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There are a few names that stand out in the world of headphones, and two companies that have made a mark for themselves in this field are Sennheiser and Audio Technica.
Both these companies are renowned for making top quality headphones that have some of the best output in the industry today.
But which of the companies is better? Specifically, whether Sennheiser’s HD 599 or Audio Technica’s ATH-M50x is better? Let us find out in this review.
Sennheiser HD599 vs Audio-Technica ATH-M50x – A Detailed Comparison
There are many areas where the Sennheiser 598 scores over Audio Technica, and vice-versa. This doesn’t necessarily mean one is bad while the other is good. It is about picking the right pair that comes with the features you desire the most.
NOTE: Sennheiser has discontinued the HD598 and it now positions as the HD599. There’s no technical difference between these two models.
To help you identify the one that is most ideal for you, we are comparing these two against a host of different parameters.
if you’re looking for a pair of headphones for everyday listening, M50x is a better choice. It has a fun and engaging side that slightly adds some colour to your song.
Design and Build
The design and build of Audio Technica ATH m50x are remarkable. It is made of heavy-duty plastic with aluminum on the headband and extenders. This mix of plastic and metal gives a nice touch to the design.
Though the materials used are of the highest quality, thereby making them robust and durable, the presence of plastic is a little bit of a bummer.
This use of plastic is more than made up by the plush padding on the headband and ear cups, and they give you a comfortable listening experience. You can wear these headphones for extended periods of time, without worrying about feeling clamped or sweaty in your ear area.
The same is true of the headband too. The padding is thick and comfortable, and it also sits well on your head. The metal extenders are also covered with padding to give a nice plush look to the headphones.
One aspect about these headphones is that they are available only in black. Though some people may see this as a disadvantage, we think this choice of neutral color is ideal because it can be paired well with almost any costume.
In fact, the use of silver rings on the outer side of the ear cups and for the company’s name and logo gives a beautiful touch to the overall design. The combination of black and silver is classy as well.
Moving on to Sennheiser HD 599, the design is luxurious and attractive. With a combination of ivory and maroon, this headphone looks fantastic, to say the least. There are also some editions that come in black, but this flamboyant combination is the staple of Sennheiser HD 599.
What is unusual is these headphones step away from the time-tested colors and combinations, and this is also what makes them stand out in this crowded world of headphones.
Some people opine that this combination will not go well with any outfit and it may not be ideal for slightly older people. But that is totally up to you. All the reviewers on our team love this bright color combination.
Sennheiser HD 599 is not just about looks, but also scores high on comfort. The ear cups are large and sit well on any ear, regardless of shape and size. The ear cups swivel front and back, as well as in and out, to get that perfect fit for you.
It also sits nicely on your head, as the sliders help to adjust the size of the headband until you feel absolutely comfortable wearing them.
Another salient feature of these headphones is that there is a distinct L and R marked on either ear cup, so there is no confusion as to which ear cup should go on which ear.
In addition, there is a raised bump on the left side that you can feel with your hands, just in case, you end up in a dark place and need to use your headphones for something.
In terms of accessories, these headphones come with a 3.5mm adapter that makes it easy and convenient to plug into any device such as a computer or laptop. It also comes with a 0.25-inch adapter that works well with other devices. The cable comes of two lengths, one short and the other long, to give you a good measure of flexibility.
One good thing about these headphones is that the cables are replaceable, so when you cable snaps or breaks, you can buy a new cable, fix it and continue using the headphones. So, the longevity of the headphone is different from the life of the cable itself.
A major drawback with Sennheiser HD 599 is there are no volume controls on the headphone. Though this may feel comfortable at first, the rationale is that these headphones were designed to be used with amps and not by themselves. Still, it would have been nice to have a basic volume control on these headphones for better usability.
Now that we have talked about the design and usability, which of the two is better? Depends on your personal preferences. if you want to try something different and flamboyant, go for Sennheiser HD 599.
On the other hand, if you prefer a standard and time-tested one, Audio Technica is your choice. We like both though because they are very different from each other and excellent in their own ways. In terms of usability too, both the headphones score well.
The Sennheiser HD 599 Special Edition pushes performance barriers. It’s a premium headphone for those seeking timeless design and build quality along with exceptional sound.
Though design and build are important, it is the features and sound quality that ultimately determine the success or failure of a headphone. This is why the feature set is absolutely important for deciding the right headphone that is best suited for your needs.
First off, Audio Technica ATH m50x comes with a large impedance and range. Its impedance is about 38ohms while its range extends anywhere from 15000 to 28000 Hertz. This excellent impedance and range have a big impact on the overall sound quality, so the output is really clear and loud.
