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SOL REPUBLIC Relays (Headphones) Review

 
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Final Score
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We liked?


A great fit coupled with excellent sound quality make them perfect for on the go.

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At around $80 a pair, you do need to pay for that quality.


Final Fiendish Findings?

SOL REPUBLIC’s Relays in-ear headphones offer the ultimate in comfort and style on the go – without sacrificing quality. With convenient three button controls, an unparalleled fit, and sound quality that is noticeably a cut above the rest, the Relays are a great choice for those looking to find one headset that can take them from working out to rocking out and not miss a beat.

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Posted April 22, 2014 by

 
Full Fiendish Findings...
 
 

It’s a busy life, and it can seem sometimes like we’re always on the go. Whether we’re rocking the gym, the commute, or the playground, the right headphones go a long way toward making sure we get the best out of our day and our devices. Music, books, gaming, conference calls – in today’s plugged in world, one device can do it all, and those headphones need to be able to multitask just as much as we do.

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Relays are in-ear headphones from SOL REPUBLIC that are “designed to deliver incredible sound on the go”, but can they really keep up with a life on the fast track? We put the Relays through the ultimate test – life, family, sport, work, and kids – to find out how they perform under pressure (and in the hands of a preschooler). What we found is a quality product that delivers on its promises of comfort and ease without sacrificing audio quality.

At first glance, the Relays have a kind of sporty look to them – although as in-ear phones they do maintain a pretty low profile. They come in five different color choices, from a check me out red to an unobtrusive black, making sure you can rock the phones that fit your personality. Each earpiece is designed to fit snugly yet comfortably in your ear, with an angled shape that matches the ear canal topped by a circular outer piece that holds everything snugly in place. There’s even a handy little carrying case to make sure you can transport your Relays safely when they aren’t in use.

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Because all ears are not created equal, the Relays come with tips in four different sizes to ensure the perfect fit. From the tiny set that works great for kids to the oversized set for large ears, each set of tips is velvety soft and very durable, standing up to sweat, kids, and tons of use – and finding just the right size makes a huge difference in both sound quality and fit. On the cord, you’ll find a removable clip that can attach to your clothes, purse, or backpack to keep everything in place, and a standard three button control for mic and music that allows you to switch easily between calls and tunes without ever needing to touch your device of choice.

The shape of the ear buds combined with the ability to customize the tips to your ear size, the Relays really deliver on their promise to stay in place through all types of activities. Whether you’re jogging in the park, chasing after kids, or just hanging out at home, these are headphones that will stay where you put them, leaving your hands free for more important things. I’m big on fit and comfort, because even the best sounding headphones just aren’t going to work if you can’t keep them in your ears – and headphones that cause soreness with prolonged use just don’t cut it either.

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So SOL REPUBLIC has comfort, fit, and style covered – but what about sound? We need it all – headphones that sound as good as they look, and the Relays offer great audio quality in their compact package. From booming bass to delicate strings to a long distance conference, these headphones handle it all with clarity, a nice mellow sound, and no distortion. The mic performs equally well, with sound quality that is a noticeable cut above other mics – so much so that other people on a call commented on the difference.

SOL REPUBLIC’s Relays in-ear headphones offer the ultimate in comfort and style on the go – without sacrificing quality. With convenient three button controls, an unparalleled fit, and sound quality that is noticeably a cut above the rest, the Relays are a great choice for those looking to find one headset that can take them from working out to rocking out and not miss a beat.


Amy

 
U.S. Senior Editor & Deputy EIC, @averyzoe on Twitter, mother of 5, gamer, reader, wife to @macanthony, and all-around bad-ass (no, not really)