As the Beats Studio Wireless are mostly the no-wire ver of the Beats Studio headphones we have already known, this would be a pretty straightforward review. From where we saw it, either better or worse, the Bluetooth will sound different from wired headphones. But they are not totally different.
Plus $80 to the price of typical Studio headphones, Bluetooth makes the way you would you it a bit different. The variance in sonic performance is significant. However, it’s still the same old basic elements of Beats, which makes you feel like you’re reading a review of Beats by Dre studio.
OUT OF THE BOX
From where we see it, the Studio Wireless is pretty amazing on first look. They are lighter, more streamlined than the wired version. The design is all about curves, giving an elegant and flexible feel.
The Studio Wireless have red and grey, glossy black, and a special matte black versions. The name of Dr. Dre has been hidden, make room for the Beats moniker. On the headband we’ll see the word “Wireless” as a category of the product. This version is designed with less industrial look, the screws are hardly seen. In short, the new Studio Wireless has a less chunky and cleaner vibe compared to their ‘ancestor’.
The Studio Wireless have no labels from the on-board controls, but this mean the track-advance and release buttons are not there anymore. This is why now you have a new feature, double/triple press the B button for track-advance and single press for play/pause.
Inside the box we’ll find two headphones cables – one microphone’s controller and one not. The two have 90-degree 3.5mm jacks, one USB charging cable, one requisite carabineer, one USB adapter, one microfiber cleaning cloth and some other products literature.
The new Studio Wireless have soft leather cushion earpads, which we never get enough of. The undersized case is still there, making hard for us to keep our stuff in place without cracking anything.
FEATURES AND DESIGN
The Studio Wireless has a 12-hour battery life, plus 2 hours compared to the Studio, even up to 20 hours if they are wired up.
The headphones still get the same “dual-mode noise-cancelling circuit”: one for shutting down any rackets we possible hear, others for listening. You must have heard this, the “Beats Acoustic Engine” are actually using digital signal processing (DSP in short) to make sure the headphones will produce a specific sound signature. We doubt if the acoustic engine and noise-cancelling processes are in cahoots.
Many people often forget to turn off the noise-cancelling mode and Bluetooth headphones, so Dr Dre has decided to add an auto power on/off feature, which is brilliant here since it surely helps us a lot. However, it is important to know that the auto power feature is only available if you plug the cable in or out. If you don’t turn them off and pack them in your bag with the plug-still-in, they will remain on till running out of battery.
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