“Targeted on model and compatibility, the asking worth of the Beats Solo3 is a bit excessive for less than common sound.”

A number of colour choices

Nice battery life

Robust compatibility with Apple merchandise

Poor bass

Tight match causes listening fatigue

Beats has been as a lot about model and elegance because it has about sound high quality and options, so it’s no shock that each one of its on-ear/over-ear choices appear to boast extra colour selections than upfront audio specs.

The Beats Solo3 are the corporate’s most approachable headphones in terms of worth, however that doesn’t make them low-cost. At $200, they’re nonetheless reaching into the high-end private audio market regardless of their lower-end standing amongst Beats choices. So in what has develop into a really aggressive headphone market within the final couple of years, the place do the Solo3 land? Let’s have a look.

What’s within the field?

The Beats Solo3 ship fairly merely. Inside a few layers of cardboard packaging, you can see the headphones, a mushy carrying case, a USB-A to USB Micro-B charging cable, and a small carabiner (used for looping onto the mushy case and clipping to issues, I suppose). Beats additionally features a set of pamphlets that clearly clarify setup and use, in addition to a sticker, if that’s your jam. Although the headphones do settle for a three.5mm jack connection that bypasses the necessity for energy, the Solo3 headphones don’t ship with one. For the worth, I’d suppose together with such a easy cable could be a no brainer, however that’s Apple for you.

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I’ll say that the packaging was devoid of extra plastic, that means you possibly can probably recycle most of it simply just about in every single place, which is good; we’ll award factors for sustainability right here.

Construct and design

The colour of the set Beats despatched to me for evaluate is Satin Silver, which is principally white. They’re easy and clean-looking, however in my view they’re the least fascinating of the choices aside from maybe the Matte Black. So far as model is anxious, Beats has it nailed throughout the board with its headphones, as among the different choices look implausible.

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The construct high quality is stable, too. The hinges are product of polished chrome, the earcups are well-padded, and although the outside of the cans is plastic, the headphones don’t really feel low-cost. The scarf isn’t notably strong, however the lightness of the Solo3s combined with the energy of the clamping stress on the ears lets me give cross.

Talking of that clamping stress, it’s vital. The Solo3 headphones are the on-ear selection, not over-ear. As such, the cups relaxation immediately in your ears and push them into the edges of your head when worn. I don’t have a very giant head, and it’s narrower than it’s spherical. Even so, the earcups press fairly arduous in opposition to my ears to the purpose that the Solo3s develop into uncomfortable to put on even after a short time. I’ve been in a position to put on them for at most an hour earlier than vital fatigue units in. In brief, these headphones put on very small, so you probably have a bigger head, it’s extremely probably these are going to be much more uncomfortable on you than they’re on me.

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The Solo3 weigh simply 215 grams, which is well-distributed and makes carrying or carrying them simple. I discussed the scarf didn’t really feel that strong, and that’s as a result of the padding throughout the band that rests on the highest of my head isn’t very mushy. It didn’t hassle me specifically, however the Beats Solo Execs and Studios have a way more cushioned headband, so seeing much less cushion right here was disappointing.

The mushy case that ships with the Solo3 is nothing particular. You should use that included carabiner to clip it to the within or the outside of a bag in case you want. The case is kind of compact, which is a plus, nevertheless it’s simply not going to win any design awards for its appears to be like.

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The fitting earcup homes a micro USB charging port, in addition to the ability button. The left earcup has a three.5mm jack enter on the underside and the aspect of the cup has a button to pause, play, and skip tracks, in addition to a pair of buttons to regulate quantity. I just like the bodily buttons on the Solo3s versus a touchpad discovered on different headphones as a result of the tactile suggestions helps me know that I’m utilizing the controls appropriately when carrying the headphones (since I can’t see what I’m urgent).

Compatibility and battery

As an Apple model, the Beats headphones are going to have the perfect consumer expertise with an iPhone, however they’re totally suitable with Android gadgets as effectively. The Solo3s characteristic Apple’s W1 chip, which permits for added performance when used with Apple merchandise, together with “Hey Siri” help and a number of headset listening (when utilizing different Beats or Apple merchandise). The headphones and their remaining battery life may even be displayed when held near the iPhone.

