Get inspired with Solo Pro noise cancelling wireless headphones. To deliver sound how you want it, Solo Pro features two listening modes: Active Noise Cancelling (ANC) and Transparency. Beats' Pure ANC gives you the space to create with fully immersive sound, while Transparency helps you stay aware of your surroundings. Every detail of Solo Pro has been carefully considered, right down to the intuitive way the headphones turn on and off via folding. The ergonomic design delivers exceptional comfort for extended wear and sleek style. And with up to 22 hours of battery life, you can keep the music going no matter where your day takes you. Solo Pro offers Class 1 Bluetooth for extended range and fewer dropouts.
Active Noise Cancelling (ANC) blocks external noise
Beats' Pure ANC adapts to external noise and fit while preserving audio quality
Transparency helps you stay aware of your surroundings while listening
Advanced acoustic system delivers powerful sound with balanced tonality
Up to 22 hours of listening time (up to 40 hours with ANC and Transparency turned off)*
Fast Fuel provides 3 hours of playback from a 10-minute charge when battery is low*
Auto on/off when you unfold and fold your headphones
Ergonomically designed for optimal comfort and extended wear
Seamlessly integrated on-ear controls for music, phone calls, and voice capability
Enhanced phone call performance for voice clarity
Class 1 Bluetooth® for extended range and fewer dropouts
* Testing conducted by Apple in August 2019 using preproduction Solo Pro units and software paired with iPhone XS units and prerelease software. The playlist consisted of continuous pink noise at 80dB.
10-minute charge testing conducted with drained Solo Pro that were charged for 10 minutes, then audio playback was started until Solo Pro stopped playback. Battery life depends on device settings, environment, use, and many other factors.
Beats by Dr. Dre Solo Pro More Matte Collection Wireless Noise Cancelling On-Ear Headphones
Lightning to USB-A charging cable
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I can’t believe I own a set of Beats headphones. More importantly, I can’t believe I’m loving them. Let me explain why. Until now, I was never impressed with Beats. To me, Beats headphones were more about making a statement with the “b” on each ear cup for people who don’t really care about great sound. That was until I listened to the new Beats Solo Pro. I’ve had mine now for a few days and have spent many hours listening to all genres of music. I can honestly say the Solo Pro is really really good!
These are most definitely not the Beats which were. These Beats go in a totally new direction and I’m honestly stunned at how much I’m enjoying them. Gone is the boomy, mushy rattle your head bass with little regard to mid and upper frequencies. Gone is glossy, cheap plastics. When Apple bought Beats a few years ago, Apple has been infusing Beats with higher and higher levels of quality, especially in terms of sound. And these Solo Pro are without question the best Beats headphones I’ve heard.
In typical Apple fashion, these come packaged superbly. Once you remove the outside plastic wrap on the box, you flip one side of the box down to fold all sides of the box flat in Apple-esque style to reveal the carrying case, with the headphones inside. There’s a hidden slide out tray with the Lightning to USB cable and a caribiner you can attach for extra’s if you need to carry additional accessories or attach them to your backpack.
My daily drivers have been a much more expensive pair of high-end Bluetooth, Active Noise Cancelling (ANC), over-the ear headphones. Are the Solo Pro the equal of them? No, but they also cost less. and they sound really good. Beats has done a terrific job with the look and feel of the Solo Pro. They come in multiple colors from light to vivid blue, black, ivory, gray and like the pair I have, red. The design is modern and sleek looking. Beats is using high-quality plastics, which are matte finished and seemingly impervious to fingerprints. Behind the plastics are aluminum, which is anodized to compliment the color of the headphones and everything moves and slides with a feeling of long-lasting goodness. There is no power button on these puppies. To turn them on you unfold them on and you fold them back to turn them off. The ear cups are not leather but are certainly soft and didn’t make my ears sweat like some cheap pleather I’ve worn before. Underneath is memory foam which is soft and adjusts to the contours of your ears well.
For iPhone/iPad user like me, you’ll love how simple it is pair these headphones. Apple uses the H1 Chip in their new headphones. Once you unfold them to power them on, they instantly pop up on your iPhone screen (without having to go into Settings/Bluetooth) and you simply tap to connect. Going even further, if you have multiple iDevices, the headphones will now be paired with every device you have which uses the same Apple ID. With six devices under the same Apple ID, it’s a blessing to be honest. You can pair them to any device which accepts Bluetooth headphones. So, Android you’re not left out. Apple says they are Class 1 Bluetooth. Their range is beyond amazing. Many BT devices have a range of around 30 – 40 feet at most. Not these puppies. You can go way further from your paired device than I’ve gone with any BT headphone I’ve ever owned. I didn’t lose connection until I got at least 100 feet from my iPhone. There are no latency issues with videos either.
