What I Use: Sol Republic Tracks Air

As someone who regularly works out and participates in 5k running events, I was in search of reasonably priced, wireless headphones. People in the market for headphones generally gravitate towards the celebrity-endorsed, athlete-approved Beats by Dr. Dre, but the price of their Beats Studio Wireless headphones were way more than what I was willing to shell out. After continued searching, I eventually discovered the Sol Republic Tracks Air and could not be happier with my decision.

At first glance, the Tracks Air design is pretty much identical to other wired Tracks headphones. Same durable build as well as the same colorful interchangeable headbands. However, upon closer inspection, you will notice that the right earcup has additional buttons to control volume and playback. In addition, an interchangeable audio cable with mic and music controls is included in the case you ever need one. If you want to use the Tracks Air with a smartphone, there are microphones built into the earcups so you can make and receive phone calls. The Tracks Air headphones are also USB rechargeable (no need to switch out batteries) and is advertised to deliver up to 15 hours of playtime on a full charge. It will even tell you how many hours of play time you have when you turn on the headphones.

I found that the Bluetooth and NFC compatibility of the Tracks Air made pairing the headphones for use with my Samsung Galaxy S4 and 7th generation iPod Nano a snap. Since this was my first pair of wireless headphones, I felt the sound quality (listening to hip hop, R&B, jazz and podcasts) was just as good as the wired Tracks V8 that I had been using. The headphones are surprisingly comfortable and lightweight (especially being someone who wears glasses), perfect for wearing to the gym or for morning runs on the weekend. More importantly, not having to deal with wires and cables is priceless (without having to go broke)!

Overall, the Sol Republic Tracks Air are a quality option for the casual listener in the market for a pair of wireless headphones. At $200, the Sol Republic Tracks Air are a solid value and definitely worth a look for those who don’t want to pay a premium for wireless headphones.

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