Another nice feature of ATH m50x is their detachable cables. This is a convenient aspect because you can remove the cables when you’re not using the headphones. It is also easier to carry because you can store the headphone separately and roll the cables and carry them separately too.
There are no more messy and tangled cables that you will have to manage every time. The added advantage is the cables last for a long time because the chances to stamp the cables or mishandle them is greatly reduced. For these reasons, the detachable cable is a great aspect that leads to convenience and usability.
A related advantage is that the cables are of a decent size in m50x and this makes them easily manageable. This headphone comes with three cables – one coiled and two straight ones. The straight cables come in the sizes of 1.2 meters and three meters respectively. These varying lengths and sizes give you a ton of flexibility to use the cable that best matches your needs.
However, these cables are proprietary, which means, when your cable breaks, you cannot replace it with a generic cable. Instead, you should buy cables from Audio Technica only.
Another minor aspect with m50x is that there is no hard case that comes with the product. This means, you have to buy a case separately, especially if you plan to travel often with your headphones.
What about Sennheiser HD 599?
Well, this comes with an impressive feature set as well. Sennheiser has put in a lot of research to create excellent sound output and along with providing features that will add to the overall listening experience.
One of the highlights is a surround reflector to tap into an extended spatial field to give you better sounds. it also gives great connectivity with your home Wi-Fi system, so you have more flexibility on how and where you use it. This means you can watch TV shows, movies, listen to the audio, play video games, take conference calls and do so much more with it.
Another feature that makes this headphone stand out in a crowd is its minimal sound distortion. Sennheiser uses state-of-the-art Duofol diaphragms that provide for the highest possible transparency and at the same time, greatly reduces distortion. Also, the presence of compressed cellulose fleece brings down the total harmonic distortions.
So, going by the feature set, we again have two winners because the feature set does not overlap and at the same time, they greatly enhance their usability and listening experience. For these reasons, both the products are great and they are winners in their own way.
Sound quality is the defining aspect of headphones, and they are the ones that greatly determine which headphone you should buy.
Starting with Audio Technica ATH m50x, the sound output has a unique signature. It is definitely not neutral, but at the same time, it is not heavily focused on the bass aspect too. it falls somewhere between the two ends.
The lower ends are quite substantial and there is definitely no drop in clarity at all. At the same time, it is not overpowering enough to wipe out the other aspects. There is good meat in the bass and this makes it ideal for bass lovers. The mid and high range tones are crisp and clear too.
There is also some amount of “oomph” factor in the output, and this is because these headphones have a slightly larger driver when compared to the previous models in this line.
Overall, the sound quality is balanced and makes for a pleasant listening experience. These headphones are most ideal for a fun and engaging listening experience. It definitely adds a bit of color to the sound, so the output does not sound dull and boring. As a result, these headphones are not the right choice if you want to have a critical listening experience.
Moving on to Sennheiser HD 599, the sound quality is top class and highly refined. The staple of these headphones is their mid-range tones and Sennheiser has done a great job on it. These tones are smooth and natural, thereby making it an absolute pleasure to listen.
Like Audio Technica, these headphones also add a bit of color, so the tones are not really neutral. This is what makes for a fun and engaging listening experience. At the same time, it is not ideal for those who want to use it for critical listening.
The overall sound output is laid back and relaxed, and you do not have a peppy underlying tone. This is why these headphones are the perfect choice for jazz and classical genres.
They also offer excellent detail and clarity, even at the highest volumes. In fact, there is no distortion whatsoever, even when you crank up the volume.
One aspect to keep in mind is that Sennheiser HD 599 is not the best choice for bass lovers because the bass output is subdued and not so great. To make up for it though, the treble quality is top notch.
The last aspect is soundstage, and that is truly exceptional in Sennheiser HD 599. You will be able to identify different instruments on a soundtrack, and this speaks volumes about its quality.
Overall, when we compare both the headphones, Sennheiser HD 599 scores slightly over Audio Technica ATH m50x.
That said, if the bass is very important for you and you tend to listen to bass-heavy tracks, then m50x is your choice. For a balanced and casual listening experience, Sennheiser HD 599 is better.
Cost is another important aspect that could determine your final buying decision. Every person who goes shopping for a pair of headphones starts with a budget, and this is why it is important you identify the product that gives the best value for your money.
Audio Technica ATH m50x is reasonably priced, and this is a little on the expensive side. Sennheiser HD 599 is also equally expensive but you may often find deals on Amazon to get these products at a lower rate. But for comparison sake, we will look only at the retail price.