On the Apple side, there is no App for the Solo Pro. There is a Beats App available for Android for pairing and firmware updates. There are no EQ settings. You either like how they sound, or you don’t. Or you can download an EQ app, if you feel you need one. In my opinion good headphones shouldn’t need equalization to sound good. I don’t adjust EQ on my other headphones, even though I can. These are truly tap and play headphones!
Controls on the Solo Pro are physical, not touch. From personal experience with touch controls, the concept is better than reality. An unintended swipe can pause or change your music when you didn't want to. The Solo Pro controls are simple and intuitive. Press the center of the right ear cup once to pause your music. Tap it again to play. A double press skips to the next track or a triple press goes back to the previous track. Hold the top of the button to increase volume and hold the bottom to lower volume. Press and hold the center button to bring up the virtual assistant or if you're an Apple user simply say "Hey Siri." The only other control is on the left ear cup, where you can turn ANC and Transparency Mode on or off.
Active Noise Cancelling (ANC) in the Solo Pro is adaptive, meaning the headphones monitor outside sounds to apply the right amount of noise cancellation without negatively impacting your music. While noise cancelling is great in noisy environments, there are times you need to hear some of what’s going on around you. So the Solo Pro also includes Transparency Mode. With Transparency Mode, you’ve got noise cancellation, but you can also hear outside sounds. This is one area the Solo Pro outshines all my other headphones. Outside sounds don’t sound digital or altered. Some people place a huge amount of importance on ANC. I don’t buy headphones for ANC. I buy headphones for their sound quality and ANC is just a nice addition. To that end the ANC and Transparency Mode on the Solo Pro is all I could ever need and then some.
Let's talk comfort. No matter how good headphones sound, if they're not comfortable you won't enjoy them. I’ve read reviews where people said they are uncomfortable. One person complained they couldn't run with them. To think these would make good running headphones makes no sense to me. For running, choose a good pair of earbuds which lock in place, not an over the ear headphone which can bounce when you run. I found if you don't extend the ear cup arms far enough from their shortest length, they can be a little tight. But if you adjust them to extend lower on your ear, the comfort level increases significantly. It did for me and I wear glasses, which hasn't been an issue at all. Maybe Apple will offer these in an over the ear version at some point. Anyone considering these will just need to try them on at their Best Buy store to see how they feel on their head.
A final note about comfort: There is no "L" "R" markings on the ear cups. That doesn't mean it doesn't matter which way you wear them. It matters a lot. The right ear cup has the lightning charging port and physical controls for pause/play/volume/answer/track selection. Trust me, if you put them on backwards, they're most definitely not comfortable. It made me wonder if some people who thought they were uncomfortable, wore them backwards?
Sound trumps all when it comes to headphones. These aren’t the Beats of just a few years ago and was for me, the single biggest surprise. I commented earlier that bass doesn’t overwhelm and it doesn’t. But bass isn’t lacking either. If you play music with heavy bass, it’s powerful, with great oomph. It just doesn’t cover up what the rest of the music is doing and that’s why I think they’ve improved significantly. Symphonic music is full, with a great sound stage. Piano music resonates perfectly. Vocals sound smooth and natural. And the highest frequencies, such as cymbals, triangle or harpsichord are brilliant, without sounding shrill or harsh. Remarkably, turning on ANC didn’t diminish the sound stage, which often happens with headphones using noise cancelling circuitry. Call quality with the Solo Pro was terrific. I’ve made/answered several calls with them. I could hear them clearly and they could hear me clearly.
Battery life on the Solo Pro is great! You can get up to 22 hours of play on a single charge with ANC or Transparency on. If you don’t use ANC or Transparency, you can get up to 40 hours on a single charge. That’s FORTY HOURS!! And if you need to recharge on the go, you can plug in for 10 minutes (Fast Fuel) to get 3 hours of play time. It wasn’t long ago getting up to 6 hours was considered great for wireless headphones.
With all the praise, is there anything to criticize? Here are the few cons I can think of, which really don’t amount to anything significant:
1. The carrying case provided, while nice and soft is well, soft. I don’t like soft cases. I purchased a hard case to provide more protection during transport.
2. The Solo Pro doesn’t offer a wired connection. I you want or need one, you can buy an Apple lightning to 3.5 mm headphone plug for $35.
3. It’s disappointing to see Apple chose lighting to USB to charge these. It’s time (IMHO) for Apple to retire the Lighting connector. With Pro in their name, I would have expected USB C.
