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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Purely Wasted Potential

    Posted
    Michae
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    Studio3 Review After building up my expectations for Studio3 to be an industry-leading wireless headphone based on the momentum of the fantastic Solo3 that preceded it, Apple’s infinite resources and talent, and the groundbreaking W1 chip, I ended up being extremely disappointed with Studio3. Beats had the opportunity to change the headphone industry with their flagship wireless headphone much in the same way AirPods created a new category, but instead settled on complacency and mediocrity. Design Appearance The design is the high point of Studio3 as it retains Beats’ signature stylish understated look, but even the aesthetic feels dated since it recycles the design from the 2013 Studio 2.0 model. Of the six colors available at launch, Shadow Gray and Porcelain Rose showcase gorgeous color schemes and make a better case for an upgrade; however, it’s a testament to how poorly Beats handled the development of Studio3 that the two colors that look fresh and fashionable are not sold at most retailers. Build quality Studio3 falls short in this regard as the overall construction feels hollow rather than reassuring. While Studio3 is unlikely to be as problematic as Studio 2.0 due in part to new stitching on the ear-pads that is supposed to rectify the issues many had with the previous model, it also does not feel as premium as the design makes the headphones appear from a distance. The plastic creaks when I put them on my ears and move my head, the hinge mechanism feels loose and imprecise, and Studio3’s design as a whole is lacking a solidness to it that would be expected at this price point. (This is not due to the relatively lightweight nature of Studio3, the headphones simply are lacking a rigidness that would classify them as high-end.) Comfort/fit It does seem that Beats takes care in developing the comfort of its headphones, and it shows with soft, moderately comfortable ear-pads that are well-padded. They are quite shallow relative to other headphones, which I assumed was by design to provide a better bass response and more stable fit but neither came to fruition in my testing. However, this design does provide a solid level of passive isolation. While Studio3 is perfectly fine for sitting at a desk for a few hours at a time or walking around, in my personal testing I found they were not well-suited for exercise. At the gym I found myself re-adjusting them a dozen times, never happy with the fit, and they were not stable enough to run in. Mileage will vary in regards to fit, but the Studio3 while fairly comfortable did not provide a stable enough fit for me to continue actively using them. Packaging Basically the same unboxing experience Beats has featured for the past few years. Clean, sophisticated, luxurious. The hard case included feels premium and is easily a luxury item. If we were judging Studio3 on packaging alone, it would receive top marks. Sound “Studio-quality” sound signature Sorry Beats, you blew it on sound. It’s not exciting enough to be a fun headphone nor is it clean enough to be an audiophile-grade headphone. Instead, it is in an awkward consumer-compromised middle ground. Bass Studio3 has a sub-bass roll-off that makes the bass presentation too focused on the upper bass, which leads to the bass lacking the fullness that would give it impact and body. This mid/upper-bass emphasis can add weight to certain bass notes, but on a whole leaves the bass lacking the emotion and definition that would be expected. Mid-range Unfortunately, the mid-range can come off as muddy and slightly cluttered. There is a sense of clarity that is missing on Studio3. Studio3 would not be defined as “bassy”; rather, Studio3 is a balanced headphone that lacks the resolution that should come from a relative lack of bass impact. Yet, the mid-range manages to almost sound as muddy as it does on headphones that have a much more pronounced bass tuning due to a focus on the upper bass/lower mid-range. Treble Inaccurate at times but the treble does cover a full range and can bring out the best in certain instruments. This is the one aspect of the sound I cannot really fault. Also note that Studio3 has a closed soundstage which means that instruments do not have as much space between them as discerning listeners would prefer. Overall Surprisingly, I find the sound signature to be best-suited for listening to music at about 50% volume as it is quite well-balanced even if it is not adequate for studio mixing or critical listening. Regardless, Beats has reverted back to providing audio that underperforms for the price and that is disappointing. Studio3 isn’t competitive at its price point as $349 can buy premium build quality and sound from other brands. Active Noise Cancellation (“Pure ANC”) Studio3 provides above-average active noise cancellation that doesn’t compare to its closest competition. It is capable enough to block out certain low and high frequencies, but is inadequate at providing total isolation. Bose’s QC35 II and Sony’s 1000X line provides far more isolating ANC at a cost to the sound. What Beats’ Pure ANC lacks in strength, it makes up for in clarity as it does preserve the quality of the audio and I found Studio3 with ANC enabled to provide a better listening experience than with it disabled. There is a hiss when ANC is enabled that I find is not as pronounced on similar ANC headphones; consequently, I do wish the ANC was more transparent in this regard even though the hiss does slightly dissipate over time. Pure ANC will be good enough for most users though, especially those not seeking the total sanctuary of Bose or Sony’s ANC. Wireless connectivity Beats totally wasted their opportunity to create the first no-compromise over-ear wireless headphone while Apple’s W1 chip is still a year or two ahead of the competition in connection strength, reliability, and range. Apple has developed the best Bluetooth technology on the market, and the AAC Bluetooth codec Apple uses to transmit audio from iOS/Mac OS makes it so that there is truly zero quality degradation between wired and wireless when it’s used with sources like Apple Music that stream AAC files. While the W1 chip is the foundational feature of Studio3 and provides wireless audio with zero compromises, Studio3 presents compromises in every other area. Conclusion Beats took three steps back after Solo3 turned out to absolutely exceed every expectation I had for them, and BeatsX punched above its weight as a wireless headphone with performance that competed with wired headphones at the same price point. Studio3 is iterative rather than innovative, and after four years that is not enough. Purely wasted potential. Note to Beats by Dre: Beats is expected to produce fun, energetic headphones. Rather than sculpting the sound as Beats has on every Studio model, keep it simple like Solo3’s almost excellent signature which features a mostly even boost throughout the entire bass range, scooped mids that manage to sound natural, and a rolled-off but fairly articulate treble; undoubtedly, Solo3 is the best headphone Beats has produced to date in my opinion (and the opinion of audiophiles like Tyll from Innerfidelity). Focus on developing innovative new tunings and driver technologies to produce quality sound while still retaining a healthy, linear bass boost of 5-10dB. I would not expect Beats to attempt to imitate audiophile brands like Sennheiser as Beats has its niche; effectively, Beats should be figuring out better ways to reach its end goal of bringing out the emotion in a song while also providing the details the artists intended listeners to hear. Ultimately Studio3 is a misstep which doesn’t have a lot of bass presence and also doesn’t have a particularly clean sound signature. I do truly believe Beats has the potential to make the best wireless headphones on the market; in fact, in many ways I firmly believe Solo3 is best-in-class. An over-ear headphone with an exciting bass boost and clarity throughout all the other frequencies could be a game-changer, and Solo3 has proved that Beats is capable of producing the type of sound that they so masterfully market.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Very expensive for mediocre sound and performance

