The Good: The wireless Beats Solo 2’s sound almost identical to their wired cousin. When compared to the original Solo’s, the 2’s sound more balanced and are less bass heavy. They’re also lightweight and comfortable to wear.

 

The Bad: The Solo 2’s are pricey. Although they’re sturdy, they do have a “plasticky” look and feel that may turn off some. The audio quality is good, but mid-range can lack detail at times.

 

The Bottom Line: Overall, the Solo 2’s are a substantial improvement over the originals. Bass response, which has become a hallmark of Beats head gear, is still present but is more tamed and refined. The big road bock with the Solo 2 is the price tag. They cost substantially more than their wired counterpart and there are other headphones available that offer similar sound quality for less cash.

Beats Solo2 Wireless On-Ear Headphone – Silver (Old Model)

Price: $253.99

4.1 out of 5 stars (1950 customer reviews)

18 used & new available from $159.95

 

Beats Solo 2 Wireless Headphones

Beats Solo 2 Headphones Review

 

The wired Beats Solo 2’s have been on store shelves for a while now and it was no surprise when Beats announced the release of a bluetooth version. So what sets the Solo 2 Wireless apart from its wired counterpart (besides the obvious). It turns out there’s not much. Visually they’re almost identical. The bluetooth Solo 2 is a tad heavier than the wired version which is most likely due the inclusion of a rechargeable lithium-ion battery. Other than that you’ll be hard pressed find any noticeable differences.

 

The Solo 2’s are relatively sturdy despite their mostly plastic frame. The headband proved sturdy enough to withstand some minor twisting and pulling from me without sustaining any noticeable signs of damage or stress.

 

The headphones adjust easily to various head sizes thanks to their adjustable arms. Gently pushing on either side of the headphones folds them down into a compact bundle that fits easily into the included carrying case.

 

The Solo 2 wireless headphones maintain a consistent amount of tension when worn. I found it to be snug, but never uncomfortable. When walking or exercising with the headphones in tow, they stayed in place and never slid off. The cushy ear pads are also comfortable enough that I didn’t have any significant ear fatigue after a few extended listening sessions.
Beats Solo 2 Wireless Review

The right ear cup has a small power button and a series of five LED light that indicates how much charge you have left. On the left ear cup the beats logo acts as a cleverly disguised Play/Pause button. Pressing up or down on the ring around the Beats logo adjusts the volume level.

 

Bundled with the Solo 2 is a micro USB cable that you can use to charge the headphones if you’re running low on juice. You also get a 3.5 mm cable that turns the Solo 2’s into a wired headset.

 

Performance

Beat’s headphones are known for having a signature sound which has a tendency to accentuate low frequencies. This has been a divisive topic among some reviewers with some preferring a more balanced headphone. The Beats Solo 2 Wireless phones address this issue by giving a more equitable performance than their predecessors. That being said, the wireless Solo 2’s still deliver ample amounts of bass.

 

The Wireless Solo 2’s still have the Beats pedigree, and as expected seem to be more comfortable with tunes from Wiz Khalifa and Lil’ Wayne than they do with AC/DC or Black Sabbath.  However, the bass isn’t over powering.

 

When used for non-music applications, the Solo 2 hits you with just enough bass that explosions and special effects in movies are weighty without being overbearing. Dialogue reproduction is clear and crisp and doesn’t get overwhelmed by oodles of bass.

 

The Solo 2’s do have a slight tonal difference when using them wired vs. wirelessly. When wired, they have a some what warmer sound which I preferred.  However, when used wirelessly they sounded crisper. Classical music for instance, sounded better when I used the Solo 2’s via bluetooth.

 

The overall sound quality of the Solo 2’s is quite good, but not great.  To me the mid-range felt a little underrepresented which resulted in some music sounding “soft”.

 

The Solo 2 is advertised as having a 12 hour battery life.  I was able to squeeze a little more out of them with about 12.5 hours of listening time. For the average person this means you’ll probably only need to charge these once a week.

 

The Bottom Line

If you’re trying to decide between the wired Solo 2’s or the wireless version it’s a no-brainer, go for the wireless. The wireless Solo 2’s sound nearly identical to their wired cousins but give you much more flexibility and freedom. The one caveat is the price tag. The bluetooth enabled Solo 2’s are $100 more than the wired version which for some that may be a tough pill to swallow.

 

Beats Solo2 Wireless On-Ear Headphone – Silver (Old Model)

Price: $253.99

4.1 out of 5 stars (1950 customer reviews)

18 used & new available from $159.95

 

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