The big question is does Sennheiser HD 599 justify the additional cost? No. Though Sennheiser HD 599 comes with great features and excellent sound output, it is definitely too expensive.
Advantages and Disadvantages
Despite a detailed comparison of the features, we felt it is essential to be able to glance at the features and within a few seconds decide if one of the two is the right choice for you.
This is most ideal for those who are pressed for time and need to get a bird’s eye view of the benefits and drawbacks of both the products.
Sennheiser HD 599 Pros and Cons
Sennheiser is a great brand and is well-reputed for creating some of the best headphones on the market today.
So, their products come with many benefits for users. Specifically, here are the benefits that come from Sennheiser HD 599.
Sound clarity is top notch with a lot of detail
Bass is smooth and tight and blends well to give a great listening experience
The overall output is more neutral and balanced
Gives an immersive listening experience, and this makes it a great choice for listening to music, movies and even for video games
Extremely comfortable to wear, comes with an adapter
The build is solid and durable and can last for years with some decent maintenance
At the same time, it is lightweight and highly portable
Soundstage is one of the highlights of this product, as it is simply superb. You can even isolate the different instruments that feature in any track
Cable is replaceable and this aspect greatly extends the longevity of the product
This headphone is most ideal for genres like jazz, rock and classical
The overall sound output is laidback and relaxed
Cables tend to be really long, and this makes for unwieldy and messy management
No case comes with the product, so this makes it difficult to carry it around
These headphones sound better with DAC/amp
No volume controls on the headphone
Though Sennheiser HD 599 is excellent on many fronts, it still comes with a few shortcomings, and they are as follows. We hope this provides a broad understanding on what to expect form this model.
Audio Technica ATH-M50x Pros and Cons
Audio Technica is another great company known for making the top of the line headphones. So, it is no surprise that Audio Technica ATH-M50x is also in line with the reputation of being a top-notch headphone.
Let us take a look at what makes these headphones so good and what benefits it gives to users.
Very powerful bass thereby making this product a good choice for bass heads
Good stereo imaging effects
Soundstage is fantastic and as a listener, you can visualize the exact location of every instrument
Comes with three cables for greater flexibility
This is not your product if you want to listen to natural and neutral tones
Sometimes, the emphasis on bass is too much and this takes away the impact of other tones
Mostly made of plastic, so gives a relatively cheap look
Proprietary cables, so you will have to get replacement cables from Audio Technica only. Generic cables will not work
Noise isolation could have been better
We hope these pros and cons list gives you a quick idea of what both the products offer and don’t, so you can make informed decisions.
The Bottom Line
Now that we have come to the end of the review, it is time to decide which of the two is better.
After much deliberation, Audio Technica ATH-M50x scores over Sennheiser HD 599 because its design is universal, sound output is good and there is particularly a big emphasis on bass. The price is also reasonable for its sound output and feature set.
Due to these reasons, Audio Technica ATH m50x is the winner in this comparison.
if you’re looking for a pair of headphones for everyday listening, M50x is a better choice. It has a fun and engaging side that slightly adds some colour to your song.
Headphones have come a long way since they were first introduced as a means to listen to music. The many advancements in technology coupled with user input have made these headphones a convenient and an integral part of our lives today.
Over the years, many manufacturers have started making great quality headphones to suit the preferences of different customers. Two such names that are well-known for their top quality headphones are Jaybird and Beats.
Today, we will be comparing two of their products, namely Jaybird 3 and Powerbeat 3 to help you get a better idea of their in-depth features and also to help you choose one, especially if you’re contemplating between these two cool headphones. Both these earphones deliver top-notch sound quality and come with an enviable feature set, so this review is sure to help you make the right choice.
Jaybird x3 vs Powerbeats3: Pros & Cons and Verdict
In this section, we will be comparing both these headphones across different parameters to understand which of the two scores better in which areas and why.
The design is more important than what many of us think. Have you ever realized that your decision is half made when you look at a pair of headphones, even before you try them on? This is because our mind is predisposed to make first impressions as soon as we see something, and this is why design is an important attribute that we will discuss.
Jaybird X3 is significantly better than its predecessor X2. With X2, the company did not take into account the suggestions made for Jaybird X but have incorporated these suggestions in X3 and this is why many people like the design of X3.
The earbuds of X3 are small and strong. The best part is they fit so well into your ears that you can wear a cap or helmet over your ears and nothing will protrude out. This is a cool feature because it gives you flexibility, especially when you like going on long bike rides. It will never interfere with your helmet and will give you a comfortable feel.
