Finally, the human version of the SOL Republic deadmau5 Tracks HD headphones have arrived. You may recognize these as the infamous headphones for cats, or from when Michael Phelps wore them in between competing at the 2012 Olympics. And while they may have looked impressive on Professor Meowingtons, they look even better on me.
The deadmau5 Tracks HD headphones are a result of a collaboration between deadmau5 himself, Joshua Davis, and SOL Republic. What transpired out of this collaborative project was a unique and striking pair of headphones like no other in this saturated headphone marketplace. While so many headphone brands aim to look like the next guy, SOL and deadmau5 have thankfully achieved the opposite.
SOL Republic has hit all the sweets spots with this joint effort. At the very core of the deadmau5 Tracks HD headphones is the original SOL Republic Tracks HD headphones. Nothing much has changed there in regards to the audio technology. The headphones are still as crisp and clear as ever – delivering unparalleled balance and warmth for this price point. The ear cups are supple and comfy and the headband sits comfortably on your head for long periods of time.
The ear cups and headband can still be completely seperated from each other to allow listerners to mix and match headbands and create their own unique style. And with the arrival of the deadmau5 Tracks HD headphones, that style has been pretty much deteremined for you. In essence, SOL has applied an impressive silk-screened pattern onto their Tracks HD while still maintaing that infamous FlexTech headband durability. We bent and twisted the headphones to our hearts content and the deadmau5 inspired pattern stood up to the challenge. There was no cracking or stress marks in the paint that showed any signs of the design being affected by our tests.
For those that already have a pair of SOL Tracks HD, you may want to skip getting these headphones because essentially it is the same thing – just with a new flashy paint job. That is unless of course, you are diehard deadmau5 fan. However, for those that have yet to give SOL Republic headphones a chance, the Deadmau5 Tracks HD headphones are well worth a shot. They are an out of the box pair of headphones that doesn’t follow the pack. Without a doubt, you will become an honorary mau5head once you slip these on. The SOL Republic deadmau5 headphones retail for $149.95 and are available now.
The Good: A smart collaboration that doesn’t result in an overpriced pair of headphones, balanced sound, comfortable to wear, unique design will grab anyone’s attention, stays true to the original Tracks HD audio technology.
The Bad: Headband padding seems to be coming away from the headband, still not a fan of the dual cable for the ear cups, wired remote only works well with iOS devices.