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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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Comfort

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