Wicked Audio takes aim at “Beats” crew with Solus headphones

Check out our review of the Wicked Audio Solus headphones.

If you haven’t heard of Wicked Audio and their headphones, that’s okay…neither had we. It’s understandable considering  there are probably more headphone brands than there are brands of beer. If you hadn’t noticed, everyone is making headphones now. At this point we’re just waiting for McDonald’s to start dropping the “McGrooves” on kids in their happy meals. 

However it’s a good bet that, despite the over-saturated state of the headphone market,  you’d remember Wicked Audio’s headphones if you’d seen them. Their style is not entirely unique (imagine if Skullcandy and V-Moda hooked up and had a headphone love-child) but certainly memorable. You can find them at Amazon, Walmart, and a handful of other big retailers. 

To give them credit, Wicked Audio, under the company Empire Brands, has been in the headphone business longer than most  Johnny-come-lately’s and they have a huge selection ranging from tiny earbuds to full-size circum-aural (around the ear) cans. What’s super surprising, though, is that the company’s most expensive item, currently the Reverb headphones, tops out at around $30 retail. 

That’s about to change, though. Wicked Audio recently announced it would be introducing its latest headphone offering at CES 2012 this year. Priced at $100, the Solus headphones are a closed-back, full-size headphone that, according to the company, are its best sounding pair yet. 

This is interesting news as it would seem Wicked Audio is taking direct aim at the Beats br Dr. Dre line with the Solus. It’s clear they are intended for DJs, they appear to be oriented around big bass performance and we’ve even heard that Wicked plans a side-by-side Beats/Solus shootout on the CES 2012 show floor. 

We plan to pay Wicked Audio a visit to see how the Solus feel and sound. If at $100 they are anything like the Sol Republic “Tracks”, they could end up swooping some would-be Beats fans. 

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