Wireless headphones showdown
CAN THE REDESIGNED BEATS WIRELESS CANS SEE OFF THOSE FROM HK?
The Wireless model retains the same design of the plastic Solo 2,
and that’s no criticism. As for those of you still rocking out with
the original Solo, the newer version is crafted for a softer, more comfortable fit.
The bass has been tamed and its now less overpowering than it was before. While the Solo 2s are still primarily tuned for hip-hop and electronic music, the whole audio range sounds a lot clearer and warmer. Low levels are still a tad distorted when pushed to higher volumes, though.
Beats says that the headphones should last for around 12 hours of wireless action, and we found this
to be a fair estimate. Charging only takes a couple of hours max and is done via micro USB. You could also just plug in the cable.
$330, HARMANKARDON.COM Petite and portable: accents of stitched leather and stainless steel make up the frame. The headband is wrapped in leather on the top and bottom, but the headband padding is a bit stiff and uncomfortable. WIN Sound is generally good, but it doesn’t get the recipe totally right. Treble is the high point here, while bass, though very present, is a little muddled and less defined by comparison. While the sound approaches greatness for many genres of music, true enthusiasts won’t be impressed. LOSE We achieved just over 9 hours of continuous wireless play before we needed to charge again, which is surprisingly good for such a small package. If you’re using the wire to save battery, the touch functions don’t work, though. LOSE