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SOL Republic Tracks Headphones Review Print E-mail
Wednesday, 08 February 2012
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SOL Republic Tracks Headphones Review
ImageWhile I am not a headphone fanatic, I am rather picky about the phones I use for my iPod Touch and iPod Nano. I also use headphones for early morning or late night listening on a McIntosh integrated amp, or via my Pro-Ject Head Box II headphone amp.  I also use headphones when traveling.

There are tons of headphones of every conceivable design on the market, and it is not very easy to distinguish between those who are design, rather than sound quality, oriented. Many headphones are simply fashion statements. Occasionally you find a pair that look and sound good. SOL Republic specializes in producing a unique line of headphones. The Oregon based company can honestly claim to have an original concept with their line of headphones. Before we get to the particulars, SOL Republic says that sound quality was first and foremost on its list when they designed the product line. By the way, SOL stands for “Soundtrack Of Life.”

SOL Republic Tracks HeadphonesSOL Republic has several product lines. Amps and Amps HD line are in-ear phones, with the HD version being equipped with "i6 HIgh-Definition Sound Engine™" speakers. Tracks and Tracks HD are on-ear headphones, with the HD version loaded with their top shelf “V10 High-Definition Sound Engine™” speakers. Both versions of the Tracks are highly customizable, with switchable cables, ear cups, and what they say is a virtually indestructible  “Sound Track” headband. Both Tracks units are also equipped with a three-button remote and microphone.

I received standard Tracks on-ear headphones for review from SOL republic.  Equipped with their “V8 Sound Engine,” they cost $99.99, are quite attractive, and the build quality is very good. Tracks can be customized with different color headbands, cups, and wires. All the available options are on their snazzy web site. By the way, the detachable cable is of very high quality, and never tangled during my time with them.

SOL Republic Tracks HeadphonesAfter many hours of use over a few weeks, I find the SOL Republic Tracks to be pretty comfortable and well fitting. I'm able to slide the cups into the perfect position on the headband. I also like the three-button remote control; the buttons are actually large enough for me use them correctly. Tracks also do a very nice job of blocking out background noise during listening (there is no built in noise cancellation, mind you, but the cups naturally block a reasonable amount of outside noise).


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