Following the purchase of Beats by Apple, one would have thought that a makeover would be the order of the day for the brand’s helmets. That the followers of the famous audio brand reassure themselves, it is not. Solo3 Wireless and its predecessor Solo2 Wireless look like two drops of water. Beats continues to focus on plastic, without compromising on robustness. The helmet is not very heavy and the earphones fold up for easy transport in the cover provided.
On the head, the Solo3 Wireless turns out to be rather comfortable, despite a somewhat hard headband. It isolates outside noise fairly well but its pads do not include the ear (supra aural model) and it does not have an active noise reduction.
Over 45 hours of non-stop music
It is in terms of endurance that the Solo3 Wireless really stands out from its predecessor. We measured a remarkable autonomy of 45 h 35 min, against only 17 h 45 min for the Solo2 Wireless. The battery level is indicated by small diodes located on the right earpiece.
Bluetooth pairing in just two steps
If Beats’ helmet doesn’t really change on the outside, it goes differently for the inside. The Solo3 has the Apple W1 circuit, also present in the brand’s AirPods headphones. A specificity which greatly facilitates Bluetooth pairing with iOS 10 devices. We reviewed it with an iPhone 7 and also an iPhone 5c. Just check that Bluetooth is active on the iPhone, then press the on / off button on the headset for 5 seconds. It is then automatically detected and configured by the system. In addition, its inclusion is valid for all other Apple devices that are associated with the same iCloud account. On the other hand, the procedure indicated in the documentation which specifies that it is enough to turn on the helmet to trigger the detection (pressure of 1 s.), Did not work with our two iPhone reviews. Indeed, the model we received had already been used, so paired for the first time. The procedure probably only works for the first pairing.
For any other device, for example smartphones or Android tablets, you have to go through the classic Bluetooth search and pairing phase. It is longer, less practical, but it does not pose any particular problem.
Balanced sound without depth
When listening, the sound of Solo3 Wireless is more balanced than that of Solo2 Wireless, which favored the bass a lot. However, the headphones struggle to restore the most extreme bass and treble, resulting in a sound that lacks depth. This is not critical and it is enough to make a V adjustment with the equalizer (increase the bass and treble) of the mobile device to obtain a dynamic and pleasant sound. Rock mode in particular gives good results for all types of music.
Buttons at your fingertips
As on the Solo2 Wireless, the discreet controls are located on the left earpiece. Thus, the circular part with the manufacturer’s logo sinks in to control reading, or even answer a telephone call, the headset offering a hands-free kit function. The volume is adjusted by pressing the top or bottom of the outer circle. Too bad the surfaces do not have a tactile marker (or more textured) because we have sometimes paused reading when we wanted to adjust the volume.
Finally, Beats delivers an audio cable with microphone and remote control to use the Solo3 Wireless in wired mode, when the headset battery is flat or when the mobile device does not work in Bluetooth. Keep it handy, especially during long trips.
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