Reviewed on Nov 13, 2019

Beats Solo Pro Wireless HEADPHONES REVIEW

Usage Ratings - Version 1.3.1
7.1
Mixed Usage
7.6
Neutral Sound
7.5
Commute/Travel
7.2
Sports/Fitness
6.9
Office
5.6
Wireless Gaming
5.4
Wired Gaming
6.3
Phone Call
Type : On-ear
Enclosure : Closed-Back
Wireless : Yes
Noise-Cancelling : Yes
Mic : Yes
Transducer : Dynamic

The Beats Solo Pro are very well-built on-ear headphones that have a fairly neutral sound profile that's a bit on the exciting side, with a bit of extra bass and treble. They have a premium feel and sleek design, on top of having a very good active noise cancellation feature that blocks out ambient noise well. However, they're very tight on the head for some people, which becomes quickly uncomfortable, and they can only be used via Bluetooth as the charging cable doesn't provide audio. On the upside, the 24-hour battery life should be more than enough for most people.

Test Results
Design 7.1
Isolation 8.1
Microphone 5.7
Active Features 6.9
Connectivity 3.0
Pros
  • Very well-built design.
  • Great battery life.
  • Fairly neutral sound profile, although a bit excited.
  • Great isolation performance.
Cons
  • Mediocre microphone performance.
  • Can't be used wired in any way; Bluetooth-only.
  • Can feel very tight.
  1. Update 11/21/2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3.1.

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7.1

Design

The Beats Solo Pro are decently designed headphones. These on-ears are fairly bulky and almost fit as over-ears for some people. They aren't the most comfortable, as they feel tight and the cups don't have a very wide range of motion. On the upside, they feel very well-built and durable. They have a good control scheme, but the side buttons on the cup could have been used for track skipping instead of being useless and wobbling around. Nevertheless, the Solo Pro seem to be a nice improvement over the Beats Solo3 Wireless.

Style

The Beats Solo Pro are very stylish headphones. They have a premium look thanks to the wide metallic band and follow a traditional Beats design. These on-ears are fairly big and almost look like over-ears, especially on smaller heads. They come in multiple different color schemes, making it easier for you to match your preferred style.

6.5 Comfort
Weight : 0.59 lbs
Clamping Force
:
1.2 lbs

The Beats Solo Pro are decently comfortable, but some people might feel like they're too tight. The padding of the cup is thicker than the Solo 3, but doesn't feel plushier once on the head. They aren't that heavy and the headband does a good job at redistributing the weight of the headphones. However, the size adjustment range is fairly limited and isn't great for people with larger heads, as these won't fit.

7.9 Controls
OS Compatibility
:
Not OS specific
Ease of use : Good
Feedback : Good
Call/Music Control : Yes
Volume Control : Yes
Microphone Control : No
Channel Mixing
:
N/A
Noise Canceling Control : Yes
Talk-Through
:
Yes
Additional Buttons : Voice enabled controls

The Beats Solo Pro's control scheme is great. You get easy to use controls on the left cup and an ANC/talk-through button on the bottom side of the right cup. You can easily control the volume, play/pause, manage calls, and skip tracks. However, everything is done on the up, bottom, and center button, since the left and right sides aren't buttons, which is unsettling at first. It feels intuitive to use the left and right for track skipping, so you have to get used to not using these, as the buttons feel fairly flimsy. Note that to turn off the headphones, you have to fold them.

8.4 Breathability
Avg.Temp.Difference : 1.7 C

Due to their on-ear design, there's not much heat that stays trapped under an ear cup. There's some decent airflow, allowing your ears to breathe more than with over-ear headphones. However, these won't be as ideal as in-ears for sports, as you might sweat more than usual.

5.7 Portability
L : 7.5 "
W : 6.6 "
H : 2.8 "
Volume : 139 Cu. Inches
Transmitter required : N/A

These headphones are quite bulky for on-ears. On the upside, they fold into a more compact format, but the cups don't swivel to lay flat.

6.0 Case
Type : Soft case
L : 6.6 "
W : 5.2 "
H : 2.8 "
Volume : 96 Cu. Inches

The Beats Solo Pro come with a soft case that slightly protects the headphones against scratches, but that's about it. The case isn't very sturdy and won't absorb shocks or protect the headphones against water exposure.

8.0 Build Quality

The Beats Solo Pro have a great build quality and feel like high-end headphones. The materials used feel solid and sturdy. They have a more premium look than the Beats Solo 3 thanks to the full metal-alloy headband. These headphones feel durable, but the control scheme button on the right ear cup seems to be the weak link as the side buttons wobble a lot and aren't actual buttons; you can press them thinking it would skip tracks, but you'd only be applying pressure on it for nothing.

