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Beats Solo 3 Wireless Headphone, Overview
Beats by Dre headphones have, by sheer panache and excellent maneuvering (first by Jimmy Iovine and Dr Dre, now by Apple) managed to wriggle their way into becoming the industry standard for bass fiends the world over.
They identified a market and cornered it so well that, frankly, I’d be surprised if the company hasn’t already become a case study in some of the top business schools in the world.
Colorful, loud and full of youthful exuberance, they’ve roped in the young, the young at heart and the old who want nothing more than to feel young again.
The Beats Solo 3 Wireless headphones are the latest offering from the company as they look to consolidate their already impressive market share.
Beats is well-known for its colorful, if a little loud, range of headphones and that didn’t suddenly change overnight.
The Beats Solo 3 headphones come in several color options, from the bold violet and red, to the more muted silver, gold, rose gold, glossy black and glossy white and the classy matte black. Enough color options to suit everyone’s needs no matter your tastes.
The Solo 3’s aren’t particularly big as they’re on-ear headphones. The reduced size means the headphones manage to look sleek and even a little sexy in whatever color you choose. It also means they weigh a lot less than some previous versions from the manufacturer.
The frame is mostly plastic, reinforced with steel at the hinges and the skeleton. Leatherette covered foam padding keeps the earcups comfortable enough to wear for hours on end, while the headband uses some mushy rubber to achieve the same purpose.
The rubber also has another use though. It helps keep the headphone in place when you wear it, such that even a serious jog won’t displace the thing from your head. So you can effectively use these headphones as exercise-phones with no problems.
The downside of that is the clamp of the headphones is a little tight, for anyone not wearing glasses though you probably won’t notice too much.
On the outside of the earcup is the famous ‘b’ logo, this time however, it’s no longer in red but comes in a matching shade to whatever color option you picked in the first place.
On the right earcup, the same logo acts as a pause/play button. The outer ring on the same earcup acts as a volume control, a mic is also featured on there.
Wireless and Sound Performance
Surprisingly, all frequency ranges are represented well in this set, unlike a few of the previous generations, that’s not to say the Solo 3s have suddenly become hi-fi equipment all of a sudden.
The mids and highs are just more balanced and offer a solidness that hasn’t been seen much in previous versions. However, after all is said and done, this brand known for its booming bass above all else and that hasn’t changed.
The bass is absolutely thunderous, with a delightful solidity that means you won’t get some of the muddiness that accompanies some of the more criticized versions of Beats headphones.
Admirably the bass also doesn’t cloud out the other frequencies like it normally would when it’s so prominent. Instead, it’s even and you get the feeling that all other frequencies were made to enhance the qualities of the bass, a move which works amazingly well.
The end result is more hi-fi meets amped up subwoofer than anything else. In short, high-quality mids and highs with super bass and a fun and energetic sound profile.
As these are designed for outdoor use, the Solo 3 manages to keep a good amount of ambient noise out, but not to the extent that you will become completely unaware of your surroundings, which is a good thing of course.
One thing that’s not so good is that the Solo 3 does leak out a good amount of sound, so I would not use these in, for example, a public library, unless you get a kick out of annoying people.
Bluetooth on the Solo 3’s is just as impressive if not more so, with no NFC for iOS the headphone pairs more like a WIFI speaker so it has its own specific source rather than having to dive into the settings every time you want to pair.
The range and the stability are both excellent, a definite step above the rest of the competition as not once did I lose sound or get sketchy feedback on calls and music alike.
Battery life is also a cut above the rest at a massive 40 hours. I was able to go more than a week without a charge after every full charge and I use my headphones constantly. However, if you should run out of battery, it’s good to know you can still use these wired. A cable is provided in the box.
Just in case you do run out of battery and are in a hurry to get outdoors, the Solo 3 has a quick charging feature which Beats calls “Fast Fuel”. Essentially, this means you can get around three hours of juice in about 5 minutes!
Beats headphones get a lot of criticism for too much emphasis on bass but the truth is these are headphones that are true to themselves.
They aren’t pretending to be something they’re not. They’re not high fidelity headphones, they’re not audiophile material and they’re definitely not for those on a budget.
They’re bold and in your face and they want you to know it, bass is their thing and they’ll stand proudly by it. If you can’t accept that then you should probably be looking elsewhere because these aren’t the headphones for you.
Bassheads on the other hand can rejoice because they are in good hands.
I’d love to hear your thoughts about the Beats Solo 3 Wireless in the comments below.
Sound Quality - 8/10
Comfort & Design - 8/10
Build Quality - 8/10
Sound Leakage - 6/10
Noise Isolation - 8/10
Bluetooth Performance - 10/10
Battery Life - 10/10
Price/Value - 6.5/10
With thunderous bass in fashionable style, the Beats Solo 3 Wireless stay true to themselves, making these a better version of the Solo 2 Wireless topped off with an insane amount of battery life, fast charging and awesome connectivity!