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Beats Electronics Solo2

Beats Electronics Solo2

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81 Global Score
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
81

There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

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Engadget Summary

For many, the name "Beats" is still foremost associated in their minds with overpriced, bass-heavy headphones. Now the company seeks to shake that stigma with products like the Solo2. The improvements may still not be worthy of its $200 price tag, but it's still a major step up for Beats.

The Solo2 features an updated and refined design borrowed straight from Beats' Studio lineup, which TechCrunch says looks "dramatically better" than its predecessor. Mashable calls them the "most attractive smaller-cup" headphones they've ever seen, while TrustedReviews says the changes will make them "more accessible to a wider age group." And not only are they more attractive and accessible, but CNET says the Solo2 headphones are "built more sturdily" as well.

But looks have never been Beats' weak spot, so what about the Solo2's new and improved sound? Well, while Sound+Vision says the bass is "not entirely docile,"it's also not "overbearing" like it was in the past. TechCrunch finds the Solo2 headphones "represent a significant improvement" in sound, and PC Mag says they deliver "powerful, distortion-free audio." Even with these improvements, Inner Fidelity says they're only "meeting, but not exceeding" some of the competition now, leaving Beats with a long way to go.

The improved Solo2 headphones aren't for purists, but that's also not their intended market. Shoppers looking for a well-designed, sharp-looking headphone set will appreciate the look of the Solo2, and those looking for a "fun" sound will find plenty to like as well.

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Specs

Key Specs

Type
Over-ear
Channels
Stereo
Connections
3.5mm stereo
Inline controls
Yes
Type
Channels
Connections
Inline controls
Over-ear
Stereo
3.5mm stereo
Yes

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81 Global Score
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
81

There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

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NiMH
These headphones do produce good sound quality. Although not the best in the...read more
80
paten
I pick this up because i needed a headphone thats wireless, great sound in bass(club/dub/techno...read more
60
TKRaptor
I actually owned a pair of Beats' Solo 2 Headphones for about 6-7 Months, and...read more
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