Beats Studio 3

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Originally helmed by famous hip-hop mogul Dr. Dre, Beats headphones grew in popularity in a frighteningly short period of time since its initial release. These iconic headphones with their imposingly heavy design and eye-catching logo quickly became the most popular music listening accessory for the youth and in urban communities. Because of their overwhelming popularity, Beats was acquired by Apple in 2014 as part of their hardware lineup.

Since that point, this company has grown to the point that it releases a wide variety of music listening devices and accessories. Aside from their classic headphones, they have also released wireless earbuds and the Pill portable speaker to considerable acclaim from critics and consumers alike. However, it’s the Beats Studio 3 that showcase what drew people to this manufacturer in the first place. With an outward appearance reminiscent of their earliest products and internal components powerful enough to handle professional audio production, these are some of the best headphones for fashion, fitness, or producing the next hit single.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros
  • Fantastic sound quality
  • Terrific comfort
  • Excellent battery life
  • Appealing visual style
Cons
  • Very expensive
  • Lacks EQ features
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Positive
  • I wasn't sure about these because the last ones sucked. These do not. THey are really insulated and the they are nice and cozy on my ears. These get over 40 hours and have great range of connectivity.
  • Good range of connectivity for sure. These are really easy to connect to and the sound is really nice and clear. I wish they would remember my settings, I have to change them every time put them on.
  • I bought these or aesthetics but I have been pleased across the board. These are WAY better than the Solo version. The seamlessness of the bluetooth is really nice and makes using them easier. I use these all the time, I am really enjoying them.
  • I was not originally a fan of Beats. They overdid the base and didn't allow you to get a good sound of the whole music that was playing. Now that Apple owns them, They are so nice and sound amazing. They are super easy to use with the W! chip. I am over the moon with these.
  • I am able to sleep with these for a little over 3 nights before they start to die. It has a noise cancelling setting, which works great. Really great headphones if you ask me.
  • These are really tuned well. I was surprised how well the noise cancellation worked. THey upgraded the cushioning at it is nice and cozy.These are a nice upgrade at a decent price compared to other brands.
  • The controls are really easy and convenient. They have a great noise sensor that adjust to ambients. They are seamless when pairing.
  • Thes have a great iOS pairing system. The battery life seems to last FOREVER. They have a nice balance to them compared to old Beats. They do not look as clean as they do in the photo though.
  • They have a chord if you want to connect. The battery is really good and last a long time. The ear pads are cozy and don't cause pain unless you have them on for hours and hours at a time. They are really well balanced with a nice level of bass.
  • These are some of the best notice cancelling headphones on the market. They stay charged for a really long time as well.
  • These are far more superior to the Pro’s or the COWIN E7s. The Audio is great and isn't affected by the ANC. These are not as good as Bose but they are great for the price.
  • These are way better than the Solo 3s They have a crisper sound and better connectivity. They are very comfortable and the case is nice that they come with.
  • I ended up replacing the earpads, they have 3 hit points that annoyed me and gave me a bit of pain. Other than that, they sound is superb and the nose elimination is perfect.
  • These are great when comparing the, to Sennheisers. They are so good with connectivity and last for ever on the charge. They are well balanced and better than Apple buds for sure.
  • Quick change on these works very well and they stay charged for hours upon hours. Sound is the best I have ever had in a headphone.
  • I love the look and style of these compared to my old Beats. They are really great headphones. They sync up effortlessly and have a great range of connectivity. They seem to be more durable than my last pair and I had those 7 years.
  • These have been great at droning out life. They are so quiet and nice eliminating. Not the best wireless I have had but the sound is great and they are comfortable.
  • I do have to say these are really overpriced. They are a bit thinner than the old Beats. They are great with connection on distance and the battery life is good. Probably buy Bose next time.
  • Good quality and super durable. I never have connection issues when changing devices. They last for days too.
  • I love the button design, it is really nice and convenient. They work well but the bass is less than I was expecting for a Beats.
  • The wireless is so easy to use and connects well. They have a solid and long lasting charge. They have a nice and durable design. The fit is nice and cozy, no ear pain yet.
Negative
  • These get hot on my ears and they highs are terrible. They do sound better than the original SUPER Bass Beats. The setup is a pain and I am not sure why they sound better from my TV than anywhere else. Sometimes I have to reboot my iPhone when I connect them, so annoying.
  • These really aren't the best for cancelling noise without other white noise around. They sound good though. I bought them for both things and they failed.
  • These are for people that like to sit and chill. They have so much distortion with any little noise or bum. Not good at all.
  • I really enjoyed these. Hty have great attributes and are a great sound. However, after 4 months they broke. They have no durability. I used them very lightly. I also could not get them to connect to my laptop.
  • I do not like these because I can hear everything when I am listening to them. They have no noise reduction as far as I can tell.
  • These are not comfortable at all. And the case is garbage, it is not really protective and the zipper broke the first day. I like the integration across my comp and phone but I do not like this product.
  • I have to say these are not as good as the Sony’s. For the price, you would think they cancelled noise better and the bass is just too much. If you are gonna spend the money get the best product.
  • I got two pair back to back. The first had a rattle in low volumes and then the second fell a par all within a month of purchase. They are not durable at all.
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Activities
Activities

