Beats Solo Pro Wireless Noise Canceling Headphones Review

The prefix "Pro" has been successfully entrenched in Apple products. And if everything is clear and familiar for the MacBook, then in the case of the iPhone, Powerbeats, AirPods, as well as the hero of the review, this prefix looks fresh and immediately indicates a claim for the best user experience. The Beats Solo Pro continues the good work of the Studio 3 Wireless by using the same Pure ANC active noise cancellation system, but in a slightly modified Solo 3 Wireless form factor. Put it all together - apparently, this is the "Pro".

Beats Solo Pro Wireless Noise Canceling Headphones Review  Beats Solo Pro Wireless Noise Canceling Headphones Review

Thus, we have top-end over-ear headphones with noise reduction. At the same time, Apple decided not to call the new product Studio 4 Wireless, apparently to emphasize the importance and flagship orientation of the PRO-duct, in which, again, according to statements from Cupertino, the sound part was significantly redesigned, which we will deal with a little later.

Appearance

There is a design continuity between the Beats Solo Pro and Solo 3 Wireless. The models are actually very similar in appearance, except that the cups in the new product are slightly larger, and the seam on the ear pads is also minimized in it, it “moved” closer to the cup. The headphones are made of matte plastic and soft leather, the temples and the base of the headband are metal, anodized aluminum is used. The headband pad adjacent to the head is very pleasant to the touch, the material is moderately elastic and quickly restores its original shape. In general, the materials used do not cause complaints and rejection, the absence of glossy plastic, which some Beats models used to sin before, is especially pleasing - it looked, frankly, cheap. The abundance of colors makes the headphones more versatile in terms of user color preferences.

Beats Solo Pro Wireless Noise Canceling Headphones Review  Beats Solo Pro Wireless Noise Canceling Headphones Review Beats Solo Pro Wireless Noise Canceling Headphones Review

The adjustment of the headphones to size is smooth, without jerks. The minimum number of dedicated controls makes the Beats Solo Pro look rather concise, there are no sharp transitions and sharp corners. Depending on the colors, the manufacturer's logo is accentuated differently, so those users who do not want to show commitment to the Dr. Dre may opt for black or navy blue. However, in other colors the logo looks organic and not bulky. The overall impression is that the Beats Solo Pro looks a little smaller than the usual full-size active noise-cancelling headphones. The assembly is reliable, there are no unpleasant squeaks and backlashes.

Ergonomics

In order to turn on the headphones, you need to unfold them. No buttons. I laid it out, listened, put it together - simply, intuitively and logically. An option from the series “a trifle, but nice”, here, apparently, the branded stuffing of the headphones manifests itself. The Solo Pro still uses the same Apple H1 chip, familiar to us from AirPods and Powerbeats Pro. It is responsible for lower power consumption and lower latency compared to its predecessor W1, as well as fast connection to devices. Interestingly, in this regard, the headphones are universal, the connection speed does not depend on the platform used, during testing, the headphones were paired with OnePlus 5 and iPad Mini 2, the speed is approximately the same, the difference is minimal. Unless on Android you need to download a proprietary application that will support the active BLE mode for that very fastest connection, and also help you switch the noise reduction mode. This is where the visible functionality of the application ends. It is strange that there is no option to automatically stop playback when removing the headphones from the head, because the chip allows.

Beats Solo Pro Wireless Noise Canceling Headphones Review  Beats Solo Pro Wireless Noise Canceling Headphones Review Beats Solo Pro Wireless Noise Canceling Headphones Review

Call and music control is available by pressing the Beats logo on the right earcup. The commands are standard and familiar: one press - pause (start playback) or accept / end a call, long press - reset an incoming call or call a voice assistant, double press - go to the next song, triple - go to the beginning of the current song. The button travel is small, with a dull click, accidental pressing is possible, but you have to apply a certain force, the button travel can be called tight.

No neck fatigue, Solo Pros are well balanced in terms of weight. But it is important to mention one of the subjective complaints about the Beats Solo Pro: for those with a large head, they may seem cramped. For example, my experience during the testing process showed that, even with the headband arms fully extended, from time to time I felt a little discomfort and pressure of the headband on my head from above. It should be understood that this is not because of the material itself, but because of the size of the head. Yes, during testing, the headphones slightly spread, but not significantly, and during long sessions of listening to music, the discomfort from pressure on the ears manifests itself. At the same time, the fit is very tight, the cups themselves slightly squeeze the ears for additional passive noise reduction. If you wear glasses, then this feature comes to the fore even brighter.

