Whooo baby! The reviews just keep on coming. The Mixify Team has been having a blast putting products to the test for y’all. Today, we’ve got another treat for you to check out – the Sol Republic Tracks Air wireless headphones. That’s right, I said wireless. As in, your bluetooth or NFC-enabled device can be across the room and your music will still be going strong. As cool as that is, that doesn’t mean they’re high-quality cans…or does it?
Before I give you my opinion, let me give you the facts. Sol Republic’s Tracks Air are wireless headphones with a range of up to 150 feet and battery life of 15 hours. They’re powered by A2 sound engines whose sound is on par with wired headphones and they’re the only wireless headphones with interchangeable headbands. On top of all that, you can also connect to multiple devices simultaneously, which allows you to take a call from your phone seamlessly while trolling for new tracks on your tablet. They also come with a one year warranty.
Functionality and Performance
For those that read our Sol Republic DECK review, this may sound like déja vu. Sol Republic and Motorola have done an incredible job of combining their strengths to build incredible wireless products. Beyond the specs, the user experience on the Tracks Air makes me smile from ear to ear.
Upon unboxing, I assemble the headphones and get them up and running in no time. I hit the power button on the right headphone and am welcomed by a pleasant voice telling me “Tracks Air are ready to pair”. After easily pairing my iPhone, the same voice tells me how many hours of battery life are remaining. It does this every time you power them on so you’ll always know exactly how much battery life is remaining. Not only that, but a light on the right headphone changes color for visual battery indication as well - green for good, red when battery is low, and blue for when they’re paired and playing.
The headphones controls go well beyond power and battery life. There’s two buttons that let you control the volume and a multi-purpose button that handles the rest. Click on the multi-purpose button once to toggle play/pause, double-click to change to the next track, and triple-click to go to the track that was just played.
The Tracks Air also let you pair multiple devices at one time. So you can be listening to Deorro from your laptop while you work and still get notified of incoming calls from your phone simultaneously. Oh and by the way, Tracks Air are awesome for phone calls. There’s no distortion on the audio coming in and your voice going out will translate clearly to the receiving end.
While it’s definitely not ideal to have another device to keep charged, the battery life is solid. The advertised 15 hours is pushing it, but not by much. It comes with a micro-USB charger as well as the standard 1/8 inch headphone wires so you can use them as wired headphones when the battery dies or if you need to hardwire them to your DJ controller. Big thumbs up for the versatility here.
As for bluetooth capabilities, the Tracks Air have incredible range just like the DECK. While walls are definitely an issue, general meandering around the house or your office is no problem. My favorite part about going wireless is that I no longer get ripped back to my laptop when I forget to take my headphones off upon standing up like I always used to. It sounds crazy, but once you experience it, you’ll never want to go back again.
Oh, and like all Sol Republic products, they come with a soft protective case, which is always the icing on the cake.
Sound and Style
The Tracks Air look and sound like what you’d expect from Sol Republic. Based on the original Tracks headphones, they feature a near-indestructible, interchangeable headband that you can mix and match to fit your style. The Tracks Air headbands are different than the original Tracks model as they have metal tracks (literal tracks, not just the name) on each side that function to transfer the audio and power from the right side to the left. The right can is loaded with the hardware that does the heavy lifting along with the headphone controls.
The A2 Sound Engines produce great sound with crisp treble and substantial bass. The sound is perfect for EDM and hip-hop tracks, and casual listening as a whole. Audiophiles would likely want to look elsewhere, but the everyday consumer will be satisfied. Also, while I do agree that the sound is on par with any wired headphone, their max volume does seem a bit lower when wireless. For certain tracks, I’d go into my devices’ EQ settings to increase overall loudness, which would fix the “problem”.
The Tracks Air feature plush, padded earpieces and headband cushion all wrapped in faux leather. Between DJ’ing, my day job, and a subway commute, I pretty much wore them for 12 hours a day without experiencing any discomfort. The earpieces also do a solid job of noise isolation so you can stay in the zone and ignore any insanity around you.
I’m definitely a big fan of the wireless life and the Tracks Air in particular. The Sol Republic x Motorola combination gives you the sound and style of Sol Republic with the technology expertise of Motorola, resulting in a well-made and good-looking pair of headphones that are sure to last you for years to come. The $200 price tag is hefty, but on par with other wireless products. If you’re looking to go wireless, which I encourage you to do, you should definitely try out the Sol Republic Tracks Air and see if they’re the ones for you.
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