As an iPhone consumer, the Beats Solo3 headphones slipped proper into my wearable library with ease.

As an iPhone consumer, the Beats Solo3 headphones slipped proper into my wearable library with ease, identical to once I added the AirPods Execs and my Apple Watch. Pairing was fast and simple, and leaping to extra sources was quick, regardless that these don’t help Bluetooth multipoint. When Apple releases its computerized hand-off of headphones with the subsequent OS, I hope utilizing the Solo3s on a number of Apple merchandise will get even simpler.

The battery life on the Solo3 headphones is excellent.

The battery life on the Solo3 headphones is excellent: 40 hours between costs. They even provide a fast cost of 10 minutes for three hours of listening. That is among the finest battery efficiency you possibly can ask for in any headphone in the marketplace proper now, and could be the perfect if it wasn’t for the Jabra Elite 45H that have been lately launched and provide 50 hours.

Audio high quality

Beats has finished a superb job making the audio on these headphones have the broadest potential attraction. For an audiophile, these are as near par as I can think about. For the typical listener, although, they’re inoffensive.

It’s an ideal line for a model like Beats to experience.

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The audio out of the Solo3 headphones is mids-driven, with the upper registers, in addition to the lows and bass, given much less of a task. That’s to not say the bass isn’t there — it’s. The Solo3 headphones simply don’t actually pump the bass like I typically get pleasure from, or appear to have the flexibility to current it with any depth.

The soundstage is especially slender, with the ranges compressed collectively into what appears like a small room. On Sia’s Chandelier, the bass sounds overprocessed and muddy, however her vocals come via effectively sufficient. Equally, Hans Zimmer’s No Time for Warning doesn’t have the “oomph” it ought to and fails to ramp the drama excessive sufficient for my liking as a result of a weak bass sign. Because the piece crescendos, the bass will get a bit warbly and unrefined, once more making me consider these headphones simply aren’t able to outputting clear bass when a tune calls for it.

These headphones simply aren’t able to outputting clear bass when a tune calls for it.

The truth that the bass isn’t robust on the Solo3 is complicated, as a punchy bass is just about an enormous half Beats’ signature sound. Possibly it’s a very good factor that these provide a break from what is generally stronger oomph within the lows, or possibly it will be disappointing in case you purchased these and anticipated that very same Beats sound.

Beats doesn’t provide any technique to tweak the EQ both, so what you hear is what you get out of the Solo3 headphones.

Except you’re actually searching for highly effective bass that can rock your jaw, the audio is simple to take heed to and customarily nice. It’s that mids-driven audio that’s simply so darned simple to take heed to. Heat and approachable, most individuals will prefer it simply wonderful.

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Our take

The Beats Solo3 Headphones rely closely on their model and Apple connectivity over audio high quality so as to drive their excessive $200 asking worth. For a lot of, that might be value it. But it surely’s a really aggressive market, and Beats may need a tough time convincing the well-informed that these cans are those to get.

Are there higher alternate options?

At $200, the Know Calm or the Razer Opus are each stable choices. The Microsoft Floor Headphones 2 are additionally on this worth vary and value your consideration. If you wish to spend much less, the Jabra Elite 45H are half the worth however sound a lot better, although they lack the agency grip the Solo3 present. In all 4 circumstances, you may need to sacrifice model and compatibility, however you’ll get higher sound. It comes all the way down to your choice.

How lengthy will they final?

With Micro-USB on its approach out, it may be annoying to should hold that further cable round when the remainder of your tech is on to USB-C, particularly in case you’re utilizing Apple merchandise and already toting round a Lighting cable. Beats merchandise are coated by Apple’s 1-year restricted guarantee, and the construct high quality is stable.

Must you purchase them?

Possibly. The factor is, they’re costly for what’s common audio efficiency, however they appear good and the compatibility with Apple merchandise is good and arduous to miss. You’re going to should steadiness what’s essential to you and decide if the Beats Solo3 headphones fulfill that want.

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