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Beats Studio3 Wireless Headphones - Blue
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- Features the iconic Beats sound with Dual-Mode Adaptive Noise Canceling, plus the added benefit of wireless listening.
- Pair and Play with your Bluetooth device with 30ft range.
- 12-hour rechargeable battery with Fuel Gauge.
- Soft ear cups have an ergonomic bellow that creates a flexible custom fit, so you can keep your music all to yourself.
- Headphones come with a RemoteTalk cable, a USB 2.0 charging cable, a hard shell carrying case, quick start guide, and warranty card.
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Hear the music, Not the noise
Pure Adaptive Noise Canceling (Pure ANC) delivers a premium listening experience that blocks out distractions so you can get closer to your music.
Enjoy a premium listening experience with every beat with the Beats by Dr. Dre Studio³ Wireless headphone. Studio³ features Pure Adaptive Noise Canceling (Pure ANC) technology to actively block external noise, along with real- time audio calibration to preserve clarity, range, and emotion. The technology continuously pinpoints and blocks external sounds, while automatically optimizing sound quality based on individual fit. It’s music the way the artists intended— without the hassle of cables or headphone jacks.
Beats by Dr. Dre and Apple are changing the way you listen to music with the introduction of Apple W1 chip technology. The W1 chip allows you to put the music on repeat and stay unplugged for up to 22 hours on a single charge. Listening with the Pure ANC mode off delivers an extra 18 hours of playback, for up to 40 hours total.
With Fast Fuel charging, you don’t have to stop when the battery runs low. A quick 10-minute charge provides three additional hours of playback to quickly get you back on track.
Take calls, skip songs, control your volume, and activate Siri using the convenient multi-function on-ear controls. The headphone’s Class 1 Bluetooth technology allows for an extended range with fewer dropouts than ever, so you can move freely, keep the music going, and stay productive throughout the day.
iOS 10 or iOS 11 users have the ability to seamlessly switch between iCloud-registered devices*, meaning you can conveniently move from taking a call on your iPhone to watching a movie on your MacBook (requires iCloud account and macOS Sierra, iOS 10, watchOS 3, or later versions).
* Requires iCloud account and macOS Sierra, iOS 10, watchOS 3 or later versions.
|Beats Solo³ Wireless||Beats Studio³ Wireless||Beats EP|
|Apple W1 chip||✓||✓|
|Built-in mic and controls||✓||✓||✓|
|Battery life||Up to 40 hours||Up to 22 hours||N/A|
|Fast Fuel charging||✓||✓|
|Weight||7.58 oz / 215 g||9.17 oz / 260 g||1.5 pounds|
|Colors||Matte black, matte gold, matte silver, gloss black, gloss white, rose gold, gold, silver, (Product) Red||Black, gloss black, matte black, white, white gloss, blue, red, titanium, gold, porcelain rose||White, black, red, blue|
|What’s in the box||Beats by Dr. Dre Solo³ Wireless headphone, carrying case, 3.5mm RemoteTalk cable, universal USB charging cable (USB-A to USB Micro-B), quick-start guide, warranty card||Beats by Dr. Dre Studio³ Wireless headphones, carrying case, 3.5mm RemoteTalk cable, universal USB charging cable (USB-A to USB Micro-B), quick-start guide, warranty card||Beats by Dr. Dre Pro headphones, 4.2mm coiled cable with 3.5mm twist lock plug, 1/4-inch audio adapter, RemoteTalk cable, carrying pouch, Beats cleaning cloth|
Beats and Apple are changing the way you listen to music with the Apple W1 chip in Beats Studio3 Wireless headphones. Incorporating the efficient W1 chip brings seamless setup and switching for your Apple devices*, up to 22 hours of battery life for all-day full-featured playback with Pure ANC on, and Fast Fuel technology for 3 hours of play with a 10-minute charge. Pure ANC-off for low power mode provides up to 40 hours of battery life. Beats by Dr. Dre is a leading audio brand founded in 2006 by Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine. Through its family of premium consumer headphones, earphones, and speakers, Beats has introduced an entirely new generation to the possibilities of premium sound entertainment.