7.0 Stability

These headphones are decently stable, but won't be the ideal choice for runners. You can easily keep them on your head during a casual listening session, but heavy head movement will make them sway off your head easily. On the upside, they're wireless and fairly tight, so they might not feel loose to everybody.

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Sound

The Beats Solo Pro have a good neutral sound profile that is slightly excited with a bit more bass and treble. They're versatile for a wide variety of music genres. Fans of bass will like the extra thump they provide on bass-heavy music.

Sound Profile
Bass Amount
:
1.34 db
Treble Amount
:
0.91 db

The Beats Solo Pro have a pretty neutral sound profile which is suitable for a wide variety of music genres. These headphones also pack a bit of extra bass and treble, which may sound a bit too excited for some critical listeners.

7.7 Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
:
0.45 dB

The frequency response consistency of these headphones is good. There are very few variations when listening to the Solo Pro and most people should hear the same thing every time they put on the headphones. There's a bit more variation in the treble range, but this won't be too audible in most cases.

8.9 Bass Accuracy
Std. Err.
:
1.48 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
:
10 Hz
Low-Bass
:
2.02 dB
Mid-Bass
:
-0.12 dB
High-Bass
:
-1.94 dB

The bass accuracy of the Beats Solo Pro is excellent. There's a bit of extra thump in the low-bass, which should satisfy bass fans, but the overall response is pretty neutral.

9.0 Mid Accuracy
Std. Err.
:
1.31 dB
Low-Mid
:
-1.55 dB
Mid-Mid
:
-0.97 dB
High-Mid
:
-0.38 dB

These headphones' mid-range accuracy is also excellent and neutral. Vocals and lead instruments are reproduced accurately.

8.6 Treble Accuracy
Std. Err.
:
2.81 dB
Low-Treble
:
1.2 dB
Mid-Treble
:
0.35 dB
High-Treble
:
-0.16 dB

The treble accuracy of the Beats Solo Pro Wireless is great. It is fairly well-balanced, although you might lose some detail on some frequencies, while sharper S and T sounds, like cymbals, may feel a bit piercing.

8.5 Peaks/Dips
Peaks
:
0.96 db
Dips
:
1.03 db

The response of the Beats Solo Pro is very well-balanced and there aren't many audible peaks and dips. There's a few narrow dips in the treble, which can affect the brightness and detail of those frequencies, but these won't be too audible for most people.

8.6 Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
:
0.15
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
:
0.68
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
:
2.33
Weighted Phase Mismatch
:
3.02

The headphones' stereo imaging is great. The GD graph shows the group delay is below the audibility threshold, which results in tight and accurate bass and treble ranges. Also, the L/R drivers of our unit were well-matched, but note that these results are only valid for our unit and yours may perform differently.

3.1 Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
:
3.46 dB
PRTF Size (Avg.)
:
0.7 dB
PRTF Distance
:
5.75 dB
Openness
:
2.0
Acoustic Space Excitation
:
1.9

The on-ear design doesn't interact much with the pinna, therefore these headphones won't have a speaker-like soundstage. There's not much pinna activation, and the closed-back design won't sound as open as open-back headphones. The soundstage should sound fairly small and unnatural, on top of being inside the listener's head rather than in front.

8.2 Weighted Harmonic Distortion
WHD @ 90
:
0.215
WHD @ 100
:
0.073

The Beats Solo Pro's weighted harmonic distortion performance is great. It's within very good limits throughout the range, although there's a small bump in treble, but this won't be audible to most people. This will result in a clear and pure audio reproduction.

8.1

Isolation

The Beats Solo Pro's isolation performance is great. These headphones have an impressive ANC feature for on-ears that block out a lot of ambient noise. They do a decent job at reducing the noise of a bus engine and can isolate against work environment noises very well, by reducing ambient chatter and the noise coming from an A/C unit. Also, they barely leak noise, which is surprising for on-ears, meaning you'll be able to drown out more noise with your music.

8.0 Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
:
Overall Attenuation
:
-23.18 dB
Bass
:
-11.23 dB
Mid
:
-23.13 dB
Treble
:
-36.34 dB

The Solo Pro's ANC feature is great and blocks a lot of ambient noise. They're a decent option to bring on the bus or on a flight as they reduce a decent amount of engine rumbles and deep bass sounds. They'll also be suitable for an office setting to block out ambient chatter and the noise coming from the A/C unit.

