Beats Announces Redesigned Solo Headphones

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One day after Apple announced its acqusition of Beats Electronics, the company announced a redesign of Solo headphones, called Solo² on Thursday. In the release the new headphones are said to give "a robust listening experience with a wider range of sound and enhanced clarity."


What the new Solo headphones look line from Beats.

These new headphones are available for preorder now, with general availability as of June 1. Beats Solo² headphones include a RemoteTalk cable, which has a microphone and controls the volume on iOS devices.

Solo² headphones also include a redesigned headband that the company said is more flexible and curved to fit comfortably. The devices also feature a better design for the earcups intended to help with sound leakage and heat. They are also nice to look at, with no visible screws and looking even leaner and meaner than the original Solos.

Existing colors are black, white, blue, gray, and pink. A Project (RED) version remains part of the line, and there are also two new colors in the line, Champagne and Metallic Sky. Pricing on the original colors is US $199.95. Champagne and Metallic Sky will be $299.95 at select retailers as of Thursday, with online availability at the Beats Site in mid-June.



More to come . . .


Not sure about the purchase
REALLY not sure about the $3bn price
But maybe it’ll mean Apple’s own headphones/earbuds get a desperately needed overhaul. The current EarPods are pathetic.


So, as a (very small) Apple investor can anyone tell me why I should care about Apple buying the maker of what many would say are marginal (but trendy) headphones? I still don’t get it.


Apple has always been technically capable of making much better earbuds. I don’t see how this acquisition will make a difference. The thing that bugs me is that owning Beats plays right adds credence to the idea that Apple products focus on fashion over substance.

Lee Dronick

This is an interesting take on the purchase

  Because Apple’s not really concerned with making the best-sounding headphones, says Tyll Hertsens, editor-in-chief of the audio review website

“Apple has a great deal of interest in putting sensors of various types in headphones and making headphones smart,” Hertsens says.

Such headphones could monitor a lot about the wearer, he says.  


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