Beats By Dr. Dre Solo HD

Discussion in 'iPad Accessories' started by MrRoyksopp, Jun 23, 2011.

  1. MrRoyksopp macrumors regular

    Mar 4, 2010
    Hello Guys.
    - I have been thinking about getting a pair of Beats by Dre Solo HD headphones.

    Does anyone out there own a pair of these?
    Is it worth the money?

    Can someone just tell me their experience with these headphones?

    - Thank you very much!
  2. NavySEAL6 macrumors 6502a

    Dec 13, 2006
    I've had them for about a year and I love them. They're slightly overpriced, but sound and look great. Fairly durable, although I treat them nicely, carry case is nice. Listen in the store before you buy. Also, the in-line controls work for iPod, iPhone, iPad, and my MacBook Pro which is a nice extra
  3. MrRoyksopp thread starter macrumors regular

    Mar 4, 2010
    Peoples say that the headphones gets broken too easily, but as you said, if you just tale good care of them nothing happens!
    - I listened to Them in the store, and they sound amazing!

    But thanks for the advice!
  4. Iceage macrumors 6502

    Apr 17, 2010
    I bought two pairs a couple of weeks ago, one for myself and one for my son. We love them. The sound is excellent compare to the Apple in-ear ones. If you listen to high quality radio channels like and, the sound is awesome. A bit pricey but well worth it. We take good care of our stuff, so we expect them to last a long time.
  5. youngplaya0228 macrumors regular

    Jan 16, 2008
    Also own them and love them.

    Regarding how easy they break: supposedly (not 100%) those were the original Solos that were easy to break. The Solo HD are a lot sturdier: something to do with a metal band in the top now.
  6. 3goldens macrumors 68000


    Feb 26, 2008
    I tried them and returned them, thought they were pretty bad, but everyone is going to have different sound preferences. I went back to using my Etymotics, which to me are hands down the best headsets made.

    Every professional musician I know uses Etymotic as their in ear monitors on stage, because the sound reproduction is so good.
  7. Donka macrumors 68020


    May 3, 2011
    I tried them out but wasn't too keen for the price. I picked up a pair of AKG k450 for less than a third of the price and I preferred the audio from them. The Beats are not bad headphones at all but let's just say very well marketed!
  8. mcdj macrumors G3


    Jul 10, 2007
    not sayin the beats aren't ok headphones, but I always encourage people to compare any headphones they're considering buying to a really high end pair of headphones they would never think of buying. the difference can be shocking. this doesn't mean you should then buy the more expensive pair, but it does mean you could do some more research and find a pair that more closely approaches the sound quality of the expensive headphones without approaching the price tag.

    beats by dre are fun, but cartoonish mass consumer grade headphones. if you want realistic sound reproduction, they may not be for you, not to mention you are paying an unneccessary premium to have Dr. Dre's name on the box.
  9. Adobo macrumors member

    Jun 20, 2007
    Seattle, WA
    Try AIAIAI TMA-1

    I had the 1st edition Solos and really loved them. They eventually broke at the top of the band in about a year and a half. I thought they sounded great. Was about to buy another pair when I saw these Danish phones called TMA-1s that a coworker had. To me, they sound very similar with not as much bass, but very durable. They can be twisted and stretched. They are also the same in price. I'd still buy another pair of Beats but might opt for the Studios if I did.
  10. Koodauw macrumors 68040


    Nov 17, 2003
    You can get refurbished Beats from the Monster outlet site for $99 for the solos, and $129/149 for the studios. People say the beats are decent, but not worth the money. What do you guys think of the solos / Studios at that price? Downside is only a 90 day warranty.
  11. Ronnoco macrumors 68030


    Oct 16, 2007
    United States of America
    Don't like the coloured sound of The Beats...My B&W P5's just may be the best portable headphones on the market today...truly amazing...a bit pricy at $300 but truly worth every penny...jawdropping sound...:)
  12. yourtoys7 macrumors 6502a