Moreover, X3 has a reversible design that gives you the flexibility to wear the cable over or under your ear, depending on your preferences. Also, it comes with six different pairs of ear tips, three sizes of silicone and three pairs made of foam. You can mix and match until you get the most comfortable fit. With both these aspects, it is really hard to not get the most comfortable fit for your ears.
Powerbeats 3, on the other hand, has a slightly different design. They have flexible ear hooks that help to keep the earbuds stay in place, even while doing intense workouts. This gives a lot of stability to your earbuds. But the downside is that they do not give a great seal. There is always a gap between your earbuds and ear canal and this can take some time to get used to, especially if you have always worn fitted earbuds.
Also, Powerbeats 3 comes with a cable that sometimes tends to dangle down from your ears. This form is not the most comfortable to wear and the cable tends to look a little thin and fragile too.
Powerbeats 3 comes with just three silicone ear tips, unlike Jaybird X3 that comes with six. However, they come in four sizes instead of three and that could be helpful for a few users.
Both the earphones though come with different sized earbuds to help you get the right fit. of course, you will have to try on each of them to know which is ideal for you, and this can take some time. If you’re wearing it for the first time, be prepared to spend an extra few minutes to experiment with these different earbuds until you get the perfect fit. After that, putting them on and listening to music is a breeze.
One last thing is that both the earphones are sweat resistant which means you can wear them for both gym and outdoor workouts, and don’t have to worry when you sweat excessively. To top it, Powerbeats 3 is also supposed to be water resistant. Though it is not something that you would need in everyday life, it is still something to keep in mind and an aspect that would give some extra versatility for Powerbeats 3.
Which of the two is the winner when it comes to design? We think Jaybirds X3 is the winner in both design and comfort. The earbuds fit well and it comes with many options to ensure that the earphones fit all ears, regardless of their shape or size. Also, the seal is tight and gives a very comfortable feel to the whole wearing experience.
This doesn’t mean Powerbeats 3 is bad. It is just designed a little differently and may not be ideal for all users, especially if they are used to wearing a pair of tight-fitting earbuds. These earphones come with an ear hook that holds the earphones in place, but the seal isn’t as tight as that of Jaybird X3.
In terms of just design, both look stylish and aesthetic, and so it ultimately depends on which shape you like.
Overall though, our winner in design and the comfort that comes with it is Jaybird X3.
2. Battery Life
Battery life is another critical aspect, especially if you’re one of those people, who prefer to hear music in one form or another throughout the day. Some people prefer to listen to music while they work, study and of course while doing their exercise.
When you compare both these headphones from the battery life perspective, Jaybird X3 offers a cool 8-hour battery life. But Powerbeats 3 is impressive, as it offers a 12-hour battery life. In other words, for every full charge, you get eight hours from Jaybird X3 and 12 hours from Powerbeats 3. This stellar battery life in Powerbeats 3 is due to the new Apple W1 chip that is known for sipping power while the device is in use, and not chugging it!
In addition, Powerbeats 3 comes with what is called a fast charge. With just a five minute charge, you can get a battery life of about one hour. This feature is particularly great for not-so-well organized people who tend to forget to charge their earphones and realize that only when they are all set to leave. For such people, this feature can be a true blessing.
Either way, Powerbeats 3 scores well over Jaybird X3 when it comes to battery life. Maybe this is something that Jaybird should consider because eight hours has become something of a norm in today’s earphones. So, in order to be truly impressive on this front, it is imperative that Jaybird comes with a much higher battery life.
Overall, our winner in battery life is undoubtedly Powerbeats 3.
Connectivity is essential for Bluetooth earphones, and this is why we will test both the earphones against this attribute.
When it comes to Bluetooth connectivity, both earphones are excellent. One aspect with Powerbeats 3 is that it connects extremely well with Apple devices because of the W1 chip. This is something out of the ordinary because you often find that earphones connect well to Android devices than to Apple devices simply because Android uses a different codec when compared to Apple. So, it is heartening for iOS users to know that Powerbeats 3 has been specifically designed to connect well to Apple devices too.
In terms of Bluetooth, there is nothing to complain at all. They offer good connectivity even from about 30 feet from the source and this is thanks to Bluetooth 4.1 technology.
So, when it comes to connectivity, both are winners because both the earphones perform well.
4. Mobile Application
Before going into the comparison of the actual sound quality, it makes sense to talk about the MySound app that Jaybird X3 is compatible with because this app is truly a game changer for this earphone.
Jaybird X3 is the first earphone in this series to have compatibility with the MySound app. This app offers a ton of features that make it easy to customize music the way you want. The highlight of this app is the presence of EQ controls that help to set your own equalizers, just the way you like it. You can balance your sounds with just a few drags and really, it doesn’t get easier than this.
