• 3.0 out of 5 stars

    It's good but where is the lightning cable for iPhone?

    • Written by James U from London

    The headphone itself is pretty good and the sound quality is above average for Bluetooth headphones. However, the plastic quality makes it feel rather cheap and what is the story with using micro USB while they change everything else to lightning connector? (Beats X and etc) Also, why supply 3.5mm phone jack to 3.5mm instead of lightning? What about these people who own and iPhone 7 and after? Do we really have to use these ugly as adaptor? I refuse to.

    107 of 168 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Convenient, but not great sound

    • Written by David M from Menlo Park

    If sound quality is not of interest to you then this review will not be for you. I am obsessive about the sound experience of the reproduction devices I use, looking for those that duplicate at home as much as possible the same experience that I get at a concert. My tastes are eclectic, having heard in concert Philip Philips, André Rieu, the Mariinsky Stradivarius Ensemble, Joshua Bell, Yo Yo Ma, Arlo Guthrie, to name just a few. Some weeks I can attend 2 or 3 concerts. I occasionally score a great seat where I seat just 10 feet away from the performer, such as at the Philip Philips concert, but I am never more that 75 feet away from the stage.

    I have searched for a long time to find headphones which will give me this same experience at home. Ultimate Ears custom in-line monitors, Bose Quietcomfort 20 as well as over the ear, Phiaton PS210, Etymotic ER-4P (with custom ear plugs), Grado GS100i have all been tried. What I am listening for is the sound of the hammer hitting the strings on a piano, the sound of a symbol or drum being hit right in front of me. My Oppo PM-1's (wired) and Sennheiser RS 195's (wireless) give me that experience. The Studio3's do not.

    If you have ever needed to tone down the decibel level of a concert that is 105 db or higher (the point at which ear damage occurs within minutes) with earplugs you will get the same sound as the Studio3's. I have custom Etymotic ear plugs which I reluctantly use when needed. The bass is not affected, but the presence of the percussion instruments, particularly, is lost. Bass comes through fine, but those sounds which tell you that you are at a concert, the sound of the bow hitting strings, are gone. It is like listening to compressed 256 kbs streaming music.

    As for other features the Studio3's look nice (better than the Sennheisers), but both are almost all plastic which seems to be the default material in this price range.. The lights which indicate startup and shutdown are attractive. The pairing with apple devices is certainly very easy. I haven't really compared the noise cancelling with my Bose Quietcomfort 20's, but I do find it annoying to have to keep turning off the ANC every time I start them up. I use them in a quiet environment at home where I want to hear what is happening on the stove. Even though my house is cold (upper 60's), they still are sweaty.

    My wireless Sennheiser RS 195s give me a bit better bass, and have the presence that the Studio3's don't have for about the same price. But this isn't totally a fair comparison, as the Studio3 is for use on portable devices connected via Bluetooth, and the Sennheisers are used for television viewing and have a combined stand and broadcast base station. So I may be unfair, possibly this lack of presence is a bluetooth limitation.

    I put up with the sound when I'm moving around since they are so convenient to use, but for real listening I use my Oppo planar headphones or my home theater stereo tower speakers.

    So my ratings would b4:

    Convenience *****
    Appearance ****
    Sound ***
    Price **

    34 of 44 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Great product, expensive, doesn't work in cold

