The Good The Sol Republic Tracks headphones are light, fairly comfortable, and sport a durable design with a convenient interchangeable headband, detachable cordage, and an integrated microphone and remote control. They sound good, delivering deep bass, and are affordable at $99.
The Bad The sound isn't terribly detailed, and the on-ear-design can rub certain ears the wrong way.
The Bottom Line If you're looking for Monster Beats-style sound at a more affordable price, the Sol Republic Tracks should be on your short list.
Sol Republic Tracks Headphones (Black)
We test a lot of headphones here at CNET, and the good ones tend to set you back more than $100. But a new headphone company, Sol Republic, is hoping to change that with a line of headphones that deliver very good sound and durability for a more affordable price.
In case you're wondering what "Sol" stands for, it has nothing to do with the sun but is an acronym for "soundtrack of life." The company's founders have a good pedigree in the headphone business, and co-founder and CEO Kevin Lee is the son of Monster Cable founder Noel Lee, widely credited for driving the popularat Monster.
The new line consists of two flavors of Amps in-ear headphones and two flavors ofthat feature "swappable headbands, speakers, and cables in various colors and designs." The Tracks' headband also boasts a proprietary new polymer called FlexTech, which the company says makes the headphones virtually indestructible.