Beats by Dr. Dre - Beats Solo3 Wireless Headphones - Black

With up to 40 hours of battery life, Beats Solo3 Wireless is your perfect everyday headphone. With Fast Fuel, a 5-minute charge gives you 3 hours of playback. Enjoy award-winning Beats sound with Class 1 Bluetooth® wireless listening freedom. The on-ear, cushioned ear cups are adjustable so you can customize your fit for all-day comfort.

Headphone Buying Guide

Overview

What's Included


  • 3.5mm RemoteTalk cable
  • Beats Solo3 Wireless Headphones
  • Carrying case
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Universal USB charging cable (USB-A to USB Micro-B)

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
97% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (7048 out of 7267)

Features


Connect via Class 1 Bluetooth with your device for wireless listening

The award-winning sound and design you’ve come to love from Beats

Up to 40 hours of battery life for multi-day use

With Fast Fuel, 5 minutes of charging gives you 3 hours of playback when battery is low

Adjustable fit with comfort-cushioned ear cups made for everyday use

Sleek, streamlined design that’s durable and foldable to go everywhere you do

Take calls, control your music and activate Siri with the multifunction on-ear controls


What experts are saying

Rating: 3.6 out of 5 stars with 13 reviews

Overall customer rating

Rating: 4.7 out of 5 stars with 7261 reviews

97%of customers would recommend this to a friend

Pros

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The W1 chip is a game changer

    Posted
    vailMike
    • My Best Buy® Member

    I had an older corded version of the Beats Solo headphone (Beat Solo HD) so was excited to go cordless. I love these headphones! W/ my other bluetooth device I can go a couple of rooms and start loosing signal. W/ this headphone I can almost get to my neighbors house. The range, plus the 40-hour battery life, and the quick charge (5-minutes gets you 3-hours) is what sold me on this headphone. I use my headphone mainly for conference calls and it's great! Cons: I wish the charging cable was lightening instead of micro USB so that I could pack only one cable on trips (i.e. the same cable to charge my phone and headphones). Nice touch: The fact that if my headphones are dead and there is no power source, I'm able to connect a headphone-jack to headphone jack cable and keep using my headphones.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Headphones

    Posted
    GlennG
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus Member

    Just to be clear I am over 40 and close to 50 and I am not a regular listener of Rap/ Hip hop. I do listen to EDM regularly though. I had originally thought to upgrade my Bose QC 15 Headphones to the Bose QC 35. I ordered them and picked them up. On my way to pick them up I figured I would go to the sample area and give them a listen after all no commitment until I pick them up. They essentially sounded the same as my QC15 headphones, maybe a little more depth to the sound which is a good thing. After I picked up my QC35 headphones I wandered over the Beats Area smirked and put on the Solo 3 Wireless. I was surprised how great they really sounded. They had a bass punch that the Bose lacked. I am far from a bass head but I do enjoy the punch. I will say that some of the mids do get muddy but just a bit, but not terrible. Plus, on sale they were $100 cheaper, so I took a chance and exchanged them, I figured I can bring them back if I don't like them. Pairing was super easy with iOS, the phone asks if you want to pair then pairs then transfers that pairing to all iOS and Mac devices. The range on these things is also unreal, as is I am told the battery life (just got them so I don't know yet). I am not sure if the QC 35 is better than the Solo 3 wireless, but I know it isn't $100 better.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Alright sound quality, great wireless performance

    Posted
    Pablo
    • Verified Purchaser
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus Member
    • Top 500 Contributor

