Popular Headphones Compared: Soul Electronics vs. Sol Republic vs. SkullCandy

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Soul Electronics

Soul Electronics is a popular headphone company. Their parent company is Signeo located in Lake Mary, Florida. Rapper Chris “Ludacris” Bridges endorses Soul Electronics headphones and they also have a Usain Bolt models. Usain Bolt is the very fast and popular Jamaican sprinter.

Soul Electronics Headphone Models and Prices

They sell headphones and earbud models that are smartphone ready with 1/8” (3.5mm) or 1/4” input jacks.

  • SL100BO is a lightweight full-cup headphone that is iPhone ready for a price of $149.95.
  • SL100UB costs $129.95 and is similar to the SL100BO model. Soul Electronics makes other SL100 models in different colors.
  • SL150BW is a professional pair of headphones for the music lover. The SL150BW cost $169.95.
  • SL300 series is their elite noise canceling headphones for the professional, DJ or music aficionado for a cost of $249.95.
  • SL300TEBOW headphones are the same as the other SL300 series and have been endorsed by former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow for a cost of $299.95.

Soul Electronics Earbud Models and Prices

  • SL49 earbuds are an ultra dynamic in ear headphones or earbuds with great sound for a price of $49.95.
  • SL99 series are the Hi-def sound isolation earbuds from Soul Electronics for a cost of $79.95.
  • Their SL99S earbud model is the Hi-def isolation earbuds that are dedicated for Samsung devices and cost $99.95.

Soul Electronics Headphone Customer Comments about Quality

You can read customer comments on the Soul Electronics website and also on Amazon.com for each pair of headphones or earbuds. Here are the most recent customer comments for each model Soul Electronics sells.

Soul Electronics SL300WB Headphones Customer Comments

The Soul Electronics SL300WB headphones are rated 4 out of 5 stars on Amazon.com with 276 customer comments with 210 comments either rating SL300WB headphones with 4 or 5 stars. 

  • “I really wanted to love these headphones, but ultimately there were just too many issues that made them incompatible with my needs. Let me say that they are good, if I were just using them in my office they would be just fine. But here's my primary reasons for not recommending:

    Cons:

    - The sound leakage on these are pretty bad. Put the volume at 60-70% and cup the cans with both hands and what you get is loud muffling. It's not contained at all... this is problematic if you travel because your fellow airplane travelers will hear what you hear, albeit slightly muffled, but still loud.

    - The noise canceling isn't great... pretty much on par with the noise canceling on a $20 pair of radio shack no name brand.

    - Despite the folding design, the case is far too large for my liking.

    Pros:

    - Super comfortable

    - Decent sound quality

    If you really like these style, go with the SOUL SL150s - you'll save a bundle, have far less sound leakage, and not miss the noise canceling at all.

    If you want solid noise canceling headphones that travel well get the beats Executives or the Bose QC 15s.”

    Amazon.com

Overall the Soul Electronics SL300WB Headphones have very good customer comments with the main complaint being that at a certain level, everyone around you can hear what you are listening to. 

Soul Electronics SL150BW Headphones Customer Comments

The Soul Electronics SL150BW headphones are rated 4.5 out of 5 stars on Amazon.com with 86% of the customers rating them 4 or 5 stars.

  • “I bought these headphones for $205 from Amazon a few weeks ago. In this review I will go over the important points about these headphones.

    Sound

    These headphones are by far the best headphone in Beats/Souls/SMS by 50 in terms of sound. These cost the same as the Beats Solo HD, but sound even better than the Studios. The bass is great, not overpowering but evident and strong when necessary. The mids and highs are the clearest I have heard on a pair of headphones (I've listened to about 20 all under $200). The mids are sharp and evident. The highs are clear and precise. The sound is perfect in my view.

    Overall

    I like these headphones. The sound is great and you really get the feeling that these are a special headphone. However for me, the build quality just wasn't good enough.

    Thanks” – Michael Hart

    Amazon.com

Soul Electronics SL99 Earbud Customer Comments

The Soul Electronics SL99 earbuds are rated 4 out of 5 stars on Amazon.com with 75% of the customers rating these earbuds at 4 or 5 stars.

“Pros:

+ Crystal clear audio, true high definition

+ Nice fitting earbuds

+ Good quality carrying case

+ Non Tangle cable that is legitimately non tangling

+ A wicked stylish design that looks fashionable and noticeable

+ Commendable noise isolation

+ Decently priced for quality and sound

Cons:

- Because they are so new, some audio systems are too outdated to play these earphones correctly, as happened with me

- Very small, but the connector to the iPod, or whatever you are connecting it to, is angled at 90 degrees instead of being straight, which is a small but somewhat annoying thing in some cases.