4. These don’t pause if you take them off your ears (you need to remember to tap the right ear cup once to pause them), which I find odd, given much less expensive headphones pause if removed.
5. For those who want to adjust EQ, you can’t since there’s no app provided. If you think you need one, there are options in both App Stores.
If this all I can come up with, it’s honestly trivial and in no way should stop you from giving serious consideration to the Solo Pro.
All in all, the new Beats Solo Pro, bring Beats forward many steps from the Beats from just a few years ago. They’re well-made, with premium feeling materials. They sound terrific, in fact far better than I expected. They’re for the most part comfortable and for $300 are a really great value. Beats, you made a believer of me and that’s not easy to do. Or maybe with quality and sound like this, it was.
Note: I took one star off for comfort and for not pausing when taken off your head. Otherwise, these are 5 star headphones.
So, these are exciting for a few different reasons. Starting with these are the first headphones that were designed in collaboration with Apple from the very start. Second, the headphones were built from the ground up by both Beats and the engineers at Apple. These have the same quality assurance (QA) of the rest of Apples products and you can even take them to an Apple Store if you are having problems. These come with a fold to power On and Off and a carrying case which make them very portable and easy. All these things lead to a product that quite honestly, I did not expect. As I have not liked Beats in the past because they come with poor build quality, comfort, features, and bass heavy sound at the expense of everything else for a premium price. But that has now changed, for the better, and it is dramatically noticeable which leads to a solid product that depending on your niche may be an excellent choice for you.
Some specs that they do not highlight that I think are solid selling features are it comes with Apples H1 chip. Which is the same one that just released with the Airpod Pros. This makes use with Apple products seamless and with IOS 13 allows the use of “Hey Siri” and Audio Sharing. They also have Class 1 Bluetooth which means that it can transmit up to 100 meters (328 feet) where Class 2 is about 10 meters (33 feet) which is what most devices come with. It does this at the cost of power, but you can get 22 hours with ANC on and up to 40 hours with ANC/transparency off so you won’t notice. Which is great. They also have sweat resistance which rarely comes on these types of devices. They also have quick charge which we have come to expect with most products where you get three hours of use after just 10 minutes of charge. They are the first On Ear headphones that have ANC from Beats and do the same as the Airpod Pros and make sure the noise cancellation isn’t messing with your music by comparing the waveform with the ANC on the original source file in real time and making subtle adjustments when necessary to give you the best sound.
So now that all that marketing is out of the way how does it translate to the product?
Beats have always had awesome packaging. For this particular product it’s probably one of the coolest and most satisfying openings I’ve ever had. Inside you get the headphones (matte red in my case), carrying case, and a black USB-A to Lightning cable.
I’ve found the previous models of Beats to feel cheap. But I am very pleased with these guys. They have better than expected durability and overall feel sturdy (especially to years past).
Starting from the top down they have a plastic head band (but on the inside I think they have a small aluminum band ¼ of an inch or less). And the padding there is rubber with just air between it. You can feel that band I was talking about with your thumb if you press hard. People who are sensitive to the top of their hands will probably find this hurts them after a short period of wearing.
On the sides there is more plastic but in-between is aluminum. The adjustable headband slides smoothly. They will work for anyone with a small to medium/large head. But not for large heads. You’ve also got two hinges (which have been weak points previously) that are surrounded with metal in a metal hinge. They bend and straighten easily and feel solid and don’t feel like they would break from normal use. I’m still concerned about really cranking on these guys as there is still a lot of plastic. So, I’d still be careful with them, but you don’t have to baby them.
Moving onto the earcups themselves. They have 40 mm drivers and the earcup cushions have increased surface area to make more contact with your ears for a better seal and comfort from previous models. The drivers are also raised to shoot sound into your ear better and provide a better seal. The clamping force is significant. This is a good thing as it helps create a good seal which leads to improved sound and more effective noise cancelling. It also allows it to not fall off your head if you are running or working out with them. Some may find this to be a negative and may be a bit too much for some where it is uncomfortable. For me I thought they were quite comfortable. But I wouldn’t be able to wear them all day. But I don’t think I could wear any On-Ears all day.
The earpads are also on ball joints that flex a few degrees in all positions to help get that perfect position. This is greatly appreciated as it helps with comfort as each person’s head/ears are unique.
On the right earcup on the circle peace the B is your multi-function button that allows you to play/pause/forward/back/hold for siri. On the top and button of that circle it allows you to volume up/down. It Is the worst part of the whole headphone. As it is relatively loose, is hard to press down, makes a huge racket in your right ear, and is hard to find the center. I don’t like it one bit. On the bottom of that earcup you have the lighting port for charging and a white LED when on. I think it’s red when charging.