    Let's get this out of the way: Beats (now owned by Apple) isn't going to win any awards when it comes to sound quality. That's not to say that these are bad but they definitely provide a sculpted, bass boosted sound signature that purists will frown upon. Personally, I enjoy the sound quality but wish there was a little more detail in the highs. The lows and mids come through quite nicely but the highs need a little work. They don't sound nearly as muddy as the older generation of Beats products. They do sound the same as the Solo 2 wireless headphones that preceded them. So, if you liked those, you'll like these. Rap, hip-hop, EDM, radio rock, dance, electronics, and pop music all benefit from the sculpted sound signature that these provide. Metal sounds OK but it would benefit from having the mids set back a little while turning up the highs. Some of the drums (mainly the cymbals and hi-hats) lose their detail with these. It's still very listenable but would benefit from more detail in the highs. I purchased the rose gold Solo3's for myself. I was initially worried that the color would be too pink but, in reality, it's actually more of a copper-brown color. I'm really enjoying the rose gold, these are some of the most stylish headphones I have ever used. I just hope that the white portions can keep their color and don't become dirty over time. The Solo3's have controls built into the left ear cup so that you can play/pause music, skip tracks or go back, fast forward and rewind, and bring up Siri or the Google assistant. The controls work nicely and I didn't have any issues with my iPhone 7 Plus or my Surface Pro 4. I do wish that the center button would bring up Cortana in Windows 10. I do like that the controls are sleek and hidden, you wouldn't even know they were built into the left earcup. I think it's a better option than what Sony, Sennheiser, V-Moda, Bose, and pretty much everyone else does (they normally have physical buttons on the sides of the earcups). Pairing with my iPhone 7 Plus was simple and easy. I simply turned the headphones on near my iPhone and they were automatically detected. I was able to pair them with my Surface Pro 4 but I had to follow the standard procedure. The W1 Bluetooth chip that Apple uses in the Solo3's provides a very solid experience. The range that it provides is unmatched by any other wireless headphone that I've used (I've probably gone through 25 different ones). I can have music playing on either my iPhone 7 Plus or my Surface Pro 4 and the headphones will work, flawlessly, all over my house and even outdoors. I was able to mow my lawn while listening to music on my Surface without the connection dropping out. That is really impressive and I have never experienced a pair of Bluetooth headphones with this kind of signal strength. My Apple Watch doesn't interfere with my iPhone either. I have used a couple of headphones where my Apple Watch would cause issues but not these. Apple really hit it out of the park when it comes to wireless connectivity. The Solo3's also have stellar battery life. I routinely get over 40 hours per charge out of mine. I normally listen to music 2 hours a day during the weekdays and I can easily get 5 weeks of use before I have to plug them in. That's not a big deal either. Normally, with wireless headphones, you would have to plug them in for a good 30-60 minutes before you would fill them enough to get you through a couple of hours. Not anymore. A 5-minute charge will get you a good 3 hours of playback, a 2 hour charge will completely fill these. That is truly impressive and beats every other wireless headphone on the market. Granted, these don't have noise cancellation and are on-ear instead of over-the-ear headphones. Still, it's rather impressive to go a whole month without worrying about recharging my headphones. Lastly, there's the comfort. A lot of people complain about these headphones saying that they aren't very comfortable and I guess they're right. At the same time, I haven't found any on-ear pair of headphones that are actually comfortable. Either they grip your ears tight and stay on or they are too loose and fall off, you can't have both. I had a pair of Bose SoundLink II on-ear headphones and they could never stay on. They were light but never gripped my head enough so the slightest of motions would send them off my head. The Solo3 headphones are the complete opposite. These securely stay on my head without issues. To me, this is fine and I would rather have on-ear headphones like this that stay put instead of adjusting my headphones every few minutes because they're slipping off. There's ample padding around the earcups and, honestly, I don't have any comfort issues. I am able to wear these for hours on end without taking a break. I'm not sure if my ears are just not physically sensitive, if I have a higher threshold for pain, or if reviewers are just being picky. These definitely don't clamp down on my ears like the Sol-Republic wireless headphones did, those would get uncomfortable to the point where I had to take them off every couple of hours. My only real complaint regarding the comfort is that my ears hurt while wearing these with sunglasses. That's the norm, for me, with on-ear headphones and one reason why I prefer earbuds. The Solo3's represent the first Apple-influenced headphones from Beats. Apple didn't change the design or the sound, both of which I was already a fan of with the Solo 2 wireless headphones. Instead they upgraded the internals of these headphones by using Apple's own W1 Bluetooth chip, which drastically increases efficiency and wireless range, and a slightly larger battery. I am surprised that Apple didn't switch these over to Lightning from micro-USB but I'm sure Android smartphone users are fine with that. These have a class-leading wireless range along with truly excellent battery life. The sound signature isn't for purists but these are fun to listen to. Bass is definitely boosted while the detail in the highs takes a backseat. I'm not sure if these are worth the $299 retail. At that price, I feel like you're only paying for the solid wireless technology along with the battery life. However, at Best Buy's sale price ($250), I think these are well worth it. My favorite color is the rose gold. It feels a little awkward listening to a band like Lamb of God through rose gold headphones but it works, the color doesn't affect the sound quality. My wife likes her standard gold pair of Solo3 headphones.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Significate Improvements

    Posted
    GeneralLee
    • Verified Purchaser
    • My Best Buy® Member

    I replaced my Studio Beats 2 with the Solo 3. The Solo 3's improved significantly in noise reduction, sound and battery life. The Studio Beats battery would maybe last a week of workouts. The Solo 3 battery life is weeks of workouts. They totally cancel out the gym music. And, the sound is amazing.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing Sound

    Posted
    Resendiz
    • Verified Purchaser
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus Member

    Finally, worth the buy! Far better sound quality and more comfortable than my old Beats MIXR. Battery Life has been improved tremendously. I can pair them with my phone or TV without any problems. Don’t blame me if I ignore you when I’m using these headphones, music is just on blast!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Sound and Amazing Sound/Range

    Posted
    CMorgan95
    • My Best Buy® Elite Member

    These beats are finally worth that $300 price tag. They are comfortable and sleek. All while delivering amazing sound (that's my opinion, some people hate beats) but that is not why I'm giving 5 stars. its because of that insane 40 hour batter and the 300 foot range!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Sound

    Posted
    denzino
    • Verified Purchaser
    • My Best Buy® Elite Member

    These are much better than the first Beats headphones I had! The range is near perfect and the battery life is incredible! I've had these for about 3 weeks now and I haven't charged them yet! I'd say I've spent about 20 hours using them. 10/10 would recommend.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent

    Posted
    Mike

    Great Sound, but what makes this perfect is the battery life. Use them at the gym, I go 6 days a week, and have gone over two weeks without charging. Highly Recommend. worth every penny.

    I would recommend this to a friend

What experts are saying

Rating: 3.6 out of 5 stars with 13 reviews

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The analysis of all aggregated expert reviews shows that the reviewers are positive about mids quality, noise isolation, design and sound. Editors are less positive about treble quality and price and have mixed opinions about reliability. Using an algorithm based on product age, reviewers ratings history, popularity, product category expertise and other factors, this product gets an alaTest Expert Rating of 90/100 = Excellent quality.
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