I Bought a Pair of Beats Headphones, and They Don’t Suck

61 y2xoA UL SL1266I bought a pair of Beats Solo2 headphones, in black. (Amazon.com, Amazon UK) The don’t suck as much as I expected. In fact, so far, I kind of like them.

The only problem is that the bass is exaggerated, but only on tracks where the bass is already strong. The mid-range and high-end sounds are fine, but if you have some music where the bass is pronounced, it’s a bit jarring.

I have to say, their PR is especially annoying. It sounds a bit like what audiophiles say about expensive cables:

“The Solo2 headphones have a more dynamic and wider range of sound, with a clarity that can bring you closer to what the artist intended you to hear. You’ll feel the higher fidelity audio no matter what type of music you play.”

I’m not sure if I’m going to keep them; I bought them from the Apple online store, and have a 30-day return window. But, so far, I do like them. They’re comfortable, they fold up quite compactly, and they have block out a lot of sounds.

If I do keep them, I’d probably want to set the EQ on my iPhone or with iTunes to Bass Reducer. I don’t like using EQ, but in some cases it’s useful.

Itunes eq

As an aside, I tried the Sennheiser Momentum on-ear headphones, which are similar (and about the same price here). They sound flat and drab.

In any case, I’ll post a review of the Beats Solo2 headphones soon.

32 thoughts on “I Bought a Pair of Beats Headphones, and They Don’t Suck

  1. At that price I would suggest a pair of Audio-Technica ATH-M50x and spend the extra cash on fine craft beer or a couple of good bottles of wine.

  2. At that price I would suggest a pair of Audio-Technica ATH-M50x and spend the extra cash on fine craft beer or a couple of good bottles of wine.

  3. Have you ever tried the Jabra Move? Also what do you think about bluetooth Headphones?
    In my opinion the bluetooth 4 standard increased a lot battery performance (in a good way) and the sound quality,considering the fact that in most cases going wireless is an amazing usability improvement, is not bad at all with some good headphones.

  4. Have you ever tried the Jabra Move? Also what do you think about bluetooth Headphones?
    In my opinion the bluetooth 4 standard increased a lot battery performance (in a good way) and the sound quality,considering the fact that in most cases going wireless is an amazing usability improvement, is not bad at all with some good headphones.

  5. Sennheiser do an over-ear version of the Momentum which is much better (and much dearer). I agree with the other posters who say if you have to equalize the Beats they have failed.

    • Yes, I agree. I don’t need another pair of over-ear headphones, so I’m not really interested in the larger Momentums. I am, however, interested in something small and portable, hence the on-ear Beats.

      My thought after a few hours listening is that I won’t keep them. But I’ll write more about that in a few days.

  6. Sennheiser do an over-ear version of the Momentum which is much better (and much dearer). I agree with the other posters who say if you have to equalize the Beats they have failed.

    • Yes, I agree. I don’t need another pair of over-ear headphones, so I’m not really interested in the larger Momentums. I am, however, interested in something small and portable, hence the on-ear Beats.

      My thought after a few hours listening is that I won’t keep them. But I’ll write more about that in a few days.

  7. I was going to try out the Momentums because I’d heard a lot of good things about them. I own a pair of HD25s which I’ve had for well over 10 years. I know you’ve spoken about having different headphones for different environments, but these go everywhere with me. I bought them originally for DJing, but use them at work and on the tube. I don’t know if you’ve ever tried them but I love ’em.

    • No, I’ve never heard those. I found the Momentums to be flat; you might find them different.

      I looked at the Sennheiser 25. I’d bet that the Sony MDR 7506 (Amazon.com, Amazon UK) sounds just as good, if not better. And they’re very comfortable. But they’re not a good portable headphone, because of the coiled wire.

      • Depends if you can replace the wire…? Good thing with these is that you can replace its parts as they get worn out. Replacement parts are not cheap, but they’re a lot cheaper than buying a brand new pair. Will check out the Sony and compare with the Momentums.

  8. I was going to try out the Momentums because I’d heard a lot of good things about them. I own a pair of HD25s which I’ve had for well over 10 years. I know you’ve spoken about having different headphones for different environments, but these go everywhere with me. I bought them originally for DJing, but use them at work and on the tube. I don’t know if you’ve ever tried them but I love ’em.

    • No, I’ve never heard those. I found the Momentums to be flat; you might find them different.

      I looked at the Sennheiser 25. I’d bet that the Sony MDR 7506 (Amazon.com, Amazon UK) sounds just as good, if not better. And they’re very comfortable. But they’re not a good portable headphone, because of the coiled wire.

      • Depends if you can replace the wire…? Good thing with these is that you can replace its parts as they get worn out. Replacement parts are not cheap, but they’re a lot cheaper than buying a brand new pair. Will check out the Sony and compare with the Momentums.

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