Hey, there folks, love them or hate them, Beats Studio headphones are among the most popular headphones of all time. This is the fourth generation of them, the Beats Studio Pro, and they carry the same $350 list price as the previous model and look very similar on the outside, though there are some big changes on the inside that make it a significantly better headphone.
Design, Fit and Comfort
First things first, the design debate. I must admit, I was hoping for a fresh look, considering the previous version was released six years ago. However, Apple’s decision to stick with the iconic design makes sense in some ways. The new Beats Studio Pro does look familiar on the outside, but it’s the internal changes that make all the difference.
The addition of USB-C charging is a much-appreciated upgrade, bringing faster charging times and convenience. The new earpads, with their upgraded memory foam and engineered faux leather, provide a more comfortable and durable experience, and they create a better seal around the ears which enhances the noise-cancelling performance.
Cosmetically, I’m glad the obnoxious Beats logo on the headband is gone, and the elimination of the “Studio Wireless 3” label on the side is a relief. The simple label on the left inside of the headband works just fine. Also, it’s great to see Beats moving towards more environmentally-friendly practices with increased use of recycled materials.
Features and Connectivity
Now, onto features. The Studio Pro offers a wealth of upgrades, but there are a few misses as well. As an Android user, I appreciated the multi-point Bluetooth pairing with automatic switching between linked devices, though some Apple users may prefer manual switching. Spatial audio with head tracking is a delightful addition for Apple users, providing an immersive video-watching experience. However, the absence of ear detection sensors was a letdown, as I’ve grown accustomed to this feature in most premium headphones.
Is the Noise Cancelling Any Good?
The noise-cancelling performance of the Beats Studio Pro is quite good. The headphones employ an adaptive noise-cancelling system, which means it continuously adjusts to the ambient noise around you, providing an immersive and uninterrupted listening experience. While it may not be the absolute best noise-cancelling available on the market, it is comparable to top noise-cancelling headphones from other leading brands like Sony and Bose. For most users, the Studio Pro’s noise-cancelling capabilities will be satisfactory, especially considering its competitive pricing.
How Good Do They Sound?
As for sound quality, I’m quite impressed with Studio Pro’s performance. The custom 40-millimetre drivers deliver clear, defined sound, with tight and punchy bass that complements various music genres. The highs are slightly sculpted, giving the headphones a more aggressive sound signature, which I found enjoyable. While not the absolute best in the market, the noise-cancelling does an excellent job, of blocking out external noise with an adaptive system.
Battery life is another area where the Studio Pro shines. The 40-hour rating at 50% volume is impressive, and in my experience, they lasted even longer. The new rectangular soft case is a major improvement over the previous hard case, though it can be a tad challenging to get the headphones in and out.
- Improved Design
- Enhanced Comfort
- Versatile Connectivity
- Great Sound Quality
- Effective Noise Canceling
- Long Battery Life
- Foldable and Portable
- Absence of Ear Detection Sensors
- The Price
- Limited EQ Options in Wireless Mode
Is it Worth Buying?
All in all, the Beats Studio Pro is a solid choice for those seeking premium noise-cancelling headphones. While the design remains unchanged, the internal improvements make it a significant upgrade over its predecessor, the Studio 3 Wireless. However, it faces stiff competition from other top-tier offerings like the Sony 1000XM5 and upcoming Bose flagship headphones. If you can find a good deal, these headphones are definitely worth considering, as they deliver a satisfying audio experience and comfortable wear during extended listening sessions.
So, there you have it, my take on the Beats Studio Pro. Remember, everyone’s preferences differ, so make sure to weigh your options carefully and choose the headphones that best suit your needs and musical tastes.
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