Do the New Beats Headphones Sound Good?

The day after Apple announced that they were acquiring Beats, the company released a new version of their Solo headphones. (, Amazon UK) The new model is described as follows, on Apple’s online store:

A complete update of Beats’ most popular model, the Beats by Dr. Dre Solo2 headphones offer improved acoustics, a wider range of sound and enhanced clarity for all the music on your iPhone, iPad or iPod.

And, a bit further down in the description:

The Solo2 headphones have a more dynamic and wider range of sound, with a clarity that can bring you closer to what the artist intended you to hear. You’ll feel the higher fidelity audio no matter what type of music you play.

The description on Amazon includes the following:

Redesigned from the inside out, Beats’ most popular headphones have been updated with improved acoustics. Solo 2.0 headphones let you feel your music with a wider range of sound and enhanced clarity.


Updated acoustics for enhanced clarity

This strongly suggests that the previous model didn’t sound good, which is the general consensus among people who are familiar with high-end headphones.

I’ve never listened to any Beats headphones, other than for a few minutes in a store. They were all very bassy, and had a sound that veiled the music I was listening too. But at $200, I’m not going to take a chance with these.