Summary: In conclusion the Sol Republic Master Tracks headphones are great for many different listening applications and are a decent alternatives for DJ’s looking for an all-around headphone for performances. The Master Tracks are good for many different activities which make them a single set of headphones with multiple uses. There are other DJ headphones in the $200 range that are in the market that would definitely be better suited to DJ or perform with.
Pros: Nice Customizable Styling & Hinge-less design, Removable & Replaceable headband, earcups & cable, Very Comfortable for Long Listening Periods, Good sound quality with controlled bass & high volume
Cons: Nice Customizable Styling & Hinge-less design, Removable & Replaceable headband, earcups & cable, Very Comfortable for Long Listening Periods, Good sound quality with controlled bass & high volume
SOL Republic Masters the Art of Over-Ear Headphones on a Budget with Master Tracks
29 June 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. They may not be the audiophiles headphone of choice, but for those that are looking to spend a little bit more for a pair of uniquely styled headphones that sound pretty damn good, super comfortable, and offer great construction, then the SOL Republic Master Tracks are the way to go.
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: Despite their high price, Master Tracks are made substantially from plastic. They feature a minimalist design that doesn’t feel cheap, but isn’t as polished or cohesive as some of the best fashion headphones we’ve seen. For instance, the headband is a simple flexible piece of plastic enhanced with padding at the top.
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. Overnight, SOL Republic went from "what's that?" to "must have." Can their latest design keep up with the hype?
SOL Republic Master Tracks Over-Ear Headphones Review
7 May 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. However, the same cannot be said about its sound experience.
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 a $200 headset and sound far better than most we’ve tested at that price point.
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
Summary: The Sol Republic Master Tracks have a distinct, eye-catching design and good performance, offering better, more refined sound than the original Tracks.
Pros: The over-the-ear Sol Republic Master Tracks have a clean, modern design, and offer a relatively comfortable fit with good sound that's punctuated by strong bass response. Also, the headband can be swapped out; the cords are detachable; and there's an Apple friendly inline remote/microphone.
Cons: The headphones don't fold up or fold flat. Also, they don't sound as detailed at lower volumes.