8.3 Leakage
Leakage Audio
:
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
:
31.54 dB

These headphones don't leak that much for on-ears, which is great. You'll be able to raise your listening volume without bothering surrounding people. Most of the leakage will be thin sounding as it consists of higher frequencies. You still shouldn't blast your music in very quiet environments like a library.

5.7

Microphone

Integrated
:
Yes
In-line
:
No
Boom
:
No
Detachable Boom
:
No

The Beats Solo Pro's microphone is quite disappointing. The audio quality isn't the best as it sounds thin and muffled. It should be used in very quiet environments as the mic doesn't handle moderately loud situations like a busy street very well.

5.3 Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
:
LFE
:
687.92 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
:
5.29 dB
HFE
:
22988.02 Hz
Weighted THD
:
529.012
Gain
:
3.21 dB

The microphone's recording quality is pretty bad. Recorded speech is muffled and lacks a lot of detail. The speech is still understandable in very quiet environments, but won't be the best option for important phone calls.

6.0 Noise Handling
Speech + Pink Noise :
Speech + Subway Noise :
SpNR
:
12.44 dB

The Beats Solo Pro's integrated microphone has mediocre noise handling. It struggles to separate background noise from actual speech. This microphone is better suited for very quiet environments.

6.9

Active Features

The Beats Solo Pro have a good 24 hours of battery life with the ANC on, but unfortunately, they can't be used wired when dead, and the app only lets you cycle between the ANC settings. Most people should be satisfied with their battery life, but be sure to fold them to turn them off when not using them as they don't have any power saving feature or auto-off timer.

7.2 Battery
Battery Type
:
Rechargable
Continuous Battery Life
:
24.0 hrs
Additional Charges
:
0
Total Battery Life
:
24.0 hrs
Charge Time
:
1.2 hrs
Power Saving Feature
:
No
Audio while charging
:
No
Passive Playback
:
No
Charging Port : Lightning

The Beats Solo Pro's battery life performance is decent. It has a good 24-hour battery life on a single charge, which should be more than enough for most and won't require daily charging. They also don't take too long to charge, which is great. However, they don't have any power-saving feature, so be sure to fold them to power them off, or else they will drain out. On the upside, if you disable the ANC, you can get up to 40 hours of continuous playback time according to the manufacturer. Unfortunately, there's no way of using the headphones wired.

4.5 App Support
App Name : Beats
iOS : Yes
Android : Yes
macOS : No
Windows : No
Equalizer
:
No
ANC control
:
Yes
Mic Control : No
Room effects
:
No
Playback control
:
No
Button Mapping : No
Surround Sound : No

There's a Beats app that is available on both iOS and Android, but it barely does anything. All you get is an interface to control between ANC off, ANC on, and the talk-through mode.

3.0

Connectivity

The Beats Solo Pro are Bluetooth-only headphones, which can be restrictive for some. There's no way of using them wired if the battery is dead, which is disappointing. They're also compatible with the H1 chip from Apple, which could result in a better overall performance, but unfortunately, our testing rig doesn't take advantage of it as of now.

7.4 Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
:
5.0+H1 chip
Multi-Device Pairing
:
No
NFC Pairing
:
No
Line of Sight Range
:
277 ft
Default Latency
:
181 ms
aptX Latency
:
N/A
aptX(LL) Latency
:
N/A

These headphones are Bluetooth compatible and might even have better performance with H1 chip compatible devices. Unfortunately, our dongle doesn't take advantage of the chip, so if you do have an iOS device, you might get lower latency and a more stable connection.

0 Non-Bluetooth Wireless
Non-BT Line of Sight Range
:
N/A
Non-BT Latency
:
N/A

These headphones are Bluetooth-only and don't have a secondary wireless connection.

0 Wired
Analog Audio
:
N/A
USB Audio
:
N/A
Detachable : N/A
Length : N/A
Connection : N/A
Wired Latency
:
N/A

There's no way of using the headphones with an audio cable. They come with a USB to Lightning charging cable, and that's it. They don't even come with a wall socket adapter.

PC / PS4 Compatibility
PC / PS4 Analog
:
No
PC / PS4 Wired USB
:
No
PC / PS4 Non-BT Wireless
:
No

These headphones can't be used on PC or PS4 wirelessly other than with Bluetooth on PC.

Xbox One Compatibility
Xbox Analog
:
No
Xbox Wired USB
:
No
Xbox Wireless
:
No

The Beats Solo Pro aren't compatible with an Xbox One.

