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.
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