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With that said….here are my initial impressions:
Connectivity: Whatever Apple is doing with the W1 chip is pretty impressive. The range on these are very good. I can leave my phone in the far end of my apartment, walk out, close the door, and walk 15-20 feet before the signal starts to break up. This is roughly 100 feet from my phone, through closed doors/walls. To be honest, that wireless range is on par with my wifi router. Pairing is a breeze, as is switching between various Apple devices. Also, no lag at all when watching YT vids with these (I’ve experienced this with other BT headphones).
As far as charging with microUSB goes…personally I still have many accessories that still use microUSB and very few that use USB C, even in 2017. MicroUSB may be on it’s way out, but I think it’ll take a few more years. Lightning would have been nice, but eh….considering the battery life on these, I don’t see this being a deal breaker for me if I only have to charge it once a week.
Noise Cancellation: I’ll be honest, I’m a little underwhelmed. When nothing playing and NC on, I’d give these a 3/10. You would probably be better off with 2 dollar earplugs. They do filter out noise and there is a bit of a cabin effect with NC, but I can definitely make out the sounds around me. It’s dampened, but present.
When I play a podcast (with people talking), the noise around me is definitely less noticeable than if I was playing nothing all, but I can still hear a decent amount of noise around me, like the clink sound a cup makes when hitting a dish. That said, it does a pretty good job filtering out noises like fans and people talking (in real life). I would give the NC a 5/10 in this scenario.
When I play music, the NC works pretty well. I might hear a few things here and there but overall the NC does a pretty good job of filtering out outside sound. I’d give it a 8/10 in this scenario. You might hear some loud distinct noises like a door slamming but overall it’s pretty good.
Overall, I’d say the NC here is satisfactory, but definitely not great. If you want the best NC on the market, go for Bose.
Sound Quality: Let’s be honest, Beats are notorious for having a monstrous low end. That said, I’ve been comparing these with my ATH-M50s & I’m having a hard time deciding which one I like more SQ wise. I have to say, these are pretty good headphones sound quality wise.
The low end is definitely emphasized a bit on these headphones, but it is not overpowering by any means. The mids and highs are well represented here, IMO. If you like EDM, pop, or hip hop, these will be great headphones. Listening to the Notorious B.I.G. was a delight on these headphones. Trap music was LIT. On other genres of music, like rock, the Studio 3s perform pretty admirably. Vocals come through great and the overall sound profile is fun to listen to. I played some songs from The Strokes & Red Hot Chili Peppers and these performed admirably.
If I have one nitpick, it’s that the sound stage is not great compared to open backed headphones. If you like orchestral music, classical music, or music with a lot of instrumentals, these will be ok, not great. If your #1 artist in your music library is Beethoven, these just might not be for you. These are called “Beats”, not “Soundstage”. And cmon, who wears open backed headphones in public?!?? Maybe I’ve just been spoiled from listening to Grados, heh.
Last thing I should note - these get pretty darn loud for bluetooth headphones.
Overall, while I wouldn’t call these a huge upgrade over my ATH-M50s in the sound quality department, I’m pretty happy with the sound quality on these. I would put these on par with the M50s. Sure, they’re more expensive but wireless/NC makes up for it IMO. Maybe I’m crazy? This is just one humble listener’s opinion, after all.
Build Quality/Looks: Build quality wise, these seem really solid. Matte finishes, metal accents, and plush earcups. It’s hard to tell how these will hold up over time, but they seem well built.
Looks wise, well they’re Beats. They’re a fashion statement (and there’s nothing wrong with that). IMO these are the best looking headphones on the market, but that’s just me. If I’m going to be wearing headphones in public, I’m going to prefer the look of the Beats over the Bose QC35s and Sony wh-1000xm2. Personally, I like how the matte finish gives it a more sophisticated look compared to the old glossy plastic. Shadow grey is FIRE with those gold accents. If you like functional New Balance runners & embrace the dad look, maybe the Bose look will appeal to you more. If you like Yeezys, you just might like the Beats look.
