Sol Republic has carved out a nice name for themselves in the headphone industry over recent years, and more recently they also launched their first portable bluetooth speaker, Sol Republic Deck, together with Google owned Motorola. Now they have taken that relationship into their headphone expertise as well, delivering their first wireless modular headphones in the Sol Republic Tracks Air.
Unlike most other headphones in the market, Sol Republic allows a good degree of customization for their Tracks headphones by keeping the earcups, headband, and cables as separate modular parts that can be interchanged. Whilst wireless bluetooth headphones tend to be a tad more complicated technically than standard headphones, Sol Republic have been able to work around that to maintain the same functionality of modularity. This is achieved by having only one of the Tracks Air earcups being wireless, with the metal band in the headband acting as the connector for the other earcup. Clever stuff.
To get the wireless bluetooth capability as good as possible, they once again teamed up with Motorola. The result is the Tracks Air headphones with up to 15 hours of playtime between charges, and an impressive 150 feet signal range. They can even be paired with up to two devices at once, allowing you to for example listen to music from your iPad Air whilst still taking calls from your iPhone 5S. If you have an NFC enabled device, you can even use that for easy pairing with the Tracks Air.
As for sound performance, I hope to get a chance to test the Tracks Air in the near future and come back with a full hands-on review. Hopefully they have been able to deliver the same quality audio as found in the wired counterpart Master Tracks. Speaking of wired connection, you can also use a the Tracks Air with a headphone cable should you so choose.
Color options for the Sol Republic Tracks Air include Ice White, Gunmetal, Vivid Red, and Electro Blue. As for the interchangeable PowerTrack headbands, more options are expected in the future.
The Sol Republic Tracks Air headphones are hitting retail in November at $199.99. UK pricing and release date to be confirmed, but I would expect them to be priced around £150.