To date, Beats by Dre has sold over 30 million audio products, yet the new Solo Pro is the brand’s first on-ear headphones to feature noise cancelling. Building on the technology found within the Solo3 Wireless headphones, the Solo Pro offers Beats’ most advanced acoustic technologies, upgraded ergonomics for optimal comfort, active noise-cancelling and more.
Solo Pro features a signature Beats design with bold matte colours and the familiar ‘b’ branding on the earcups. The new design is said to possess an ergonomic fit for all-day wear. The ear cushions are remodelled for excellent sound delivery and long-wear comfort. Exposed metal sliders enable a more personalised fit. Plus, the monolithic headband creates a singular structure without a visible separation at the hinges when unfolded.
Inside, audiophiles will appreciate the refined driver and enhanced tech that leads to exceptional frequency response with lower total harmonic distortion. Two beam-forming microphones and updated speech-detection are said to offer remarkable audio quality for voice and video calls and enhanced voice pickup for “Hey Siri” functionality.
Solo Pro is Beats’ first-ever on-ear headphones to feature Pure Adaptive Noise Cancelling (Pure ANC), the brand’s proprietary technology with updated tuning to accommodate the on-ear form factor. Pure ANC detects and blocks ambient noise, evaluates fit and adjusts for leakage caused by hair, earrings, different ear shapes and movement. Additionally, Pure ANC checks what you’re hearing while noise cancelling is applied against the original music content to ensure audio fidelity. Tap a button to activate Transparency to hear surroundings.
Of course, Pure ANC has a significant impact on battery life. The good news is Solo Pro’s battery is so good that you will still get up to 22 hours of usage with noise-cancelling switched on. Expect up to 40 hours of playback when this feature is switched off. Fast charging also adds 3 hours of playback from a ten-minute charge.
Beats By Dre Solo Pro launches in Australia on October 30 for $429.95. The headphones will be available in your choice of Black, Ivory, Grey, Dark Blue, Light Blue and Red colourways.