Wicked Audio Solus – Review: Blow out your eardrums at half the cost!Posted 3:29 pm on Monday, July 30th, 2012 by Narvin Seegoolam
Wicked Audio is a brand that is rapidly growing as one of the top tier headphone manufacturers in the market available today. Not only do they produce high quality products, but they make them available to everyone at a reasonable price. Currently, their most expensive headphone on the roster are the Reverb headphones, which retail at around $30. At CES 2012, Wicked unveiled a new echelon with its new Solus (which means “Be Yourself” in Latin) headphones that retails at about $100. We had a chance to play around with this new piece of hardware and I must say that I was quite pleased.
I’m a bit OCD when it comes to buying new peripherals or hardware. I believe that if a company spends the extra money in how they package what you’re buying, they’ve put the same care in the product itself. The Solus comes in a tough, but colorful cardboard container, with an outer sleeve. Inside the box, there is a plastic holder covered in velvet that houses the headset itself. Now I know how Christian Bale feels in American Psycho when he examines business cards. It actually looks the company took time to ensure their product was packaged properly, which is a plus in my book.
The Solus – Outer
Right off the bat, I can see that the headphones are in my favorite color scheme, red and black. Most of the headset itself is black, with the exception of the inner headband, Wicked logo on the outer cups, the red nylon lining the inside of the cups and the audio cord itself. Surprisingly, for having almost the entire headset made out of plastic, it is very sturdy and solid. The hinges swivel so that the cups can face both inward and outward; there’s even a “stealth hinge” that allows both cups to fold inward for storage purposes.
Also, you’ll notice that for the large size of the headphones, they are rather light. The cups are quite comfortable as they are leather-wrapped foam and they don’t make your ears sweat.This is great for extended use. The 4ft audio cord is braided nylon, so that it helps to deter from tangling. On the audio cord itself, is a volume control and Stereo/Mono control. You’re probably wondering why there is an option for Mono. That’s because if you’re DJ-ing, you want the audio to be distributed equally to both speakers.
The Solus – Inner
Well we know it comes in a nice package and they look good, but how does it sound? They sound amazing to be honest with you. The Solus comes with 40mm Neodymium drivers. So what does this mean to you? The Neodymium drivers are better than standard iron, so they deliver a higher sound performance. They are also lighter as well.
To test the sound itself, I listened to a wide range of music to determine how good the hi’s, mid’s and low’s were. There are a few songs that come to mind that definitely sounded amazing as compared to my normal headphones that I use. Deadmau5 – A City in Florida, Hans Zimmer – The Fire Rises, Evil Nine – Hired Goons and Chemical Brothers – Under the Influence are just a few selections that sounded amazing. While listening to the Lord of the Rings soundtrack, I got completely lost in the music, because it sounded that good.
There are a few other items besides the Solus that comes with it. There is a 6ft extension cable, a gold-plated 1/4″ audio adapter and a scratch guard cloth carrying bag.
In my opinion, the Solus is a cheaper (and I use that term loosely) solution to anyone who might be looking into high quality headphones that has capabilities on par with Beats headphones. Plus, I like the color scheme more and they’re remarkably very comfortable.
You get what you pay for, and what you get is a reasonably priced headphone that is just as good, if not better than most other high-priced headphones on the market.
Narvin’s middle name is FPS….ok maybe not, but he’s like BOOM!! HEADSHOT!! I’m hungry…