Title: Three alternatives to Beats Solo2 headphones
Author: Kirk McElhearn
"This $299 headphone from Beyerdynamic costs 50 percent more than the other headphones I tested, but if you want good sound, the difference is certainly worth it. It has a full, powerful sound, with clarity across the spectrum. Midranges are full and vibrant, and trebles are sharp and incisive. There can be a tad too much bass for certain types of music, but the iPhone’s Bass Reducer EQ tempers this perfectly.It’s small, light, and comfortable, and, at 157 grams, the lightest of the three models I tested. It feels a bit tight on my head, but over time it would probably be more comfortable. It has good noise isolation, even though the earcups are quite small."
"(...) the Beyerdynamic’s are round, and this seems to give a bit more space to the sound."
"This headphone has a dual cable; in other words, it connects to both earpieces. I’d rather have a single cable, because it’s less tangle-prone, but a dual cable means that if you jerk the cable, the stress is equally distributed."
"The inline microphone and remote is placed at nearly the perfect position (...)."
"Aesthetically, I find this headphone to be the nicest of those I tested, but I understand that my taste is not universal. It doesn’t have the aggressive styling or bright, shiny colors of Beats headphones, and the solid aluminum armature looks sleek and modern. The build quality makes me think that this is a headphone that’s going to last, even with tough usage. (Compare that to Beats’ plastic.)"