Activities

Since the Beats Studio 3 are wireless headphones, the list of activities in which owners are capable of performing while wearing them is larger than that of standard wired headphones but shorter than that of earbuds. This is the case whether the earbuds are wired or wireless since the nature of their bud design makes them able to provide a more stable fit. With this increased stability comes the ability to perform a wider range of physically demanding activities that wouldn’t be possible with less stable headphones.

With that being said, these Beats headphones are still capable of accommodating a decent range of exercises and activities. Starting with running, these headphones can easily keep up with low to mid-intensity running sessions, although hard sprinting might cause them to be dislodged if movements are too sudden and jarring. These headphones are also perfect for performing various exercises in the gym, especially since their wireless connectivity means that the wearer doesn’t need them to be directly connected to their listening device of choice. Weight training and some calisthenics can be easily managed with this product. Other than that, perhaps the most interesting feature provided by these headphones is their ability to function as studio monitors for professional music production, thanks to their impressive audio quality and noise-isolating design.
Basic Features
Basic Features

Basic Features

The most basic feature provided by the Beats Studio 3 is the ability for wearers to listen to their music from a portable listening device. This is done in the traditional headphone style which has remained more or less intact since they were first invented. Two small speakers are housed in large cups reinforced with multiple layers of cushioning that completely cover the wearer’s ears in order to isolate background noise. These speakers are connected to each other with a large, thick headband that can be adjusted slightly to fit different head sizes. This headband can also be folded inwards, making these headphones more portable and easy to transport when they aren’t in use. The most notable departure in the design of these headphones from the classic model is the removal of any wires since this Beats product was designed to pair wirelessly with compatible devices via a Bluetooth connection.
Advanced Features
Advanced Features

Advanced Features

Although the Beats Studio 3 may seem simple at surface level, the truth is that these headphones have an impressive list of advanced features. For starters, the way in which its ear cups are designed ensures that most sound coming from the wearer’s surroundings are isolated and eliminated while they listen to their audio. In conjunction with this over-ear cup design is Beats’ Pure ANC technology, which ensures that the wearer is provided with the highest audio quality thanks to a powerful combination of passive and active noise cancellation.

