Quick thanks to SOL Republic for this review sample.
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With the headphones you'll receive two informational papers, stickers, user manual, a small paper listing their website, Twitter, Facebook, and contact number, and last but not least; the headphones themselves.
The headphones feature a very simple design that makes the headphones fairly modular as the speakers come off the headband, the earpads clip onto the speaker piece(similar to some of Sennheiser products), and the cable is detachable as well. The cable uses two 1/8" plugs to plug into the right and left speaker of the headphone and a standard 3.5mm jack to plug into your DAP. The earpads and headphone pad is made out of pleather.
The headband is made from what SOL Republic calls "FlexTech" which is what makes the headband virtually indestructible(I have already bent the headband ridiculously to test this, the headband didn't even break or show any signs of stress and maintained it's shape.)
Worth noting that the build in microphone and volume control only works with certain devices that aren't i-Products. The compatibility list can be found on the SOL republic website here: http://www.solrepublic.com/culture/news/headphone-compatibility
These headphones have a very accurate and boomy bass, sub-bass shines, you'll feel the vibrations on your ears from any bass heavy song or genre such as Dubstep. The bass doesn't gets a bit muddy or distorted at higher volumes.
The standard Tracks are bass oriented which is their strong point in the sound signature of the v8 sound engine that these cans have.
The midrange is fairly flat and sounds congested, not a whole lot of dynamics with the bass bleeding into the lower midrange.
The highs sound rolled off and shallow. The highs are present, just not airy.
Soundstage is some what there, the sound imaging is close to non-existent. Not a whole lot of instrumental separation. Music just sounds like it's being pushing into your head, when you hear music through these headphones it doesn't sound very lively.
SOL Republic did a great job with designing the Tracks headphones, they're incredibly comfortable to wear over a long period of time due to the softness the earpads and headphone pad have.
The sound quality will appeal more to the DJ crowd as most of all DJ headphones these days seem to be very bass oriented. With the unique aesthetics of these headphones it seems to appeal more to a young adult crowd that isn't as educated about high-fidelity but still want something stylish and decent sounding.
The Beat's line by Monster Cable has a social status effect upon the younger generation(kids, young teens, and young adults), I don't see that at all with these headphones as they aren't endorsed by celebrities. At the price of MSRP of $99.99 there are many other significantly better headphones you could pick out that would sound incredibly better compared to the Tracks headphones though I would recommend these to a bass head.
I believe the v10 sound engine in the Tracks HD solve the problems of the flat Mids and Highs the standard Tracks have, so the Tracks HD should be worth trying out if a retail store near you has them on their demo display. These headphones honestly don't sound as bad as the Beat's Solo's and Studio's so don't be turned away to try them.
Edit: The HD's sound exactly the same, the HD's were easier to drive when I was comparing them side by side. Build quality is better on the HD's, only major difference.
For those of you who want to buy these, for $99.99 you can buy these at an Apple Store, Best Buy, or The Internet.
Notes: SOL = Soundtrack of Life
I would go over the functionality of the built in volume control and the quality of the microphone but it didn't work on my Microsoft Kin or on any of my Android phones..
Edited by EpicPie - 12/17/12 at 8:15pm