Last year, Beats surprised everyone, even strict audiophiles, with the Beats Studio Wireless Bluetooth headphones. Not only was the sound great, but the headphones had noise-cancellation and a sturdy build. They also made you look cool and “artistic.” At first, the headphones were $380, but you can now find deals as low as $310. It’s quite an expensive price, but worth it.
We can’t say the $300 price tag for the newly released Beats Solo2 Wireless headphones is worth the price, although the headphones are pretty good. In some cases, the headphones are very good. Once again, Bose puts too much emphasis on the low range (bass), while putting a minimum (but decent) emphasis on the high and middle ranges. The Solo2 Wireless isn’t for treble lovers. Unfortunately, even the low ranges get distorted with increased volume. Unlike the Beats Studio Wireless headphones, the Solo2 Wireless aren’t made for audiophiles.
The build quality is nice, unless you want to work out. While the Beats Studio Wireless only slips a little on your head, the Solo2 Wireless headphones can easily completely slip off. It was quite uncomfortable using these at 24 Hour Fitness. In fact, it became so frustrating that we decided to just work out without listening to music. The Solo2 Wireless is best used when sitting still in your bed or at a coffee shop like Starbucks.
Listening to EDM music with the Solo2 Wireless was an absolute pleasure. Songs such as “The Nights” by Avicii and “Red Lights” by Tiesto, with thumping beats, were absolutely made for the Solo2 Wireless Headphones. However, “Because of You” by Kelly Clarkson and “Heaven” by Brian Adams didn’t play as well. If you primarily listen to rock, you may want to stay away from these headphones.
The Beats Solo2 Wireless doesn’t have noise cancellation like the Beats Studio Wireless does. While the noise cancellation on the latter doesn’t work perfectly, it is nice to have. We also found that the music from the Solo2 Wireless leaked a lot; even at medium volume, others could easily hear what we were listening to.
The Beats Solo2 Wireless has some strengths, but why not just pay $10 more for the much better Beats Studio Wireless headphones and listen to rock, disco, jazz, or anything you want in high quality? You will look better wearing them as well. After all, the Beats brand is about style just as much as substance.