    • Written by Matthew K

    I use these everyday for a year + . Here are my pros and cons.---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- PROS:.............................................................................................. -Comfortable, I could go the whole day without taking them off. I've read that people needed to "break them in" so that the headphone band would be looser. I have a smaller head. So it wasn't an issue. Even with glasses, I could wear them for hours ......................................................................................................................... - Sounds is good. I'm no audiophile, and I mainly listen to Hip-Hop/R&B. I use it mostly with the ANC on, and I'm quite satistied ........................................................................................................................ - ANC works well. During commutes to work, having the ANC has become almost essential now. You will still perceive the loud noises coming from a bus or subway train, but you won't hear people talking at all for example, if your volume is turned up loud enough. I'm young and careless, so most of the time I have the volume at max level ............................................................................................................................. - Battery last a long time, and is quite quick to charge, no complaints there. I charge them on average everyday 2-3 days. Can last longer if you have ANC off .............................................................................................................................. - Bluetooth range is ok, adequate for my use. Maybe 20-30m away and you would lose connection. Haven't really tested it. I currently used them with my Pixel 2 .................................................................................................... CONS:...................................................................................................................... - Main one, battery SHUTS OFF in the cold. I live in Canada, 1/4 of the year will be -15 degrees Celsius. No matter the battery level, after some time in the cold, they will power off, and can be powered back on once they have warmed up. I would not buy for that reason, or I would have alternative headphones for the winter ...................................................................................................................... - Connection issue. Sometimes the sound would cut off randomly. In that instances, I would simply power off then power back on the beats. My main device is a Pixel 2, but the issue was also common with my Nexus 6p ...................................................................................................................... - Cut off/clicks. It happens sometimes. I don't pay it much mind ................................................................................................................... TLDR: Good heaphones, expensive with some minor issues, DOES NOT WORK IN COLD WEATHER. Good for warm climates/summer weather.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Average $349 product

    • Written by Jatin C

    Pros-: ~Built quality is good ,though not recommended to use more than 1 hr at a stretch ~Battery is awesome 22hrs with ANC and 40hrs without ANC ~First charging ~Connectivity is awesome Cons-: ~I found out that so called Pure ANC is not as good as compare to Bose QC 35 and other market leaders ~Sound quality is not good in comparison to other good headphones with same price range ~Can not use continuously for more than 1hr ~Noice cancelling is not working during a phone call. Advice to Beats-: They should release a software which should address these issues.

    7 of 9 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    ANC needs work

    • Written by Geoffrey M from SAINT PAUL

    I spent almost an hour comparing Studio3 to Bose QC35 II inside an Apple Store. I chose Beats for the seamless Bluetooth transfers to Apple products. ANC is not perfect and needs some work, especially for use on aircraft:
    - Embraer 175 seated behind wings, ANC worked
    - Boeing 737-700 seated behind wings, ANC worked
    - Bombardier CRJ700 - seated in last row, under engines, ANC failed. The ANC seemed to cycle from working about 40 sec to enhancing engine noise, especially in the left speaker, for 20 sec.
    Air nozzles also mess with the ANC, similar to wind complaints in other reviews. For the price, I wish the ANC performed better!

    6 of 8 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Better then Studio 2

    • Written by Joseph C from Farmington mo

    Had my beats studio 2s long enough for the warranty to run out, then the charge port broke. Bought the Studio 3 and love the sound on them, though it sounds like there is less bass then the 2's. Noice cancelation is definitely better. I think its sad that apple hasn't upgraded to USB C or Lightning ports on these for charging or wireless charging. I do love that these are much easier to switch across all my apple products, no turning off and on just selecting them from the device I want to use them with the hand off is great.

    6 of 8 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Awesome

    • Written by Freddy L

    Expensive but the warranty helps if the product is damaged.

    6 of 10 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    good but....

    • Written by james C

    great features - comfortable - sounds good - look good - but.... the bass is entirely anticlimactic.

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Plug to my iphone 7

    • Written by Karina Z

    The beats solo3 wireless that I bought was great, but the only issue I had was to plug the headphone in to my iphone7. Since the end of the headphone cord is not the same as the 3.5mm jack of the iphone7. I could only use the beats solo3 by bluetooth as I lost my iphone dongle. I would of love to have a special beats dongle like the iphone one, as it would of come in handy.

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Beats Studio 3 Wireless

    • Written by Jaycob F from Paris

    For anyone buying this product, there are some things you should know before buying it. Now, before I say this, I’m no audiophile, but I do know my headphones. Pros~ noise cancelling is great, on some instances. I personally use mine for travel, and they work great, but if you’re on a bumpy spot in the road, or not so smooth pavement, they shake, the sound goes all wack. Another pro is the fact that there isn’t insanely annoying bass, like he previous models, there’s decent clarity, but nothing in compare to the Sony WH1000MX2’s. My last pro is th ear cushions, probably the best I’ve used. They cover my ears completely and I never have any pain with the ear part or the headphones. Cons- the bass isn’t there when you need it for a song, it just sounds a little off. Another con is the headband, I can only listen for about an hour, and then it causes annoying pain on my head. My last con is that you can’t lisren to them loudly for a long time, I recently had a pair, and I didn’t even use them for a year, and the speakers blew out. Now I’m not someone who listens to music at full blast at all, but a headphone this price should have the interior durability that one would expect. I would recommend this for just indoor, travel or personal use, but nothitnctoo serious.

