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Sol Republic vs. Beats by Dr. Dre

by on June 29, 2012

Sol Republic vs. Beats by Dr. Dre

Beats by Dr. Dre are literally everywhere to be seen. Somewhere in the street or the mall, there’s always a kid or teenager wearing a beats Studio or Solo headphones. To some of you, Studios or Solos may seem like “the” headphones to go for if you’re in the market for style and beefy sound. But what if I told you that Beats headphones are not the only ones out there that look cool and sound great?

I recently found out about Sol Republic; a company whose co-founder and CEO Kevin Lee happens to be the son of Monster Cable founder Noel Lee. Wait a minute! Monster Cable? The company that makes Beats by Dr. Dre? Well, I guess this is a good thing to know if you’re a fan of Monster Cable.

Let’s get down to the comparison. Beats Studio and Solo are both very expensive, ranging from 60KD up to and over 100KD. Sol Republic Tracks and Tracks HD are less than 50Kd as of the date of this review.

Beats Studio are bigger than the Solo in terms of drivers and overall size. The bigger size provides the listener with a better noise cancelling and heavy bass experience. The Solos however, are on-ear and have a more portable design. Both headphones are fingerprint magnets and therefore, Monster Cable is kind enough to include a cloth for you to clean them. The right-angled audio jacks and coating make the headphones’ cables less prone to breaking and tangling. A microphone is included for making calls on the iPhone/iPod/iPad.

[quote]A common complaint by Beats users is the fact that the bass is so heavy, that it tends to cancel out some instruments in the background. Therefore, Beats may not be the choice for audiophiles looking for midranges. But keep in mind that neither the Beats nor Sol Republic are studio-quality headphones.[/quote]

Sol Republic Tracks and Tracks HD are very similar except for the engines they use. The Tracks use engine V8 and the Tracks HD use engine V10 but the difference between the two is not drastic. Obviously, the Tracks HD should sound slightly better overall because of the higher engine. What’s really making Tracks and Tracks HD stand out from the rest of the headphones out there is their indestructible/interchangeable headbands, interchangeable speakers and cables. Yes, the Tracks and Tracks HD are highly customizable and come in a variety of colors and designs. They also have a right-angled audio jack and microphone for iPhone/iPod/ iPad.

A lot of the reviews on Tracks and Tracks HD mention that you should not listen to your music on full volume in the first 24 hours of purchasing. You should let the headphones “burn in” so that the diaphragms get used to the vibrations. This is a general rule for all headphones, but especially recommended for the Tracks and Tracks HD. The headphones are slightly tight and wearing them for a long period of time (hours) may cause some discomfort.

Well, there you go. The decision is all yours. Visit the nearest X-cite showroom to try out the Beats and Sol Republics and see which ones suit your needs. You can buy Beats Studio, Solo, Sol Republic Tracks or Tracks HD from xcite.com. If you feel that I’ve missed something or got something wrong in this review, please mention it in the comments section. Also, discuss your experiences if you are current or past owners of those headphones.

Beats by Dr. Dre are Available at www.xcite.com SOL Available at www.xcite.com

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  • Bhavik
    December 16, 2012 at 11:01 pm

    I like beats solo monster because i hav 1 of them
    It gives u various kinds of sound though d bass is a bit louder for the
    Midrangers but it gives u a better quality of sound ndis the bst


  • Jenz
    January 21, 2013 at 7:14 am

    It’s V10 engine not V12 for tracks HD
    I currently own the tracks and tracks HD and I seriously can’t hear too much difference between the two… Love them both though! Very stylish and comfortable!


  • Manny
    April 16, 2013 at 8:16 pm

    sold my beats for tracks hd. there’s a huge difference in the bass quality. the beats had bass that kinda drowned out the rest of the music whereas the republics have deep bass and amazing sound separation. you can hear everything clearly.


  • Jimmy Wells
    September 17, 2013 at 5:17 am

    I have tracks HD myself but the thing with beats is that they are made of higher quality materials thus making them last last longer. Ex: Me and my friend both had our speakers blow out in about 9 months while my other friends have had beats work for about a couple years so i think sol republics sound amazing but next time im going with beats by dre


  • Kyle
    March 2, 2014 at 5:42 pm

    I have tracks too and my friend has beats and i agree intirely it totaly drowns out the sound. And metal in beats is the worst sound in the world. My tracks are Very good sound but very uncomfortable after about an hours use.


  • Garry Sandal
    March 14, 2014 at 8:31 pm

    Seriously,are tracks HD are pretty flimsy, the sol band looks like it could snap right off. I’ve tried one and they do not comfort my ears. Beats are the better choice in comfortable ness.


    • jarrod becker
      April 2, 2014 at 4:54 am

      YEA… no i own a pair of tracks hd and they are virtually indestructible i literally took off the cans and tied the band in a knot!!! also ive dropped them so may times i can’t count seriously rethink looking at them.


  • Tayler
    March 24, 2014 at 6:24 am

    I own a pair of tracks and plans on buying master tracks. These headphones are absolutely wonderful. I would recommend them to anyone, although comfort becomes an issue after an hour or so. As for beats, i’ve never used them


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