    Sep 3, 2007
    +1, I use Westone2 and love it. My brother in law would never consider anything but 100. or so headphones. I let him try my pair, next thing I know he got Shure and spend almost $500.
    Beats are good but for the $ you can have soo much more. Look at
  13. ethics101 macrumors regular

    Apr 16, 2011
  14. guinness8878 macrumors member


    Nov 25, 2009
    If anyone is interested, Best Buy has the studios on sale for 269.99 and the pros were 349.99 in store if I remember right. I bought a pair but I'm returning them, very good headphones just not right for me.
  15. bobright macrumors 601

    Jun 29, 2010
    Yup the HDs are almost too tight fitting also not comfortable. They go on the ear and after a while your ear will turn red and feel uncomfortable, the Studios go over the ear and are extremely comfortable.
  16. okrelayer macrumors 6502a

    May 25, 2008
    I think the headphones are more intended for one type of music ( than a variety. I also personally don't like the aesthetics of the headphones. For a pair of iProduct consumer headphones the bowers & Wilkins p5's are the best. Incredible sound, timeless quality
  17. MBP3131 macrumors newbie


    May 24, 2011
    Getting some tomorow :D SOOOOO excited. I will definitly reply once I try them out.
  18. Givmeabrek macrumors 68040


    Apr 20, 2009
    Just got my P5's. Wow! Super quality with sound I didn't know existed! Lovin 'em :p
  19. MrRoyksopp thread starter macrumors regular

    Mar 4, 2010
    Great! Let me hear from you :)
  20. jsh1120 macrumors 65816

    Jun 1, 2011
    I don't mean to criticize anyone's taste in music but the Dr. Dre's are (as others have noted) a relatively cheaply built and cheap to manufacture headphones tuned to provide the sort of ribcage rattling bass that is very popular these days in popular music. It's not difficult to make cheap headphones sound very very good if you're going after good sound in a relatively limited range.

    If you're looking for headphones that produce outstanding sound for a variety of musical genres, the B&W, Sennheiser, and Shure brands are excellent. Each has models at about the same price point as the Dr. Dre's and are, frankly, far better products.

    Personally, I like the Shure 215 in-ear earphones for a relatively inexpensive pair of very good earbuds and I use a pair of $69 folding Sennheiser's when I'm traveling with the iPad. The latter are immensely light and comfortable and compare favorably with headphones costing three times as much. In addition, they can be folded into my shirt pocket.

    On the other hand, no one can tell you what sound you like, only which product produces accurate reproduction of a source. If you like the way the Dr. Dre's sound, go for it. Just recognize that you're paying more for marketing than for components.
  21. Ronnoco macrumors 68030


    Oct 16, 2007
    United States of America
    I really didn't think that type of sound reproduction was possible with a pair of non-powered portable headphones...and I've worked in the broadcasting/recording industry for 30 years (I wear headphones for a living)...the P5's are the best sounding amp-free/non-powered portable headphones I've encountered anywhere for any price...
  22. okrelayer macrumors 6502a

    May 25, 2008
    I agree. When I was looking for a pair of headphones for inside of the house, i did not want anything to big, I also did not want to use an amp. While I have not tried every pair of headphones, the build quality, the sound, the comfort, everything is glorious with these.
  23. Ronnoco macrumors 68030


    Oct 16, 2007
    United States of America
    Yes...the "breathable" New Zealand Sheep's leather on the ear-pads is quite comfortable and the fact that they are easily removable/replaceable (magnets) is a brillant feature...this is one case were you really "get what you pay for"...
    100% quality...
  24. ihatephish macrumors regular

    Jun 20, 2011
    Good lord people. DO NOT BUY THESE HEADPHONES.

    They have TERRIBLE sound reproduction. There are so many better and cheaper options out there.
  25. Mr.C macrumors 601

    Apr 3, 2011
    London, UK.
    And what would you suggest then ?

    Every professional media source has given the B&W P5's a rave review not to mention a lot of regular consumers on the net have also given great feedback.

    If there are cheaper, better value for money, headphones out there then what are they ?

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