Bottom Line: Do yourself a favor and treat yourself to these earphones. They will not disappoint you. These are the definition of perfect earphones, and is worth every single cent. Good quality, amazing, captivating audio, and superb design will get you back here writing your own review on how much you love your earphones.”– Amazon.com

Sol Republic

Sol Republic sells over-the-ear, on-ear and earbud headphones including the following popular headphone models.

Sol Republic Over-ear Headphones

  • Master Track over-ear headphones with X3 Sound Engines, interchangeable cable with mic plus music control, ¼” adaptor and a 1,000 day headband guarantee for a cost of $199.99.

Sol Republic On-ear Headphones

Sol Republic sells numerous on-ear headphones including the following models.

  • Tracks Ultra On-Ear Headphones include free shipping, V12 Sound Engines, interchangeable mic plus music control and a 1,000 day headband guarantee for a price of $179.99.
  • TKDK Tracks HD On-Ear Headphones has the V10 HD Sound Engines with SonicSoft speaker pads, interchangeable mic plus music control and a 1,000 day headband guarantee, free shipping and a carrying case for a cost of $149.99.
  • Tracks On-Ear Headphones features the V8 Sound Engines with SonicSoft speaker pads, interchangeable mic plus music control and a 1,000 day headband guarantee, free shipping for a price of $99.99.

Sol Republic In-Ear Headphones

The Sol Republic In-Ear headphones include the following popular models.

  • Amps HD In-Ear headphones includes the i6 Sound Engines, ear tips for life, a wide tangle free cable with mic and music control and free shipping for a cost of $99.99.
  • Amps In-Ear headphones includes the i4 Sound Engines, ear tips for life, 3-button mic plus music control, case and free shipping for a cost of $59.99.
  • Jax In-Ear headphones includes the i2 Sound Engines, 3-button mic plus music control, tangle free cable and 4 ear tip sizes for a price $39.99.

Sol Republic Headphone Customer Comments about Quality

You can read Sol Republic customer comments on Amazon.com for several of their headphones. 

Sol Republic Master Track Over-Ear Headphones

  • Got mine in gunmetal a few days ago. Construction is solid, you will not break these from normal use. Thick leather (or leather like material) on top of the headband and earphones for comfort. Very lightweight for over ear style. Good for long periods such as commuting or at work. Bass heavy, but still has a good full range. In line remote works great with iOS. For the money, these give you a great combo of sound/looks/durability.” – Amazon.com

Sol Republic Tracks HD On-Ear Headphones

Tracks HD On-Ear Headphones are rated 4.5 out of 5 with 90% of the customers rating these headphones 5 or 4 stars.

QUALITY: The build quality on these headphones are fantastic. The headband (as I'm sure you have already read) is a virtually indestructible plastic, and the version used on the HD's is even more visually pleasing than the regular tracks. The cans are mostly covered in aluminum housings and feel very sturdy. The leather on the ear pillows themselves is remarkably soft for such a material.

SOUND: The most important subject. I have sat and compared the sol republic tracks HD headphones with many kinds of sub-$200 headphones and this blows all of them out of the water. Its advantage over Skullcandy products is a more level EQ with a somewhat boosted bass. In other tests, the tracks HD sounded less muddy than most headphones in this relative price range. Overall, the tracks HD offer good highs that bring out the vocal track without becoming screechy, a decent mids section, and a booming bass that is slightly more subdued than on the regular version, giving a sweet bass thump to any track that has it. On the other hand, while these headphones particularly shine at bass laden tracks, they perform equally well on all kinds of music from rock to country to classical.” – Amazon.com

Sol Republic Amps In-Ear headphones

I was shopping for earphones in the range of 100 bucks to have a good quality product. I had bought Bose earphones of 100 dls that claimed the best in their category but they are not worth that price. I decided to try this brand that I had not reference. The earphones are of a very good quality material and they reproducing a nice sound. Deep bass and solid treble with a good balance. Much better than Bose! I recommend this product” – Amazon.com

SkullCandy

SkullCandy is located in the UK and sells over-ear headphones, on-ear headphones and earbuds. You can buy their products in numerous colors and models.

