Pros: Wonderful look (IMO), detachable cable
Cons: Not worth the price at all, bad sound quality, boomy bass, the earcups don't rotate enough
Work in progress
A friend of my brother came with his Beats Solo's, and he pleasantly accepted to lend them to me, for me to give them a try. Finally, I was able to hear by myself Head-Fi'ers' nemesis.
I consider them worse than my late AKG K 450's, that were worth the third of the Beats.
In my opinion, they look perfect. I don't know if they are particulary fragile, I don't have had them for long enough.
The earcups don't rotate enough, so they press against the backside of my ears, and it's uncomfortable. They clamp a bit hard. My SR80i's feel very ligh and comfortable in comparison. The pads of the Solo's are very comfortable themsleves though.
First thing I noticed : boxy sound.
I should have expected this, as they are closed-back headphones. It was the same thing as with my set of AKG K 450. First bad point, even if it's appliable to every closed-back headphones (or maybe not?).
The bass is boomy. Boom, boom, boom. It's unpleasant. Compared to the SE215's, whose bass are like bullets in a piece of wood, hitting firmly and precisely, the Solo's bass sound like a deflated socer balloon thrown at high speed into your face.
Guitars from metal music don't sound good on those. They don't have the abrasive, grainy, sandy texture they should have. They sound worse than on the SE215's, and poor compared to the SR80i's.