Well, if you really find fault, I would prefer to see in the kit a more durable case with a dedicated pocket for the charging cable. The available soft case made of felt-like material is pleasant to the touch, but the headphones are unlikely to be able to protect against external influences, and the cable inside will hang out, not too flagship. Also, some users will note the lack of a wired connection to listen to music. But the headphone jack in this model has disappeared in accordance with the general policy of the manufacturer, these are the trends, although not everyone likes it. But, on the other hand, why not Type-C? Android device owners would definitely be happy. But Apple, as usual, likes to decide such moments for the user, dictating its own rules and keeping it in the ecosystem. On the other hand, many of the buyers of "apple" technology do not mind at all.

Sound quality and noise reduction

The Beats Solo Pro is expected to get the brand's signature sound: rich and pronounced bass, good overall detail and volume, clear highs and almost perfect mids. Of course, depending on the hearing characteristics and preferences, these impressions may vary, for example, in my case there were too many highs from time to time, they were a little gritty, I sin on individual compositions. If you don’t quibble, then the Beats Solo Pro sound nice and catchy due to the “rocking bottoms” and the overall pleasant character. At the same time, there is no certain “preference” by genre, the alternative with overdriven guitars, EDM, and drum and bass sound equally good.

Beats Solo Pro Wireless Noise Canceling Headphones Review  Beats Solo Pro Wireless Noise Canceling Headphones Review Beats Solo Pro Wireless Noise Canceling Headphones Review

Finally, we got to one of the highlights of the review. The Pure ANC active noise cancellation used in the Solo 3 Wireless has already been tested, verified and works very well. Metro and public transport are not a problem for Solo Pro: noise is cut off by 80 percent, only a distant rumble remains, and stop announcements occasionally slip through. In other scenarios, the user will experience absolute silence, whether it be a street, a shopping center, and even more so a calm home environment with a neighbor who has decided to drill another wall. “But on the street it happens that you need to hear the surroundings!”, objected New Samsung Galaxy M32 6 GB Black an experienced pedestrian and will be right. For this scenario, a "transparency" mode is provided, in which the surrounding world is heard. In addition to this mode and working at 100% ANC, listening without any modes is provided. Control of noise reduction modes without an application is carried out through a single visually highlighted button on the left ear cup. Adjusting the level of noise reduction more subtly and outside the mentioned modes will not work even through the application - it's annoying, but the unpretentious user will have enough of the three options available. By the way, the button is also responsible for the pairing mode, it is called by a long press on it.

However, even here it was not without reservations. Due to the fact that the Beats Solo Pro are made in the form factor of overhead (not full-size) headphones, the wind blows in them every now and then, somewhat violating the overall sound character and integrity of the noise-cutting scenario. I would definitely not call this moment critical, but it is present and in strong wind conditions it can negatively affect the user experience. In this component, the novelty is inferior to full-size models.

Microphones process the voice quite tolerably regardless of the environment, while the loss of voice clarity is minimal, the interlocutors do not complain about the sound quality, except that in some places you have to speak a little louder than usual.

Autonomy

In Active Noise Cancellation (or 'Transparency') mode, Beats Solo Pro will last up to 22 hours on a single battery charge. When all modes are turned off, this figure will increase to 40 hours. If it is not possible to fully charge the discharged headphones, then ten minutes is enough for three hours of listening to music, the Fast Fuel function is responsible for this. A full charge will take a little less than an hour and a half.

Impressions

The offer to test the novelty from Beats was accepted with enthusiasm. I had a positive experience with Powerbeats Pro, and it was also extremely curious to hear the work of noise reduction in on-ear headphones according to Apple. The user experience can be called positive, with the exception of a number of subjective points that blurred the overall impression. I liked the character of the sound, the high-quality noise cancellation, and the convenient and intuitive solution with the inclusion of headphones. Beats Solo Pro should not be considered for people with a head size above average, it will be crowded.

Beats Solo Pro Wireless Noise Canceling Headphones Review  Beats Solo Pro Wireless Noise Canceling Headphones Review

All the time I was testing, I was thinking about possible competitors for the Solo Pro. In the over-ear format, there are not many solutions with active noise cancellation. Of the more or less current models, Marshall Mid A.N.C. come to mind, they are cheaper, but also simpler in terms of assembly, and, judging by the reviews, the noise reduction does not work at the level of the same Solo Pro. At the same time, if you look at premium full-size models (Sony WH-1000 XM3 or Bose NC 700), they will have a tangible advantage in terms of noise reduction, but often they will also cost more.

So, if you are looking for high-quality sound with good noise cancellation in over-ear headphones in the range of up to 22,000 rubles, you should definitely take a look at the Beats Solo Pro, the model turned out to be interesting and has every chance of becoming popular.

