Beats Solo 2 vs. 3

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  1. mattjackson macrumors member

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    I'm looking for some new wireless headphones and fancy the Beats. Does anyone know if there's much difference between the 2 and 3?

    From reading up, it looks like the main difference is that 2 is 'on-ear' and 3 is 'over-ear' which from what I can see probably means that the 3 cancel out more external noise.

    Any advice appreciated.
     
  2. darthbane2k macrumors 6502

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    Get the 3's. It has the W1 chip. W1 gives you incredible range(120 ft!) , incredible battery life (40 hrs), fast charging (3 hrs of juice after a 5 min charge) and easy pairing to all your icloud devices. Additionally the sound is slightly better too.
     
  3. MrXiro macrumors 68040

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    SQ should be the same but Amazon has the Matte black for 219.99 right now... I picked up a pair just to play with... I'm debating selling all my other headphones now. Not that the SQ is amazing but the W1 chip and Class 1 rocks.. I can easily walk 50 feet further than any of the other bluetooth headphones/dongles I owned and it's through 2 walls... probably 80 feet in total from my desk at work.
     
  4. nickyD410 macrumors 6502

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    The 2 and the 3 share the same design, so they are both "on ear" headphones. The only difference is the inclusion of the w1 chip and colors.
     
  5. darthbane2k macrumors 6502

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    Actually there is a difference in the sound. The Solo3's have slightly tamer bass and the mids ever so slightly improved.
    Not a huge difference but a difference none the less.
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    However considering the benefits of the W1 chip, you'd be mad to get the 2's over the 3's.
     
  6. MrXiro macrumors 68040

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    Of course that only applies for iPhone users. I mean there is better battery in theory for non iPhone use but the benefits really lie in the ecosystem once again.
     
  7. AustinIllini macrumors demi-god

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    Far and away, battery life is the biggest advantage.
     
  8. MrXiro macrumors 68040

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    Eh... $ per battery charge, it's not that "important" in my book I've owned 30+ hour Sony Bluetooth headphones and 12 hour ones as well. My frequency of charging wasn't too different. I tended to charge my headphones once a week regardless of how many hours of charge the headphones themselves had remaining. Granted the battery meter wasn't as precise as it is on the Beats/iPhone which gives you the exact % and is accurate.

    Being that I get an exact % I might actually be a little less anal about keeping my headphones charged.
    But I don't know... as someone who also obsesses about the battery % number of my phone I might try to top off the headphone more often too. The biggest advantage IMO is the easy pairing and the range of the these... are Solo 2s Class 1? Cause that range is mind blowing!

    But Solo 2s are as low as $130 for Black Friday. At less than 1/2 the price it's a good headphone with a decent charge, Beats sound (subjective benefit) and trendy looks.

    I'd highly consider the Solo 2s to save a few bucks if I didn't have an iPhone.
     
  9. Bleeedorange macrumors newbie

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    I have the solo 3 wireless, and the w1 chip doesn't seem to be moving from device to device automatically. I'm definitely signed into iCloud, so I'm not sure what I'm missing. That was one of the main reasons I grabbed a pair tbh.
     
  10. AustinIllini macrumors demi-god

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    Agreed. Apple wasn't especially clear on how the W1 chip was supposed to work.
     
  11. MrXiro macrumors 68040

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    You are just connected. You need to swipe up to the control center, swipe over to the media control and tap on the airplay button to show the headphone... but they don't always connect seamlessly though. Only if you turn on the headphone with while around the device.
     
  12. Bleeedorange macrumors newbie

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    That makes sense, but from a marketing and advertising standpoint that doesn't seem to be how it was positioned. Not a big deal, but I could see some confusion and frustration from a casual user.
     

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