Wire­less head­phones showdown

CAN THE RE­DESIGNED BEATS WIRE­LESS CANS SEE OFF THOSE FROM HK?

Australian T3 - - RATED -

$400, AU.BEATS­BY­DRE.COM

De­sign

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.

LOSE

Per­for­mance

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.

WIN

Bat­tery life

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.

WIN

$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

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