We've seen plenty of Bluetooth hardware with dual modes, dual channels, dual mics and even dual sub-woofers, but dual device connectivity? That's a little less common. It's a feature on the new Tracks Air headset from Motorola and SOL Republic, and it means you can listen to music or a movie on your tablet while still being able to receive a call from your mobile, rather than being forced to pair with just one or the other. Tracks Air cans won't come cheap, at $200, but they'll bring a bunch of other practically-minded specs, including a 150-foot range that could, according to the guys at SOL, potentially let you leave your phone in the gym locker while you listen to it on the treadmill (although we imagine a huge number of factors and reinforced concrete walls might get in the way of that). Battery life is claimed to be 15 hours, but there's a back-up cable so you're not left stranded on long journeys, and the "PowerTracks" headbands will be interchangeable with future colors and styles coming next year. Meanwhile, expect availability of the headset itself at major stores from early November.
SOL REPUBLIC AND MOTOROLA UNCHAIN SUPERIOR
SOUND WITH NEW WIRELESS HEADPHONES
Tracks AIR offers unrivaled range and wireless freedom with powerful sound that lets you feel your music
San Francisco, CA – October 29, 2013 – Sharing a passion for music and great sound, SOL REPUBLIC and Motorola, a Google Company, today announced the Tracks AIR wireless headphones. Combining stellar sound, unmatched 150-foot wireless range, dual-device connectivity and an unbelievable 15-hour battery life, Tracks AIR provides on-the-go convenience that active music lovers will celebrate. And with four different interchangeable headband colors, you can celebrate in style.
"After only two years in the market SOL REPUBLIC has established itself as one of the fastest growing lifestyle brands in headphones because of our passion for great sound, great style and game-changing features like interchangeability and indestructability," said Kevin Lee, SOL REPUBLIC co-founder and CEO. "We're extremely excited that SOL REPUBLIC and Motorola were able to engineer a wireless headphone that's affordable, looks great, sounds amazing, and is packed with the most advanced wireless technologies available that we think today's always connected consumer will Superior Sound Wirelessly
Wireless headphones often lack the music experience found in their wired counterparts. Thanks to the A2 Sound Engines, Tracks AIR delivers a music experience that has solid bass, clean mids and vocals, and extended highs. Developed specifically for Bluetooth audio, the A2 Sound Engines are also very power efficient so you can have volume and bass punch without additional battery drain.
"Motorola is and has always been a leader in Bluetooth audio technology and we're excited to pair this expertise with SOL REPUBLIC's prowess in sound," said Matt Vokoun, Vice President, Companion Product, Motorola Mobility. "Tracks AIR is our latest collaboration with SOL REPUBLIC and offers unrivaled sound quality with the best of Bluetooth wireless technology. The same audio quality, but without the wires."
Super Power Wireless
Tracks AIR features an unmatched wireless range that ensures clear and precise sound up to 150 feet away, nearly five times more than other wireless headphones. Tracks AIR gives music lovers the freedom to move around the house or office without having to keep your phone or music player attached to your hip. Don't worry about digging through your bag to find your phone to answer an incoming call; Tracks AIR will pause your music and you can answer or ignore using only the controls on the sound engine.
Never Miss a Beat
With a remarkable 15-hour battery life, Track's AIR has nearly twice as much power as most wireless headphones, so you won't have to worry about your headphones' charge dying during a long flight or marathon day at the office. If the battery does run low, you can conveniently plug in the standard SOL REPUBLIC cables that come with Tracks AIR and continue to enjoy your music.
Tracks AIR offers the convenience of dual-device connectivity so you can connect two devices simultaneously, such as your phone, tablet or computer. Seamlessly answer an incoming call while watching a movie on your tablet without having to disconnect devices. Swap from a movie on your tablet to your phone with the touch of a button. As an added bonus, you can also pair a standalone music player such as an MP3 player to Tracks AIR without losing the connection to your two primary devices. The dual-device connectivity allows you to easily switch back and forth without the hassle of discovering or disconnecting via Bluetooth and NFC pairing.
You're In Control
The new noise-isolating A2 Sound Engines also feature intuitively placed controls to ensure music lovers can pause, play, adjust volume and make phone calls with ease. A dual-microphone with CrystalTalk™ technology is built in to one of the Sound Engines, providing distortion-free calls anytime, anywhere.
Tracks AIR features new PowerTracks™, which are interchangeable headbands that can easily be swapped out to match your outfit or personal style. Tracks AIR will be available in multiple colors including ice white, gunmetal, electro blue and vivid red. Separate Tracks AIR PowerTracks in different colors and styles will be available in early 2014, and Tracks AIR are compatible with all Tracks cables for optional wired use.
Tracks AIR wireless headphones will be available in early November for $199.99 at leading retailers, including Best Buy, Verizon and RadioShack, as well as at www.SOLREPUBLIC.com and www.MOTOROLA.com.
SOL REPUBLIC offers sound, durability and style that every music fan will love. With a wide range of options, from $39.99 in-ear headphones up to high-end studio-tuned headphones and wireless speakers, SOL REPUBLIC makes it possible for every music lover to experience a great sound everywhere. To learn more about Tracks AIR or other SOL REPUBLIC headphones and speakers, go to www.SOLREPUBLIC.com.
About SOL REPUBLIC
SOL REPUBLIC is a global consumer electronics company dedicated to enhancing people's lives through style, sound and technology. Comprised of music fanatics, SOL REPUBLIC develops its products from the ground up to look, sound and feel unlike anything else in the market. For more information, visit www.SOLREPUBLIC.com
Motorola Mobility, owned by Google, creates smartphones, tablets and wireless accessories that simplify, connect and enrich people's lives. For more information, visit Motorola.com/mobility.