Beats Studio 3
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
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