Another cool aspect of this app is that you create different profiles for maybe different genres. For example, you can set certain preferences like EQ for classical songs and you can set a different set of preferences for your hip-hop. This way, you get customized music for every genre you want.
In addition, these profiles can be used across different devices. Let’s say, you have set a particular profile for your smartphone and then you switched to the laptop. You can still access your profile and its settings without any change. This makes your listening aspect independent of the device you are using and this is a cool feature.
Another feature that we personally love is “Find my buds”. This feature uses GPS technology to tell you where the earbuds are located at any time. With this option, you no longer have to spend hours looking for your earphones. You can even use this app to identify the location of someone who is wearing these earphones.
This app is available for both iOS and Android smartphones and that makes it convenient for most users.
As for Powerbeats 3, there is no dedicated app through which you can control the working of these earphones. Though it is one of the few earphones that are compatible with iOS devices, that is more for Bluetooth pairing and not exactly an app for control.
Which of the two is the winner in this category? Jaybird X3 obviously because Powerbeats 3 doesn’t have an app for comparison! The app of Jaybird X3 is fantastic, to say the least. Specifically, we love the EQ controls that make it a breeze to listen to music just the way you want. The profile settings are also cool and add to a clean listening experience.
5. Sound Quality
Now, it is time to move on to one of the most important determinants of the performance of earphones, their sound quality.
The sound quality of Powerbeats 3 is fun and lively. It is meant to be for those who like a little bit of punch to their music. The mids and highs are reasonably good and clear through the vocals sound a little muddled on some tracks.
A salient aspect of Powerbeats 3 is its bass. This is really incredible and is sure to be a treat for any bass lover.
That said, we think Powerbeats 3 has focused so much on bass that it has compromised on the balance and neutrality as a whole. If you want a balanced tone, these earphones are not for you. But if you like to have a peppy feel to your music, go for Powerbeats 3.
Jaybird X3, on the other hand, is super versatile. Its MySound app makes it convenient to have different profiles for different genres, so everything sounds just like how you want it to sound. This is really a unique feature and a major selling point for Jaybird X3. Otherwise, the lows, mids, and highs are clear and crisp and there is an even balance that makes it a wonderful experience listening to any genre.
One aspect that we would like to mention is that Powerbeats 3 sounds much better on Apple devices than on Android devices, while it is the other way around for Jaybird X3. As explained, this has to do with the codec format used in both the devices.
So, which is the winner? Jaybird X3 is the winner for its balanced tone and its versatility. But if you’re a bass head or if you use iOS devices, go for Powerbeats 3.
Cost is another important factor that determines the choice of users. Everyone out there wants value for their money, so it is common for users to pick the one that offers a big bang for their money, even if those earphones tend to be expensive.
On that note, Jaybird X3 costs less than Powerbeats 3. You may be able to get them at much lower prices on Amazon where there is some kind of a deal going on all the time. You just have to keep watching the item of your choice, so you can buy it when there is a big discount.
So, are these earphones good value for their money? First off, we think both the earphones are reasonably priced for the features they have. Out of these two, Jaybird X3 is on the cheaper end of pricing considering that it is compatible with an amazing app and comes with many interesting features.
Now, the question is whether it is worth spending more for Powerbeats 3? Well, the answer depends on your preference for bass. As explained before, Powerbeats 3 has one of the best bass output in this price range and its price is justified if you are someone who loves bass or prefers to listen to many bass-heavy genres.
Another reason to pay extra is for the design of Powerbeats 3. They are stylish and come with ear hooks that make it ideal for the gym workout. So, if you like this design, then the price difference is justified.
In all other cases, Jaybird X3 is the better choice and the price difference between the two is not justified. In other words, it is not worth paying extra money, if you are not really particular about bass or Powerbeats 3 design. In fact, we think Jaybird X3 offers a good value for the price you pay as the earphones have everything you need, including a great app, for all your musical needs and preferences.
So, our winner in this category is definitely Jaybird X3 for the host of features that it offers for a mere price.
7. Jaybird x3 vs Powerbeats3 – Pros and Cons
The above comparison was in-depth and this section is aimed to give you a quick bird’s eye view on the advantages and shortcomings that come with each headphone.
Powerbeats 3 Pros
The advantages of Powerbeats 3 are as follows:
- Bass is impactful, and this makes it the perfect choice for all bass lovers out there.
- Excellent battery life of 12 hours.
- Designed for workouts, both at the gym and outdoors.
- Connectivity is excellent and there are rarely any drops.
