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.
- Fantastic sound quality
- Terrific comfort
- Excellent battery life
- Appealing visual style
- Very expensive
- Lacks EQ features
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
- 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