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Sol Republic Tracks Air hands-onSol Republic's popular Tracks headphone goes wireless
I'm David Carnoy, executive editor for CNET.com. And I'm here with the SOL Republic Tracks Air Wireless Headphones. These are the Bluetooth version of SOL Republic's popular Tracks headphones. They look almost identical, but there is no cord. You can attach a cord to them. They do come with a cord, but they are meant to be listened in a wireless mode, and they are good-sounding Bluetooth headphone. They cost $200-- they better sound good for that price. And they deliver a lot of bass. That's the signature SOL Republic, a lot of bass and decent clarity for Bluetooth headphones. I did like them overall. They have a good design, they have the removable engines, the headband has the conductor right inside of it, which is kind of cool, the metal conductor. So, you just pull off the actual engines. You pull them off and pull them on again. You do have a few buttons on the headphones themselves for call answer/end, as well as skipping tracks, forward and back. These are under the Motorola SOL Republic brand. And they come in black and white. But one small issue I had with them is the fit. These are really designed more for people with a bigger head. I have a little bit smaller head, so the actual headband ends up looking a little long with people who have smaller heads. Also, the ear pads pinch a little bit on your top of the ear. So, if you do have glasses like I do, you might get a little bit of a pinch. So, these are probably a little bit better suited for people with larger heads. In terms of battery life, these are rated at 15 hours. So, you should be able to get through a full day, and they do charge via microUSB. So, all in all, a good wireless headphone, it's well-built, it sounds good for a Bluetooth headphone. It's a little pricey at $200. I like to see these headphones more in the $150 range. But it certainly is worth considering if you are looking for a Bluetooth headphone, especially one that delivers a lot of bass. I'm David Carnoy, and that's the SOL Republic Tracks Air. Thanks for watching.