition" color options for the standard Solo2 headphones, making them available in Stone Grey, Hunter Green, Imperial Violet, Blush Rose, and Sapphire Blue.

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68 months ago
Lipstick on a pig. Thank goodness there's no :apple: logo on this thing.
Rating: 24 Votes
68 months ago

Audiophiles will certainly appreciate the much improved sound signature.

Audiophiles wouldn't touch Beats Bluetooth headphones with a 10ft pole...
Rating: 18 Votes
68 months ago
Im sorry but these look fugly and cheap. Please fix future versions, Jony.
Rating: 18 Votes
68 months ago

My buddy swears the last Beats headset he owned rubbed a bald spot on top of his head from wearing them at the gym.


He must have been wearing them wrong.

On a serious note why would anyone wear these gigantic "fashion" focused over-ear headphones at the gym?
Rating: 16 Votes
68 months ago

My buddy swears the last Beats headset he owned rubbed a bald spot on top of his head from wearing them at the gym.


Isn't that what earbuds are for?
Rating: 16 Votes
68 months ago
My buddy swears the last Beats headset he owned rubbed a bald spot on top of his head from wearing them at the gym.
Rating: 16 Votes
68 months ago

but unfortunately it appears that Beats has opted to use the SBC Bluetooth codec rather than aptX, which is believed to offer superior sound quality.

fail
Rating: 13 Votes
68 months ago
$300?

Not a chance when there are far better quality phones out there. Read some reviews. As M.J. used to sing, "Beat it!"
Rating: 9 Votes
68 months ago

fail


Apt-X has been around for several years now; there's no excuse to not use it in higher end audio gear.

I think manufacturers just figure no one will be able to tell the difference, and use the same cheap off the shelf bluetooth chipsets. Notice how all bluetooth headsets make exactly the same status beeps and have exactly the same pairing procedure?
Rating: 8 Votes
68 months ago

fail


Yes, indeed :(
Rating: 8 Votes

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