Lots of changes going down over at Beats this year – a refresh to their Studio headphones, new ownership, and now a refresh of their Solo line of headphones. The newest Apple property is bringing its whole slate of headphones current with the new Beats Solo2 headphones – they might look largely unchanged, but get them while you can, because it’s a good bet that the next Beats headphones will look much, much different.
The Solo2 headphones represent more of a tweak than an overhaul. The frame is slightly more curved than the originals and the ear cups are more inverted, which should make for a more comfortable fit. Speaking of comfort, the pads on the earcups are now lined with heat-dissipating material, because hot beats aren’t supposed to be literal. As for sound, the Solo2 headphones should still stay true to their bass-heavy, hip hop-friendly nature, but Beats is promising that they’ll be more balanced this time around, with the bass not drowning out the mid-range and high notes.
The changes are incremental, for sure – if you already own a pair of Solo headphones, and they’re still alive and kicking, it’s probably not imperative to upgrade. If you’ve been thinking about getting a pair of Beats, the Solo2 headphones should reward you for waiting. All that said, if you’re in love with the current Beats design, better get on it now – not only has Apple purchased Beats, but they’ve taken over the design of the brand, too. It’s a safe bet that whatever Beats come in the future will look much more like Apple. I’m pretty sure it works the same way as Borg assimilation.
You can pre-order the Solo2 headphones now, but they’ll be in stores on June 1, so you won’t need to wait long either way. They cost $200 and come in black, white, red, blue, grey, and pink.