    Posted
    cambib
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    First off, these headphones are very expensive. For $350... forget it! $300... a little better but unless you’re a real Beats/Apple fan, still too expensive. I got mine in the shadow grey color on sale at $250. Now for that price, they’re okay. The sound is good but it won’t blow you away. They’re not too “bassy” and the noise cancellation works very well. It comes in handy at the noisy gym so I don’t have to play my music as loud. As far as looks go, they’re beautiful. For $250 plus tax I’d expect them to at least LOOK amazing since they don’t sound amazing. These are definitely pretty headphones that will get you noticed. If you care about that sort of thing, go ahead and get these. If I could return these I would, even though I got them at such a low price considering their retail price, buuut since I can’t I guess I’m stuck with them. They’re not horrible or even bad headphones I just think for the price point you can get some better sounding headphones with the same features.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    it's okay

    Posted
    Scilla
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    So I purchased this beats for my son and daughter. The metal clasp can be a bit faulty and screws that hold headphones giving the capability to adjust seems a bit flawed in design. The screws can easily become undone from under the metal clasp, if this happens the the headphone will detach from the head holster portion voiding a warranty. I sent this in to apple for repair, and this automatically voided the warranty falling under "physical damage" leaving you to pay for another beats head phone out right. Over $300 and four months into this beats, I was livid. This was an obvious defective beats but you will need to fight apple tooth and nail to have them see it that way. When the headphones gets sent to repair, the technician automatically writes this off without contacting her regarding what led to situation of physical device impairment instead they make the assumption this was "physically damaged". If you love beats, BUY THE BEATS PRO. So much more worth it.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good but...