On the left earcup you have a tiny little button in the bottom in the center that feels solid that turns on ANC/transparency mode. Or with a double click turns both off. I have no complaints with this button. There is no 3.5 mm input. You’ll have to buy a 3.5 mm to lightning adapter if you want to hardwire it in.
The soft case is made from recycled materials. It feels premium, is soft, padded, smells great (like new shoes), and is not super protective.
They are mostly accurate, with an aggressive (forward and bright) character that focuses on vocals. They are articulate, crisp, full, with good imaging and body, with a small soundstage which makes voices and vocals easy to hear and point out. You won’t hear all the nuances of the music but most of them. They have a mostly balanced sound. Bass is solid and accurate, but way less than previous models. Highs are crisp without sounding shrill. Mids also sound good. They are tuned for an exciting listen over a critical listen. I don’t find them to be blanketed, bloated, blurred, congested, colored, or muddy.
For those who don’t understand the terms above. They sound great. Most will greatly enjoy them. Bass heads may be a bit disappointed as they went for a cleaner more accurate sound this time around (which for a Beats product is strange). I have no complaints.
• Solid ANC. Not going to beat the best but is solid.
• Great transparency mode. Very similar to the Airpod Pros (which I think do it best). Voices sound like they are coming from microphone and are bit quiet but overall mixes very well and is almost like you don’t have a headphone on.
• Good call quality on both ends.
• Better than expected durability (especially compared to years past),
• Great battery life with quick charge.
• Balanced, clear sound profile (compared to bass heavy at the expense of everything else). Not audiophile but good for a fun listen. Especially for Bluetooth on the go headphones.
• Bass is not super heavy.
• Has lots of cool tech that make it a premium product worth the price tag (balanced sound with microphones to make sure you are getting the best sound experience with ANC, excellent transparency mode, fold on/off, H1 chip, Class 1 Bluetooth, sweat resistance, long battery life, quick charge, Hey Siri, Audio Sharing, on ear controls for everything, highly portable, quick connect to Bluetooth especially for Apple devices which also means low latency time.
• Fantastic portability. Which for Bluetooth headphones is HUGE for me. Are very much like Airpod’s. They are relatively compact and just work. With the added benefit of sounding great (still not audiophile).
• The best product from Beats to date. If you like previous products, I think you’ll really like this one.
• Android app for quick pairing or installing firmware updates.
• Plenty of competition. With some depending on your preferences doing things better such as ANC or sound quality.
• Don’t have an app that can change EQ, ANC quality, or other features that some others provide.
• Do not have a feature where they auto pause music if you take them off or lift an earcup.
• Doesn’t auto turn on or off. (I left them on for an hour without anything playing while I did something else and they never turned off).
• No AptX as they are made to work with Apple and the H1 chip. Makes other Android headphones better for those people to reduce latency.
• Not USB C.
• No 3.5 mm input. Have to buy an adapter from Apple if you want to listen hardwired.
• Clamping force is substantial to help with sound, noise cancellation, and keeping them on your head when active.
• Poor on ear controls.
• ANC turns off during calls and “Hey Siri”.
• “Hey Siri” cannot turn on/off ANC or transparency mode.
I’m usually not a fan of Beats. But I really like these. They feel more deserving of the $300. Which some will be willing to pay for. But I’d for sure pick them up on sale. They are still not audiophile quality but have a relatively balanced exciting style to them which makes them enjoyable. They have solid tech. If you’ve liked Beats in the past, I think you’ll really enjoy the newest generation. If you haven’t liked them in the past but use Apple products, they are worth looking into. Same if you are looking for something that is highly portable and straight forward. If you are going for that audiophile sound, sensitive to clamping force, and/or use android you may want to look elsewhere. In comparison to the niche and product demographic these are made for I think they are 5/5. In comparison to other products in this range 4/5. As they do almost everything right.
Beats Solo Pro is an Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) over the ear headphones. I was waiting to experience their noise cancellation feature as I am a big fan of their past headsets and this definitely is a step up, if you are looking for that feature. My review is based on my experience with headsets ranging from $250-$600.This is placed at the $300 price point to compete with other major brands. I ranked it 3rd on the noise cancellation feature. Sony and Bose still taking the first two spots on this feature, but there are lot more Pros on their sound quality compared to other major brands.
Getting to the details:
• The 2019 Pro is a BIG upgrade in the design and the quality compared to the studio and solo wireless headsets. This has a metal band (anodized aluminum arms that slide in and out of the headband) which I consider as very durable compared to the plastic bands they have on other models. It has a premium and distinctive look to it, so that’s a big positive when you are spending $300 on a head set. Also, the ear cups are made of premium soft leather and very comfortable to wear it for long hours. The headset needs a little breaking in as it's a snug fit with the metal band. I noticed this headset has tilting ear cups which I didn't see on other beats headsets that I own. This design definitely seals off noise from the surroundings.