Beats Solo Pro Wireless Noise Canceling Headphones Review

The prefix "Pro" has been successfully entrenched in Apple products. And if everything is clear and familiar for the MacBook, then in the case of the iPhone, Powerbeats, AirPods, as well as the hero of the review, this prefix looks fresh and immediately indicates a claim for the best user experience. The Beats Solo Pro continues the good work of the Studio 3 Wireless by using the same Pure ANC active noise cancellation system, but in a slightly modified Solo 3 Wireless form factor. Put it all together - apparently, this is the "Pro".

Beats Solo Pro Wireless Noise Canceling Headphones Review  Beats Solo Pro Wireless Noise Canceling Headphones Review

Thus, we have top-end over-ear headphones with noise reduction. At the same time, Apple decided not to call the new product Studio 4 Wireless, apparently to emphasize the importance and flagship orientation of the PRO-duct, in which, again, according to statements from Cupertino, the sound part was significantly redesigned, which we will deal with a little later.

Appearance

There is a design continuity between the Beats Solo Pro and Solo 3 Wireless. The models are actually very similar in appearance, except that the cups in the new product are slightly larger, and the seam on the ear pads is also minimized in it, it “moved” closer to the cup. The headphones are made of matte plastic and soft leather, the temples and the base of the headband are metal, anodized aluminum is used. The headband pad adjacent to the head is very pleasant to the touch, the material is moderately elastic and quickly restores its original shape. In general, the materials used do not cause complaints and rejection, the absence of glossy plastic, which some Beats models used to sin before, is especially pleasing - it looked, frankly, cheap. The abundance of colors makes the headphones more versatile in terms of user color preferences.

Beats Solo Pro Wireless Noise Canceling Headphones Review  Beats Solo Pro Wireless Noise Canceling Headphones Review Beats Solo Pro Wireless Noise Canceling Headphones Review

The adjustment of the headphones to size is smooth, without jerks. The minimum number of dedicated controls makes the Beats Solo Pro look rather concise, there are no sharp transitions and sharp corners. Depending on the colors, the manufacturer's logo is accentuated differently, so those users who do not want to show commitment to the Dr. Dre may opt for black or navy blue. However, in other colors the logo looks organic and not bulky. The overall impression is that the Beats Solo Pro looks a little smaller than the usual full-size active noise-cancelling headphones. The assembly is reliable, there are no unpleasant squeaks and backlashes.

Ergonomics

In order to turn on the headphones, you need to unfold them. No buttons. I laid it out, listened, put it together - simply, intuitively and logically. An option from the series “a trifle, but nice”, here, apparently, the branded stuffing of the headphones manifests itself. The Solo Pro still uses the same Apple H1 chip, familiar to us from AirPods and Powerbeats Pro. It is responsible for lower power consumption and lower latency compared to its predecessor W1, as well as fast connection to devices. Interestingly, in this regard, the headphones are universal, the connection speed does not depend on the platform used, during testing, the headphones were paired with OnePlus 5 and iPad Mini 2, the speed is approximately the same, the difference is minimal. Unless on Android you need to download a proprietary application that will support the active BLE mode for that very fastest connection, and also help you switch the noise reduction mode. This is where the visible functionality of the application ends. It is strange that there is no option to automatically stop playback when removing the headphones from the head, because the chip allows.

Beats Solo Pro Wireless Noise Canceling Headphones Review  Beats Solo Pro Wireless Noise Canceling Headphones Review Beats Solo Pro Wireless Noise Canceling Headphones Review

Call and music control is available by pressing the Beats logo on the right earcup. The commands are standard and familiar: one press - pause (start playback) or accept / end a call, long press - reset an incoming call or call a voice assistant, double press - go to the next song, triple - go to the beginning of the current song. The button travel is small, with a dull click, accidental pressing is possible, but you have to apply a certain force, the button travel can be called tight.

No neck fatigue, the Solo Pros are well balanced in terms of weight. But it is important to mention one of the subjective complaints about the Beats Solo Pro: for those with a large head, they may seem cramped. For example, my experience during the testing process showed that, even with the headband arms fully extended, from time to time I felt a little discomfort and pressure of the headband on my head from above. It should be understood that this is not because of the material itself, but because of the size of the head. Yes, during testing, the headphones slightly spread, but not significantly, and during long sessions of listening to music, the discomfort from pressure on the ears manifests itself. At the same time, the fit is very tight, the cups themselves slightly squeeze the ears for additional passive noise reduction. If you wear glasses, then this feature comes to the fore even brighter.

