Solo 2 VS Solo 3: The Beat-Sing Game!
We all love a moment to erase the noise of the outside world— to put on headphones and be in our own world as we drown in our epic music playlist. Right?
And technology gives us just that— epic and smart headphones with superior sound quality and performance.
Among the most popular names in the headphone in the world is Beats! And as its name implies, it is quite hard to beat a Beats product— unless of course, if the competition is from within and among the unbeatable Beats product.
But aren’t all Beats products created equal?
At first look, the Beats Solo 3 might seem like another Beats Solo 2, until you try it on! They may look similar in design and appearance, but is that all? Well, come aboard and let us find out if this upgrade “beats” the other and is worth paying for!
The Winner: Beats Solo 2
Weighing all factors, the upgraded version will surely beat the older one in terms of added features! The Beats Solo 3 is pretty much the same as the Beats Solo 2 in terms of designs and sound quality, however, the added wireless feature it sports and its long battery life stand proud and tall
Beats Solo 2 Wireless
Beats Solo 3 Wireless
Sound Output Mode
Mini-Phone Stereo 3.5 mm
Mini-Phone Stereo 3.5 mm 4-pole
Call / Music Control
Beats Solo 2 Wireless Review
It is hard to deny the influence of headphones from Beats on the mainstream headphone industry in the most recent years. And while their popularity has not gone down, the Beats continue to manufacture cool headphones.
Among their creation, the Solo 2 Wireless is (unsurprisingly) a wireless version of the Solo 2 headphones. And a much smaller on-ear sibling to the large over-ear Studio range.However, is the Beats Solo 2 live to the hype? Let’s find out!
Build and Comfort
- Portable Headphones
- Elegant glossy body finish
- Soft ear cups
Just like any portable headphones, the Beats Solo 2 wireless is designed to be hinged so that they can be folded down which makes them easier to carry. Plus, it comes with a useful neoprene zip case to keep them protected inside your bag.
The body of the Solo 2 Wireless is largely plastic that keeps it nice and light. And you have 11 elegant glossy color finish to choose from. Everyone might not love the plastic feel— but it keeps the headphone lightweight. Even though made from plastic, it is durable and free to twist and bend (within reasons).
The Solo 2 ear cups are made from leather-looking, soft materials. Plus, there is a padded headband so that it will sit on your head comfortably. The Solo 2 also has a firm grip on the sides which makes it great to use when exercising, but perhaps a little too tight making your ears a little too hot!
- Wireless and Wired Connection
- Quick pairing
- Built-in control system
- Generous battery life
Ditching the wire means ditching the handy wire remote too, obviously. But never fear! The Beats logo on the left side is a controller in disguise and has a built-in control system. You can skip track by pressing it twice, pause by pressing the middle button once and adjust the volume by pressing the bottom and top sections.
The power button sits on the right side, along with five small LEDs underneath it to show how much battery life remains. The Solo 2 claims to have a generous 12 hours of battery life. And in case the Solo 2 is running short on battery life, it can be used wired with the included cable which also features inline control. The charging is through micro USB.
Pairing the Beats Solo 2 with your laptop or phone is very simple— the LED on the left ear cup will flash to show that it is in pairing mode and will change to solid color once it has been paired.
- Good, extended bass
- Well-balanced treble
- Passive isolation for ambient noise
The Solo 2 Wireless is a decent on-ear closed-back headphone that offers you quality sound performance. It has a good, extended bass that is slightly bolder but not overwhelming, a good mid-range quality as well as a well-balanced treble.
But that does not mean what these headphones are— they focus more on drive and attack. The Solo 2 delivers an exciting and fun sound. But because these headphones only provide passive isolation from ambient noise, they are not ideal to be used on public spaces since the small ear cups will allow noise to creep in, making them screw handling of nuance and fine details. Also, at high volumes, the sound may leak quite a bit which can disturb other people around you.
The Beats Solo 2 Wireless is a decent set of on-ear headphones which has a good wireless design and a well-balanced sound quality. They not only feel sturdy despite the plastic build, but they also provide a comfortable and firm fit when worn.
Although it provides a good sound quality, the fact that it only has passive isolation ruins the sound all in all. Its good sound quality is limited since noise from outside can creep in which causes a feeling of lack in fine details and sound. Plus, the sound is a little leaky at higher volumes which might disturb other people around.
Beats Solo 3 Wireless Review
The Beats Solo 3 Wireless headphone is very much identical to the Solo 2. This is because, Beats has not yet updated its design— on the outside at least. The big change can be seen from the inside and on its price tag.
But does that inner change worth it? We better find out!
Build and Comfort
- Plastic build
- Portable headphone
- Soft ear pads and headbands
As I have mentioned earlier, Beats has not yet modified its design. Thus, the Solo 3 is very much alike to Solo 2.
Unashamedly plastic, the Solo 3 sports a lightweight construction and is available in various colors for you to choose from— both in the shiny and matte finish. The arms can also be folded down to make these headphones more portable and comes with a carry case.
The Solo 3 has an on-ear fit, and its ear pads and headband cushion are made of soft, faux-leather material. Its fold-up hinge and the headband’s skeleton is made of metal for extra strength and durability.
Also, the Beats Solo 3 is stable enough and has a firm grip. They may not be the best headphones out there to use for high-intensity workouts which involve a lot of jumping. However, they are tight enough to not move that much while on your head.
- W1 Chip
- Longer Battery Life
- Longer connectivity range
- Built-in control system
- Fast Fuel Charging
The most headline feature of the Solo 3 headphone is the w1 chips which offer a lot of benefits, particularly to iPhone users, and also some advantages for Android users. For iOS users, there is now a seamless link with the iPhone 7. By just turning the headphones on, your iPhone will automatically ask if you wish to connect.
Android users, on the other hand, will take a bit longer in following the regular procedures for Bluetooth pairing. However, they will at least use the bigger improvements of the W1 chip.
Just like Solo 2, controls are once again placed in the left side of the headphone. Just press the Beats logo to control playback as well as activating Siri. Volume controls are at the bottom and top.
The biggest difference between Solo 3 from Solo 2 is the battery life. With 40-hour battery life, the Beats Solo 3 Wireless is quite outstanding and impressive than the Solo 2’s 12 hours battery life, all thanks to the better battery management by the W1 chip.
You can be able-free for at least a week before the need to recharge,and it is very convenient. Not only that, but the Solo 3 also features a Fast Fuel charging tech on board which provides you with 3 hours of playback in just a 5-minute charge.
The Beats Solo 3 also provides a better connectivity range, all thanks to the inclusion of Class 1 Bluetooth tech rather than the Class 2 that is found in the Solo 2 and other wireless headphones.
This increase the connectivity range from 10m to 100m (which of course still depends on your environment). Certainly, the Beats Solo 3 are capable of providing better sound even from a farther distance from your phone and through several doors, before the music begins to break up.
- Full-bodied, bold sound
- Deep, extended bass
- Well-balanced mid-range
Unfortunately, the Beats Solo 3 is much identical to the Solo 2 regarding sound quality. It also gives us the full-bodied sound quality. The Solo 3 provides a deep and extended bass which produces punchy kicks and thumpy basses but not that boomy and overpowering.
The Beats Solo 3 also has a well-balanced mid-range, although slightly recessed, giving more emphasis to the bass instruments. Also, the Solo 3 performs consistently across multiple users, produce small distortions, and do not have a large and out of head sound stage.
And like the Solo 2, the solo 3 also has passive sound isolation which allows outside noise to find their way in, missing on sound subtlety and refinement.
The Beats Solo 3 Wireless Headphone is pushing the boundaries of wireless technology in headphones that we have ever seen before. From quick connectivity to a longer and better connectivity range and battery life, Beats make sure that we have a better experience with the Solo 3.
It’s a shame that despite the game-changing improvements to the wireless experience, the Beats Solo 2 will remain the same proposition as the Solo 2 regarding design and sound quality. It crucially lacks regarding subtlety and detail that is expected with headphones at a higher price tag.
Between the battle of wireless headphones— Solo 2 VS. Solo 3— Solo 3 is a much more practical choice. Both wireless headphones have the same design and sound quality, but the Solo 3 has a few upgraded features, that will satisfy you!