Beats Solo Pro on-ear headphones review

Beats Solo Pro on-ear headphones review
Good design touchesgood noise reductionrelatively comfortable
No USB-C
8.4Overall Grade
Sound8.5
Comfort8
Design9
Performance9
Value7.5

Headphones 3 wireless headphones offer great design, loud sound and more. Now the company is back with a follow-up – headphones about headphones.

The headphones offer a new design, some smart new features, noise cancellation and more. But, in classic fashion rhythms, they are also quite expensive at $300. Are they a good buy? We've been using headphones for a while now to find out.

Design

The first thing to notice about the Beats Solo/Pro headphones is their design and they look like good banks. The Solo 3 wireless earphones already looked pretty good, but the rounder curves and a bit more features help give the new earbuds a more modern, sophisticated look.

Of course, the headphones have a higher build quality on them too. They are made from anodized aluminum rather than a plastic headband, and the result is a stronger build that should last longer. They are also available in a range of colors including red, blue, white, black, navy, and more. We analyze black models and they look very sleek.

The earbuds have some pretty smart features, apart from the H1 chip that we'll get at the end. In particular, the headphones will automatically turn on when you unfold them, then turn off when you fold them back. There's a single button on the bottom of the left earcup that you'll use to turn noise cancellation on and off. There are control buttons built into the right ear cup that you can use to control playback and volume. We wish the controls were more touchy than the pressure required, but touch control is also simpler than the MIS trigger. On the bottom of the right ear cup, there's a Lightning port, which we were a bit disappointed to see - a USB-c port would have been much better.

In the box, in addition to the headphones themselves, you will receive a lightning cable and a carabiner. You will also get a nice fabric carry case that is soft to the touch.

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Comfort

Headphones Pro Headphones Headphones are not headphones, but rather that affects the overall comfort. That said, they're actually quite comfortable, thanks to plush padding and a relatively secure fit.

Now, those with larger heads may have more trouble fitting earbuds than we do. The clip on the headphones is tight enough, so while there's enough headroom for most, some may find they need a break every few hours.

Sound

Gone are the days when Beats headphones only catered to Megabass fans. These days, Beats headphones offer a much more natural sound to them.

That doesn't mean there isn't a lot of bass here. In fact, they still deliver a bass-forward approach to listening to music. It's just that the Beats toned things down a bit to cater to a wider audience. Kicks easily punch through the mix, while bass guitars feel solid but smooth.

The mids are well tuned too. There's a good amount of warmth in the low-mids, while the highs are a little scooped up, in classic beats fashion, putting a little more emphasis on local lows and highs.

The high end answer is too good. There's a lot of hiss in the cymbals and hiss in the vocals, and it doesn't come over either. True music lovers will want a little more detail, but as far as wireless headphones go, they have a lot to offer.

The noise canceling tech on these headphones is actually pretty good. It's not quite up to the same level as Sony and Bose's best headphones, but it still cuts out most of the noise easily, as well as on airplanes and public transport. You can set noise cancellation to be on or off, and there's also a transparency mode that lets in outside noises using the built-in microphone.

Performance

The Pro Headphones are powered by Apple's H1 chip, which gives them better wireless performance, a few extra features, and more for as long as you use your iPhone. The earbuds never had any connectivity issues while in use and it was nice to get extra features like instant pairing, “Hey Siri” support and more.

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The battery life of the headphones sits in at 22 hours with noise cancellation at as much as 40 hours off of it. You may get better or worse battery life depending on the volume you listen to, but 22 hours is still pretty good for a pair of in-ear headphones.

Conclusions

Silver Medals

Headphones Pro headphones are definitely a worthy successor to the Solo 3 wireless headphones. They offer better, more refined designs, better sound, and offer noise cancellation.

That said, they are a bit more expensive. If you like the features that the H1 Chip brings, and don't mind the fact that they're on-ear headphones, then they're a great option - but if you just want some of the best noise canceling headphones, and might use headphones instead of headphones , then Sony what-1000XM3 headphones are still probably the way to go.

However, given their excellent sound quality and a number of amazing features, we're awarding the Silver Medal.

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frequency range Unknown Active Noise Cancellation Yes
Driver size Unknown Noise suppression Unknown
Driver type Dynamic Headphone controls Yes
Design
Closed Microphone Yes
Sensitivity Unknown Ear pads material memory foam
Nominal resistance
Unknown Magnet Material Unknown
Total harmonic distortion
Unknown? Water resistance Unknown
Rated input power
Unknown Battery life 22 hours (40 hours without ANC)
Maximum input power
Unknown Wireless distance 10m (33ft)
Wireless connection
Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity, Apple H1 Length of cable N / A
Wired connection
No Case type soft case
Detachable cable
No In the box
  • Headphones
  • Lightning cable
  • Carbine
  • A business
The weight 9.42 HP Colours Light Blue, Red, Dark Blue, Ivory, Black, Gray

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