Well, if you really find fault, I would prefer to see in the kit a more durable case with a dedicated pocket for the charging cable. The available soft case made of felt-like material is pleasant to the touch, but the headphones are unlikely to be able to protect against external influences, and the cable inside will hang out, not too flagship. Also, some users will note the lack of a wired connection to listen to music. But the headphone jack in this model has disappeared in accordance with the general policy of the manufacturer, these are the trends, although not everyone likes it. But, on the other hand, why not Type-C? Android device owners would definitely be happy. But Apple, as usual, likes to decide such moments for the user, dictating its own rules and keeping it in the ecosystem. On the other hand, many of the buyers of "apple" technology do not mind at all.

Sound quality and noise reduction

The Beats Solo Pro is expected to get the brand's signature sound: rich and pronounced bass, good overall detail and volume, clear highs and almost perfect mids. Of course, depending on the hearing characteristics and preferences, these impressions may vary, for example, in my case there were too many highs from time to time, they were a little gritty, I sin on individual compositions. If you don’t quibble, then the Beats Solo Pro sound nice and catchy due to the “rocking bottoms” and the overall pleasant character. At the same time, there is no certain “preference” by genre, the alternative with overdriven guitars, EDM, and drum and bass sound equally good.

Beats Solo Pro Wireless Noise Canceling Headphones Review  Beats Solo Pro Wireless Noise Canceling Headphones Review Beats Solo Pro Wireless Noise Canceling Headphones Review

Finally, we got to one of the highlights of the review. The Pure ANC active noise cancellation used in the Solo 3 Wireless has already been tested, verified and works very well. Metro and public transport are not a problem for Solo Pro: noise is cut off by 80 percent, only a distant rumble remains, and stop announcements occasionally slip through. In other scenarios, the user will experience absolute silence, whether it be a street, a shopping center, and even more so a calm home environment with a neighbor who has decided to drill another wall. “But on the street it happens that you need to hear the surroundings!”, objected New Samsung Galaxy M32 6 GB Black an experienced pedestrian and will be right. For this scenario, a "transparency" mode is provided, in which the surrounding world is heard. In addition to this mode and working at 100% ANC, listening without any modes is provided. Control of noise reduction modes without an application is carried out through a single visually highlighted button on the left ear cup. Adjusting the level of noise reduction more subtly and outside the mentioned modes will not work even through the application - it's annoying, but the unpretentious user will have enough of the three options available. By the way, the button is also responsible for the pairing mode, it is called by a long press on it.

However, even here it was not without reservations. Due to the fact that the Beats Solo Pro are made in the form factor of overhead (not full-size) headphones, the wind blows in them every now and then, somewhat violating the overall sound character and integrity of the noise-cutting scenario. I would definitely not call this moment critical, but it is present and in strong wind conditions it can negatively affect the user experience. In this component, the novelty is inferior to full-size models.

Microphones process the voice quite tolerably regardless of the environment, while the loss of voice clarity is minimal, the interlocutors do not complain about the sound quality, except that in some places you have to speak a little louder than usual.

Autonomy

In Active Noise Cancellation (or 'Transparency') mode, Beats Solo Pro will last up to 22 hours on a single battery charge. When all modes are turned off, this figure will increase to 40 hours. If it is not possible to fully charge the discharged headphones, then ten minutes is enough for three hours of listening to music, the Fast Fuel function is responsible for this. A full charge will take a little less than an hour and a half.

Impressions

The offer to test the novelty from Beats was accepted with enthusiasm. I had a positive experience with Powerbeats Pro, and it was also extremely curious to hear the work of noise reduction in on-ear headphones according to Apple. The user experience can be called positive, with the exception of a number of subjective points that blurred the overall impression. I liked the character of the sound, the high-quality noise cancellation, and the convenient and intuitive solution with the inclusion of headphones. Beats Solo Pro should not be considered for people with a head size above average, it will be crowded.

Beats Solo Pro Wireless Noise Canceling Headphones Review  Beats Solo Pro Wireless Noise Canceling Headphones Review

All the time I was testing, I was thinking about possible competitors for the Solo Pro. In the over-ear format, there are not many solutions with active noise cancellation. Of the more or less current models, Marshall Mid A.N.C. come to mind, they are cheaper, but also simpler in terms of assembly, and, judging by the reviews, the noise reduction does not work at the level of the same Solo Pro. At the same time, if you look at premium full-size models (Sony WH-1000 XM3 or Bose NC 700), they will have a tangible advantage in terms of noise reduction, but often they will also cost more.

So, if you are looking for high-quality sound with good noise cancellation in over-ear headphones in the range of up to 22,000 rubles, you should definitely take a look at the Beats Solo Pro, the model turned out to be interesting and has every chance of becoming popular.

