With some of the wirefresh crew being busy DJs, we’ve managed to work our way through a ton of headphones over the years, and we’ve yet to come across a pair that have managed to last the distance unscathed.
So our interest has been mightily piqued by Sol Republic’s claim that their Master Tracks headphones are “virtually indestructible.”
The company say their FlexTech Sound Track headband can withstand heavy abuse, and they positively invite people to mix it up with their headphones, challenging users to, ” Twist it, bend it, drop it – it’s not going to break on you.”
Apparently this toughness comes courtesy of an advanced polymer compound, and further damage proofing comes in the form of swappable cables – and in our experience, it’s usually the cables that go first, so this is A Good Thing.
Sol Republic say that their X3 Sound Engine promises to deliver an “immersive music experience balanced with powerful bass, clear highs and vocal accuracy,” with the lightweight 243 gram construction taking the strain off long listening sessions.
There’s comfy, articulating ‘SonicSoft’ speaker cushions covering the drivers and increasing noise isolation, and built-in mic + music controls let you use these headphones with your phone.
Priced at $199.99, the Sol Republic Master Tracks headphones are currently available in gunmetal, with the rather attractive white and electro blue options listed as coming soon.
We’ve written to them to request a review model and hope to be able to post up a full test in the near future to see if they live up to their bold claims of near-indestructibility.
2 Comments on “Sol Republic Master Tracks headphones claim to be ‘virtually Indestructible’ – we throw down the challenge”
I had mine for about 6 months before the headset started not working and only plays in one ear. Can’t fix it by swapping the cable because it is in the headset. It’s frustrating to pay $220 (including tax) for headphones and have them break so quickly. It doesn’t help me much that the headband is virtually indestructible if the headphones themselves are so weak and do not work. (P.s. I don’t recall ever dropping the headphones or doing anything remotely physically taxing on them.)
I DJ a lot and now I just use cheapo Sony headphones which generally last a lot longer than the pricier ‘DJ’ branded ones.