SOL Republic Masters the Art of Over-Ear Headphones on a Budget with Master Tracks
30 October 2013
Summary: While we have tested our fair share of over-ear headphones, the Master Tracks doesn’t try to be anything more than a good pair of headphones that is accessible to all kinds of audiences.
Pros: Lightweight, bendable, twistable, and can take abuse. Comfy ear cups and swappable headbands. Good sound reproduction that won’t cost you a fortune. Priced right. Highs and vocals are super crisp.
Cons: Takes a few hours to burn in. Out of the box they sound a bit empty and hallow. Sound leaked out and ambient noise leaked in, in noisy areas.
Excerpt: I’ve reviewed more than a hundred headphones, but the Sol Republic Master Tracks is the first to require some “assembly.” No worries; Slip the headband through the ear cups’ slots, plug in the cable, and you’re done. The whole operation takes about a minute.
Excerpt: Two years ago, not a soul had heard of SOL Republic. Last summer, that all changed as everyone watching the Summer Olympics frantically googled to see what brand of headphones were seemingly permanently attached to swimmer Michael Phelps' head whenever he was out of the water.
Conclusion: We think Sol Republic has really got something here. The Master Tracks’ sleek styling, rugged durability, and impressively well-rounded sound signature exceeded our expectations. While the Master Tracks don’t deliver what we’d call “elite” sound, they get closer to that level than you’d expect from...
Pros: Clear, well balanced sound signature, Powerful, defined low end, Huge dimensional soundscape, Rugged yet elegant design
Cons: Slight lack of detail in timbre of instruments, Bass occasionally a bit heavy
SOL Republic Master Tracks Over-Ear Headphones Review
23 February 2013
Excerpt: At CES 2013, Sol Republic unveiled the Master Tracks , their top-of-the line over-ear headphones that sets its sights on taking over what Dr. Dre and the Beats began. Designed with simplicity in mind, the Master Tracks don't scream for attention with its matte black finish.
Summary: SOL (Soundtrack of Life, yeah?) Republic has some deeply Californian observations to make about headphones as shorthand for personal philosophy. Stick on a pair of Master Tracks, though, and it’s obvious the company is serious in a Good Way.
Pros: Built to last, Lots of customisation options, Really impressive sound
Cons: Hit-and-miss remote functions for non-Apple stuff
Conclusion: Avec son design original totalement modulable, autorisant une personnalisation poussée, le casque audio Master Tracks reprend les fondamentaux de Sol Republic avec un son plus équilibré que ses prédécesseurs
Pros: design, confort, modularité, personnalisation, bonne qualité audio avec prdominance des basses.