0 Base/Dock
Type
:
N/A
USB Input
:
N/A
Line In
:
N/A
Line Out
:
N/A
Optical Input
:
N/A
RCA Input
:
N/A
Dock Charging
:
N/A
Power Supply
:
N/A

These headphones don't have a base or a dock.

In the box

  • Beats Solo Pro headphones
  • USB to Lightning charging cable
  • Carrying soft case
  • Manuals

Compared to other Headphones

These on-ear headphones have a surprising and very efficient ANC feature that blocks out a lot of ambient noise. However, they aren't the most comfortable headphones we've tested as they're rather tight. See our recommendations for the best noise cancelling headphones, the best on-ear headphones, and the best wireless Bluetooth headphones.

Sony WH-1000XM3 Wireless
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Sony WH-1000XM3 Wireless are more versatile than the Beats Solo Pro Wireless. Their over-ear design and amazing ANC feature blocks out a lot of noise, which is better for commuting or at the office. They're also noticeably more comfortable and have a better battery life. Their app also offers more customization and plenty of controls. On the other hand, the default sound signature of the Beats is more neutral, but you can't EQ them like you can with the Sony.

Beats Solo3 Wireless
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Beats Solo Pro Wireless are a nice upgrade over the Bests Solo3 Wireless. They'e noise cancelling, which is very useful in public transit or at the office. However, they're a bit too tight for some and the Solo3 feel more comfortable. On the other hand, the Solo Pro feel more high-end and more durable. They both have a fairly similar sound profile, but the Solo Pro is a bit more neutral.

Bose 700 Headphones Wireless
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Bose 700 are better than the Beats Solo Pro. Their over-ear design is noticeably more comfortable and won't be as tight as the Solo Pro. Their ANC feature is also better for blocking out noise in noisy environments and they have one of the best microphone we've tested on Bluetooth headphones. On the other hand, the Beats have a bit more battery on a single charge, although they don't have any power saving feature, and don't have a real app. The Beats Solo Pro take advantage of the H1 chip, which may result in better overall connectivity performance, but we couldn't test this. 

Marshall MID ANC Wireless
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Beats Solo Pro Wireless and the Marshall MID ANC Wireless are two decent pairs of on-ear headphones. The Beats Solo Pro have a noticeably better ANC feature that blocks out more noise and have a longer battery life on a single charge. On the other hand, the MID ANC have a more comfortable fit and they can be used wired, even if the battery is dead.

AKG N60NC Wireless
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Beats Solo Pro Wireless are slightly better headphones than the AKG N60NC Wireless. They feel noticeably better-built and have a better control scheme. Their ANC features are both great, but the sound quality of the Beats is a bit more neutral while the AKG can sound a bit sharp.

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7.1 Mixed Usage

Decent for mixed usage. These on-ear headphones are great to use during your commute or at the office while enjoying your music with good fidelity. However, they won't be as comfortable for everyone due to their tight fit. They'll be better than over-ears for sports, but still won't be a great option. Also, they aren't designed for gaming and their microphone performance is quite lackluster so it won't be great for phone calls either.

7.6 Neutral Sound

The Beats Solo Pro have a well-balanced sound profile, although they're a bit on the excited side with a bit extra bass and treble. On the upside, they perform quite consistently and the peaks and dips in the response aren't very audible. However, the on-ear design won't be great for a very wide and natural soundstage.

7.5 Commute/Travel

Good for commuting. These on-ears have a great ANC feature that blocks a lot of ambient noise. Their battery life is also very long and will be more than enough for long flights. However, they might become uncomfortable after a while as they're rather tight on the head.

7.2 Sports/Fitness

Decent for sports. They're decently stable and don't trap as much heat as over-ear headphones. They aren't the most portable, but you'll still be able to fit them in a gym bag easily. They won't be as great as in-ears or earbuds, but can be a decent option too.

6.9 Office

Decent for the office. They block out a lot of ambient chatter and work environment noises thanks to their ANC feature. However, they won't be the most comfortable option to wear for a while, and they also can't connect to two devices simultaneously, which is disappointing. On the upside, you won't have to charge them daily as their battery life is very long.

5.6 Wireless Gaming

These Bluetooth headphones aren't designed for gaming wirelessly. They might be fine for mobile gaming on devices that take advantage of the H1 chip, but other than that, the wireless latency will be too high for gamers.

5.4 Wired Gaming

These headphones can't be used wired and therefore can't be used for wired gaming.

6.3 Phone Call

The Beats Solo Pro are mediocre for phone calls. The microphone sounds muffled and thin and doesn't perform well in noisy environments. Recorded speech lacks detail, but will still be understandable in a very quiet environment.

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