• In terms of the functions, Beats started to follow the industry by getting rid of the power button. Folding the phones turns off the headset. It has a lightening charging port, supports Siri, but doesn’t have the 3mm aux port for wired connection. It boosts 22 hr listening time with ANC and 40 hrs without ANC. So far I tried it for 8 hours and I like the fact it you get 3 hr playback time with only 10 mins of charging. The best part on this headset - once you pair it with one apple device, it automatically shows up on all of my other apple devices and didn't have to worry about pairing it - good job apple!!
• ANC- This is the feature I was most interested in and wanted to compare it with other brand headsets I own. I tried it on my 6 hour flight and am happy with this feature. The little button on the headset lets you switch between ANC, transparency mode. This falls a little short compared to Bose and Sony based on the tests I did walking on the Chicago's busy streets. Used it to answer phone calls and didn’t have any issue walking around my home without the phone. No dropped calls or lag issues at all for indoor use, will have to test the audio quality for outdoor calls.
• Sound Quality - This definitely lives up to its expectations! The sound quality is amazing - crisp and clear. It is a little low on bass compared to other Beats headsets I own, but definitely makes up for it on the sound quality.
Sub-bass 20 to 60 Hz - Good
Bass 60 to 250 Hz - Good
Low midrange 250 to 500 Hz - for harmonics - Great
Midrange 500 Hz to 2 kHz - horn like quality - good - Great
Upper midrange 2kHz to 4 kHz - sound trimbre -Great
Presence 4 to 6 kHz - for clarity - GREAT!!
Overall I like this headset and a great improvement in the design and sound quality compared to other beats headsets. Its arguably the best headset that Beats has made to date! Only complaint, it came in a soft canvas case. Just get the red headset - comes with a red anodized metal band to match the headset!
This is usage impression of Beats Dr Dre Solo Pro Pharrell’s More Matte Collection with iPhone
First impression of the headphone on hand felt solid structure in every aspect of it. Its ear cup cover material is smooth leather alike and strong that fits well on the ear and probably due to slim flexibility of how they are attached to the main frame allowing adapt to different angle.
Unfolding and folding it is smooth transition and despite of its size doesn’t feel heavy and bulky.
Regarding physical controls, it follow the principle of minimalist as all of Apple product. Controls of Volumes, Play etc can be performed via pressing effortlessly the outside cover of ear cup on one side. On the other side has only one button to control the noise cancellation attributes to block, unblock or turn off at all.
It come with carrying case made of soft fabric, which is flexible and has small attachment for screwlock that come with the package. Regarding the case material, probably it depend on each person preference, but the case does’t protect enough if being squeezed in between hard objects in the backpack for instance, but it is flexible and ligher than traditional hard case.
Its detailed functionality is quite close to description from apple dr Dre site (https://www.beatsbydre.com/support/how-to/set-up-and-use-solo-pro).
Setting is mostly limited to the pairing that automatically happen with iPhone without any manual steps.
Now, to the core of headphone, the sound. Being non specialized audiophile, listening is immersive in a sense you feel being close to the performance that the sound does surround your mindset. Two listening executed. First listening of streaming of the live performance of Billie Eilish on Apple Music, in which her voice felt as next to live in person while instruments playing around. Second song stored in the phone listening concert of U2 singing Bullet the blue Sky featuring BB King, in which listening takes to different level in recording room feeling as can feel the mix of drum, guitar and both voice clearly while behind the multitude repeat.
Then for listening experience, spent more than couple of hours while mixing between news and music while working. In this regard, as prolonged usage, my ear felt strong pressure causing some level of pain. Probably this is due to the type of headphone as experienced similar pain with same kind but with different brand. But still with Solo Pro I had to move bit frequently.
Regarding noise cancelling, it is controlled with one tiny button sitting purely lonely at bottom of one of ear cup. Pressing it once then again do the off/on function. The noise cancellation seems to work quite well, can’t fell people coming and going, auto driving, doors opening/closing. However, for instance in a case of a mature person speaking lowed while two kids talking and playing at about 25 feet from listening position, noise cancelling worked but still could hear some voices, It was like being in the crowded swimming pool and when being under water can hear some still but not clearly.
What felt come short, probably this is not exclusive tot he headphone, instead is about the integration between iPhone and Headphone, the control of headphone via iPhone is bit cumbersome. While listing, controlling musing and volume from phone is strategy forward via Apple Music and Song being played. However, for control of noise cancelling, have to enter to Settings>General>Bluetooth>Connected Solo Pro info, then from there can control its different mode.
