Pros: Build, looks, comfort
Cons: The sound quality
The other day I was in my local apple store, comparing some headphones I was thinking of buying, such as the B&W P5, and the Harmon Kardon CL (which were a disappointment in themselves). I noticed that the folks at apple decided to have a wall showcasing to all the colors the Beats Solo came in. I smirked, and returned to the B&W P5, and reveled in that sound for a little bit longer, until thinking "There's got to be something more to the Solos than I give them credit for, I mean I haven't even put a pair on." Well there wasn't something more, in fact it was exactly what I thought it to be, comfort, build, and a cool look, in fact almost entirely a cool look. Each can houses two drivers, and as far as I understand it, one of those drivers attributes to bass and the other is left to do everything else. I didn't plug in my own ipod, which sounds like I didn't put much thought into it, but the idea going through my head was "If the apple store thinks these songs will sound good on the Solos, they're going to sound good, right?" Wrong. I played the first song I recognized "Somebody that I Used to Know" which isn't the best song in the world, but it would have to do. I was astounded how awful the sound was. The guitars bass tones were all I could hear. The vocals, the glock, and even the high tones of the guitar were so recessed I couldn't listen to the whole song. It amazes me that people find this sound enjoyable, and can listen to anything on them. This is the first negative review I have ever given, and the Beats by Dre Solo "HD" heaphones earned that title. Congrats Dre, worst >15 headphones I have every put on my head.