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Beats Reveals New Solo 3 Headphones Following Apple Deal

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Beats Electronics is refreshing its Solo headphones with a few key changes to design and audio quality.

Yesterday, Apple confirmed what we'd been hearing for weeks. The company was acquiring Beats Electronics and Beats Music for a whopping $3 billion.  While the technology industry ruminates on the acquisition and what it means for Apple's music endeavors, it's back to business as usual at Beats Electronics.

MORE: Apple to Buy Beats Music and Beats Electronics for $3 Billion

Beats today announced the Solo 2. This is a refresh of the company's popular Solo headphones. Beats is promising an emotional sound experience thanks to a more dynamic and wider range of sound that offers improved clarity. The company has also redesigned the headphones with no visible screws and upped the comfort factor with a curvier frame for the headband, and angled ear cups that pivot. For those of us who find over-the-ear headphones a little bit hot and sweaty, the Solo 2s also apparently dissipate heat too. iPhone or iPod users have the added functionality of controlling their music via the RemoteTalk cable. If you're using any other device... Well, sorry.

Though this is the first Beats product unveiled since the acquisition, Apple obviously had very little to do with the production of these headphones. What will be really interesting is how Beats Electronics products start to evolve six months or a year down the road. One thing we can be sure of is that the RemoteTalk cable is unlikely to get support for Android or Windows Phone or any other platform now that Apple owns Beats.

The Beats Solo 2 headphones are priced at $220 and will be available in pink, blue, grey, black, white, and Beats red.

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    edogawa , May 29, 2014 7:43 PM
    Mac Pro starting at $3,999.00. iPhone $400. Apple headphones $220. Looking like an idiot, priceless.
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    aznguy0028 , May 29, 2014 3:43 PM
    LOL, yea, no thanks.
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    csbeer , May 29, 2014 6:26 PM
    This just goes to show that marketing really does drive consumerism. But at least we have choices, just bought some $26 discontinued and repackaged monitor headphones that sound better than anything Beats has to offer at 1/10 their price.
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    edogawa , May 29, 2014 7:43 PM
    Mac Pro starting at $3,999.00. iPhone $400. Apple headphones $220. Looking like an idiot, priceless.
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    burmese_dude , May 29, 2014 10:28 PM
    Now Apple offers more than ever overpriced items, including headphones.
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    thundervore , May 29, 2014 10:52 PM
    Waiting for the iBeats rebranding. Such iFools.
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    SteelCity1981 , May 29, 2014 10:59 PM
    the title says beats revels solo 3 but just introduced solo 2 yesterday? ok......
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    nebun , May 29, 2014 11:34 PM
    beats headphones are too heavy and don't sound all that great...most black people buy the mjust because of the wannabe rap artist
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    sunflier , May 30, 2014 6:53 AM
    Quote:
    Yesterday, Apple confirmed what we'd been hearing for weeks.

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    Though this is the first Beats product unveiled since the acquisition, Apple obviously had very little to do with the production of these headphones.


    You really expect us to buy that nonsense?!
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    dimar , May 30, 2014 10:44 AM
    Nothing beats Koss PortaPro and its lifetime warranty.
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    DonQuixoteMC , May 30, 2014 11:41 AM
    The pairing of these two companies is priceless.

    I can't stop laughing.
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    racistpancake , May 30, 2014 12:26 PM
    so are they releasing the solo 2's and 3's at the same time, or are the writers at Tom's Hardware incompetent?
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    someguynamedmatt , May 30, 2014 5:14 PM
    ...Why do people refuse to spend their money on something actually useful? Shure released their new SRH-1540 headphones, and I never heard a single thing about them on the interwebs apart from the Head-Fi forums. I wonder how one becomes a writer for Tom's... I'd have no problem filling the front page with updates on the hi-fi audio world, which apparently is appreciated about as much as a tumor in comparison to the average $2000 video setup around here. There's nothing that I hate more than being told by the guy with two Titan Blacks, $1500 of displays, and a $40 headset that my hi-fi headphone setup was a waste of money. I just can't comprehend the thought process behind that.
    *sigh*
    </rant>
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    BranFlake5 , May 30, 2014 7:19 PM
    Seriously, these hit all the uniformed customers...

    "Buh-Buh Dr. Dre wore them on TV, they must sound better than your (AT,Bose, Pany's,Etc.) and they cost 2x, so that means they sound better and the guy at BestBuy told me that too"
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    zeeman706 , June 14, 2014 10:12 PM
    I feel bad that the average consumer has no clue that they are being ripped of...
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