Then although I could not use the feature of Share Audio, it doesn’t allow to play simultaneously with non Apple headphone while connected to the phone.
Using Siri was straight forward for the short number of use case I did. Like “Siri play song name xyz from my library” and was precise response. “Siri what is my latest email” and wasn’t the optimal response but good enough. “Siri reply to email” and was surprisingly precise on this one. Activating Siri is tapping the control, wasn’t complicated at all.
Among many little things of its functionality that I liked, it is the control itself that are minimalistic that doesn’t interfere with overall H/W design, functional still and mechanical through pressure of buttons, and not made of sensor that work as touch or slide over the surface. I consider this big benefit as I noticed in other brand with touch base control what happen is accidentally as move arm while listening on sofa or so and touch control which change volume, or turn off etc.
Rating and recomendation given based on the quality of sound.
Attached photo of unpacking and paring on the phone process.
The Beats by Dr. Dre Solo Pro wireless headphones with Active Noise Cancelling came in a very sturdy box which unfolded to reveal the softshell case, cable, carabiner clip, and manual. Paring with my iPhone was easy. Unfolding of the headphones automatically turns them on. My iPhone detected the headphones via Bluetooth and asked to install an update for using the headphones. The update only took a minute which is how long it took me to figure out how to extend the earcups. Once the update was complete the iPhone showed that the headphones connected and the battery strength.
There is a circular button on the right earcup for play/pause, track next/previous, backward scanning, and call answering/decline. The same button is used for up/down volume control when pressed at the top or bottom. The left earcup has a small button on the bottom for disabling/enabling the active noise cancelling. The headphones also listen for Siri commands, or the center button on the right earcup can be held till the Siri chime.
The sound quality of these headphones is amazing. The highs are crisp and clear, vocals are distinct, and the bass is very pronounced when wanted. The headphones adapted nicely to the EQ adjustments on my iPhone. The Active Noise Cancelling is awesome. I am impressed that it works without making my ears feel like all the sound has been sucked out of the room. According to the documentation, the ANC continues to monitor exterior sounds and actively cancels the noise, even when the environment changes.
The earcups are not a full over-the-ear enclosure, but rather on-ear enclosure. At first I thought this would be a problem with comfort. However, the cups are very comfortable and provide enough coverage to reduce exterior sounds. The headphones are fairly snug which makes me want to give my ears a break after several hours. But the snug fit should help with keeping a good fit when active or exercising.
• Clear and crisp music at all levels. Strong bass when wanted. A pure music experience!
• Active Noise Cancelling removes background noise without feeling like a deep void.
• Easy to use controls and voice control.
• Snug fit when active or exercising.
• Phone calls are clear and crisp.
• Voice control.
• Easy paring.
• Automatically turns on when unfolding and off when folded.
• Durable construction with quality materials.
• Comprehensive users guide and great website for support.
• It took a little while for me to find the battery level on the iPhone. (Notifications > Music Player Widget > Blue icon)
• No app for the iPhone, though not really needed.
• The snug fit seems a little tight after several hours.
I am very happy with the Solo Pro Active Noise Cancelling Wireless headphones. They are well worth the money when it comes to precise and crisp music playback of all types. I highly recommend these for anyone who wants to have a pure music experience without external distractions.
These new Beats Solo Pro are great. They sound amazing, with that immersive rich and clear sound that Beats is famous for, but one change they made to their signature sound is that the bass has been toned down a bit since they've been criticized that they focus too much on that sound feature, but they still sound awesome. Along with that great sound they have two sound modes controlled at the press of a button, Noise Cancelling mode which blocks out all noise and creates a deep immersive listening experience, and when cut off it switches to Transparency mode which feeds in limited external sound so that you can still hear your surroundings while listening to music.
I also really like the new matte color scheme which is a change from their initial glossy and shiny designs, it makes them vibrant and pop and they are still as cool and trendy as ever.
Lastly, the feature I love most is the battery and power. To Power On/Off all you have to do is fold them open and closed, no more Power buttons, folding them open and you're good to go and once you're done just fold them up. It's really simple and smart and as someone who is constantly forgetting to turn off my devices and then draining them, this is really a cool feature to have. They have a 22hr battery life and up to 40hrs if you cut off Noise Cancelling and Transparency mode, but when you need to charge them they have this Fast Charging Feature that after 10min of charging will give you 3hrs of battery life. So you're gonna get a ton of use in between charges.
The only bad thing I can say is that it uses the Lightning Cable type cord a.k.a iPhone cord, instead of the growing standard Type-C, but that's to expected since they're owned by Apple.
