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Beats Studio Pro: Price, features, and where to buy them
As a fashion-forward brand, Beats knows how to make a splash. Over the years, the company has partnered with the likes of Lebron James and Kim Kardashian, cementing the brand’s celebrity status. The Studio headphones stand as the company’s most iconic line, and it’s been almost five years since a new release. Finally, the Beats Studio Pro Wireless have arrived. Here’s everything you need to know about Beats’ latest headphones.
The Beats Studio Pro cost $349.99, which is the same price as the older Beats Studio 3 Wireless ($169 at Amazon).
As of July 19, 2023, the Beats Studio Pro are available from Beats’ website and Amazon.
Beats Studio Pro: Features
The Beats Studio Pro have active noise canceling (ANC), transparency, and Spatial Audio with head tracking. Transparency mode filters background noise through the headphones so you can remain aware of your surroundings. This is a useful feature if you live in a city or want to hear commuting announcements. Spatial audio is advanced surround sound, but you need compatible media from Apple Music or Disney Plus to enjoy it. Head tracking adds another layer to the experience, affecting the sound as you rotate your head.
The Studio Pro work well on Android and iOS.
The Beats Studio Pro connect seamlessly to iOS and Android devices. You get one-step pairing with iPhones and Google Fast Pair on Android. The new headphones also support Audio Switch across Android and Chrome devices. With Audio Switch, you can hop from audio sources without digging into the Bluetooth settings. There is also continued support through the Beats app on Android and access to Google’s Find My Device network. iPhone owners will get exclusive perks too, like, “Hey Siri,” and Apple Find My.
Controlling the headphones is easy. Three buttons integrate into the left ear cup, letting you adjust the volume, control media, and take calls. You can also cycle through listening modes and EQ options directly from the headphones.
Design and build quality
The Beats Studio Pro look almost indistinguishable from the Studio 3 Wireless. They have folding hinges for transport and come in four colors: Black, Deep Brown, Navy, and Sandstone. Historically, Beats has partnered with sports teams and musicians to release limited colorways, which will likely be the case for these cans.
The Studio Pro have a USB-C charging port and a 3.5mm headphone jack. The headphone jack differentiates the Studio Buds Pro from the AirPods Max, making it easier to enjoy wired playback without a dongle. Beats’ integrated DAC delivers lossless USB-C audio. The USB-C cable lets listeners toggle between three sound profiles (Beats Signature, Entertainment, and Conversation). Beats Signature is best for music; Entertainment is optimized for movies and games; and Conversation is for voice calls or podcasts.
The headphones weigh 260g and measure 17.8 x 7.8 x 18.1 cm. Beats provides a USB-C to USB-C cable and a 3.5mm audio cable. You also get a soft, zippered carrying case to store the headphones.
The Studio Pro have improved adaptive noise canceling that blocks out even more of your surroundings. We’ve yet to test the Studio Pro, but using the Studio 3 for reference, the older headphones make airplane engines and train cars sound about 75% quieter with ANC on. This is good, but the Studio Pro should make these noises even quieter.
The Beat Studio Pro house new 40mm dynamic drivers that reduce distortion up to 80% more than the Studio 3. This should yield improved audio quality. We’ll update this section once we measure the headphones’ frequency response. For now, we know the Studio 3 are a good option for popular music genres. The older headphones boost bass and midrange frequencies quite a bit, which can make basslines and vocals louder than other headphones from brands like Sennheiser and Sony.
Microphone and call quality
Beats improved its voice-targeting mics with the Studio Pro, so these headphone should have better call performance. Beats claims the headphones enhance voice clarity 27% more than the Studio 3 Wireless. Given how well Beats improved the mic performance from the Studio Buds to the Studio Buds Plus, we believe this claim.
We’ve yet to test the Studio Pro, but our microphone demos below illustrate how the Studio 3 Wireless mic sounds in various conditions. At the very least, the Studio Pro mics will sound this good.
Beats Studio 3 Wireless microphone demo (Ideal conditions):
Beats Studio 3 Wireless microphone demo (Office conditions):
Beats Studio 3 Wireless microphone demo (Windy conditions):
According to Beats, the Studio Pro last 24 hours with ANC on and 40 hours with ANC off. The headphones use Fast Fuel charging, which is great when the battery does deplete. A 10-minute charge supplies the headphone with four hours of battery. This 24-hour battery life is an improvement over the Studio 3 Wireless, which have a 22-hour battery life, but it’s not as long as we hoped.
The Beats Studio Pro use Class 1 Bluetooth and can connect to any Bluetooth-enabled device. That means you can use these headphones with an Android phone, iPhone, MacBook, Windows PC, and more. Since the Studio Pro have a headphone jack, you can also enjoy direct analog audio. Alternatively, the Studio Pro can receive USB-C audio too.
No, the Studio Pro do not have a water-resistant build.