    Posted
    Zlofty
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    I bought these for myself because I have a MacBook, iPhone, Apple Watch, iPod and iPad. They pair seamlessly with each device and sound good but the “leather” on the ear cups peel off very easy. It goes everywhere around your ears and looks awful. I don’t love the noise cancelling. It kinda feels like when your ears need to pop when you get off a plane or drive through the mountains. I would not spend the money on them again. I think I would buy a pair of Sony mx1000 rather than these. The Sony are much more level sound stage and these are bassy. Not that it’s a bad thing, but I cannot use them when I mix music because it sounds completely different on other headphones compared to these. I also have a pair of ATH m50x a pair of Vmoda m200 and the only reason I use the beats over the other pairs of headphones is because of how fast and easy it is to connect with my apple products.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    get the beats pro instead

    Posted
    Scilla
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    So I purchased this beats for my son and daughter. The metal clasp can be a bit faulty and screws that hold headphones giving the capability to adjust seems a bit flawed in design. The screws can easily become undone from under the metal clasp, if this happens the the headphone will detach from the head holster portion voiding a warranty. I sent this in to apple for repair, and this automatically voided the warranty falling under "physical damage" leaving you to pay for another beats head phone out right. Over $300 and four months into this beats, I was livid. This was an obvious defective beats but you will need to fight apple tooth and nail to have them see it that way. When the headphones gets sent to repair, the technician automatically writes this off without contacting her regarding what led to situation of physical device impairment instead they make the assumption this was "physically damaged". If you love beats, BUY THE BEATS PRO. So much more worth it.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Average headphone with above average price

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    Gladysandthepics
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    These headphones are a little disappointing, while the construction is pretty reliable and the case it comes with is probably the best accessory. The sound is ok and not to impressive, however, the bluetooth hookup is pretty quick and self efficient. the biggest problem is using the headphones for conversations. While in a closed environment you could have a handset free conversation. But do yourself a favor and leave the headphones home when you take it outside as the mic is useless. Several times I've had issues with the Beats, being in the busy streets in New York City the callers couldn't hear at all. This was the main reason I purchased the Beats as a handsfree alternative to ear pods and wired plugs. Wish the price would've half of what is was, better yet in hindsight, I would've like to purchased the Sony's instead.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    I returned them

    Posted
    cfarber
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    I tried em out for a couple weeks.. went back and forth between these and my first gen Bose QC 35s, the Bose had so much more sound depth. Had my brother do the same as he is more of a sound snob/critic than I am.. The highs, mids, lows.. all sounded better on the QCs. I loved the look of the midnight black, but I didn’t love the fit. They squeezed pretty tightly on my head and they felt pretty rigid like I might break em one day just putting them on (I do have a large head, but never a problem with Bose) I did think that the noise cancellation of the Beats was as good as the QCs. Bottom line, It’s not like they sounded bad, just not what I expected from such a popular brand and at the price point.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Nice headphones - noise cancellation not so

    Posted
    elph

    I have been looking at noise cancelling headphones for a while now. I couldn't decide between these and Bose. Very early one morning BB ran these on sale for $249 and I purchased the Beats. They were delivered that day, I charged them fully and turned them on. I put them on and could still here the music playing through my computer speakers. I clicked the button twice to make sure the ANC was on and actually turned it off, and the computer music became much louder. I clicked twice again and while the music became quieter it could still be heard quite clearly. I returned them a few days later. The headphones looked well made and came with a hard case and two connecting cables, one to charge the other to use hooked to your device if you wanted. If ANC isn't a big issue for you then I would recommend these Beats, if ANC is an issue you may want to look elsewhere. I hated to return them, I had a super price.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    They’re ok

    Posted
    Rajon
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    So I grew up listening to rap and hip hop and beats were the go to headphones for that , I had a pair of beats studio two wireless headphones and they were great I loved them they’d shake on my head from the bass so when the studio 3 wireless came out in that grey in gold color I was like oh I’m totally getting those and I did ..... just to be disappointed, THERES BARELY ANY BASS RESPONSE , Theyre way quieter and they just don’t sound like they’re made for rap anymore and that’s sad because that’s what the brand was built off of, it seems like they’re made for pop or country now just anything that doesn’t have a lot of bass , so if you’re looking for bass just pick yourself up a pair of beats x because you’ll be disappointed with that you hear with the beats

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Ok sound but stylish

    Posted
    IanC
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    First off I want to say that these headphones are very stylish. If you’re gonna get it to fit in with your crew then that’s a good reason. But, and I mean big BUT, if sound quality and comfort is your thing then it’s hard for me to recommend this product for that reason. I wear these to work out, when I do household chores and of course for commuting and traveling. After about 45 min of wearing the beats be ready for earaches. Not only that the sound quality and noise canceling features are nothing like a Bose or the Sony headphones at competitive prices! I bought this when it was on sale and got lucky when I found an open box. So big discount. That’s the only reason why I got them. Should’ve ate the money and got the Sony.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    It’s decent

