The Beats Solo2 Wireless are sleek, lightweight, on-ear headphones that deliver an above-average sound. They're sturdy, comfortable and stable enough to use while jogging. They're a well-built wireless headset. However, they're a little leaky at high volumes, and they don't block much noise.
- Above-average audio reproduction.
- Sturdy, wireless design.
- Comfortable and stable fit.
- Poor isolation from ambient noise.
- A little leaky at high volumes.
The Solo2 are well-crafted, comfortable on-ear headphones that feel a bit tight on the head. Luckily, they're very well padded, so the clamping force doesn't cause too much discomfort. The build quality feels sturdy and durable. They're wireless and stable enough to use while exercising. However, the glossy plastic coating on the headband is susceptible to scratches and scuffs. It's also a little inflexible and might crack under sufficient physical strain.
The Solo2 are comfortable but slightly tight on the head. The headband is well built but feels a bit stiff, which in turn causes the headphone to exert a lot of pressure on the ears. Fortunately, the ear cups are very well padded making the clamping force a little less intrusive than expected. They won't be the most comfortable headphones for long listening sessions. However, they're a lot more comfortable than some other on-ear headphones.
The Solo2 like the Studio Wireless have a good and easy-to-use control scheme. They offer music/call, track skipping, and volume controls. The button layout is efficient and delivers a good tactile feedback. However, the buttons are a little flat and a lot smaller than those on the bigger studio wireless model.
The Solo2 are a stable pair of headphones that won't easily fall if used while jogging or exercising. They exert enough clamping force on the ears to not sway and slip off mild physical activity. Additionally, they're wireless which means they won't yanked off your head because the audio cable got hooked on something. However, they're still a bit bulky and cumbersome, and the soft padding does get steamy during when sweating.
The Solo2 Wireless have a fairly compact design that's somewhat portable but hard to carry on your person. They're mid-sized on-ear headphones that fold into a smaller footprint to easily fit in a bag or purse. However, they're still too large to carry in any pockets, which makes them, a bit cumbersome, to comfortably carry around on your person.
The Solo2 are well-built headphones that make use of high-end materials in their design. The headband is reinforced with a relatively thin metal frame that feels sufficiently sturdy. The ear cups are also sufficiently dense, and capable of handling a few falls without getting damaged. However, the plastic coating the headband and ear cups feels a little rigid and inflexible, which could crack under enough physical strain. The glossy finish also may get scratched by regular wear and tear and won't look as good over time.
The Solo2 have an above-average sound that's a big improvement over the earlier beats models. The bass is punchy and does not overpower the instrumentals and vocals. The mid-range is slightly under-emphasized pushing the lead instruments a bit to the back of the mix. However, they still sound relatively crisp and detailed for most listeners. The soundstage, on the other hand, is not the best and doesn't feel immersive due to the small, shallow and closed ear cups.
Very good Bass Range performance. Although the response is extended and flat for the most part, it is consistently overemphasized by about 3dB. This makes the Bass response of these headphones slightly hyped and boomy.
Very good Mid Range performance. Low-mid is well-balanced, and the 5dB tilt won't have a significant effect. Mid and high-mid are underemphasized by about 4dB, pushing the vocals/leads to the back of the mix.
Decent Treble Range performance. The dip between 4KHz-6KHz negatively affects the details and presence of vocals/leads, however, at 3dB this effect will be quite subtle. The rest of the Treble is well-produced and consistent.
- 100% Avg. Std. Deviation
Poor Soundstage. Due to the on-ear design and small drivers, these headphones don't activate the resonances of the ear enough to create a large soundstage. Also, with openness at 5.5, they don't sound quite open either.
Subpar Imaging. There is excessive amounts of phase shift in Mid and Treble Ranges. There was also 0.8dB of level difference and 92 degrees of phase mismatch (in upper Treble) between the two drivers of our test unit.
Good performance. The amount of harmonic distortion in the Bass and Treble regions is quite low, even at 100dB SPL. However, the amount of harmonic distortion produced in the Mid Range is rather elevated, which could make the sound in the Mid Range harsh and unclear.
These headphones only provide passive isolation from ambient noise. They won't be ideal to use on public transit because the small ear cups let a lot of noise seep into your audio. Unfortunately, the passive seal these ear cups provide is not ideal for loud environments and leaks quite a bit, which also might disturb the people around you in quieter settings.
Poor isolation. These on-ears provide little isolation in the Bass Range. The passive isolation provided by the ear cups start to kick in at around 300Hz, but the isolation won't get significant until around 1KHz. The overall amount of isolation achieved in the Mid Range is about 10dB, and in the Treble Range is a decent 30dB.
Poor leakage. These headphones leak a bit more than the usual closed-back on-ear headphones. The noticable portion of leakage is between 400Hz and 8KHz, which is rather broad. However, the overall level of leakage is low, except for the sharp peak at 4KHz which could be significant at closer distances.
The Beats Solo2 have a better battery life than the Studio Wireless and take very little time to charge fully. Unfortunately, they do not have any power saving features or a downloadable app to personalize their sound profile. They also have a quite a bit of latency when watching videos, but it shouldn't be much of an issue for streaming audio. On the upside, they have a pretty good wireless range, so you do not need to have your Bluetooth device on you at all times.
The Solo2 have an above-average wireless range that's suitable for both indoor and outdoor use. They delivered a stable connection up to 40ft, which allows listeners to move about in their homes when the Bluetooth source is in another room. However, they're not the farthest reaching headphones and might not be ideal for large offices with a lot of walls. They're not too difficult to pair, and remember the last synced device but the press and hold procedure can get a little tedious if you often have to switch between Bluetooth sources.
The Beats Solo2 Wireless have a better battery life than the Studio Wireless and deliver up to 18.25 hours of continuous playback. They also take less time to charge via USB, which makes them decent headphones, to take on a long road trip or a particularly lengthy flight. However, you will still need to charge them throughout the day if you use them continuously. They also don't have any battery saving features, like an auto-off timer, and will quickly run out of power if you forget to turn them off.
In the box
- Beats Solo2 Wireless Headphones
- Carrying case
- Audio cable
- USB cable