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  • - Beats headphones are everywhere.

  • You see them on your commute, at the gym,

  • on the heads of celebrities and star athletes.

  • Beats have sold over 30 million units

  • of its Solo line of headphones

  • and now, there's a brand new version.

  • These are the $300 Solo Pros

  • and they add a long-awaited feature, noise cancellation.

  • (laid back rhythmic music)

  • These are the second release in what Beat says

  • is a new generation of products

  • that began with the fantastic Powerbeats Pro.

  • They come in the soft case

  • which is made from a lot of recycled materials

  • and when you take them out,

  • they definitely look like Beats,

  • but they're somehow more refined.

  • All that glossy, greasy plastic is gone now

  • and the Solo Pros only come in matte finishes.

  • And these exposed aluminum sliders

  • make them feel just a little bit more classy

  • than previous Beats headphones did.

  • So there's no power button on these headphones.

  • To turn them on you just unfold them and they power on.

  • If you wanna shut them off,

  • just fold them back up and they turn off.

  • Now some people like me like to wear

  • their headphones around their neck sometimes

  • so as long as no music is playing,

  • these enter a low power state

  • and save battery life automatically.

  • Beats has made other improvements

  • that you might not notice just by looking at the Solo Pros.

  • The surface area of the cushions has increased by 70%

  • and your ears will appreciate that added foam padding

  • and since Solo headphones are so popular at the gym,

  • Beats also changed things internally

  • to make them more sweat and rain resistant.

  • Now, inside the Solo Pros is Apple's H1 chip

  • so these can instantly pair

  • to any nearby iPhone or iPad

  • and they have hands-free "Hey Siri" voice commands

  • and a new iOS 13 feature called audio sharing

  • so you and a friend who has AirPods

  • can listen to the same song

  • or watch a video together at the same time.

  • Don't worry Android people.

  • These headphones work perfectly fine with your phones too.

  • They charge with a lightening connector, not USBC,

  • I know, I know,

  • but there is a cable in the box.

  • What you won't find on these headphones

  • is a 3.5 millimeter input.

  • Apple is determined to kill the headphone jack

  • and Beats has not been spared,

  • so if you wanna use these headphones wired,

  • you've gotta pay $35 for a cable from Apple.

  • Otherwise, it's all wireless, all Bluetooth, all the time.

  • I think that might frustrate some frequent flyers.

  • Put the Solo Pros onto your dome and well,

  • here's the thing, they don't fit me so great.

  • Now, I've got an enormous head.

  • Back in little league,

  • I had to us this special batter's helmet

  • which was one size bigger than the biggest size

  • for people with normal sized heads so I am an exception.

  • Don't focus on that.

  • I wanted more input, so I gave the Solo Pros

  • to the folks around the office and had them wear them around

  • but that same theme kept coming up.

  • People said they felt tight,

  • a lot of pressure on their ears,

  • and for folks who have also big heads

  • they feel a little small sometimes.

  • But there's a reason why these

  • clamp down on your ears so hard.

  • See, for noise cancellation to work well,

  • there has to be a good seal,

  • so the ear pads need a lot of pressure up against your ears

  • to cut off outside noise.

  • Makes sense, I get that,

  • but I also think some people might find these fatiguing

  • or just straight up uncomfortable after a few hours,

  • say if you're on a long fight somewhere.

  • Okay, so Beats' noise cancellation is pretty good.

  • I don't think it's quite at the level of

  • Bose's noise canceling headphones 700 or Sony's 1000XM3s.

  • (sighs) Those names.

  • But it does a pretty good job

  • of cutting out the rumble of the subways

  • or the clamor of city streets.

  • Now, unlike the noise canceling headphones

  • from Bose or Microsoft and some others,

  • Beats does not allow you

  • to adjust the level of noise cancellation.

  • It's all automatic and it adjusts automatically

  • based on your environment.

  • So in a quiet room, it'll ratchet down

  • and if you step onto a plane, it'll crank right back up,

  • but if you have to hear what's going on around you

  • for safety reasons or to pay for a coffee or whatever,

  • you can press this button to enter transparency mode.

  • And on that note,

  • the Solo Pros have one of the most natural sounding

  • passive modes I've ever heard.

  • Conversations sound natural,

  • not overly processed or digital.

  • Battery life is 22 hours

  • of noise cancellation mode or transparency mode

  • but you can turn all of that off

  • and get up to 40 hours of good old music listening,

  • but if you somehow do manage to run out of battery,

  • you can charge them up for 10 minutes

  • and get three hours of listening time.

  • So, let's do it.

  • Sound quality.

  • You know the reputation that Beats has and so do I.

  • For years, it was about head rattling, thumping bass

  • at the expense of everything else,

  • but that's not true anymore

  • and it hasn't been true for a while now.

  • Things started turning around with Solo3s a few years ago

  • and then got really good with the Powerbeats Pro.

  • For the Solo Pros, the bass is still pronounced

  • but it's not too boomy or overwhelming.

  • It feels restrained compared to older Beats headphones,

  • even those Solo3s.

  • One word I would associate these headphones is clarity.

  • They don't have the widest sound stage in the world

  • but they're balanced and pretty enjoyable.

  • Now, do they sound as good

  • as Sennheiser's $400 noise canceling headphones?

  • No, but there's also nothing wrong with them either.

  • Now, Beats doesn't offer any kind of EQ customization

  • so definitely put these on in a store, try them

  • and make sure you're in to that sound.

  • The bottom line is that these are not audiophile headphones

  • but they fill the role of every day,

  • take everywhere headphones pretty well,

  • so long as your head isn't quite as big as mine.

  • And then there's the nitpicky stuff.

  • I wish these paused music automatically

  • when you take them off your head and they don't do that,

  • plus these controls on the right ear cup

  • could be a lot better.

  • You press up or down to adjust volume

  • and you press the center area to pause or play music.

  • Pressing twice skips a track and three times goes back

  • but I keep trying to press left or right

  • for those same functions

  • just like the iPod click wheel back in the day.

  • I wish that was the case here, but it's not.

  • And then there's that $35 cable if you want wired audio.

  • Come on Apple.

  • But with all of that said, if you find these comfortable

  • and you're okay with that $300 price,

  • I think the Solo Pros are pretty much

  • the best Beat headphones ever.

  • No, the noise cancellation isn't best in class.

  • If you care about that most or you travel a bunch,

  • stick with Sony or Bose,

  • but I suspect, just like their predecessors,

  • these are the new headphones

  • you're gonna start seeing pop up

  • pretty much everywhere very soon.

  • Hey everybody, thanks so much for watching.

  • It seems like new headphones and earbuds just keep coming

  • so we've got more tech reviews on the way

  • and for all of those and everything else,

  • subscribe to "The Verge" at YouTube.com/TheVerge.

- Beats headphones are everywhere.

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