• 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Headphones

    I had the original Beats Studio, the big and bulky silver ones with the red wire, and I liked them a lot. Great for studying in college and what not. However, not great for moving around because of the wire.

    These new Beats are better in every conceivable way. If you are a member of the Apple ecosystem like myself, they are a no-brainer. They connect seamlessly to all your devices, sound great, and have super intuitive controls on the side of the headphones. I can't compare sound quality or noise cancelling to Bose or Sony, but I take the bus to work every morning and the ANC really drowns out the noise incredibly effectively.

    One final note, the bass on the older versions of the Beats was very loud and bulky, and made even little things like listening to podcasts a little uncomfortable. The sound balance on these is wonderful.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Much better than I expected

    I was concerned about sounds quality but decided to get these after reading reviews from CNET and consumer report. I am very satisfied with my purchase. Highly recommend!

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Purely Wasted Potential

    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.

    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. Unfortunately, the mid-range can come off as muddy and slightly cluttered. There is a sense of clarity that is missing on Studio3.

    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.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    I realy like the apple beats sutio 3

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Poor sound quality; poor noise cancellation; uncomfortable

    Sound quality: the bass is ridiculously overwhelming, as usual for Beats. It's very muddy, not "punchy" at all, since it causes the earcup to resonate and also drowns out all other frequencies, e.g. vocals. You can easily find a pair of headphones that handles loud bass much better, without resorting to the "Bass Reducer" EQ setting. Speaking of vocals (heh), the frequency response of this pair doesn't really favor vocals and guitars.

    Active noise cancellation: it kinda works, but there is a huge obvious flaw. The ANC microphone picks up and _amplifies_ wind noise right into your ears. It's also very sensitive, so even the slightest movement of air (e.g. from a brisk walk) is enough for it to sound like there's a hurricane raging around you. It wasn't a problem with 3 other different noise cancelling headphone models I've used.

    Comfort: earcups are relatively small and exert a lot of pressure on your head. This might be uncomfortable for you, it is for me. They also don't rotate when folded.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    I really wanted to like these

    They seem great, controls are cool, the gold is gorgeous. They're really uncomfortable, they don't fit all the way over your ears, they don't cancel any noise, they have a high pitched tone in the left ear when music isn't playing, and the case is trash. I'm sad to return these as I have to find a better pair.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great sound with some mismatched accessories.

    For reference, I own Bose QC35, Sony MDR-1000x and the new Beats Studio3 (I just sold a gen 2 Studio Pro) and I sit on the living room floor, entertaining my wife with testing and comparing these headphones. The new Beats (after a long break in) sound pretty much like the gen 2’s but the ANC actually works. It’s not as good as the Bose or the Sony but it’s pretty good in most environments. Personally, I think the Beats has the best sounds for the wide variety of music that I listen to and I do like a lot of bass to come through in my home and mobile audio set ups. Since I like the sound of the Beats the most, I can give up a little ANC here and there. One of my tests is vacuuming the floors. In the past, I could never use my beats, I’d have to use the Bose QC’s but now, I can use the Studio3! They are 85% of the Bose but close enough to listen to music with the vac wailing away. Something I find maddening is that Beats provides us with a headphone cord that has a 90º angle where it plugs into the source. Well, since we have to use the idiotic lightning to 3.5mm dongle with the 90º plug the two shapes fight with each other (SJ could have never allowed such a mismatch!) To solve it, I got a straight cord, with iPhone controls from another retailer. Another irritant is that there is barely enough room in the egg shell case to hold a charging and 3.5mm cord. All my other headphones come with some form of cable management pocket, not the Beats (old or new versions). I was hoping that they would add that. I do like the fast fuel, it works as promised. Another dislike is the depth of the ear cups. They are so shallow that my small ears touch the inside! Back to the sound, it’s rich and full with deep, but not ridiculous, bass. I could go on and on but if you like the sound profile of the Beats, get the Studio3. The ANC actually works this time around!!

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Solos Sound Better

    I just received my Beats Studios today and I instantly wanted to see how they sounded compared to the Beats Solos I already own. Sadly I was disappointed because personally I think the Beats Solos sound better than the Studios because the Solos are able to go much louder than the Studios. I don't know if this just happens to be with the pair of Studios I received or with all of them in general, but it sort of bugs me that I'll be using my Solos more often then my Studios even though the Studios costed much more. If the Studios were the first Beats headphones I've ever owned, then I would've liked them much more since I wouldn't have been able to compare them to the Solos.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Better than Bose

    I already owned the Bose QC35 when getting these, so here is my comparison between the two:

    - The Beats offer far greater wireless range and stability along with easier pairing and switching between devices.
    - They both have similar battery life with ANC turned on (~20 hours) but the beats offer 20 additional hours with ANC off.
    - The sound profile is different between the two, but they both sound great.
    - The ANC is good on both headphones. In my experience the QC35's ANC is eliminating more noise immediately
    after being turned on, while the Beats ANC is supposed to be adaptive.
    - They both have similar controls on the headset but Beats also allow you to toggle ANC on and off.
    - You configure the Bose headphones through an app. The Beats are completely integrated with iOS like the AirPods.
    - Both have similar build quality. The Beats look better but The QC35's offer slightly better comfort. I noticed some ear/top of head pressure with the Beats.

    In short: I prefer the Beats.

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