SkullCandy Over-ear Headphones

  • Aviator over-ear headphones with in-line mic are made for the iPhone, iPod and iPad for a cost of $149.95.
  • Hesh 2 over-ear headphones have an impedance of 35 ohms, 105 dB pressure level and a THD of less than 0.1% for a cost of $59.95.
  • Mix Master is their high priced headphones that are made for the iPhone, iPod and iPad that features a THD of 0.05% for a cost of $299.95.

SkullCandy On-ear Headphones

  • Cassette on-ear headphones with mic feature removable speakers and the mic can make and take calls, play pause, track control and works with most smartphones for a price of $49.95
  • Navigator on-ear headphones are iPhone, iPad and iPod compatible for a cost of 99.95.
  • SkullCandy also sells several other models of on-ear headphones such as the Uprock for $29.95 and the Icon for $39.95.

SkullCandy Earbuds

  • 50/50 earbuds have the Mic3 and works on the iPhone, iPad and iPod for a cost of $49.95.
  • Other earbud models include Fix In-Ear for $49.95 and 2012 Fix Bud for $29.95.

SkullCandy Headphone Customer Comments about Quality

Each SkullCandy headphone has many customer reviews and comments that you can read on each products page include.

Aviator Over-Ear Headphones

  • I surprised myself by buying these after spending several hours at JB Hi-Fi listening to dozens of headphones for portable audio. I originally went to audition the B&W P5 portables, but the Aviators sounded so much better it was shocking. Skullcandy 'phones I've tried in the past have not impressed me and I'd relegated the brand to the "looks great but sounds lousy" basket, but these are a whole different deal. I've previously owned portable and full-size headphones by Sennheiser, Beyerdynamic, Shure, Sony, AKG and Audio-Technica, including some of their top range "audiophile" phones, but amazingly I've come to prefer the sound of these Skullcandy Aviators to many of those top-line products.
  • I have a $4,000 Stax electrostatic headphone setup for listening at home, but the Aviators perform surprisingly well in comparison and even sound slightly similar. Nowhere near as fast or transparent, but just as easy to listen to for long periods. They are musical and relaxing but not lacking in dynamics, with good extension and natural sounding bass. The top end is very slightly rolled-off, but that also stops them from being tiring to listen to and you can compensate a good deal by careful adjustment of your portable player's EQ settings. The earcups are also amongst the most comfortable I've ever worn - you can wear these headphones for hours and hardly feel them. 
  • The only possible downsides are: They are not noise-canceling, but that's not an inherent problem, just a feature they don't include. The isolation is as good as any non-noise-canceling closed design. These are not headphones for bassheads - the sound is too natural - so if that's you look at the more expansive MIX model which are powerfully "present" in character. The quality of construction and styling is part of what you are paying for with these headphones, but even so the RRP of $249 is just a bit more than I would have liked. If they were priced under $200 I'd give them 5 stars for value, and if you can find them discounted to that price level - grab 'em!” - Tony

Cassette On-ear Headphones

  • The design of the headphones aren't too bulky, they are a headset. As all headsets do, it has some noise canceling but it isn't made as noise canceling headphones. They're adjustable and there is a microphone on the wire like most skullcandy headphones do. The wire is detachable making it easy to store the headphones. I use these headphones everyday, the sound quality is amazing (my computer master volume stays around 35% any louder for me and I can't hear anything else). The cord is sturdy but, if you do end up yanking the wire in the cord, you can buy a replacement, which I think is a lot cheaper than sending your headphones back in and sending a claim etc. As for comfort, there are two different covers for the headphones. One is a cushion and the other is more of a rubber. The rubber is slightly uncomfortable and the cushion makes a suction that sticks to my ears at times. All in all, if you want headphones for everyday use, these are really good.” – Koryu

SkullCandy 50/50 Earbuds

Out of the box, these earbuds delivered deep, pumping bass, but also left the treble intact. Sometimes, earbuds with deep bass muddy the mids and treble. These do not what-so-ever. Incredible sound quality for a great price. Highly recommend.” - Erik

Headphone Prices and Sound Quality Conclusion

Looking at prices, all three companies are comparable in prices with each type of headphone. Reading customer comments about sound quality and durability, again, all three companies are comparable. The SkullCandy headphones are not noise canceling, but most customers did not find that to be a problem. One complaint with the Soul Electronics SL300WB Headphones was that when turned up high enough, everyone around could hear what you were listening to. Overall, these three companies compare favorably with other popular headphone companies. 

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