Price (RRP): $179.99
Manufacturer: Sol Republic
There’s nothing quite like being liberated from the cables that wired earphones rely on, but often the prices of wireless earphones don’t match up to the performance. Fortunately, Sol’s Shadow feels like it finds a middle ground.
Features and performance
One of the coolest things about having a modern smartphone is knowing you can take your music with you.
Don’t get us wrong, because we love the media player, and while the iPod wasn’t the only device to change the world, the whole concept of being able to carry all of your media where ever you go was brilliant.
But these days we can do more, and we can even do it wirelessly.
Yes sir, you can forget about the cables with modern day media monitoring if you want to because if you have Bluetooth in a smartphone, tablet, media player, or computer, and if you have a pair of Bluetooth headphones, you don’t need the cord and can rely on trusty wireless technologies.
One downside to Bluetooth in the music world is that it can often be expensive, with most decent wireless cans fetching above the $200 mark, with lower cost options generally lacking in sound quality.
Sol’s Shadow may buck that trend, however, offering a lot of volume and balance for a dollar figure under 200 clams. Is this a pair worth checking out?
Take them out of the box and you’ll find a pretty basic setup, with the Shadow packing the technology for wireless communication and the buttons needed in a small flexible neck wrapping rubber block.
Out of this little strip of rubber emerges two earphones on a corded leash, with one for your left ear and the other for your right, and it’s this rubber block that Sol has apparently been pulling some inspiration from the makers of space space station and shuttles, as you do.
Officially, Sol’s designers have looked at NASA’s research on human anatomy for this pair of earphones, turning their attention to a style of design called “biomorphism” whereby objects are designed from shapes and patterns based on living organisms, like that of humans and the limbs humans rely on.
You’ll find that inspiration in the rubber strip of the Sol Shadow because this strip flows around your neck, loosely wrapping to the round shape of that part of your body connecting your head to the rest of you, while the earphones sit in place in each ear.
That’s about the extent of NASA’s research, and so the rest of the technology is down to Sol, which is relying on some decent earphones, Bluetooth 4.0, apt-X support, and a hint of water resistance to keep you interested.