The Gift of Sound

by Idaho Dad on November 30, 2012

Raise your hand if you were Googling “phelps Olympics headphones” when you saw Michael Phelps walk out to the pool before his first race of the London Olympics.

I was certainly intrigued by those funky looking headphones with the interchangeable headbands Phelps was using to get himself pumped up. It only took seconds to learn they were made by Sol Republic.

And it didn’t take much longer for Phelps to get an endorsement deal with the company.

Now, Sol has issued a Phelps-inspired special edition of their popular Tracks headset. Dubbed “Anthem” and decked out with patriotic red, white, and blue colors, these new headphones deliver the same deep bass and high clarity of all the Sol Republic products.

The last time I owned a really good pair of over-the-ear headphones, I was 14, listening to the new ELO album on 8-track tape. So, I was excited to try these out.

In a word, the Tracks HD Anthem headphones are mind-blowing. Maybe that’s two words. Now, keep in mind, for the past 20 years or so, my music has come out of car speakers, cheap computer speakers, or Apple earbuds. Yes, of course, these Tracks headphones are mind-blowing for me. However, I had a few other people try them out, and they assure me that the sound is on par with similar products from the likes of Monster, Bose, and Skullcandy. A little research reveals that the Tracks headphones are a much better price, at $130 to $150, than its counterparts.

The interchangeable headband is a cool idea. The thing is seemingly indestructible, and if you’re not in a patriotic mood you can switch out the red, white, and blue for another of Sol’s long line of styles. It’s also quite comfortable, with solid padding for the top of the head as well as the ears.

But the sound! It certainly opens up a whole new world for my auditory cortex. I will never look at my cheap Apple earbuds the same way again. The Tracks HD Anthem headphones have just become my new best buddy for walking, working out, and watching iPad movies.

And now for the fun part of my review.

The giveaway!

The good folks at Sol Republic have sent me a pair of Tracks HD Anthem headphones to give to a lucky reader. All you have to do is leave a comment telling me what one song you would listen to first on these awesome new headphones.

Soon you could be dancing around the house, pumping yourself up to fold the laundry or run the vacuum like Michael Phelps getting ready to swim the 100m Butterfly.

I’ll pick a winner at the end of next week!

{ 31 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Alison November 30, 2012 at 10:51 am

Follow Me by MUSE <3


2 Jeff November 30, 2012 at 10:57 am

Well, I would give them to my daughter for Christmas and she would listen to Moves Like Jagger since she is IN LOVE with Adam Levine.


3 jjdaddyo November 30, 2012 at 11:04 am

Of course I would use them to play “Whole Lotta Love” by Led Zep. That’s just how I roll.


4 Mike D. November 30, 2012 at 11:12 am

I would definitely like to get the most of them so I would go with Time by Pink Floyd!


5 Jen November 30, 2012 at 11:49 am

Choices. Choices. I would listen to Handel’s Messiah to celebrate the season.


6 Jeff Fairbanks November 30, 2012 at 12:22 pm

Revolution 9 by the Beatles is what I would hope to listen to. It was the first song I ever listened to on headphones, and I remember it had a lot going on that moved around. -Jeff


7 mike November 30, 2012 at 12:58 pm

Liking movies more than music I would probable watch Ironman, but choosing a song I would go with Bohemian Rhapsody by queen. What better song to test some headphones with.


8 Brian Dargie November 30, 2012 at 3:19 pm

Phhhh! No contest…
Phil Collins, “In the air tonight” so loud that it either popped my eardrums, or the speaker cone! If both survive, then U2, endlessly, or until someone demands I take the headphones off due to some rediculous notion that communication is important in a relationship.


9 Janell November 30, 2012 at 4:02 pm

If instrumental, then Brubeck’s Take Five or Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue. For vocals, something by Ella Fitzgerald or Sarah Vaughn.


10 Ed December 1, 2012 at 11:03 am

Everlong — The Foo Fighters. It’s cued up so you might as well go ahead and pick me!


11 Denise December 1, 2012 at 4:03 pm

Vincent ( Starry Stary night)


12 Delia B December 1, 2012 at 9:27 pm

I would listen to Seven Devils by Florence + the Machine :D


13 ttrentham December 2, 2012 at 7:55 am

I remember listening to Rocket Man on a pair of massive headphones with those coiled cables that they all had in the 70s while sitting in a bean bag chair, of course. I’d have to go with that first.


14 Dan December 2, 2012 at 11:13 am

My absolute favourite track in the world right now is a cover of Kids by Ooks of Hazzard. So that.


15 Marcia Bohn December 2, 2012 at 12:42 pm

I would listen to “Pump up the Jam” : )


16 Jinx December 3, 2012 at 11:43 pm

I’d probably give it to my niece as a gift. nothing like regifting.


17 SLC Dad December 4, 2012 at 12:26 am

First song on those headphones would be “Do You Realize” by The Flaming Lips. Thanks for the contest!


18 Mary December 4, 2012 at 10:04 am

I would give them to my 13 year old daughter. I’m sure that she would listen to a song by One Direction of course!


19 Stacy December 4, 2012 at 12:15 pm

Sofi Needs A Ladder by Deadmau5. ;]


20 Mel December 5, 2012 at 1:51 am

Jeff Buckley – Hallelujah


21 Craig December 6, 2012 at 6:54 pm

This semester my college marching band performs a show featuring a mashup of Johann Sebastian Bach music and random popular songs. I currently have one of those songs stuck in my head. So I guess I’d listen to ABC – The Jackson Five


22 Wayne December 7, 2012 at 2:28 am

Easy. ” I want you to want me” from Cheap Trick’s Live at Budokan album. The very first vinyl record I owned


23 Chatterbox December 9, 2012 at 4:39 pm

Lover of the Light by Mumford & Sons. Love the banjo!


24 Flea December 11, 2012 at 7:08 pm

Urgh did I miss out?
I would listen to “It’s a kind of magic” by Queen.


25 me December 11, 2012 at 8:34 pm

have you chosen a winner yet?


26 Aramat December 12, 2012 at 12:36 pm

Bruce Springsteen’s Born in the USA album!


27 Katey December 13, 2012 at 12:57 am

Wellllll….these would be amazing, if I’m not too late….Probably something from John Cougar Mellencamp


28 Michael December 18, 2012 at 5:14 pm

I don’t know why….. but looking at Phelps I can only think he is listening to Welcome to the Jungle! Classic Guns&Roses. That’s my pick.


29 Robert December 19, 2012 at 1:28 pm

Not sure if you’ve picked a winner already. It would definitely be Beast of Burden by Rolling Stones. Classic.


30 Idaho Dad December 19, 2012 at 1:52 pm

Sorry for the delay. The blog had a meltdown last week.

Using a random number generator, the winner is….


Thanks to everyone for leaving a comment!


31 Leonard April 4, 2014 at 4:35 pm

Good article. I’m going through some of these issues as well..


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