Overall these are great headphones and a must have for those that want great sound without compromising on style and power.
The Beats Solo Pro headphones look great, sound great, and feel premium. Unfortunately, they miss several marks that prevent them from being for everyone, including myself. And as much as I want to enjoy them, I just can’t.
Initial impressions from the Solo Pros is great. The packaged product is pretty minimal with the headphones, charging cable, and a soft case included. I wanted a more durable case, but the one included does enough to keep them covered, even if it doesn't offer all-around protection.
The design of the headphones is also minimalist. To power them on and connect them you unfold them. Fold them up and they power down. The right side sports 2 buttons behind the cover plate at the top and bottom, and another behind the B. You only know the buttons exist because you read the instructions. The left side has one button on the bottom of the ear piece which is visible if you look for it. The only markings on the outside are the Beats logo on the ear pieces and the branding on the headband. I got the red ones and the color is eye popping and catching. True to fashion, the Beats Solo Pro gain attention from people.
While minimalist, the controls make sense once you start using them. The top and bottom buttons on the right side control volume, while the button behind the B allows you to pause, play, skip forward, skip backward, scan forward, and answer calls. The left button toggles the listening mode between noise cancelling, transparency, and off. Holding the left button for 5 seconds enters pairing mode. I got used to the controls quickly, and I like the feedback from pressing each button. There is a satisfying click and resistance that is just right. Many headphones miss the mark on this point.
Another area these get right is the speaker performance. From noise canceling to audio playback, these perform really well. With the noise canceling toggled off they block out a decent amount of noise, and Beats instructs you to use the “off” settings to maximize battery performance when you don’t need the active cancellation. However, when you turn on active noise canceling, they block out even more. I like to use them at my desk while working, and with the feature turned off I can hear my mechanical keyboard click under each keypress. When I turn on active canceling the click is extremely muffled, and while I can still hear a bit of it, it’s close to silent. More importantly, much of the ambient noise around me, like fans and AC, doesn’t exist when set to active canceling. I also really like the transparency mode. It uses microphones on each earcup to amplify sound around you so you can hear it with these on. This is great for conversations in the middle audio playback and it’s a feature I love using on a set of earbuds I own.
Whether noise canceling is enabled or not, I find the sound quality to be very good, with just enough bass without being bass heavy, and crisp, clean highs. They do lack some of the really deep bass I have heard on other Beats headsets, but I don’t mind that because the sound quality seems cleaner to my ears. There is no EQ setting to tailor the sound to your preferences, but I find their tuning to be very acceptable for my tastes and overall well balanced. If you like your music to have a deeper tone, however, you might find these lacking.
With these praise points and such quality pros in favor of the Beats, it’s tough for me to say I don’t care to use them often. But I don’t. My biggest reason for this is the fit. They feel like good quality overall, and the first time I put them on I kind-of liked them. But as I wore them more and for longer periods, I found my ears getting sweaty and my head became uncomfortable. The truth of the matter is, I have a large head and these things feel like they may be more suited to smaller noggins. Now that I have tried them for longer periods of time, I find that I can’t even wear them comfortably for more than 30 minutes or so before I start to notice the squeeze feeling from ear to ear. As a result, I find myself turning to other headphones or earbuds that I own anytime I put these on. I did test battery life with them and found them to actually produce slightly better time than the 22 hours advertised, but that test was definitely not on my head.
One other thing that annoys me is the targeting of the product specifically to the Apple community. I like the design aesthetics of Beats, but I am not an Apple user. I use Android and Windows devices, and all my charging cables are Micro-USB/C. However, the documentation makes it clear these are targeting Apple users with heavy emphasis on features for Apple devices being more prominent. For instance, they have Siri-specific hands-free control, and charging is done via the included lightning cable, not Micro-USB. These things annoy me as they tend to alienate my market segment. I also like being able to use one or two cables, max, to charge all my devices, and this lightning cable just adds clutter to the mix for one specific device. I hate that proprietary approach.
Overall, if you have an average head or high tolerance for the squeeze feeling with headphones, and you are invested in the Apple ecosystem, these might be a great fit for you. They certainly sound great enough to warrant a try. However, if you have a bigger head like I do, or want a more universal feeling from your headphones, look elsewhere. It’s a shame because I do want to like these, but I just can’t get comfortable.
Build Quality: I don’t feel like these headphones have a “pro” quality feel to them. When I look at the price of an item and the naming they used for the item as well as having experience with other items in the same category, I just don’t feel a strong quality build for something that is carrying a “pro” tag. They feel somewhat flimsy. The headphone adjustment on the right side seems stronger than the adjustment on the left side which worries me in the sense that they may wear out over time making adjustments quite difficult to stay in place.