    Posted
    Peach
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    I bought these so that I could study in my living room without getting distracted by other people talking. And for the most part, I couldn’t hear anyone unless they were shouting. I wore them at a Starbucks and I guess the store’s music was too loud because there was no noise canceling happening at all. Also, if you have long hair, be careful! My hair gets caught in the outer part of the headphones, where your ears are covered. It’s ripped a few strands out to the point where I thought about returning it but I decided to just be much more careful with how I put them on and take them off.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Great upgrade from previous version

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    Tpck12
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    This is a great upgrade from the previous version. The addition of the W1 chip makes connection to devices quick and easy and almost instantaneously. The battery life is quite an improvement. The ANC (Adaptive Noise Cancelling) is much better than the previous version as well too but it’s not quite close to the BOSE QC35 and for the price you’re better off going with the BOSE. I have used both the BOSE and these on an airplane and there were little leaks in background noise for the Beats versus the BOSE.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Great Set but not fairly priced

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    Tony
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    To sum it all up they are a nice set. Battery life, Pacakging, Sound and style are all great. But personally to me for $275 they are not worth the quality compared to others. I have a gaming headset that was $100 and those have better performance in sound, built, battery life, and have multiple presets, dedicated app, component replacements for extreme customization. I know a gaming headset isn’t the same as what Beats are doing but in the age where we’ve seen phones turn into cameras, mini pc, audio rec, it shouldn’t be shunned to be versatile speacially since my Artemis Aurora(Logi Headset) can be used as a regular headset.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Build quality is meh

    Posted
    psk2310
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    I had the previous version of the studios from another retailer but some of the plastic cracked. Luckily I had an extended warranty that reimbursed me. I went with these again because I loved the idea of a 40 hour battery. I don’t care about noise canceling either so I also liked the idea of being able to turn it off. The sound is fine but what I don’t like is how the adjustable slide of the headphones seems very very fragile. It feels like it will wear very easily over a short time. I’ll continue to try it out by I think I’m going to exchange these for the Bose qc35 IIs...

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    You don’t get what you pay for...

    Posted
    Dadof5
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    This product is highly overrated! Spending nearly $400, I expected much more... It’s quite sad. I was greatly disappointed in the quality of sound. The product itself looks great, made with great materials, but lacks in the purpose of the product. I took them back two weeks later. I purchased the crusher wireless from skull candy upon returning... Whoa! Now that’s what I was looking for. Try Crusher Wirless if you like to control your sound, especially if you like bass

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Sound really good but poor craftsmanship

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    EdmondDantes
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    The plastics they use on these headphones is garbage. I’m not a clumsy person, but my headphones accidentally dropped 4 feet on the bathroom floor, and now they are basically totaled. I replaced them with a pair of Surface Headphones, and the surface sound 10% better, are way more durable and the Surface have USB C. I love Apple, but they need to improve the craftsmanship on these and replace the micro USB port with USB C

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good but Not worth the upgrade

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    M1KE
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    The Sound quality sounds the same as the Studio 2, the pure ANC doesn't live up to the hype, there are way better options. i do like the colors and style of the headphones but its definitely not worth the upgrade from the studio 2. they still have good sound quality, you can't go wrong with these but i wish they would've improved the ANC. still a good pair of headphones.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Don't buy for sound quality

    Posted
    RSmith
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    These are ultimately disappointing. The noise canceling works well, they are comfortable, and pairing with my iPhone was very easy. Sound quality - I was looking for a noise canceling, wireless headphone to replace my Turtle Beach Elite 800X headphones (gaming headphones with limited battery life) when I travel. The sound quality of these Beats are nowhere near adequate or detailed. Returning these and trying to Sony 1000xm2.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Very bass heavy, old school controls

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    69GTO
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    These headphones do not sound as good as my old Studio2 model. They are very bass heavy and the controls on the left ear cup for volume and track up/down, are mechanical. So you hear and feel a "click" every time you press a button. The noise cancellation is not as good as Sony's M3, Bose's 35 II or Cleer's Flow headphones. Disappointed.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good heaphones

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    jjimenez21
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    The sound is good and the battery life is amazing but I had to returned them because they are a bit uncomfortable after wearing them for more than 30mins. Other than that there are a good product but I ended up buying the Sony and this Sony headphones are by far the best headphones ever! Better than the Bose too.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend