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SOL REPUBLIC Tracks Ultra On-Ear Headphones with Remote and Mic (Blue)

Posted

Pros: Good sound quality in highs, super durable, less boosted bass than forerunners, cleaner look and sound

Cons: Can be uncomfortable, get dirty easily, better sound for the money, terrible soundstage

These are pretty solid cans, especially if you're a fan of electronic music as Sol Republic (a company I'm a huge fan of) has pretty much tuned their cans for that exact genre, as can be seen from their overall sensibilities with marketing, etc. Don't let that statement fool you though, these aren't boom-tastic basshead cans like say the Beats Solo HD or something along those lines. With their "Ultra" version of the popular Tracks line Sol Republic has toned down the level of bass while still making it more tight and high quality and cleaned up the higher registers in an attempt at audiophile territory. Did that attempt pay off? Well, sort of.

 

First of all, if Sol Republic was targeting die-hard audiophiles with this headphone, their going to be in for a disappointment. These are not going to blow the socks off any audiophile who has heard anything from, say the Sennheiser HD line, but they may wow more average consumers who's reference points are Beats or Skullcandy. These are super nice, clean headphones in terms of their styling as I think most of the Sol Republic headphones are. They sport a headband that they claim is unbreakable and I'm sure as hell not going to try to dispute them on that; these are MEGA durable cans. You can skate with these on and not even have to worry. I wiped out on my longboard flying down the street with these on and they flew off skidding down the road for a good solid way. Aside from some minor cosmetic damage they didn't even seem to notice. 

 

As for more details on the sound, well they sound like Sol Republic Tracks cans still, but with a much more neautral sound overall. The bass has been dialed back, but they still sound punchy. The highs sound less sharp and more smooth, and the mids are less recessed. They are a very fun and lively set of headphones, but with one major caveat: the soundstage sucks. This is something all of the Tracks series struggles with, and despite being a huge fan of them, I must admit this simple fact. The sound you get out of these will still reflect basic stereo choices in the production of the music, but they won't do the soundstage subtleties very well. All in all, they sound good, but not THAT good, and certainly not "audiophile" good. 

 

In conclusion: I like the Tracks Ultra. It's a fun headphone with a good sound and it's a logical progression to the tracks series, but it's not the most compelling one. The reason the Tracks HD is such a great headphone is how cheap you can get it, and these aren't as good of a value as the HDs pure and simple. Sol has corrected this misstep in their line with the much more compelling Tracks Air since the Ultra's release, but this is a review of the Ultra, and the Ultra just doesn't stand up in terms of value to the rest of the line. It's a good pair, but far from the best.

Posted

Pros: A bit more clearer on the vocals and not as bass heavy. Band is almost unbreakable, components are exchangeable

Cons: Titanium can be easily scratched. Wires feel softer, not sure if I consider it a con, though

These cans are an upgrade for the Tracks HD I had in white. Even though I loved the white and matched my white HTC Sensation, I couldn't keep from trying the new Ultras with the V12 sound engine. I rank my small collection with my V Moda Crossfade LPs as my current go to headphones, but I have to admit the Ultra's are now a high #2 IMO. The reasons being that the total package of the Crossfade LPs appeal to me more than the Ultras did. 

 

The Ultras are a pleasure to put on. I had them on for the first time for about two hours and I felt no fatigue. Especially because I do wear glasses and most over the ears I have used had some sort of discomfort when using them for a long sitting. The color is kinda like a tron like look, not bad, just different, which I like.  However, there are no other colors offered other than the blue and white you see. You can't even customize them yet. The way the sound engines and cords that come apart are one of my fav reasons why I like these guys, besides the clearness of music IMO. 

 

What I basically do not like is that the color can now easily scratch off the etching of the logo. Kind of annoying but it's just cosmetic. The other thing is that the case is not as durable as my V Moda exoskeleton case, but again, that's personal preference. 

 

Bottom line, would I recommend them? Only if  you like SOL Republic line. If you have the Tracks HD already, I do not feel you need to upgrade to these. Not saying they are bad, but not worth the upgrade if you are tight on funds. Spend the money buying more music. :)

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SOL REPUBLIC Tracks Ultra On-Ear Headphones with Remote and Mic (Blue)
Description:

Tracks Ultra are the first interchangeable headphones to deliver incredible sound, style and technology.  Powerful Sound You Can FeelFeaturing V12 Sound Engines, Tracks Ultra deliver the true clarity of instruments, vocals and bass so you can feel the power of your music. Listen In Comfort Our SonicSoftTM Speaker Pads and extra wide ear cushions let you enjoy your music in comfort for hours.  Virtually IndestructibleConstructed of a seriously advanced polymer compound, our FlexTechTM Sound Track headband is built to withstand heavy abuse. Twist it, bend it, drop it - it's not going to break on you.  Personal StyleThe world's first interchangeable headphones, you can swap out our cables and Sound Track headbands with ease.   Mic + Music ControlControl your calls and your music with the touch of a button. Our three-button remote lets you adjust the volume, skip music tracks and answer/hang-up calls. The high clarity mic captures every word possible. Slim-Fit Carrying CaseTransport your headphones with ease using our lightweight, water-resistant carrying case.

Details:
DetailValue
BindingElectronics
BrandSOL REPUBLIC
ColorBlue
EAN0817210010770
FeatureFeaturing V12 Sound Engines, Tracks Ultra deliver the true clarity of instruments, vocal sand bass so you can feel the power of music. SonicSoftTM Speaker Pads and extra wide earcushions let you enjoy your music in comfort for hours. Nearly indestructible, every Sound Track band is made of FlexTech,TM SOL REPUBLIC's advanced polymer compound. Audio works on all phones and audio players with a 3.5 mm jack. Microphone works on almost all Androidand Blackberry phones.
LabelSOL REPUBLIC
ManufacturerSOL REPUBLIC
Model1261-00
MPN1261-00
PublisherSOL REPUBLIC
StudioSOL REPUBLIC
TitleSOL REPUBLIC Tracks Ultra On-Ear Headphones with Remote and Mic (Blue)
UPC817210010770
SKU117064
SizeOne-Size
Item Height9 inches
Item Length2.3 inches
Item Weight1 pounds
Item Width6.7 inches
Package Height2.3 inches
Package Length9.1 inches
Package Weight1.15 pounds
Package Width6.7 inches
PackageQuantity1
PartNumber1261-00
ProductGroupCE
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ReleaseDate2012-08-20
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