Comfort: I have a pretty big head, and medium-ish sized ears. The clamping force is not too bad (plush earcups help a lot), and it’s reasonably comfortable. The sides of my ears touch the earcups, which do result in some fatigue over time (but again, not bad). You might have some fatigue wearing these after wearing these for a hour or two, but overall I think the comfort on these is fine.
Battery life: Seems to be as advertised so far. 22 hours of battery life between charges is pretty good IMO.
Overall, considering what is out there on the market from Bose and Sony for high end wireless headphones, I think these stack up really well. If anything changes, I’ll be sure to update my review.
Edit: I've had these for close to 3 weeks now and overall I'd say I still feel the about the same as I did when I initially bought these. They've become my daily driver for headphones (other than workouts), and I'm happy with them. The NC has proven to be pretty good in certain situations, not so good in others. They did pretty well on flights (been flying a lot recently), except for one time where I had the window seat and I was right next to the jet engine (the jet engine noise did come through in this instance). Otherwise they were fine. I did test out the call quality with these and it was actually pretty great, my voice came through "loud and clear". Lastly, sound leakage has been pretty good, it's impossible for people to tell what I'm listening to. I definitely recommend these.
I'll admit, it was a toss-up. The Studio 3's or the Sony 1000's. The Studio's stood out in ear cup comfort, Bluetooth range and style, but the audiophiles seemed to agree that the 1000's were superior. Although I don't own a set of Sony's, I had a chance to borrow a pair and do some side-by-side testing with my own ears. What I found is that as many have said, the Beats sweet spot is bass performance in terms of audio quality and overall, I'd have to give it to the Sony's. However, read on for the reason for my 5 stars.
I got my set for $130 cheaper than a pair of Sony's so it was a no-brainer for me. The Beat's look very stylish and have plenty of battery capacity. The buttons are easy to find and have a nice "click" sound so you know when you have pressed them. The ear cup foam is supple and even after wearing them for several hours, I had not head or ear fatigue. Bluetooth pairing is easy, even on my Google phone and the range is phenomenal as I walk around my shop. Speaking of, I work with laser engravers and they have very loud and high pitched fans. I don't have a decimal reading, but I would guess these phones block out at least 40% of the fan noise on the lasers. The noise cancelling absolutely works.
For audio quality testing, I tried several songs. First, B.O.B. f/Taylor Swift Both of us. The song intros with a guitar rift and Swift on vocals. You can hear each pick of the guitar with very crisp mid-tones. Swift's voice is smooth and has a full warmth to it. When the bass kicks in, the low frequency is spot on around 100hz. It is a bit loud for the song, but certainly not overpowering or annoying. Moving on, I listened to Pentatonix Hallelujah. The vocals and beat boxing are clean and crisp. The spatial separation of each singers key during the melody really puts you there; like you are in the concert hall with them.
Much like Chevy versus Dodge, I'm sure there will always be favorites and each model shines in its own way. I'm very satisfied with the features and functions of these headphones and I'm glad I purchased them. They may be a trendy name, but they don't skimp on sound quality, regardless of what the haters are saying. Lastly, I don't get anything for writing these reviews, other than the satisfaction of helping someone make an informed decision. If you found my review helpful, please click the yes button below. Thanks!
I think these are worth buying if you can get them at a discounted price or wait for them to get cheaper!
-Aesthetically the most gorgeous pair of headphones I own
-Included a hard shell case, charging cable, wired mode cable
-Battery life lasts long and charges within 10 minutes
-Pairing and device switching is really fast and simple
-Sound quality is good for EDM music
-Range on these is great. I can walk all over my apartment while they are connected to my computer, sound doesn't break up even from behind closed doors
-Beats Solo2 headphones are way more comfortable to wear. These are a lot tighter and heavier on my head than my Solo2 headphones so I can't wear them for longer than 3 hours if I'm working at my computer
-Bose 35 noise canceling feature is much better