I have nothing against Dr. Dre, I’ve always been a huge fan I’m just not big on being an early adopter of “mass appeal” gadgets. Being a techie person when the masses say something is good I tend to run in the opposite direction. Suffice to say I avoided anything to do with Beats by Dre for as long as possible.
I’m appreciative the people over at Beats by Dre were kind enough to send me a pair of Bubblegum Pink Solo HD’s to review for G Style Mag, and honestly I had them for months before I was able to complete my review. It’s been of a struggle for me to write for a several reasons. I’m sure you’re more interested in whether they live up to the hype – so let’s get into it:
Beats by Dre Solo HD Style
It can never be argued that Beats by Dre aren’t attractive in any form they come in. The array of colors they are available in is quite enviable. The pair I received are Bubblegum Pink and as much as I’m not a pink type of girl it rocks with my Jordan Flights :). They are also available in Black, Purple, Dark Blue, Green, White, Light Blue and Red. Overall the color contrast of the adjustable headband (pink) and the swiveling ear cups (white) combined with the high-quality clear coat finish you will find on a luxury car. These are without a doubt attention grabbing. One pet peeve I had was the cord is red. Bubblegum Pink headphones with a red cord kind of clashes to me but that’s just one of my small pet peeves in fashion.
Although these are made of of flexible yet durable material they are also reinforced with a metal strip to make sure they won’t break. That doesn’t change my initial caution because they felt a bit plastic-y (for lack of a better word). Not cheap flimsy plastic but plastic nonetheless.
Beats by Dre Solo HD Sound & Comfort
Full disclosure: I suffer from chronic migraines so sometimes reviewing headphones can be a challenge. That being said part of the reason I took so long to review the Solo HD’s is because I found myself always getting a migraine when trying to use them. Until this week I didn’t associate the headache with the headphones. I noticed that the ear cups “squish”. Yes I said squish – in other words they sounded like suction cups. It gave me the feeling you get when you’re in a plane and your ears pop. I am not saying the Beats by Dre Solo HD’s will give you a migraine but the suction cup effect didn’t help mine.
Since the cups are so small there is heavy sound leakage so you never get the full audio experience. This is good for people who still want to be aware of their surroundings while listening to music. The songs I listened the most were: Amel Larrieux- For Real, Aaliyah- Hot Like Fire and Alicia Keys – Mr. Man the most while testing these. Hot Like Fire is pretty bass intensive and the Solo HD’s did not do it much justice. However the bass thump it gave to Alicia Key’s Mr. Man was pretty impressive. Of all the headphones of any price range that I’ve tried I can’t say the bass on the Solo HD’s are among the best I have ever used.
When listening to the volume at 50% sound is very comfortable but once I went over 50% on some songs the sounds was a tad muffled on otherwise good songs. There is also the issue that it’s kind of hit or miss on the audio quality for each song. Some songs sounded ok while others were extremely muffled and the audio quality was horrible. However, when paired with my HTC One the sound is exquisite. The bonus of having Beats Audio is second to none.
Final Thoughts on Beats by Dre Solo HD
Beats by Dre Solo HD headphones are first in class when it comes to portability, fashion and upping your swag factor. Perfect for the person in your life only concerned with blending in and only want to use as an accessory, or maybe even someone who doesn’t listen to music too often and doesn’t care to hear instrumentation at all. If you’re someone who is very particular about how you spend your money and how you listen to your music I would pass on these. In fairness – as plastic-y as they felt to me they have lasted a few months in my home and they look just as fresh as the day I cracked the seal on the box.
To be fair I will say that the Solo HD’s were released some time ago and other model headphones have since been released that I’m sure are better quality and worth the money. However, I do find I get asked very often mostly by parents of teenagers if this purchase is worth the money ($179.99-$199.99) since there are some people who swear by these. I do thing the newly released Beats by Dre Mixr’s are pretty dope and hope to be able to review those soon.
Parts of this review originally posted by me on Gstylemag.com
Photo Credit: Beatsbydre.com