CNET First Look
Sol Republic Master TracksThe Sol Republic Master Tracks headphone sports a new design with a more comfortable fit, as well as the ability to swap out the headband for a totally customized look.
Hi. I'm David Carnoy, Executive Editor for CNET.com and I'm here with the Sol Republic Master Tracks headphones. This is the successor to the tracks and tracks, HD headphones which so we probably did a great job marketing and popularizing. If you remember those of the headphones that Michael Phelps wore during the Olympics. These are the new step out model. These are more of a over the year than and I personally think they're more comfortable than the original tracks which had an on-ear design. These guys have nicely padded ear cups. They also have the same headband which you can bend all different which ways and the company says it's virtually indestructible. You can't swap out that headband for different colors that you caused around $30 for the headband but you can customize the look of these headphones and the ear pieces themselves which company calls sound engines are removal as this cord. It does have a split cord design. I personally do like a single cord design but this is a split cord design. That cord does have an inline remote and microphone that's geared towards Apple iOS devices and the headphones do come with a simple carrying pouch. As far as the sound goes, Sol Republic headphones at least the tracks were known for their big heavy bass these guys are a little bit more well=balanced. I like the sound better. What's interesting about them is that they actually sound better when you play them loud. And when we asked the company about it, they did say that they are designed to play louder and sound better at higher volume. So, we weren't mistaken about that. Now, a lot of you are probably asking are these worth $199? That's a hard question to answer for a lot of people who do like the Sol Republic brand. They will be worth $199 but there are certainly other headphones that cost the same or less. They do sound better than these headphones like the Audio-Technica ATH-M50 for example, but these are really a lifestyle brand of headphone. They're designed to be worn kind of wherever you are at all times. So, if you want that type of headphone, it's really kind of almost a fashion accessory and that's what Sol Republic is going for with the Master Tracks. I'm David Carnoy, and those are Sol Republic Master Tracks Headphones. Thanks for watching.