When it comes to connectivity, these Beats headphones use Bluetooth to pair wirelessly with compatible listening devices. This may not sound very impressive since just about every modern smart device released in the past ten years has some form of Bluetooth functionality. However, the way in which the Studio 3 offers Bluetooth is through the aid of Apple’s W1 chip. This powerful and tiny piece of hardware provides a stronger and higher quality connection and has the obvious additional benefit of improved performance with other Apple products, such as an iPhone or iPad. Finally, the Fast Fuel technology included in this product’s design means that users won’t have to wait very long before they can start taking advantage of all these features since only ten minutes of charging can provide roughly three hours of playback.
Sound Quality
Sound Quality

Sound Quality

Aside from their stylish appearance and convenient wireless functionality, the most impressive and appealing aspect of these headphones is their audio quality. As can be implied from its name, the Beats Studio 3 was designed to function on the same level as a pair of studio headphones and will provide a level of audio fidelity that is roughly on par with something used as a tool in professional music production studios.

In all fairness, it’s worth noting that studio headphones are almost always connected with a large analog audio plug and wouldn’t be wireless like these Beats headphones since that can lead to signal interference and delay. Additionally, the inability for users to fine-tune the EQ settings is also disparate from the authentic experience. However, the rest of the Beats Studio 3’s design is reminiscent of something used in a professional setting. From the fact that these headphones use a sound-isolating ear cup design to their ability to actively cancel background noise, these are headphones that come as close as possible to providing the same experience as real studio headphones without being the real thing.
Connectivity
Connectivity

Connectivity

Much like many modern wireless headphones and earbuds, the Beats Studio 3 is designed to connect to the user’s portable audio player via Bluetooth. Right off the bat, this may disappoint some potential customers if they have had a negative experience with Bluetooth technology since it can be prone to interference in some circumstances. However, much of this animosity can be considered overblown mainly due to the fact that these headphones take advantage of Apple’s w1 chip to ensure the highest possible quality in both audio and wireless connectivity. That said, some people may still be disappointed with this kind of connectivity since it means that they will need to charge their headphones in order for them to actually function properly. Additionally, needing to set up their listening device to connect via Bluetooth will accelerate their power usage with the result of an increased need for charging after a shorter period of time. While the Beats Studio 3 can’t offer any amenities for power consumption on the other side of the connection, their Fast Charging feature helps to alleviate the power concerns on its own end.
Comfort
Comfort

Comfort

One of the biggest advantages that a nice pair of headphones has over a nice pair of earbuds is the comfort. This has to do with the way in which either device comes into contact with the wearer’s ears; while earbuds can establish a firmer connection, headphones are more comfortable since they don’t involve physically lodging anything into the wearer’s ears. On the contrary, the Beats Studio 3 is designed to mimic studio-quality headphones in style and functionality, which means that their ear cups can comfortably fit over the entirety of most wearer’s ears.

Thanks to this roomy design, it’s easy to wear these headphones for long periods of time without experiencing discomfort or soreness. Additionally, the headband connecting these two cups can be extended in a few places, which will allow the wearer to fine-tune the length so they can find the perfect fit for their head shape. While it doesn’t necessarily justify the ludicrously high cost of this product, the way in which the Studio 3 ensures the maximum possible degree of comfort for the wearer is one of its most impressive features.
Style
Style

Style

Since these headphones first hit store shelves roughly 10 years ago, Beats has dominated the market as some of the most stylish music listening devices money can buy. Out of all design aspects that comprise the typical Beats product, the only one that they provide at a level above all other brands is their style. Customers may be able to find a better sounding pair of headphones through Bose or a cheaper pair through Skullcandy, but they will not be able to find a pair that looks better than Beats.

With the Beats Studio 3, the same design that put them on the map remains more or less untouched. Both cups are made up of a series of circles that vary in size and thickness with one long band connecting them consisting of a straight line with slightly larger ends. It’s a simplistic and minimalist aesthetic that has served them well over the years. There are a variety of colorways available for customers to choose from, with some offering additional visual flair through the use of bright metallic accents. However, the end result is essentially the same product made by this company for the last decade, at least as far as style is concerned.
Durability
Durability

Durability

Despite the fact that Beats headphones happen to feel very heavy in one’s hand, the truth is that they aren’t as sturdy and durable as that weight would imply. People found out that the average Beats headphones are made mostly from very cheap plastic with large weights placed inside them so they feel more resilient and high-end than they really are. This is especially an issue with headphones over earbuds since they are made up of a comparatively greater amount of moving parts that can then be susceptible to damage.

