Beats today announced the new Beats Studio Buds wireless headphones. It costs $ 149.99 and is available in red, black, or white. StudioBuds are very different from the previous Powerbeats Pro and have a more compact design. Pre-orders begin today in the US and Canada from Apple and other retailers such as Amazon and Best Buy, and the headphones will go on sale in stores on June 24.
Studio Buds include active noise reduction, IPX4 waterproof, and sweat-proof functions and can last up to five hours on a single charge. (If you turn off noise reduction, they can last eight hours of continuous playback. They also use USB-C for charging (unfortunately, there is no wireless charging), and either earbud can be used independently.
Interestingly, Studio Buds’ Beats supports both iOS and Android features. iPhone offers familiar and easy-to-use AirPods-like settings and Control Center integration. You can also perform “Hey Siri” commands hands-free. On Android, Beats now works with Fast Pair and Google Find My Device.
Beats provide a new acoustic architecture design for Studio Buds with 8.2 mm drivers, and the company claims that you can expect “excellent stereo separation and low harmonic distortion in the frequency curve, so you can hear every note.”
The new Studio Buds are Beats’ second wireless headphones after Powerbeats Pro. I still choose these headphones as the best everyday fitness headphones for running and gym workouts. The Beats are aiming to reach a wider audience with their new pair. Prices start at $ 149.99, which is $ 100 less than the AirPods Pro. These are the first Beats noise-canceling headphones. Beats offer Android users an olive branch along with other new features. This may surprise Apple owners.
Beats said they did a lot of work on the sound of Studio Buds. This is where they should exceed their price expectations. But not everything at $150 is in the sun. The most obvious missing part is wireless charging. Its noise reduction and transparency modes cannot be compared with more expensive headphones, including AirPods Pro.
Studio Buds are compact, lightweight, and have no legs, eliminating the need for Powerbeats Pro temples. In comparison, it looks like a straight miniature. Each Studio Bud weighs 5.1g, making it much more comfortable than the 20g Powerbeats Pro. It is also slightly lighter than AirPods Pro, Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro, Ankers Soundcore Liberty Air 2 Pro, Jabra Elite 85t / 75t, and many others on the market. Beats come with all three standard-sized silicone earbuds with tiny microfiber holes to reduce pressure in your ears. Speed is a big plus. The bathroom in the studio is very comfortable and does not tire the ears.
Beats built this design based on its previous headphones (and Apple’s) learning; it also went through some prototypes with consumers to get the final shape. The outward-facing side is contoured around a diagonal pill-shaped “b” button. It is tactile; it is actually pressing rather than relying on capacitive touch sensors. I prefer this method because you don’t have to deal with accidental pressure often when adjusting your headphones. The button only needs to be pressed lightly, so you will not often push the buds deep into your ears. The controls on both sides work the same way: press once to play/pause, press twice to skip the track, press three times to rewind, press and hold to switch between ANC on/transparent/off. You can customize the long press to activate the voice assistant, but that’s why Beats allows you to turn things around.
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