“With Dr. Dre at the helm, Beats headphones always excelled in his preferred genre. Music with heavy bass thumped, much to the delight of rap and electronic music lovers,” Karis Hustad reports for The Christian Science Monitor. “Meanwhile, fans of more even-keeled classical, folk, and rock felt the beat often overshadowed the rest of the sound.”
“Now Dr. Dre and company is extending a headphone shaped olive branch to the rest of the music industry with the latest addition to its Beats line-up, the Solo². The Solo² provides more fair attention to different genres with less emphasis on bass,” Hustad reports. “It also pares down the heavy aesthetic of the headphone, offering lighter and more colorful options. This headphone release comes close on the heels of the announcement that Apple is purchasing Beats by Dre, indicating the popular headphone is looking to expand its customer base beyond the bassheads who have snapped up the devices thus far.”
“‘The Solo² headphone has a more dynamic, wider range of sound, with a clarity that will bring you closer to what the artist intended, whether you’re into hip-hop, heavy metal, jazz, electronic, or country,’ says Beats in a release,” Hustad reports. “Reviewers say this iteration of Beats’ Solo line of headphones lives up to the company’s hype and does make improvements on its previous sound… The look is also toned down from previous Beats models. Though slightly heavier than the previous Solo headphones, they are lighter and more portable (they fold up through hidden hinges) compared to many other comparable models. They also come in six different colors with headphone cables that match.”
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