In order to mitigate these concerns, Beats has a few features included with the Studio 3 that will help in this regard. The first is a sturdy clamshell carrying case with a zipper that can keep these headphones securely stored while they aren’t being used. They won’t be able to withstand severe trauma, such as being crushed by a car or falling from a high height, but they will be able to protect them from casual hazards and abrasions. The second is a one-year warranty included with a new purchase which allows customers to have their product fixed or replaced if it becomes inoperable.
Ease of Use
Ease of Use

Ease of Use

Not every person is going to have the same experience using these Beats headphones. There are many aspects of its design that were intended to improve its utility and accessibility, which will be appreciated by a decent amount of customers, but there are also inherent aspects of its design that will cause them to be less convenient for certain customers.

For example, the Beats Studio 3 uses Bluetooth for its wireless connectivity because it is almost universally adopted by modern smart devices and can be operated without much difficulty. They’ve even gone so far as to implement the Apple w1 chip into its design so that the connection will be stronger and more stable. However, the mere fact that these headphones require the user to connect via Bluetooth means that it will both necessitate a power charge before functioning and will make them incompatible with any product that doesn’t have Bluetooth connectivity. As previously mentioned, the Fast Charging feature provided by Beats helps to remedy the power consumption issue to a degree and is just an all-around accessibility booster.
Power Source
Power Source

Power Source

Since the Beats Studio 3 are wireless headphones, that means that they require their own power source in order to function. That’s why they have a small USB cable and outlet adaptor included in the package, which can be connected to the headphones through a small jack on the side in order to charge it for regular use. On a full charge, the Beats Studio 3 is designed to last around 22 hours. That alone is extremely impressive but what is even more impressive is the fact that they can last for up to 40 hours if the user turns off the included Pure ANC feature.

Additionally, this Beats product comes with a feature known as Fast Charging that accelerates the rate at which it can be recharged. Thanks to Fast Charging, around ten minutes of charge time can be extended into three hours of play time. Although some individuals may be uncomfortable with the fact that they need to charge this product before use, the combination of a ridiculously fast charge time with an insanely long battery life means that most of the inconvenience that comes from this design aspect is nullified.
Price
Price

Price

When considering all of the features contained in the Beats Studio 3 and the level of quality in which it plays a variety of audio files, it makes sense that they would cost so much. However, despite being listed at a price that is fully justifiable, many prospective customers are likely gunshy at the point of purchase. Typically, a high-end pair of headphones from most major companies would cost somewhere between $150 to $250.

The main reason why Beats sells their products at a higher price doesn’t have to do with quality, it has to do with its brand appeal. Apple is capitalizing on the fact that people are willing to pay hundreds of dollars just for a logo; it’s a strategy they’ve used to great success with the release of their iPhones and iPads, and it’s working to a similarly impressive degree with their Beats releases. It is entirely possible to find a higher quality product for cheaper with a bit more research.
Key Features
Key Features

Key Features


  • Studio ear cup design provides passive noise cancellation

  • Adjustable headband can be folded for portable transportation

  • Pure ANC offers additional noise isolation

  • Fast Charging reduces charge time

  • 22 to 40 hours of battery life on average

Bottom Line
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

Beats headphones are mostly style with a bit of substance to back them up. The Beats Studio 3 has some of the most substance ever found in a pair of Beats headphones, but they’re still sold at an outrageously overpriced cost. Anyone who’s looking for a pair of headphones or earbuds that offer the highest possible sound quality would be better off with something out of Bose’s catalog since they have some of the best-sounding products at lower prices. However, Beats still brings something to the table that can’t be found with any other product manufacturer and customers are more than willing to pay the price for that thing. Although overpriced, the Beats Studio 3 are still very well-made headphones that are certain to provide users with excellent sound quality during their workout for years to come.