Beats Solo Pro Wireless Noise Canceling Headphones Review

The prefix "Pro" has been successfully entrenched in Apple products. And if everything is clear and familiar for the MacBook, then in the case of the iPhone, Powerbeats, AirPods, as well as the hero of the review, this prefix looks fresh and immediately indicates a claim for the best user experience. The Beats Solo Pro continues the good work of the Studio 3 Wireless by using the same Pure ANC active noise cancellation system, but in a slightly modified Solo 3 Wireless form factor. Put it all together - apparently, this is the "Pro".

Beats Solo Pro Wireless Noise Canceling Headphones Review  Beats Solo Pro Wireless Noise Canceling Headphones Review

Thus, we have top-end over-ear headphones with noise reduction. At the same time, Apple decided not to call the new product Studio 4 Wireless, apparently to emphasize the importance and flagship orientation of the PRO-duct, in which, again, according to statements from Cupertino, the sound part was significantly redesigned, which we will deal with a little later.

Appearance

There is a design continuity between the Beats Solo Pro and Solo 3 Wireless. The models are actually very similar in appearance, except that the cups in the new product are slightly larger, and the seam on the ear pads is also minimized in it, it “moved” closer to the cup. The headphones are made of matte plastic and soft leather, the temples and the base of the headband are metal, anodized aluminum is used. The headband pad adjacent to the head is very pleasant to the touch, the material is moderately elastic and quickly restores its original shape. In general, the materials used do not cause complaints and rejection, the absence of glossy plastic, which some Beats models used to sin before, is especially pleasing - it looked, frankly, cheap. The abundance of colors makes the headphones more versatile in terms of user color preferences.

Beats Solo Pro Wireless Noise Canceling Headphones Review  Beats Solo Pro Wireless Noise Canceling Headphones Review Beats Solo Pro Wireless Noise Canceling Headphones Review

The adjustment of the headphones to size is smooth, without jerks. The minimum number of dedicated controls makes the Beats Solo Pro look rather concise, there are no sharp transitions and sharp corners. Depending on the colors, the manufacturer's logo is accentuated differently, so those users who do not want to show commitment to the Dr. Dre may opt for black or navy blue. However, in other colors the logo looks organic and not bulky. The overall impression is that the Beats Solo Pro looks a little smaller than the usual full-size active noise-cancelling headphones. The assembly is reliable, there are no unpleasant squeaks and backlashes.

Ergonomics

In order to turn on the headphones, you need to unfold them. No buttons. I laid it out, listened, put it together - simply, intuitively and logically. An option from the series “a trifle, but nice”, here, apparently, the branded stuffing of the headphones manifests itself. The Solo Pro still uses the same Apple H1 chip, familiar to us from AirPods and Powerbeats Pro. It is responsible for lower power consumption and lower latency compared to its predecessor W1, as well as fast connection to devices. Interestingly, in this regard, the headphones are universal, the connection speed does not depend on the platform used, during testing, the headphones were paired with OnePlus 5 and iPad Mini 2, the speed is approximately the same, the difference is minimal. Unless on Android you need to download a proprietary application that will support the active BLE mode for that very fastest connection, and also help you switch the noise reduction mode. This is where the visible functionality of the application ends. It is strange that there is no option to automatically stop playback when removing the headphones from the head, because the chip allows.

Beats Solo Pro Wireless Noise Canceling Headphones Review  Beats Solo Pro Wireless Noise Canceling Headphones Review Beats Solo Pro Wireless Noise Canceling Headphones Review

Call and music control is available by pressing the Beats logo on the right earcup. The commands are standard and familiar: one press - pause (start playback) or accept / end a call, long press - reset an incoming call or call a voice assistant, double press - go to the next song, triple - go to the beginning of the current song. The button travel is small, with a dull click, accidental pressing is possible, but you have to apply a certain force, the button travel can be called tight.

No neck fatigue, the Solo Pros are well balanced in terms of weight. But it is important to mention one of the subjective complaints about the Beats Solo Pro: for those with a large head, they may seem cramped. For example, my experience during the testing process showed that, even with the headband arms fully extended, from time to time I felt a little discomfort and pressure of the headband on my head from above. It should be understood that this is not because of the material itself, but because of the size of the head. Yes, during testing, the headphones slightly spread, but not significantly, and during long sessions of listening to music, the discomfort from pressure on the ears manifests itself. At the same time, the fit is very tight, the cups themselves slightly squeeze the ears for additional passive noise reduction. If you wear glasses, then this feature comes to the fore even brighter.

