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Beats Solo Pro Wireless Headphones Review

Tested using Methodology v1.4
Reviewed Nov 13, 2019 at 10:56 am
Beats Solo Pro Wireless Picture
6.9
Mixed Usage
7.3
Neutral Sound
7.4
Commute/Travel
7.1
Sports/Fitness
6.9
Office
5.5
Wireless Gaming
5.3
Wired Gaming
6.2
Phone Calls
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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.

Our Verdict

6.9 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.

Pros
  • Very well-built design.
  • Great battery life.
  • Fairly neutral sound profile, although a bit excited.
  • Great isolation performance.
Cons
  • Mediocre microphone performance.
  • No audio cable included.
  • Can feel very tight.
7.3 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.

7.4 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.

7.1 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.

5.5 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.

5.3 Wired Gaming

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

6.2 Phone Calls

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.

  • 6.9 Mixed Usage
  • 7.3 Neutral Sound
  • 7.4 Commute/Travel
  • 7.1 Sports/Fitness
  • 6.9 Office
  • 5.5 Wireless Gaming
  • 5.3 Wired Gaming
  • 6.2 Phone Calls
  1. Update 2/5/2020: Converted to Test Bench 1.4.

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Test Results

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Design
Design
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
Design
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.

7.7
Design
Controls
OS Compatibility
Not OS specific
Ease Of Use Good
Feedback Good
Call/Music Control Yes
Volume Control Yes
Microphone Control No
Channel Mixing
No
Noise Cancelling Control On/Off
Talk-Through
On/Off
Additional Controls Voice Assistant

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
Design
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
Design
Portability
L 7.5 "
W 6.6 "
H 2.8 "
Volume 139 Cu. Inches
Transmitter Required No

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
Design
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
Design
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
Design
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.

Design
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Design
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Design
In The Box

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

Sound
Sound
Sound Profile
Bass Amount
0.95 db
Treble Amount
0.19 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
Sound
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.

Sound
Raw Frequency Response
8.8
Sound
Bass Accuracy
Std. Err.
1.68 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
10 Hz
Low-Bass
2.72 dB
Mid-Bass
1.73 dB
High-Bass
0.75 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
Sound
Mid Accuracy
Std. Err.
1.28 dB
Low-Mid
0.23 dB
Mid-Mid
0.66 dB
High-Mid
1.46 dB

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

7.1
Sound
Treble Accuracy
Std. Err.
3.85 dB
Low-Treble
2.57 dB
Mid-Treble
2.41 dB
High-Treble
-2.82 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.

7.9
Sound
Peaks/Dips
Peaks
1.43 db
Dips
0.74 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
Sound
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.

2.9
Sound
Passive 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. If you're looking for a pair of on-ear headphones with a better passive soundstage, check out the Grado The Hemp Headphone.

0
Sound
Virtual Soundstage
Head Modeling
No
Speaker Modeling
No
Room Ambience
No
Head Tracking
No
Virtual Surround
No
8.2
Sound
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.

Sound
Test Settings
Firmware
Unknown
Power
On
Connection
Bluetooth 4.2
Codec
SBC, 16-bit, 48kHz
EQ
No EQ
ANC
On
Tip/Pad
Default
Microphone
Integrated
Isolation
8.0
Isolation
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
Isolation
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.

Microphone
Microphone
Microphone Style
Integrated
Yes
In-Line
No
Boom
No
Detachable Boom
No
5.3
Microphone
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. If you want superior recording quality from a pair of wireless on-ear headphones, consider the Jabra Evolve2 65 Wireless, which have a boom microphone.

6.0
Microphone
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.

Active Features
7.2
Active Features
Battery
Battery Type
Rechargable
Continuous Battery Life
24.0 hrs
Additional Charges
0.0
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. The headphones can be used wired with a lightning cable, but you'll need to purchase one separately as no audio cable is included in the box. If you want a pair of on-ear headphones with a much longer lasting battery, check out the similarly-performing JBL CLUB 700BT Wireless.

4.5
Active Features
App Support
App Name Beats
iOS Yes
Android Yes
macOS No
Windows No
Equalizer
No
ANC Control
On/Off
Mic Control No
Room Effects
No
Playback Control
No
Button Mapping No
Surround Support
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.

