Sol Republic was founded in 2010, making it a relatively new brand in the world of audio equipment, especially in comparison to the longstanding big name brands on the market like JVC and Sony. This American-based company is known for manufacturing a variety of different audio products like headphones, speakers and earbuds. They had a few big-name partnerships with celebrities like Calvin Harris and DJ Deadmau5 to help market their products.
While the company doesn’t have the following of other big name brands in the headphone market, there is something to be said about Sol Republic’s high-quality products with their affordable price tags attached. We are going to be taking a deep dive in the brand’s Shadow line of earbuds. This product is equipped with fantastic sound quality in a comfortable package. The Shadow earbuds feature a flexible biomorphic neckband that is meant to provide comfort for users while boosting the overall durability of the product. With its dual-connectivity feature, the Shadow has helped to pave the way for the Sol Republic as a brand. Let’s take a closer look at this product to see if it stands up against similar options from some of those other big name brands on the market.
-Great bass without being overpowering
-Fits a variety of ear sizes and shapes with four different rubber tips to choose from
-Free replacement buds for life
-Long battery life
-Great customer service
-Neckband may not comfortably fit all neck sizes
-No way to go back to a previously played song
-The short design makes it hard to use during certain workouts
-Short charging cable
-Neckband slips off of the neck
-Poor voice quality during calls
When it comes to the sound quality offered during calls, however, the Shadow does seem to not perform as well as other similar products on the market. We found that the call quality was slightly garbled and that the inline microphone did not perform as well as it could have.
-Dual device connectivity
-Neckband is flexible and foldable for easy pocket storage
-30 feet of wireless range
-8-hour battery life