The world’s most popular headphones are getting a refresh, with the release of the Beats Solo Pro, the first major redesign of the on-ear pair since Apple acquired Beats Electronics back in 2014.
The Solo Pro is the firm's first on-ear, noise-cancelling headphone. It packs Beats’ most advanced acoustic technologies, upgraded ergonomics for comfort and new features like Transparency, Apple Audio Sharing and fold-to-power.
Solo Pro builds upon Solo3 Wireless’ sound profile with an evolved acoustic platform to drive improved performance. A refined driver with optimized diaphragm geometries contributes an exceptional frequency response with lower total harmonic distortion. Two beam-forming microphones and an updated speech-detecting accelerometer provide audio quality for voice and video calls and enhanced voice pickup for “Hey Siri” functionality.
Solo Pro features an ergonomic fit for extended, all-day wear. Beats redesigned the on-ear cushions with a remodeled enclosure. Exposed metal sliders enable a more durable and personalized fit. A monolithic headband creates a singular structure without a visible separation at the hinges when unfolded. Pharrell Williams, longterm ambassador of the brand, has partnered with Beats to create the “More Matte” collection, comprised of vibrant colors Dark Blue, Light Blue and Red. The collection will be available alongside core colors Black, Ivory and Gray.
Solo Pro is Beats’ first-ever on-ear headphone featuring Pure Adaptive Noise Cancelling (Pure ANC), the brand’s proprietary technology derived from Beats Studio3 Wireless, with updated tuning to accommodate the on-ear form factor. Using algorithms to continuously monitor and adjust to your listening environment, Pure ANC efficiently detects and blocks ambient noise—not only on an airplane, but also in a noisy café or a busy office. Pure ANC also evaluates fit and adjusts for leakage caused by hair, earrings, different ear shapes and movement of your head as you go about the day. Additionally, it simultaneously checks what you’re hearing while noise cancelling is applied against the original music content to ensure impressive audio fidelity.
Choose to escape the world with Pure ANC — or tap back into it with Transparency. When enabled, Solo Pro activates its external microphones for a natural filter of environmental noise without sacrificing sound. No need to pause your music as Transparency effectively blends the outside world into your listening experience.
With Apple Audio Sharing, there is no need to keep a favorite song or video to yourself. All Beats headphones powered by the Apple W1 and H1 chips, including Solo Pro, Powerbeats Pro, Beats Studio3 Wireless, Solo3 Wireless, BeatsX and Powerbeats3 Wireless, are compatible. Solo Pro users can also still tap in and out of Pure ANC and Transparency while sharing.
Solo Pro is packed with controls. Power buttons are a thing of the past — simply unfold the headphones to power on, and fold to power off. Multi-function controls on the right earcup allow you to answer/end calls, play/pause music, skip songs, control volume and activate voice command without ever having to reach for your device. By tapping the mode button on the left ear cup, you can switch between Pure ANC and Transparency. Say “Hey Siri” for total hands-free functionality. Powered by the Apple H1 chip, Solo Pro delivers a faster and more stable wireless connection to your devices and is also compatible with both iOS and Android devices.
Expect significant battery life on Solo Pro. With Fast Fuel, get up to 3 hours of full-featured playback with a 10-minute charge using the included Lightning cable.
- Pure ANC or Transparency: Up to 22 hours
- Pure ANC and Transparency off: Up to 40 hours
Availability in the US for Solo Pro ($299.95) will begin on October 30th in Black, Ivory, Gray, Dark Blue, Light Blue and Red. Pre-order in the US today at apple.com.