Connectivity
7.1
Connectivity
Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
5.0+H1 chip
Multi-Device Pairing
No
NFC Pairing
No
Line Of Sight Range
277 ft
PC Latency (SBC)
181 ms
PC Latency (aptX)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX HD)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX-LL)
N/A
iOS Latency
140 ms
Android Latency
142 ms

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. If you're looking for a pair of premium on-ear wireless headphones with superior Bluetooth connectivity, take a look at the Bowers & Wilkins PX5 Wireless, which support multi-device pairing, not to mention the aptX and aptX HD wireless codecs.

0
Connectivity
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
Connectivity
Wired
Analog Audio
No
USB Audio
No
Detachable No
Length N/A
Connection No Wired Option
Analog/USB Audio Latency
N/A

Update 15/05/2019: After receiving feedback from a user, we acknowledge the fact that the Beats Solo Pro can be used wired with a Lightning to 3.5mm cable. However, the headphones don't come with one, which is disappointing. The text previously stated that it was impossible to use them wired. The review has been updated. These headphones come with a USB to Lightning charging cable, and that's it. They don't have any included audio cable.

Connectivity
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.

Connectivity
Xbox One Compatibility
Xbox One Analog
No
Xbox One Wired USB
No
Xbox One Non-BT Wireless
No

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

0
Connectivity
Base/Dock
Type
No Base/Dock
USB Input
No
Line In
No
Line Out
No
Optical Input
No
RCA Input
No
Dock Charging
No
Power Supply
No Base/Dock

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

Compared To Other Headphones

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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.

Beats Studio3 Wireless

The Beats Solo Pro Wireless are slightly better than the Beats Studio3 Wireless if you don’t mind the on-ear design. They have a slightly better noise cancellation feature and their sound profile is better balanced than the Studio3. On the other hand, the Studio3 are more comfortable thanks to their over-ear design and come with an audio cable to use when wired, which the Solo Pro lack, but can be purchased.

Sony WH-1000XM3 Wireless

The Sony WH-1000XM3 Wireless are more versatile than the Beats Solo Pro Wireless. The Sony over-ear design and amazing ANC feature block 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 2018 Wireless

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

Bose 700 Headphones Wireless

The Bose 700 Headphones Wireless are better than the Beats Solo Pro Wireless. The Bose over-ear design is noticeably more comfortable and won't be as tight as the Beats. Their ANC feature is also better for blocking out noise in noisy environments and they have one of the best microphones 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 take advantage of the H1 chip, which may result in better overall connectivity performance, but we couldn't test this. 

Marshall MID ANC Wireless

The Beats Solo Pro Wireless and the Marshall MID ANC Wireless are two decent pairs of on-ear headphones. The Beats 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 Marshall have a more comfortable fit, and they can be used wired, even if the battery is dead.

JBL CLUB 700BT Wireless

The Beats Solo Pro Wireless and the JBL CLUB 700BT Wireless are both decent Bluetooth on-ear headphones. The JBL are more comfortable as they don't clamp nearly as tightly. They also have a significantly longer battery and a better-dedicated companion app with a parametric EQ. On the other hand, the Beats feel more durable, have a better-balanced default sound profile, much better noise isolation thanks to their ANC feature, and offer seamless pairing to Apple devices.

AKG N60NC Wireless

The Beats Solo Pro Wireless are slightly better headphones than the AKG N60NC Wireless. The Beats 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.

Bowers & Wilkins PX5 Wireless

The Beats Solo Pro Wireless and Bowers & Wilkins PX5 Wireless have different strengths. The Bowers & Wilkins are better-built, more comfortable, and have an easier to use control scheme as well as a more comprehensive companion app. They also offer multi-device pairing and wired audio playback, neither of which the Beats support. However, the Beats provide more consistent and neutral audio delivery, charge faster, feel more stable, and have a much longer wireless range.

Grado The Hemp Headphone

The Beats Solo Pro Wireless are more versatile on-ear headphones than the Grado The Hemp Headphone. The Beats are more comfortable, they have controls so that you can answer calls as well as manage music, and they feel significantly better built. They're more stable, and their sound profile is better balanced and neutral. The Beats also have a great ANC feature as well as a mic, and since they're wireless, they have 24-hour continuous battery life. However, the Grado are designed for neutral sound and due to their open-back design, they have a better passive soundstage.

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