- The design is sleek and stylish.
Powerbeats 3 Cons
The drawbacks of Powerbeats 3 are:
- The cord design could have been better, as it does not score well on the comfort aspect.
- High notes sound a bit colored and this sometimes masks the natural tone.
- There is no seal in your ear canal, as the earbuds do not go deep.
- No noise cancellation.
Pros of Jaybird X3
The pros of Jaybird X3 are:
- Reasonably priced, considering the many features it has.
- Great set of features.
- Rightly called the “hat earphones” because they sit well into the ears to give a comfortable fit. Most ideal if you want to wear a hat or a helmet over your earphones.
- The MySound app, the proprietary app is simply awesome.
Cons of Jaybird X3
The cons of Jaybird X3 are as follows:
- The charging dock is proprietary and this could be an issue while replacing.
- You will have to try different options before you can get the right fit.
- No noise reduction.
We hope these quick pros and cons help you to choose the product that best fits your preference.
Jaybird x3 vs Powerbeats3 – Final Verdict
Finally, we have come to the end of this review and it is time to decide which of the two is better.
Comparing across different features, we think Jaybird X3 scores over Powerbeats 3 in most aspects, ranging from design to comfort and cost.
While Powerbeats 3 is not necessarily a bad choice, it is just that it does not score so well when compared to Jaybird X3, as the latter is highly versatile, offers good sound quality that is balanced and neutral and gives a good fit to the ears.
Above everything, they are priced much lower than that of its competitors, it is a sure steal for your money.
Due to all these factors, Jaybird X3 is the winner.
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Beats by Dre has always been known as a celebrity-studded brand of headphones that are worn not just to listen to music, but also as a fashion statement and to show off one’s social status and preferences. This image has much to do with the fact that its frontman is a star status rapper.
This popularity is also the reason why every release by Beats creates a sense of excitement among users and audiophiles. Though there is a section of people who think that these headphones focus more on design and looks than the sound output. But that opinion has not deterred users from buying these headphones, and in fact, Beats by Dre has its own fan following.
To top it, Apple has marked its stamp of approval on this brand of headphones and even has it in their own esteemed corner in Apple Store. This association with Apple has boosted the popularity of these headphones in a big way and has led to much anticipation of its releases and use as a whole.
Having said all that, we will now review two popular headphones by Beats, namely, Studio 2 and Solo 2. As with all of the Beats by Dre headphones, these also focus heavily on Bass to give you those head thumping and heart-pounding notes that take your listening experience to new levels, especially if you like loud and fast music.
But which of the two is better? We will find the answer to this question in this article, so you can make an informed decision as to which of these two is better for you.
Beats Studio 2 vs Solo 2: Pros & Cons and Verdict
We will now compare both these headphones across different important aspects to get a deeper understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of each of these headphones. Based on this detailed review, you can decide which of the two would work better for you.
The design is one of the first things you see in a pair of headphones and with an impressive design, your decision is half-done. Let’s see how both these headphones score on this front.
Beats by Dre is always known for its great looking and stylish headphones that are sure to make you love them.
Beats Studio 2 has a classy and streamlined design. The trademark of Beats by Dre, which is a mix of black and red colouring, is seen in this pair of headphones too. The classic ‘b’ sign is present on the outer side of each ear cup as well. The entire outer cup of these headphones is made of a glossy plastic that looks good because it doesn’t look like a cheap plastic. In fact, this is even eye-catching.
You can get these headphones in three colour combinations – a black and red, white and red where the entire headphone is in white and the ‘b is in red, and red and white where the entire headphone is in red and the ‘b’ is in white. All three combinations look great and the right one depends on your personal preferences.
If you like to wear a flashy pair of headphones, go for red by all means. On the other hand, if you like a more subtle that will maybe go well with any costume you wear, black is a good choice. SOmewhere between the two is white. It just depends on you. But regardless of which you pick, they are sure to look good on your head.
The build quality is also solid and everything seemed to be fine during our testing process. The ear pads are covered in high-grade synthetic leather that is soft and smooth. But then, it clearly looks like fake leather, so maybe Beats should have considered using a higher quality leather material for these headphones.
The headband is made of some kind of rubber and not the usual synthetic leather or fabric, so they tend to stay on your head well. This aspect makes these headphones ideal for using even when you go for a jog or walk. Also, it is quite portable as it folds nicely and fits into the hard case that comes as a part of the accessory.
When it comes to comfort, there has been no complaints whatsoever from users. They make for a pleasant wear and fit well with any shape and size of head or ear.
