Review: Beats Solo 2 – Headphones that sound as good as they look

Since first pair of Beats was released in 2008, the brand has had somewhat of a negative stigma attached to it. Audiophiles have panned the headphones' bass heavy sound, dubbed them over-priced and dismissed them as nothing more than a fashion accessory. But now that Beats has severed its partnership with their previous manufacturer, Monster, they are self-developing their own products to a more positive reaction.

Since first pair of Beats was released in 2008, the brand has had somewhat of a negative stigma attached to it. Audiophiles have panned the headphones' bass heavy sound, dubbed them over-priced and dismissed them as nothing more than a fashion accessory. But now that Beats has severed its partnership with their previous manufacturer, Monster, they are self-developing their own products to a more positive reaction.

The Beats Solo 2 is the company's in-house refresh of their arguably their most popular headphones. The sound quality has definitely improved, but are they worth the $259.95 asking price?

Design
Even after just a few minutes with the Solo 2, it's no surprise that Apple bought the brand. Attention to detail's been paid to all aspects of the design, from the product itself to the packaging. When you unbox the Solo 2, it certainly feel like a premium product. None of that awful plastic packaging you often see adorning other headphones is in sight.

The re-designed Solo 2 takes most of its cues from its bigger brother, the 2013 model of Beats Studio. The headphones have a sleeker, more monochromatic look compared to their predecessor, the Solo HD, and as with the 2013 Studio, there are no visible screws. The headband is more ergonomic and the build quality feels sturdier.

The collapsible design is a personal highlight, and it makes the Solo 2 the perfect pair of headphones for travel. It's easy to detach the cord, fold the headphones up and just throw them in your bag without them taking up much space. The Solo 2's small form factor does however mean the fit might be a little too snug for some. I found myself needing to take the Solo 2 off for a few minutes after extended usage.

The detachable cord features in-line volume control and a microphone. However, these are only compatible with iOS devices.

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