Well, if you really find fault, I would prefer to see in the kit a more durable case with a dedicated pocket for the charging cable. The available soft case made of felt-like material is pleasant to the touch, but the headphones are unlikely to be able to protect against external influences, and the cable inside will hang out, not too flagship. Also, some users will note the lack of a wired connection to listen to music. But the headphone jack in this model has disappeared in accordance with the general policy of the manufacturer, these are the trends, although not everyone likes it. But, on the other hand, why not Type-C? Android device owners would definitely be happy. But Apple, as usual, likes to decide such moments for the user, dictating its own rules and keeping it in the ecosystem. On the other hand, many of the buyers of "apple" technology do not mind at all.

Sound quality and noise reduction

The Beats Solo Pro is expected to get the brand's signature sound: rich and pronounced bass, good overall detail and volume, clear highs and almost perfect mids. Of course, depending on the hearing characteristics and preferences, these impressions may vary, for example, in my case there were too many highs from time to time, they were a little gritty, I sin on individual compositions. If you don’t quibble, then the Beats Solo Pro sound nice and catchy due to the “rocking bottoms” and the overall pleasant character. At the same time, there is no certain “preference” by genre, the alternative with overdriven guitars, EDM, and drum and bass sound equally good.

Beats Solo Pro Wireless Noise Canceling Headphones Review  Beats Solo Pro Wireless Noise Canceling Headphones Review Beats Solo Pro Wireless Noise Canceling Headphones Review

Finally, we got to one of the highlights of the review. The Pure ANC active noise cancellation used in the Solo 3 Wireless has already been tested, verified and works very well. Metro and public transport are not a problem for Solo Pro: noise is cut off by 80 percent, only a distant rumble remains, and stop announcements occasionally slip through. In other scenarios, the user will experience absolute silence, whether it be a street, a shopping center, and even more so a calm home environment with a neighbor who has decided to drill another wall. “But on the street it happens that you need to hear the surroundings!”, objected New Samsung Galaxy M32 6 GB Black an experienced pedestrian and will be right. For this scenario, a "transparency" mode is provided, in which the surrounding world is heard. In addition to this mode and working at 100% ANC, listening without any modes is provided. Control of noise reduction modes without an application is carried out through a single visually highlighted button on the left ear cup. Adjusting the level of noise reduction more subtly and outside the mentioned modes will not work even through the application - it's annoying, but the unpretentious user will have enough of the three options available. By the way, the button is also responsible for the pairing mode, it is called by a long press on it.

However, even here it was not without reservations. Due to the fact that the Beats Solo Pro are made in the form factor of overhead (not full-size) headphones, the wind blows in them every now and then, somewhat violating the overall sound character and integrity of the noise-cutting scenario. I would definitely not call this moment critical, but it is present and in strong wind conditions it can negatively affect the user experience. In this component, the novelty is inferior to full-size models.

Microphones process the voice quite tolerably regardless of the environment, while the loss of voice clarity is minimal, the interlocutors do not complain about the sound quality, except that in some places you have to speak a little louder than usual.

Autonomy

In Active Noise Cancellation (or 'Transparency') mode, Beats Solo Pro will last up to 22 hours on a single battery charge. When all modes are turned off, this figure will increase to 40 hours. If it is not possible to fully charge the discharged headphones, then ten minutes is enough for three hours of listening to music, the Fast Fuel function is responsible for this. A full charge will take a little less than an hour and a half.

Impressions

The offer to test the novelty from Beats was accepted with enthusiasm. I had a positive experience with Powerbeats Pro, and it was also extremely curious to hear the work of noise reduction in on-ear headphones according to Apple. The user experience can be called positive, with the exception of a number of subjective points that blurred the overall impression. I liked the character of the sound, the high-quality noise cancellation, and the convenient and intuitive solution with the inclusion of headphones. Beats Solo Pro should not be considered for people with a head size above average, it will be crowded.

Beats Solo Pro Wireless Noise Canceling Headphones Review  Beats Solo Pro Wireless Noise Canceling Headphones Review

All the time I was testing, I was thinking about possible competitors for the Solo Pro. In the over-ear format, there are not many solutions with active noise cancellation. Of the more or less current models, Marshall Mid A.N.C. come to mind, they are cheaper, but also simpler in terms of assembly, and, judging by the reviews, the noise reduction does not work at the level of the same Solo Pro. At the same time, if you look at premium full-size models (Sony WH-1000 XM3 or Bose NC 700), they will have a tangible advantage in terms of noise reduction, but often they will also cost more.

So, if you are looking for high-quality sound with good noise cancellation in over-ear headphones in the range of up to 22,000 rubles, you should definitely take a look at the Beats Solo Pro, the model turned out to be interesting and has every chance of becoming popular.

