• The Tracks are durable. We have been using them for a
while and the combination of the low-profile earpieces and flexible,
high-strength headband makes for a strong system.
• The three-button
remote worked well with my iPhone
. It was well-positioned and easy to
use, and the microphone provided good intelligibility.
aesthetic design and interchangeability may be the Tracks' strongest
feature, given the role that headphones have assumed as a fashion piece.
The ability to swap out components in a multitude of colors provides
unprecedented flexibility.Low Points
• The Tracks were not
comfortable when wearing eyeglasses. This may vary with your head shape
and glasses, but if you think you will be wearing glasses when you
listen, be sure to try them on with your glasses before purchasing.
A big selling point of the Tracks is their aesthetics. I found it
notable that the high-gloss black finish on the sound engines attracts
fingerprints like crazy.
• Audiophiles will note that the level
detail in the midrange and the treble is not up to the level of the best
performers in this price range.Conclusion
The Tracks are
easy headphones to recommend to most people. The Tracks do well with
bass that goes fairly deep, with a good amount of detail. The midrange
and highs were decent, with noticeable roll-off at the upper end. Where
the Tracks fall short of higher performance headphones (and I presume
the higher-end Tracks HD) is in their amount of resolution and detail.
When comparing the Tracks to my old but six times as expensive Grado
RS-1s or even Beats by Dre, the Tracks could not resolve as much detail
in the midrange, although the Tracks provided more definition than Beats
by Dre in the lower end and had more low-end punch than the Grado
The Tracks make for good everyday headphones for use in
and outside of the house. Their sealed design means that they will not
annoy fellow commuters or those trying to study nearby, making them
suitable for travelers and students alike. The Tracks' sonic
performance, coupled with lightweight durability, smartphone integration
and reasonable price point, make them an easy choice. However, the
ability to customize the Tracks via the SOL Republic website with a
plethora of colors and designs is where the Tracks are unparalleled. I
know of no other headphone company that comes close to providing its
listeners with this amount of customization and, as headphones increase
their prominence as a fashion accessory, the ability to customize your
headphones to match your outfit or mood may become the unbeatable edge
of the SOL Republic brand products.
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