Beats Studio3 Review
Pros: Good sound quality
Cons: Expensive, not super comfortable
Manufacturer: Beats by Dre
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|Pros||Good sound quality||Superb active noise cancellation and overall sound quality, multipoint Bluetooth pairing, auto-pause, relatively comfortable for most people||Excellent sound quality, field-leading noise cancellation, comfortable||Great sound quality, relatively small and portable||Inexpensive, powerful bass, effective active noise cancellation, comfortable|
|Cons||Expensive, not super comfortable||Expensive||Expensive||Can be uncomfortable if you have larger ears, noise cancellation lags slightly behind that of comparable models||Lacks some brightness in mid and vocal ranges, headband may be to large for smaller heads|
|Bottom Line||Only worth the price if you like the design style||Top-notch in terms of both noise cancellation and sound quality, it's hard to find a better listening experience||Pillowy comfort and one of the best personal listening experiences we've enjoyed from any device||A great choice for those that place a premium on sound quality over active noise cancellation||Impressively inexpensive given the sound quality, active noise-canceling performance, and comfort|
|Rating Categories||Beats Studio3||Sony WH-1000XM4||Bose Noise Cancelli...||beyerdynamic Lagoon...||Soundcore Life Q20|
|Sound Quality (30%)|
|Noise Isolation (25%)|
|User Friendliness (10%)|
|Specs||Beats Studio3||Sony WH-1000XM4||Bose Noise Cancelli...||beyerdynamic Lagoon...||Soundcore Life Q20|
|Manufacturer reported battery life (hours)||22||30||20||45||40|
|Measured weight (ounces)||9.1||8.8||9.2||9.9||9.3|
|Included case||Semi-hard case||Semi-hard case||Semi-hard case||Semi-hard case||Lined drawstring pouch|
|Earcup padding cover material||Leatherette||Foamed urethane/leatherette||Leather||Protein synthetic leather||Leatherette|
|Charging cable length (inches)||N/A||7.9"||42"||27.5"||40"|
|Microphone for voice?||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Onboard buttons||Volume, play/pause, forward/back||Volume, change track, take/make calls||Volume, play/pause, forward/back, noise cancelling, voice assistant, power/bluetooth, answer/decline/mute calls||Volume, play/pause, forward/back, fast forward/rewind, noise cancelling, voice assistant, power/bluetooth, answer/decline/mute calls||Volume, multifunction, power, NC|
Our Analysis and Test Results
The Studio3 headphones are priced to be one of the best on the market. Unfortunately, though they are quite good, they fall well short of this mark.
The Studio3 sounds good but not great in our sound quality testing. The Studio3's clarity is quite good, with even complicated melodies sound crisp and defined. Somewhat surprisingly, the Studio3 is noticeably lacking in the bass department.
The Studio3 earned one of the lowest scores we awarded to any model with active noise cancellation. With this level of isolation, most low to medium volume noise is blocked out, but some muffled speaking sounds and loud noises are able to make their way through. This again falls well short of the top ANC models.
Here again, the Studio3 struggles a bit. The Studio3 has round ear cups and slightly less padding than the overly comfortable Bose models. This means that even average-sized ears will likely experience a bit of scrunching when wearing these headphones. The Bose has a lot more padding and a more anatomical shape that accepts even large ears.
The Studio3's user experience is fairly average. It has standard value and play/pause buttons. Pressing the play/pause button twice or thrice can skip tracks forward and back as well. The Studio3 also contains an Apple W1 chip, which means it will recognize all of your Apple devices once you pair it with just one of them. The W1 has now been replaced by the second-generation H1 chip.
The Studio3 comes with the sturdiest case of all the models we tested, and folds down quite small. The headphones are slightly on the heavy side at 9.1 ounces, but overall they are very portable.
In terms of performance, the Studio3 is a poor value.
The Beats Studio3 is a good pair of headphones, but it does not live up to its high end and high priced pedigree.
— Steven Tata, Max Mutter