Noise Cancellation: The noise cancellation is good but the adjustment of the noise cancellation I seem to be battling. I’m not sure if it’s because I’m using an android phone with the android beats app but there appears to be 3 noise cancellation modes on this set. 1.) Noise cancelling on – 2.) Noise cancelling off – and 3.) Transparency. I honestly can’t tell much of a difference between the transparency and noise cancelling on modes. It could be user error, or it could be defect but I tried this evening while I was cooking to turn on “transparency” (it was on in the app) but still could not hear my wife when she was talking to me. This to me makes it seem like noise cancellation is either on or off. No in between; Which one would expect an in between or some sort of other mode in a “pro” model set.
Battery Life: I can’t comment much on battery life as I have not put these through any sort of battery stress test. I listened to them for a couple hours after a full charge and they are currently sitting at 97% which is pretty good. I would need a more thorough battery test to give a hard number as to how long they last. I did notice on my phone there is a message stating “The beats app is running BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) in the background to connect to your Beats instantly.” I’m not sure if this is an adjustable feature from within the app or not but I will need to monitor the battery life on my phone given I am seeing a message about the app continuously running in the background in “some sort of mode”.
Features: I think this may be where the Solo “pros” are lacking. There really isn’t any features with this set. Some sets have a lift cup pause audio, or a cover cup pause audio. This set has a fold to power off feature which I just don’t find that useful. Most other “premium” sets auto shut off after a certain amount of time. I have also never been really found of folding headphones. I feel like they add a less premium feel to the build and the feature is not largely desired. At least not for me. It would have been nice to have built in some sort of instant pause feature like lifting a cup or covering a cup for pass-through noise cancellation. I mean after all this is supposed to be a “pro” set of headphones.
Comfort: This is my second pair of “on the ear” vs “over the ear” headphones and I have to say these do sit more comfortably on my head then the previous. They tend to hurt my ears after prolonged use but I figure if your purchasing “on the ear” headphones then you are aware they may become uncomfortable after a few hours of sitting on your ears. I prefer over the ear headphones and I’m not sure what advantages “on the ear” sets have over “over the ear” sets. I need to do my research but I still prefer to have an over the ear headset so my ears don’t get fatigued. This isn’t a negative in any way regarding this set as it is designed to be over the ear its just my opinion. But as far as an “over the ear” comfort level this is by far the best I have experienced yet.
Volume Level and Sound: This is probably my biggest negative downside to this set and I wish I had an iPhone or some other means of connecting to it to test this out. On my pixel 3 XL, the volume is limited. I can only go so high (which isn’t very loud). To be honest, it may be a safety feature but I prefer to listen to my music like 1-3 steps above what these don’t seem to go beyond. I have tried to manipulate this by adjusting volume levels on my phone and on the headphones but it seems like there may be a hard limit on just how loud these can go. The sounds quality is “just OK” the bass is lacking in a pair of “pro” headphones. I find the tones crisp and light and missing bass. If these were the regular beats and not labeled a “pro” set I could understand. But having a set of “pro” headphones regardless of the build quality, regardless of the way they feel on your head, should at least produce a “pro” sound. And these just plain don’t.
App: I don’t really see a need to download the app on Android as there is nothing other than pairing instructions, usage instructions, and a way to adjust the noise cancellation. There are no eq settings which is quite disappointing. There is no reason for me to ever open the app as even adjusting the noise cancellation features doesn’t seem to register sometimes on the headset.
Overall Opinion: My overall opinion is this headset has a lackluster build quality as well as sound and a lack of features compared to similar headphones in its class and price range. I wanted to love these but I don’t. I consider these as more of an entry level pair of headphones as opposed to the “pro” label. I don’t think the price justifies the build, feature, and sound quality of this set.
A:AnswerI have recently just bought a the solo pros and the studios so here’s my opinion on them
I feel like the sound quality is the same really no noticeable diffrence
I think noise cancelling is a tiny bit better on the solos then the studios
The studios definitely have more bass and more depth by a lot then the solos do
So In conclusion I think the studios are just the better headphone in general and if you get the solos you won’t get the same experience as you would with the studios but if you just want headphones to watch YouTube or for plane rides I think the solos are the way to go!
A:AnswerThis IS the Studio version of the Studios. Because the major feature missing on the regular Solo headphones is the Active Noise Cancelling. In terms of a new model of Studio coming out - doubtful, because they released two new variants of the existing Studio headphones along-side these. Either way, Best Buy wouldn't know or be able to disclose this information.