The market for headphones is a crowded one these days, and one of the main keys to success is the ability to stand out from the crowd in a different and relevant way. That is what Sol Republic have been able to do with their headphone range, including their over-ear Master Tracks headphones.
While most headphones come in one piece, or perhaps have a detachable cable, Sol Republic have championed the modular headphones, allowing you to interchange headbands and cables with the earcups, creating unique color options and customisation to amongst other support your favourite sports team. That uniqueness is one of the key strengths of their headphones and the Master Tracks over-ear model.
Build quality feels very good considering that most is made of plastic, and the earcups are well padded, providing a comfortable fit. On first impression, they provide a snug fit, but it does not feel like they are pushing on the ears too much, which can get uncomfortable over longer periods. Unlike a lot of other headphones in the same class, the Master Tracks requires the cable to be connected to both sides due to its modularity and replaceable headband.
I’m a fan of the possibilities that modular headphones bring to the tablem especially when they are combined a good audio experience. The sound performance of the Sol Republic Master Tracks feels well balanced, with an emphasis on bass and mids, taking them firmly into the Beats by Dre territory of the headphone market, and in my opinion bringing them some serious competition. Audiophiles might find this model of the Master Tracks slightly bass-heavy, but for general use out and about they perform really well across a wide genre of music. Plus, they are actually quite comfortable to use over extended periods.
- The modularity of the headphones are a big plus, bringing with them the ability to customize a lot more than your standard headphones
- Build quality feels light and sturdy, providing comfortable wear
- Audio performance is very good for overall purposes and across genres
- In noisy settings I have experience better natural noise cancellation from similar headphones
- Depending on color, identifying left and right symbols on the earphones can be tricky (I tested the electric blue ones with s all black writing)
Overall the Sol Republic Master Tracks is a great all-round headphone that performs well both at home and out and about. The audio is slightly bass-heavy, but otherwise well tuned with clear vocals. Definitely an alternative to consider if you are thinking headphones for everyday use.