Moving on to Beats Solo 2, the design and construction are similar to Beats Solo in their construction. They are mostly made up of plastic and it does look like it as well.
The good news is there are no cross-eyed designs and this makes the Solo 2 look neat and nice. They look a little bit curvy when compared to the previous version and this makes it more accessible and usable to a wider age group.
As with Studio 2, Solo 2 also comes in some loud shades, mostly geared for the younger generation. Besides, there is also the classic black on red and white on red shades.
In terms of comfort, these headphones are good too. They do not stick out too far from your head and gives you a comfortable seal. At the same time, it does not clamp down either and this makes it a good choice to use across a wide age group.
The headband is made of rubber and is lightweight, so it is flexible for the head of any size and also sits well on your head, so you can do mild activities like running without ever worrying about these headphones falling off.
As with Studio, these headphones too fold well, but they don’t come with a hard case. So, you can simply stash them in your bag.
Which of the two scores high in design? Well, it is too close to call. Both the headphones are stylish and come in attractive colours to meet the preferences of different people. Comfort is great and build is solid. So, we can say that both of these headphones are winners in this category.
2. Sound Quality
Sound quality is a major aspect that determines the usability of headphones and in many ways, justifies its price tag as well.
Beats Studio2 is one of the better sounding headphones from Beats. Though it is not exactly studio grade, it is a perfect commuter headphone, thanks to its many features such as adaptive noise cancelling technology and a comfortable fit. The soundstage offered by Studio is mind-blowing and can help you identify the right instrument at the right spot. Almost feels like you’re sitting in a live concert.
When you compare the sound quality of Beats Studio 2 and Solo2, the latter sure sounds crisper and clearer. Beats Studio 2, unfortunately, falters heavily on this front. It tries to give out too much bass and that takes over the other notes in a track., This means, what you hear is a set of muddy notes backed by a full blown out bass.
Solo 2, on the other hand, also has a decent emphasis on bass, but it also brings out the other notes well. This model has definitely improved on the previous version of Solo and adds a lot of depth to sound output. This is why you’ll find that the bass is not blown over or bloated in any way, rather it is prominent and blends well to give you a crisp tone, though not a balanced one. In fact, there is a slight tilt towards bass in these headphones too, but they are not as bad as Beats Studio in their bass emphasis.
Again, we’re not trying to say that Beats Studio 2 is necessarily bad, but when you compare it with Solo 2, the latter’s bass is much more controllable and this makes the overall sound output crisp and clear without sounding muddy at any point.
One aspect that is common to both these headphones is that they are compatible with Apple iOS because they have the same codec format used by Apple. This means these headphones sound great when paired with any Apple device. If you’re an Apple user, your wait for quality headphones geared specifically for iOS ends with these products. The sound quality offered is much better than many headphones that are designed more for Android devices than iOS. All this means if you’re an Apple user, its happy time for you!
Now it is time for the verdict on the all-important sound quality. Which of the two is better? Though soundstage is fantastic in Beats Studio 2, its emphasis on bass can be a little too much. This is why we prefer to go with Beats Solo 2, even if it does not have the same soundstage as that of Beats Studio 2. You’ll still hear some bass in Solo 2 and that’s a signature of all headphones from Beats by Dre. But this bass is not so overpowering to muddle the other notes.
Also, the sounds are crisp and clear in Solo 2, though it is not as balanced as we would have liked. But that’s also something that should not be expected from Beats headphones because they are meant more for heart-thumping tracks that exude bass all over it.
All that said, the sound quality of Beats Solo 2 is better than Beats Studio 2, so the winner is Solo 2.
The list of features for both the headphones is impressive, to say the least. These features enhance the usability of both the headphones in a big way. Let us now discuss some of the important features that come with both Beats Studio 2 and Solo 2.
One of the salient aspects of Beats Studio is its adaptive noise cancelling feature. The advantage of this feature is that outside noise will not interfere with your listening in any way, so you can enjoy listening to your music even if you’re in crowded places like public transport. This adaptive noise cancelling technology works by blending the outside noise with your music in such a neat way that you’ll not even be able to identify or distinguish that the sound is coming from outside your headphones.
Beats Solo 2 is also impressive when it comes to noise cancelling. In fact, we think it is one of the best choices for noise cancelling and scores even better than some of the other popular models from the house of Sennheiser and Sony.
That said, cutting out outside noise may not be always good, especially if you’re one of those people who tend to do go for a walk or jog outside, as the outside noises can warn you about impending dangers such as a speeding car. So, this is something to keep in mind before you jump into adaptive or active noise cancelling headphones.