Beats Solo Pro Wireless Noise Canceling Headphones Review

The prefix "Pro" has been successfully entrenched in Apple products. And if everything is clear and familiar for the MacBook, then in the case of the iPhone, Powerbeats, AirPods, as well as the hero of the review, this prefix looks fresh and immediately indicates a claim for the best user experience. The Beats Solo Pro continues the good work of the Studio 3 Wireless by using the same Pure ANC active noise cancellation system, but in a slightly modified Solo 3 Wireless form factor. Put it all together - apparently, this is the "Pro".

Thus, we have top-end over-ear headphones with noise reduction. At the same time, Apple decided not to call the new product Studio 4 Wireless, apparently to emphasize the importance and flagship orientation of the PRO-duct, in which, again, according to statements from Cupertino, the sound part was significantly redesigned, which we will deal with a little later.

Appearance

There is a design continuity between the Beats Solo Pro and Solo 3 Wireless. The models are actually very similar in appearance, except that the cups in the new product are slightly larger, and the seam on the ear pads is also minimized in it, it “moved” closer to the cup. The headphones are made of matte plastic and soft leather, the temples and the base of the headband are metal, anodized aluminum is used. The headband pad adjacent to the head is very pleasant to the touch, the material is moderately elastic and quickly restores its original shape. In general, the materials used do not cause complaints and rejection, especially the absence of glossy plastic, which some Beats models used to sin before - it looked, frankly, cheap. The abundance of colors makes the headphones more versatile in terms of user color preferences.

The adjustment of the headphones to size is smooth, without jerks. The minimum number of dedicated controls makes the Beats Solo Pro look rather concise, there are no sharp transitions and sharp corners. Depending on the colors, the manufacturer's logo is accentuated differently, so those users who do not want to show commitment to the Dr. Dre may opt for black or navy blue. However, in other colors the logo looks organic and not bulky. The overall impression is that the Beats Solo Pro looks a little smaller than the usual over-ear headphones with active noise cancellation. The assembly is reliable, there are no unpleasant squeaks and backlashes.

Ergonomics

In order to turn on the headphones, you need to unfold them. No buttons. I laid it out, listened, put it together - simply, intuitively and logically. An option from the series “a trifle, but nice”, here, apparently, the branded stuffing of the headphones manifests itself. The Solo Pro still uses the same Apple H1 chip, familiar to us from AirPods and Powerbeats Pro. It is responsible for lower power consumption and lower latency compared to its predecessor W1, as well as fast connection to devices. Interestingly, in this regard, the headphones are universal, the connection speed does not depend on the platform used, during testing, the headphones were paired with OnePlus 5 and iPad Mini 2, the speed is approximately the same, the difference is minimal. Unless on Android you need to download a proprietary application that will support the active BLE mode for that very fastest connection, and also help you switch the noise reduction mode. This is where the visible functionality of the application ends. It is strange that there is no option to automatically stop playback when removing the headphones from the head, because the chip allows.

Call and music control is available by pressing the Beats logo on the right earcup. The commands are standard and familiar: one press - pause (start playback) or accept / end a call, long press - reset an incoming call or call a voice assistant, double press - go to the next song, triple - go to the beginning of the current song. The button travel is small, with a dull click, accidental pressing is possible, but you have to apply a certain force, the button travel can be called tight.

No neck fatigue, the Solo Pros are well balanced in terms of weight. But it is important to mention one of the subjective complaints about the Beats Solo Pro: for those with a large head, they may seem cramped. For example, my experience during the testing process showed that, even with the headband arms fully extended, from time to time I felt a little discomfort and pressure of the headband on my head from above. It should be understood that this is not because of the material itself, but because of the size of the head. Yes, during testing, the headphones slightly spread, but not significantly, and during long sessions of listening to music, the discomfort from pressure on the ears manifests itself. At the same time, the fit is very tight, the cups themselves slightly squeeze the ears for additional passive noise reduction. If you wear glasses, then this feature comes to the fore even brighter.

Well, if you really find fault, I would prefer to see in the kit a more durable case with a dedicated pocket for the charging cable. The available soft case made of felt-like material is pleasant to the touch, but the headphones are unlikely to be able to protect against external influences, and the cable inside will hang out, not too flagship. Also, some users will note the lack of a wired connection to listen to music. But the headphone jack in this model has disappeared in accordance with the general policy of the manufacturer, these are the trends, although not everyone likes it. But, on the other hand, why not Type-C? Android device owners would definitely be happy. But Apple, as usual, likes to decide such moments for the user, dictating its own rules and keeping it in the ecosystem. On the other hand, many of the buyers of "apple" technology do not mind at all.