    6 of 11 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Sound Quality But...

    • Written by Michael P

    I own a pair of Black Studio 3's but after two months of solid use, the hinge located on the left side, has broken and the headphones are no longer useable.

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Lacking in mid - high range

    • Written by Sarah E

    I really wish beats would stop advertising their exceptional mid-high range as it’s really not there. The mid range is muddy and the highs are tinny. Definitely not optimal for classical music. I’ll be returning these.

    1 of 2 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Disappointed

    • Written by Billy R from Lake Worth

    I just came back from my first flight after purchasing the Beats Studio 3 headphones. I bought them primarily because they offered the highest volume of any others I tried but I quickly realized that the cost for this was in the sound quality. I will return these headphones and go for ones with better sound quality, as soon as I can figure out which ones that would be.

    2 of 4 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Headphone cushions

    • Written by P K

    I love my Beats but the cushions on the headphone is awful. For the amount of money I paid for the headphones I expected the quality to be much better. I had to replace the cushions 6 months after I purchase them. The sound is better than any headphones I have ever had, but the cushions are the worst.

    1 of 2 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Good, but...

    • Written by Fred K from Prescott

    For $350 they should be good. I use them daily at Planet Fitness and charge them about once a month. Two issue however: 1) When I charge them all of the lights never go steady. The last one is always blinking. There's no help about this on the DRE site and the instructions that come with the earphones are minimalist in the extreme. 2) Although I have a MacBook Pro, the Beats "Updater" will not download. All I get is "Decompression Failed." Again, no help in the support section of DRE or Apple.

    6 of 13 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Very disappointed

    • Written by Olivier N

    Wow... I gave 5 s to the solo3 but I'm giving 3 to the studio3. Like why would you make a legendary headphone such as solo3 wireless & make an so much waited one (Studio3) lower??? I mean removing the passive listening (to listen when battery is off) option is killing the beauty. Plus if it's supposed to make a difference by being over ear, why does it sit a bit on ears (create so much fatigue, and hurt the ear ) after 90 min the ear gets tired and painful. Really disappointed because I was waiting for the studio update, hope there is a new edition coming after a while. If yes please anonce it ASAP so I can wait again.

    14 of 29 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Not the same as Previous model

    • Written by James S

    I owned a pair of the Studio Wireless Beats prior to this pair which was a Christmas gift. The sound on the previous model was more crisp with more bass and overall better sound quality. The new Studio 3 has a muffled sound and less bass output. Totally disappointed but I appreciate the gift. The only problem was that my older pair was that I couldn’t find any replaceable earmuffs.

    6 of 14 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    No lightning connector

    • Written by Todd E from Portland

    Super annoying, when the battery dies you cannot charge these with a lightning cable, nor listen to them over lightning. Are you kidding me Apple! My Beats X have had lightning for over a year, but why on earth do the NEW Studios have micro USB instead?

    5 of 12 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Form is Great. Function is Fair.

    • Written by STEVE H from PARK RIDGE

    I bought the Beats Sutdio3 for by daughter because that is what she wanted. I gave them a serious listen which included some time on a flight to Phoenix with her. The styling is great. The wireless works well. Battery life if good. Noise canceling is above average. She's happy. But I own a pair of PSB M4U 2 which are highly rated by audio magazines. They simply are in another league for sound quality at the same price. Much clearer. Better bass. Lager sound stage. No competition. They are heavier because you need big magnets for the drivers to deliver great bass and fast transitions. The Studio3 are light. Little magnets make for weaker sound. The laws of physics can't be broken. Now my headphones don't cancel noise quite as well. They are not as stylish. And they are not wireless. But if you buy headphones to really enjoy music you'll find better at the same price elsewhere.

    3 of 8 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    No Bass

    • Written by Talya C

    The only downside of these headphones is that there is little to no bass.

    4 of 15 people found this useful