Besides adaptive noise cancelling, Beats Studio also comes with an amazing battery life. One full charge can give you up to 20 hours of battery life and that’s seriously amazing. Imagine how much you can use these headphones without having to recharge them often. This long battery life is sure to give you a ton of flexibility, especially if you tend to travel often.
The accessories that come with Beats Studio are quite good and helpful. Along with these headphones, you get a 3.5mm audio cable, cleaning cloth to wipe down your headphones after use and an owner’s manual that has detailed information about the product and gives you a clear explanation on usage.
Other than these, you get three different kinds of cables. The first one is a charging cable, a mini plug that allows you to plug your headphones into any device so you can listen to the list of songs on that device, and finally, a phone cable with a built-in microphone and volume control, as well as a few other controls for scrolling through your playlist. A USB 2.0 and a USB adapter also comes along with these accessories.
So, the list of accessories that come with Beats Studio is impressive and adds to the versatility of these headphones. In some ways, they also justify their cost.
Moving on to the features of Solo 2, they come with a chord and an inline remote with microphone and volume control. This cable can be used for the wired mode, though Solo2 sounds great on the wireless mode too. There is also a button on the side that you can use to raise and lower the volume or even answer calls. The mic is built into the headphones itself and this makes it convenient to answer calls at any time. It also comes with a charging cable to charge the headphones.
When compared to Beats Studio, Solo 2 pales in battery life, as the latter gives only 12 hours of play after a full charge while Studio gives an impressive 20.
So, when you compare the feature set of both these headphones, it is clear that Studio is the winner, as its feature set is longer and more impressive than Beats Solo 2. In fact, the battery life alone is a big game changer. The long list of accessories you get is also impressive, as it is not often that you get a bounty.
After comparing the two headphones, the winner in features is definitely Beats Studio mainly because of its extraordinary battery life and impressive set of features.
Beats by Dre has always been criticized for selling expensive headphones that are not really worth the price tag. But then, Beats has been able to sell a substantial number of them which goes to show that price alone is not a factor, but buyers have taken into account other factors such as brand value and design.
That said, Beats Solo 2 is priced reasonably, which we think is a good bargain coming from the stables of Beats. It is stylish and offers good sound output, and all this makes Beats Solo 2 a good value for money.
Beats Studio, on the other hand, is a different case altogether. Priced a bit higher, these headphones are surely on the expensive side, considering that it does not offer much by way of sound output. Though the design is stylish and impressive, the audio quality is not as a great as it should be. The list of accessories that come with these headphones are impressive too, but they sure don’t justify the price tag of these headphones.
Overall, the winner in this category is Beats Solo 2 as it is competitively priced and is a good value for money compared to the more expensive Beats Studio.
4. Beats Studio 2 vs Solo 2 – Pros and Cons
To get a bird’s eye view of the advantages and shortcomings of each of these headphones, we present below a quick bullet-list of their pros and cons.
Beats Studio 2 Pros
The advantages that come with Beats Studio are as follows:
- Intense bass that makes it the perfect pair of headphones for some bass heavy tracks.
- Comfortable fit.
- Good design.
- Solid build.
- Plenty of accessories.
- Pairs seamlessly with many devices via Bluetooth.
- Rich soundstage.
- 20 hours of battery life.
- Little sound leakage.
Beats Studio 2 Cons
The shortcomings of Beats Studio are listed below:
- Too much emphasis on bass and this muddles out the other notes.
- Not ideal for use in passive mode.
- Highs can get distorted, especially when you listen to higher volumes.
- Active noise cancelling can be a little tricky.
Solo comes with the following pros:
- Sound output is excellent.
- Good distinction between mids, highs and lows, and doesn’t sound too bassy.
- Sound isolation is great as well.
- Comes with a comfortable fit.
- Lightweight and is easily foldable and portable.
- Provides a good grip while doing exercise.
- Inline remote and mic for handling calls.
- Good value for money, considering that it comes from the house of Beats by Dre.
Some of the drawbacks of using Solo are:
- The sound could have a better balance, especially when compared to other models available in the same price range.
- It is not the most comfortable pair of headphones if you wear glasses.
- Not ideal for critical listening or critical analysis.
- There is more emphasis on bass.
Beats Studio 2 vs Solo 2 – Final Verdict
Now it is time for the final verdict.
Beats Solo 2 is slightly better than Beats Studio because of its lower emphasis on bass. Also, it is priced lower than Studio and that also adds to its favour.
That said, if you love bass and listen to only bass tracks, then Studio is your outright choice. They give you top quality bass that is sure to take your listening experience to new heights.
Overall winner – Beats Studio 2.