It has been more than three years, but the wait is finally over; the new Beats Studio headphones are out, but are they worth their $349.95 retail price?
The Beats Studio 3 Wireless headphones have better noise canceling and Apple’s W1 chip, and apart from having a longer battery life, the headphones’ interiors have also be redesigned.
The Outside Look
They are available in six colors; from the classic black to the limited edition gray with gold accents. With improved ear cushioning, these new Beats offer more comfort for the all-day wearer, but the overall exterior look of the Studio 3 headphones still takes after typical Beats.
Their design takes after that of the Solo 3 Wireless headphones, the only difference being that Studio 3 headphones are over-ear and slightly larger.
With the Apple’s W1 chip included in the design, users can now pair their Studio 3 headphones with their Macs, iPads, and iPhones. As long as these devices are nearby, the simple pairing should take effect within seconds.
With noise cancellation on, the battery can last up to 22 hours when the headphones are paired with an Apple device using the W1 chip. This battery life outperforms Sony’s MDR-1000X and Bose’s QC35 headphones, and even with the noise cancellation feature on, users of the Studio 3 can still expect to enjoy the same quality of sound as before.
The same battery will last up to 40 hours when in low power mode; supporting only audio. One only has to double tap the power button to turn noise canceling on and off.
A 10-minute charge can guarantee three more listening hours, and pairing this with the Class 1 Bluetooth feature, the reliability and long-range connectivity of the Studio 3 headphones seems too good to be true.
More about the Noise Cancellation Feature
The Beats Studio headphones that came before the Studio 3 also has noise canceling features, but these new headphones take an entirely different approach on this front. They even gave it a new name; the Pure ANC (Pure Adaptive Noice Cancelling).
As a user listens using the Studio 3, these headphones will keep on checking in on their surroundings and adjust the noise cancellation feature accordingly. They have an inbuilt algorithm that allows them to either reduce or increase the noise canceling strength depending on whether the user is in a coffee shop or an airplane.
Leakage caused by factors such as glasses or hair is compensated for, and when the intensity of noise in a listener’s surrounding changes, it only takes five seconds for the headphones to make up for the shift.
Beats, just like Bose and Sony, also allows its users to personalize their headphone experience. With Apple’s W1 chip installed in them, Studio 3 headphones provide far greater freedoms to a listener. The ability to pair themselves to any W1 supported Apple product makes them easier and more comfortable to use.
Given the constant shift in battery life and Pure ANC, the headphones have revamped silicon and processing power. They, however, still make use of a micro USB connector.
There is a significant increase in the price of Beats headphones, but the sound quality that users are getting out of the deal might just be worth it.