Beats Solo 3 Wireless Headphones Review

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Beats Solo 3 Wireless Headphones Review


SInce this is the beats solo 3 wireless headphones review, here is a picture of that very pair

Beats Solo3 Wireless On-Ear Headphones

 

If you’re even slightly interested in anything to do with movies, music, or home entertainment in general, then you’re going to want a good pair of headphones that makes your content come alive; hence why Home Theater Headphones Are A Good Idea.

But these particular pair of headphones came as a little bit of a shock to me.

Why?

Well being the audio fanatic that I am, I’m always after the best sound possible without having to sacrifice my left leg just to get it.

Couple that with the fact that I’ve tried a few other headphones from this particular brand in the past, and they sounded absolutely nothing like these did. This was a sound I’d expect from a pair much more expensive.

What am I talking about exactly?

Look at the title.

This is the Beats Solo 3 Wireless Headphones review. 😉

 

Brief History

 

Unboxing

 

Appearance

 

Specs

 

Setup/Use

 

Sound

 

Likes

 

Dislikes

 

Final Thoughts

 

 

 

Brief History


a picture of beats headphones

If there’s one thing that Beats headphones have always been lauded for, it would have to be their impeccable design. From the moment that they were introduced to the public in 2008, they were praised for their unique looks.

So much so in fact, that in what seems like the blink of an eye, they quickly became a mainstream fashion piece to the masses.

From high profile celebrities to the average high school student, it became a much bigger hit than anyone could have ever anticipated.

Even today, if you were to take a look around any college campus, gym, or major city, it’s likely that you’ll see that iconic B symbol at least a few times.

And even though the original Beats brand was purchased by Apple in 2014 for 3.2 billion, (wow) the headphones themselves have still remained true to their roots.

This, along with their pedantic design philosophy and emphasis on providing you with quality sound is what still holds true.

 

 

Unboxing


the front of a beats box

The box that the Beats comes in is a lot more compact than you would think. The front of it shows a picture of the headphones that matches the pair inside, and a tag in the upper left hand corner boasts a claim of a 40 hour battery life.

 

the right side of a beats box

On the right side, you get a little message from Dr. Dre about how you’ll hear details in music that you were previously unable to along with some technical info towards the bottom and on the left side is just another picture.

 

the back of a beats box

The back talks about the various features of the headset, and the bottom is just some more legal & technical info. What’s really interesting is how you take them out.

 

the inside of the beats solo 3 box

The exterior of the box is actually a sleeve that slides out to reveal a black box underneath, which can then be lifted to reveal the contents inside.

Now what you get inside is pretty straightforward; the headphones which comes folded up in a case, a micro USB charger, 3.5mm cable for wired use, a carabineer, and some paperwork rounds out the list.

It’s a nice presentation overall truthfully.  I feel like the unboxing experience is something that’s extremely important as well since the first impression you get from the package is likely to steer your opinion on the product in some way.

Luckily, it’s certainly done the right way here; simple, yet elegant.

 

Appearance


A picture of the beats solo 3 up close

So now that brings us to the Solo 3, a headphone that is the culmination of years of refinement and improvement. It’s the cornerstone of what they’ve worked so hard to achieve thus far.

Now to say that the headphones are beautiful in person would be an understatement. Everything about them screams premium, which is certainly a far cry from how their first few headphones felt.

 

the word beats at the top of the headband of the headset

To start, each pair has the Beats signature logo on both sides of the ear cup, as well as the brand name on the top matching the color of that specific pair. This wasn’t the case just a few years ago where each logo would be red regardless of the color, so it’s nice to see that they finally decided to match them instead.

What’s interesting to note is that the left side’s logo is actually a button that can mute and stop music when you need to, as well as activate Siri. The construction of the headphones feels pretty sturdy too. The exterior is a hard plastic, while being reinforced with a metal band that runs through the headband for extra support and rigidity.

This makes them feel solid in hand, and when you adjust them to your head size, it doesn’t feel like it’ll snap or give at all; so no worries there in regards to durability. The folding hinge is also metal which is a plus.

 

 

a zoomed out view of beats headphonesThe padding of the headband is pretty copious, and is made out of a synthetic rubbery material as opposed to the typical plush material used in other cans (that’s an informal term for headphones)

The idea here is that with the rubber creating a larger amount of friction and therefore grip with your head, it won’t end up falling off when you’re doing any physical activity with it.

These things will definitely stay on your head even without you even having to set them uber tight which is something I feel a lot of people will appreciate. No cause for concern when it comes to comfort either as these are surprisingly comfortable as well.

Even though they aren’t the lightest headphones in the world, they distribute the weight evenly across your head in such a way that you wouldn’t even notice.

Of course this has to do with an appreciable level of ingenuity in regards to build quality, but it also has just as much to do with the plush ear cups that rest on your ears as well.

 

the earcup of a pair of beats headphones

The cup’s material itself is a faux leather that sits atop a foam base, and the result is something that is actually quite comfortable. Even by compressing them, they quickly spring back to shape when their released which shows that these should last a while.

I can personally vouch for that since I’ve had mine for months now and they still feel just as soft with no wear and tear. I will also say however, if you do wear these for a few hours, it’s not the most breathable material in the world.

Chances are that you will sweat if you keep them on for extremely long periods of time. But this is literally after 6-7 hours or so of continuous use which is atypical for the average user anyway.

Another concern however might be for glasses users.

Now I don’t wear glasses but my friend does, and he says after wearing his pair for 3 hours, the stem of his glasses starts to feel slightly uncomfortable due to the pressure of the pads on his ears. But after a 5 minute break everything feels fine again.

So while not really a big deal, it would still be something to just be aware of.

 

 

a picture of the led battery life indicator on the solo 3 headphones

On the side of the right ear cup though, you’ll find the power button to turn them on, and when doing so, it’ll give you an indicator of it’s current power status. This is done by way of 5 small led lights just under the button.

All 5 illuminated means it’s fully charged, while 1 red light means the battery is running low and needs a charge. If there’s a blinking red light, then that means it’s about to die and needs to charge immediately.

The micro usb slot that’s located just under the right ear cup is how they can be recharged, so the process is super simple.

Even if they die and you’re unable to charge them, the benefit of them being both a wired and wireless capable headset means that you can just plug in a 3.5mm cable and use them like a normal pair.

They can also be folded as well, and even come in a cool little Beats protective carrying case. Another pretty nifty touch is the fact that the cable actually matches the headphones themselves, so no matter what color you get, they’ll always be the same as each other.

The reason I make mention of this is that the cable use to always be red, so it’s awesome to see that they changed that. Speaking of colors though, oh boy do these come in a wide variety. From Rose Gold, to Red, there’s certainly one here for everybody.

Do note however that the glossy models can attract fingerprints (especially the glossy black pair.) I opted for the matte black due to this and because I thought it looked cool, but others might prefer a more bold looking one.

All up to individual preference really.

 

Specs


a pair of headphones sitting on a laptop

The specs of the headphones aren’t lacking either. Being that they tout wireless capability, that means that they also happen to function through the usage of Bluetooth. As long as the device you’re pairing it with has Bluetooth, then it’ll be compatible with it.

It has a lithium ion rechargeable battery that’s stated to last 40 hours on a single charge. That’s enough to get you through multiple days of use. But what’s particularly interesting to note is the fact that these also utilize fast charging, similar to that of a smartphone.

It’s so fast in fact, that just charging it for 5 minutes will give you about 3 hours of playback, and a full charge only takes about 2 hours total. You really can’t beat that. This is a great feature for those of us who are always on the go and don’t have the most time to top up fully.

The 5 LED lights on the right side that I talked about previously act as the battery gauge to give you an idea of how power is left. 5 means full, while none means empty. There’s also a built in microphone as well so that you can even take calls while wearing these.

a pair of headphones sitting on a desk

The frequency response of these is also pretty good too. For those unaware, that’s the highest and lowest note that it’s capable of making (I talk about this more here). The higher the right hand number (the treble) the better, while the lower the left hand number (the bass) the better.

These are able to go down to about 10 Hz while going up to a little over 20 kHz which is really good. If you’re curious about more of the technical side including graphs, that’s talked about here.

https://www.rtings.com/headphones/reviews/beats/solo3-wireless#comparison_2030

 

 

Setup/Use


Using the Solo 3 is incredibly easy as well. Simply press the circular button on the side which turns them on, then once they’re fully on hold that button down for 5 seconds. It’ll begin to flash which means it can now discover nearby Bluetooth devices.

Then on that device, select to pair the headphones with it and voila. What’s great about these is the fact that they remember the last device they were paired with; so unless you listen on multiple devices often, you shouldn’t have to repeat this process more than once.

So once you have everything all paired up, you’re good to go. As a little side note, you can also control audio with the included Remote Talk cable in various ways. Here’s instructions on how to do that since it’s pretty dependent on what device you have along with its software version.

https://www.beatsbydre.com/support/how-to/set-up-and-use-solo3-wireless

 

 

Sound


a pair of headphones folded up on a table

Now this is what we’ve been waiting for, how do the darn things sound?! Well if I had to sum it up in one word, it’d be amazing. No mistake about it, these cans sound amazing. But let’s go deeper and look at exactly why.

So when I first got them I wanted to see how the headphones sounded by themselves without any equalization, presets, or fancy settings that would alter the original sound. So I turned all of that off in my phone and decided to play some music using the default media player.

First up was some hip hop in the way of Kick Push by Lupe Fiasco. Immediately I found myself completely immersed in the beat. Not only was it punchy and authoritative, it effortlessly managed to maintain the clarity in the vocals which is something that’s hard to do typically.

These do it easily however.

 

a picture of a headphone amp

 

Even with the few other hip hop songs I tried it was the same story.

The bass was undoubtedly strong, but it certainly wasn’t overbearing or sloppy by any means. All of the other details were maintained in a perfect sort of harmony so to speak. If anything, it seemed to be able to separate the sounds entirely.

Best way I could describe it would be similar to that of a home theater system but on your head as weird as that sounds. You’d really need to try them out to see what I’m talking about.

Anyway, knowing that they sounded great with hip hop, I wanted to see how they faired in other genres as well. Not surprisingly, they still faired superbly. EDM and House music made these headphones come alive, while heavy metal sounded intense.

Even classic rock, which is not something you’d initially associate Beats with, sounded extremely lively and articulate. That was certainly not something I was expecting honestly, but I was happy to be wrong.

 

a picture of the beats logo

The Solos manage to be extremely versatile in ways you wouldn’t expect them to be. They can be downright unrelenting when it comes to it, but be gentle and subdued when you need them to be seconds later. That in my opinion is a characteristic of quality, and these certainly don’t disappoint in that department.

Even better is that these respond extremely well to equalization. For those of you unaware, if you listen to music on your phones, then there are EQ applications out there that allow you to alter the sound. The one I used is called Poweramp, but there are countless good ones out there.

But with an EQ in place, it ramped up the sound quality even further. Being the basshead that I am, I also played with the bass setting.

Let’s just say it woke me up.

 

a side view of the solo 3 headphones

Turning it all the way to the max (why would I do that, I know) caused the entire experience to become tactile, and they would actually shake from the bass (insane right?)

Now this isn’t something I’d advise you to do of course, but it’s just awesome to know that they’re actually capable of this without completely falling apart.

 

Even when it came to movies and video games, the audio quality was remarkable.

Like I stated previously, versatility is a huge theme here, and they manage to tackle both admirably. But for the people who prefer a more neutral and less bass heavy sounding headphone, you may not enjoy these as much. If you prefer complete accuracy over a more fun sound signature, then these may not be your cup of tea.

However there is something about these headphones that did concern me a little, and that was audio leakage. At higher volumes, you can definitely hear anything that’s playing even if somebody is wearing them.

I don’t particularly mind either way since I never listen to my content that loud anyway, but some may and so this would need to be something that you keep in mind.

 

 

Likes


  • Eye catching and attractive appearance
  • Adequate cushioning makes them quite comfortable
  • 40 hours of wireless battery life lasted a few days before needing a charge
  • Charging barely takes 2 hours
  • Can be used with a wire as well as wireless via Bluetooth
  • Durable
  • Sound quality is incredible
  • A surprisingly good home theater headphone for video gaming and movie watching

 

Dislikes


  • Thick framed glasses users may find these uncomfortable after a few hours
  • You might sweat wearing these for prolonged periods of time due to their closed back on ear design
  • Sound leaks out a higher volumes
  • Glossy models pick up fingerprints rather easily
  • Prioritize sounding fun rather than completely accurate

 

 

Final Thoughts


a picture of a set of headphones laying on a hardwood floor

Well that’s it for the Beats Solo 3 Wireless Headphones review. The final verdict is that unless you prefer a totally neutral headphone, these are an absolutely fantastic addition regardless of your type of media consumption.

They’re fun, lively, and completely immerse you in the content. This was not something I honestly expected at all since earlier models were relatively boomy, but these are a different beast entirely. It screams quality in a way I’m not sure a lot of headphones can match.

Whether as the perfect gift for somebody else, or simply for yourself, the fact remains that I highly recommend you go get these.

They’re absolutely incredible.

Beats Solo3 Wireless On-Ear Headphones

 

 

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10 Comments so far:

  1. Fantastic article. I was searching the web for headphones for my daughter and came across your article.
    Beats have definitely cornered the market when it comes to headphones.
    I know my daughter will love these.
    Thank you so much for this great review as I have learned a lot more about beats.
    David

  2. What a great article, you really covered the details, I currently have a pair of headphones, but when it is time for a new pair I am going to see what your latest recommendation is.
    Thanks
    Bob

  3. Thanks for the great article , you covered it all . was wondering if you have any recommendation for Bluetooth speakers please
    Thanks
    Aly

  4. Great information. I have always wondered if the beats headphones lived up to the hype. Sounds like for certain users yes. But for someone like myself that wants the true sound as it was meant to be heard not so much. I was thinking of getting a pair for my video gaming. However it seems my best bet is to keep looking. I was hesitant due to the fact I am not a fan of on ear headphones. But if the sound quality was exceptional I would have gotten used to it. Oh well thank you for the info.

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