Dr. Dre Beats Solo HD Edition on-ear headphones are the little brother model of the Dr. Dre Beats Studio Editions which are definitely a lot more expensive than the Solo HD Edition. Though there is a big price difference, the Solo HD Edition offer roughly the same quality of sound as their superior models for a lower price, which really appeals to many consumers out there. There isn’t really much negative I can say about this product other than the price tag of $230.00 and that the build quality isn’t really the greatest.
Build Quality :
For $230.00 I definitely think the build quality could be better on this product. The reason I say that is because the majority of the design on these headphones is made up of plastic. The only metal parts are the metal bands used to extend the headphones around the head. The reason I don’t like the build very much is because of how prone plastic is to breaking or cracking. The second negative thing about the build quality is based on the ear cups. They are designed to fit and adjust to the ear of the listener, this design leaves them very loose and makes it easy to break the little plastic peg holding the ear cup in place. I’ve heard many reports of this peg coming out of its socket and the ear cup completely coming off, forcing you to force the ear cup back in, which isn’t something you want to do. The thing I did like about the build design is that the headphones fold really nicely, making them compact and portable. This makes them ideal headphones to use when travelling.
Fit & Comfort:
These are a really comfortable set of headphones. They come with the ability to adjust to the shape of your head and they don’t hurt you or become uncomfortable after having them on for long periods of time. They are again, on-ear headphones, so they don’t cover the whole ear, they just rest on top of the ear. This may seem to be uncomfortable, but it really isn’t, as the material is soft and pillow-like. The comfort and fit of the headphones really blew me away. The ear cups seal perfectly on your ears, giving you a great passive sound isolation as opposed to the battery operated powered isolation. This is a very nice feature because you don’t get that negative pressure feel in your ears that you would get with the Studio Edition, which uses the powered noise isolation.
Sound Quality :
As far as sound quality goes, I was really impressed with these headphones. I wasn’t expecting them to be as good as they were for the simple fact that normally when you buy products from companies like Monster and Bose, you seem to be paying more for the brand than you are for the sound quality. This is definitely not the case with these, as I was impressed with the overall evenness of the sound across the spectrum; it has really clean base, very strong mids, and really pristine highs. I listened to almost every genre of music you can think of with these headphones and it adapts to each and every genre giving amazing sound quality for every single song. These also work great as generic headphones to plug into any compatible headphone jack, giving you a real high definition sound.
The headphones really only come with two accessories, being the soft travel case and the detachable control-talk monster cable. I really appreciate the fact that the cable is detachable because the headphones themself are really expensive so it makes sense that if your cable breaks you won’t have to replace headphones too, you could just go out and get a new cable. The control piece has a built-in microphone that you can use with your phone device, giving you a hands-free experience, though it isn’t a noise canceling microphone so any background ambient noise will get picked up by this. It also has a pause button and volume control that works with any Apple device and a variety of smart phones. The cable is also tangle-free, so you won’t have to spend time untangling it when you take it out of your pocket. As for the travel case, it has a pocket in the inside for your iPod and/or cable to go and the headphones fold up and fit very nicely into the case. It also comes with a band on the outside that you can unhook and attach it to something like your backpack or luggage so it is secure.
These are a great pair of headphones. I wish the build quality was more durable and sturdy, but the sound, feel and look of them definitely make up for the poor build.