Sound quality and noise reduction

The Beats Solo Pro is expected to get the brand's signature sound: rich and pronounced bass, good overall detail and volume, clear highs and almost perfect mids. Of course, depending on the hearing characteristics and preferences, these impressions may vary, for example, in my case there were too many highs from time to time, they were a little gritty, I sin on individual compositions. If you don’t quibble, then the Beats Solo Pro sound nice and catchy due to the “rocking bottoms” and the overall pleasant character. At the same time, there is no certain “preference” by genre, the alternative with overdriven guitars, EDM, and drum and bass sound equally good.

Finally, we got to one of the highlights of the review. The Pure ANC active noise cancellation used in the Solo 3 Wireless has already been tested, verified and works very well. Metro and public transport are not a problem for Solo Pro: noise is cut off by 80 percent, only a distant rumble remains, and stop announcements occasionally slip through. In other scenarios, the user will experience absolute silence, whether it be a street, a shopping center, and even more so a calm home environment with a neighbor who has decided to drill another wall. “But on the street it happens that you need to hear the surroundings!”, An experienced pedestrian will object to the New Samsung Galaxy M32 6 GB Black and he will be right. For this scenario, a "transparency" mode is provided, in which the surrounding world is heard. In addition to this mode and working at 100% ANC, listening without any modes is provided. Control of noise reduction modes without an application is carried out through a single visually highlighted button on the left ear cup. Adjusting the level of noise reduction more subtly and outside the mentioned modes will not work even through the application - it's annoying, but the unpretentious user will have enough of the three options available. By the way, the button is also responsible for the pairing mode, it is called by a long press on it.

Finally, we got to one of the highlights of the review. The Pure ANC active noise cancellation used in the Solo 3 Wireless has already been tested, verified and works very well. Metro and public transport are not a problem for Solo Pro: noise is cut off by 80 percent, only a distant rumble remains, and stop announcements occasionally slip through. In other scenarios, the user will experience absolute silence, whether it be a street, a shopping center, and even more so a calm home environment with a neighbor who has decided to drill another wall. “But on the street it happens that you need to hear the surroundings!” New Samsung Galaxy M32 6 GB Black New Samsung Galaxy M32 6 GB Black an experienced pedestrian and will be right. For this scenario, a "transparency" mode is provided, in which the surrounding world is heard. In addition to this mode and working at 100% ANC, listening without any modes is provided. Control of noise reduction modes without an application is carried out through a single visually highlighted button on the left ear cup. Adjusting the level of noise reduction more subtly and outside the mentioned modes will not work even through the application - it's annoying, but the unpretentious user will have enough of the three options available. By the way, the button is also responsible for the pairing mode, it is called by a long press on it.

However, even here it was not without reservations. Due to the fact that the Beats Solo Pro are made in the form factor of overhead (not full-size) headphones, the wind blows in them every now and then, somewhat violating the overall sound character and integrity of the noise-cutting scenario. I would definitely not call this moment critical, but it is present and in strong wind conditions it can negatively affect the user experience. In this component, the novelty is inferior to full-size models.

Microphones process the voice quite tolerably regardless of the environment, while the loss of voice clarity is minimal, the interlocutors do not complain about the sound quality, except that in some places you have to speak a little louder than usual.

Autonomy

In Active Noise Cancellation (or 'Transparency') mode, Beats Solo Pro will last up to 22 hours on a single battery charge. When all modes are turned off, this figure will increase to 40 hours. If it is not possible to fully charge the discharged headphones, then ten minutes is enough for three hours of listening to music, the Fast Fuel function is responsible for this. A full charge will take a little less than an hour and a half.

Impressions

The offer to test the novelty from Beats was accepted with enthusiasm. I had a positive experience with Powerbeats Pro, and it was also extremely curious to hear the work of noise reduction in on-ear headphones according to Apple. The user experience can be called positive, with the exception of a number of subjective points that blurred the overall impression. I liked the character of the sound, the high-quality noise cancellation, and the convenient and intuitive solution with the inclusion of headphones. Beats Solo Pro should not be considered for people with a head size above average, it will be crowded.

All the time I was testing, I was thinking about possible competitors for the Solo Pro. In the over-ear format, there are not many solutions with active noise cancellation. Of the more or less current models, Marshall Mid A.N.C. come to mind, they are cheaper, but also simpler in terms of assembly, and, judging by the reviews, the noise reduction does not work at the level of the same Solo Pro. At the same time, if you look at premium full-size models (Sony WH-1000 XM3 or Bose NC 700), they will have a tangible advantage in terms of noise reduction, but often they will also cost more.

So, if you are looking for high-quality sound with good noise cancellation in over-ear headphones in the range of up to 22,000 rubles, you should definitely take a look at the Beats Solo Pro, the model turned out to be interesting and has every chance of becoming popular.