FCC document details new Apple-developed wireless Beats Solo2 headphones

“The first Beats product to be released under Apple’s guidance has been unveiled in documents recently submitted to the FCC, suggesting Apple will soon be releasing a pair of Beats Solo2 headphones that include wireless Bluetooth functionality,” Juli Clover reports for MacRumors.

“As seen in diagrams, the design of the new wireless Solo2 headphones is nearly identical to Beats’ existing Solo2 line,” Clover reports. “The Solo2 headphones are the company’s newest product, released in May, just a day after Apple’s Beats acquisition became official.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Hopefully this’ll be the first Beats headphone model to reproduce audio above 400hz. 😉

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Dan K.” for the heads up.]

12 Comments

  1. They do have a full audio range, but, and it is a big but, they’re heavily biased in favour of the lower frequencies.
    All headphones/earphones are biased, Etymotic ER6i’s are biased towards vocals and above, it just depends on the target market. Beats name tells you exactly what’s in the tin, their target market isn’t the audiophile, $5000 turntable, $30,000 amplifier crowd, it’s teens and above who listen primarily to electro and dance pop with emphasis on the bottom end.
    However, they are well designed, and very comfy to wear, and by using a very neat little app can be made to sound any way you want them to.
    I have several pairs of Ultimate Ears ‘phones, and a pair of Shure SE215’s, all of which, apart from my TripleFi 10 Pro’s, benefit from a bit of a tweak.
    I found an app called EQu, which is very effective, it lets the user create any frequency curve they want; I started using it with my Etymotics, because of the woeful lack of bass, then realised it would do the opposite with Beats, so got a cheap pair of Solo HD’s from eBay.
    With a curve boosting the frequencies above 256Hz, they are amazingly good, I’m really very pleased with them.
    This is all Apple needs to do: adjust the upper frequencies to suit a wider range of music styles.
    For anyone else, get some cheap Solo HD’s from eBay, install EQu, and make them your own.
    And I have no connection to EQu, I found it by accident, after a lot of searching for a decent EQ app.

    1. It’s nice to see a little informed logic on this product. It seems like everyone else is quick to jump on the “overpriced junk” band wagon. Thanks for your input.

      1. Thank you, you’re more than welcome!
        It’s true, though; out of the box, unless all you ever listen to is bass-driven modern R’n’B, or electro-pop, dance, drum-and-bass, dubstep or whatever the current fad is, they are compromised.
        However, the means to modify the sound is readily available for iDevices, and can be used for any headphones on the market, I happen to like the design of Beats, they fold away neatly, and most parts are easily replaced, especially the cables, which are always one of the first things to break, so having found EQu, to improve my Etymotics, I reckoned that Beats would be dead easy to tweak.
        I was right, using EQ they sound really very good indeed, so nobody should be put off, all my head/earphones have a custom curve in EQu, except my TripleFi 10’s which really don’t need it.
        At around $3-400, that’s as it should be!
        I actually paid around half what a new pair of Beats would cost, £70, so I reckon I got a bargain.

  2. MDN: Hopefully this’ll be the first Beats headphone model to reproduce audio above 400hz.

    And hopefully they’ll also be the first ‘Bluetooth’ headphones to reproduce audio above 400Hz. Bluetooth is notoriously AWFUL for audio fidelity. As the audio experts here will verify, attempting to use audio gear using Bluetooth alone is a lesson in crap technology. Extended tech, beyond Bluetooth, is required for anything approaching decent audio quality.

    No doubt, Apple could make these babies work beautifully via Wi-Fi. We’ll see.

  3. I seriously doubt that Beats wasn’t working on wireless headphones prior to Apple buying it, especially since they have been heavily advertising their wireless PowerBeats2.

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