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post #1 of 58
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Before i get bombarded with "could have got better" or "Uh Monster" or "Bass , Muddy, overpriced" , i will just say this......I like them.

 

 

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I have seen a few threads on here about Beats and how they "suck" but i couldnt find anyone who had the new HD version of the Solos.
I have several sets of headphones , some portable , some home ones. I run the home ones from a Aune MK2SE Dac/Headphone Amp being fed by lossless files from itunes. 
My favourite home phones i have had are the HD600s, they do so much 'right' that its few small failings are easy to ignore, the ones i am using the most though are my Shure 440s as they spare the missus's ears from whatever i am tuned into. My fav portables are probably the ES7 or K430, i love the look of the ES7 and its sound is easy to live with, the K430 actually sounds better to these ears but its spray painted plastic is ugly and unnecessary.
I have only had the Beats a day so i wont really comment on the sound too much as they may burn in a bit.
The packaging these thing come in is immaculate , very high-end , actually reminded me of my HD600 box but even nicer. In the box is a neoprene case, headphone cable with ipod controls (not one without unfortunately!) , a 'patented' cleaning cloth and manuals.
I was laughing when i seen the cloth , thinking "imagine patenting a cleaning cloth" but i swear to god this thing instantly removes fingerprints without much pressure, i am converted.
 
The build quality is better than the old Solos, the old ones were pretty rattley (is that a word?) , the hinges on the originals didnt line up very well , the new ones are bang on. 
The surface is now shiny like the studios and the band seems much bendier (is this a word?) , the pads are the same and thankgod for that as the beats pads are the best i have ever felt , sooo soft and comfy , i swear they could market them for other cans and i would buy a set for all of mine.
 
noise isolation is as good as it gets for non active cans, my bus is now silent.
 
The sound, i guess thats whats important , one word BASS. 
 
They have great bass, its smooth and doesnt distort and goes very low,  they are tuned for bass.
The older Solos had far too much bass , it invaded the mids and masked them so much that vocals would be hard to hear sometimes.
The mids and treble are present and well defined on the new ones , its snappy and fast.
Paperplanes by M.I.A is a perfect track for these , lots of sparkly treble and mega bass lines, the beats dont mix them up .
They dont fair as well on Indie but a little treble boost at 4,8 and 16k works a treat balancing them perfectly.
 
So they need some EQ with rock, but are simply amazing with Rap , Hip-Hop and electronic music , Crystal castles sound the best i have heard on the Beats as do Dre , BIG and Eminem.
 
Are they worth the cash, to me yes , the design is nice , they are super comfy and they make certain genres sound fantastic. I will use them for travel and for Hip Hop , dance etc at home,  my HD600s and other cant be replaced with these but they will be happy housemates...
post #2 of 58

Finally a non beats hater =]

post #3 of 58

I know you addressed the initial quality but the true question is how do they hold up over time. I know that the old ones break at the hinges within 3-6 months of light-med use so it will def be nice to see how these are. I would love to hear these bc I love hip hop but my feelings for monster are still sub-par at best.

post #4 of 58

More power to you! I have yet to hear the HD, but judging by how the original Solo sounded, there are some serious reservations.

 

It's funny how Monster CAN do a lot of things right (Turbines, cables), and they do, but a lot of times they just don't (previous Beats models)

post #5 of 58
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Originally Posted by astroid View Post

Before i get bombarded with "could have got better" or "Uh Monster" or "Bass , Muddy, overpriced" , i will just say this......I like them.

 

 

Glad you liked them! Enjoy your music then....

post #6 of 58

nice impressions

i was dissapointed with the studios (sold them) and got these instead

now the pain of waiting

post #7 of 58

I listen to pretty much only hip-hop/rap. I recently bought the shure 840s and they don't really sound that good at all. Do you think the beats hd solo are better then the shure 840 for JUST rap. Or am i using the 840s wrong, like i dont have an amp yet and i haven't done burn in so will the quality improve significantly after i do both of those. (Do the beats solo hd need an amp?)

 

Also, do you think the beats by dre would be more comfortable?

 

post #8 of 58

I'm on the Beats Solo HD bandwagon now too.  In the past two weeks, in search of a nice headset that I can wear chilling at home and travelling occasionally I've tried out four different pairs of headphones.  First was the Grado SR80i...the open back really turned me off as I didn't want to disturb people next to me...so I decided to turn to either closed back or on ear headphones that didn't leak too much.  90% of my listening is on my Cowon J3...so I've got a pretty nice source when it comes to portable Mp3 players.  I love the sound of Cowon/iAudio players.

 

My next headphones, based on reviews here, were the Audio Technica M50s.  These things are just awesome...they sound phenomenal with the music I listen to (mostly rap/hip hop/random alternative stuff).  I really have no complaints whatsoever with the sound on the M50s.  However, and it's a huge however...I pretty much can't wear them at home when I'm wearing my glasses.  I have to take my glasses off to listen to them because the 'over the ear' doesn't seal when I have my glasses on, so that just doesn't work.  So, it's either live with that limitation or search for an on-ear option that doesn't put pressure on my ear where my eye glasses go.  Keep in mind, i have three different pairs of glasses and it didn't hurt on one, but hurt bad on two...so there is that.  It's all dependent on what type of glasses you're wearing really.

 

So I did the 'average consumer' thing, which I am...I'm no audiophile really, and picked up both the Bose On-Ear and also the Beats Solo HD.  The Bose really only needed like three hours before I decided that they were garbage.  I loved the size and compact nature, but the sound was terrible.  I'm not even going to invest the time for a burn in.

 

Once I got the Solo HDs out...I was instantly impressed.  They were very comfortable and didn't bother my ears at all.  Now, I will give these a good chance to burn in because I'm pleased with the rest of the sound profile.  The bass is obviously impressive and helps with my rap/hip hop genre and the mids and highs were quite a bit better than the original Solo's i tried at the Apple store.  Time will tell if these things can even come close to hanging with the M50s...but I'm optimistic for sure.  Yeah, I had to pay 75 bucks more for these compared to the M50s, but the comfort alone is worth it to me...plus they are a little more portable.  If only they were built a little better.  The Grados and the M50s are like tanks...I wish all headphones could be made like that.  Time will tell.

 

So for now, I'm really excited about the Solo HDs...hopefully they have solved my headphone dilema.


Edited by dbdynsty25 - 8/26/10 at 1:02pm
post #9 of 58

I actually am also thinking about returning my v moda crossfades for the solo hds. I need something more portable and the crossfades are a little bit uncomfortable to me. but anyway i was wondering how bad the sound leak is? i kno the studios leak awful and i was wondering how the solo hds are?

post #10 of 58

Great review! I think Monster really did listen to the critics as these are heaps ahead of the original Solo's. I guess they got a little carried away with the bass at first which became somewhat problematic by distorting the sound and making it sound muddy. The new HD's not only have the same great bass but everything else (the mid's and highs) sound extremely clear and crisp.

 

The main question is; are there other headphones out there that offer the same sound quality for cheaper? I think maybe so. But will they have comfort/aesthetics/portability that rival the Beats? I'm not so sure...

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Ugh now I'm not sure wether I tried the HD version or not. Anyway I tried all three Beats on one occasion: the Solos, the Studios and the Pros (that's what they're called, right?)

 

The Solos weren't headphones. They were comfortable subwoofers that would probably break within a few days.

 

The Studios were  the result of an epiphany were an angel came to Dr. Dre while he slept and informed him that music contained something else besides bass. So they were still bass monsters (not a compliment), but at least something resembling vocals were present. Would break with a difference on minutes from the Solos.

 

The Pros were decent. The treble was good for a Beats product, the bass was still punchy, the mids were... nevermind. Just too bad that they cost over 400$ and at that price even Sennheiser puts them to shame.

 

Sorry for trolling, but these just annoy me. As you mentioned they are made for Hip Hop, but for most of us, that's an enormous limitation. I like headphones that are good all around, even if not amazing, and not just decent at ONE genre.

 

Did you really think the bass was good? I am genuinely curious, since what I tried had the muddiest, flabbiest (probably not a word =D) bass ever. At some point it was more vibration than anything else, let alone sound. So I might really have tried the non-HD version, because even with all the subjectivity, I doubt there could be such polar opinion on something that to me seems so clear: that the bass is not.

post #12 of 58
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Originally Posted by Ak-Boss View Post
(...) But will they have comfort/aesthetics/portability that rival the Beats? I'm not so sure...


You're kidding right? Aesthetics is very subjective, so we shouldn't get much into it. The are tons of very comfortable headphones, and although the Studios are quite comfy, I always thought they fall of your head very easily, and the fact that you can't  adjust the headband size is obviously not a plus on comfort. Also that rubber thing on the headband is a bit annoying. On portability: since they break easily, maybe carrying them inside a backpack isn't a good idea, other than that they're very portable.

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Originally Posted by LizardKing1 View Post





You're kidding right? Aesthetics is very subjective, so we shouldn't get much into it. The are tons of very comfortable headphones, and although the Studios are quite comfy, I always thought they fall of your head very easily, and the fact that you can't  adjust the headband size is obviously not a plus on comfort. Also that rubber thing on the headband is a bit annoying. On portability: since they break easily, maybe carrying them inside a backpack isn't a good idea, other than that they're very portable.


Well considering the aesthetics have pretty much turned most Beats headphones into fashion accessories kind of proves my point. I should also point out that I was discussing the Solo HD's and not the Studios as you can actually adjust the headband with the Solo HD's. The original Solo's did have a problem which meant the headband could be accidentally broken quite easily however that problem was sorted with the new Solo HD"s which are much more sturdier. The case that comes with them will keep them protected from scratches or getting crushed in your backpack anyway.

post #14 of 58

So it's a hard case and not just a pouch now? Nice, I have to give it to Monster

post #15 of 58

Can someone tell me how bad the solo hd's leak sound? i'm going to be using them on public transportation, will this be a problem as in the case of the studios????

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