The Beats Studio 3 wireless have the same stylish and polished design of the previous model but with improved noise cancellation. Their audio reproduction and ANC automatically adapts to the listener and the environment which is a great feature when done right but can sometimes be a bit inconsistent. On the upside, they perform well for most use cases and make for a good mixed usage headphone to use every day.
- Comfortable and stable fit.
- Stylish and sturdy wireless design.
- Low leakage.
- Poor latency for watching videos.
- Inconsistent at times.
The Beats Studio 3 have the same well-built and eye-catching, wireless design of the Studio Wireless. They have a slightly better control scheme that lets you switch off the noise cancellation but apart from that, everything else is pretty much the same. They have a super comfortable fit that's just tight enough for running and working out, although they will make your ears a little warm during exercise.
The Studio3 Wireless, like most of the Beats lineup, have a slick look that doesn't feel cluttered. The buttons are discrete and seamlessly blend with the design of the ear cups. They also don't feel bulky despite being a full-sized over-ear headphone. They're an eye-catching pair of headphones that also come in a variety of color schemes to better match your tastes and preferences.
The Beats Studio3 Wireless are comfortable and lightweight over-ear headphones. The ear cups are very well-padded and large enough to fit comfortably around most ears. This makes their slightly tight fit a bit better as the pressure is evenly distributed around your ears. The headband is not as well-cushioned as the ear cups and feels slightly rigid but shouldn't be much of an issue. You can easily wear the Studio 3 for hours at a time and not feel any fatigue.
The Studio 3 Wireless have a slightly improved control scheme compared to the previous model. You can now switch off the noise cancellation by double tapping the Power button. The rest of the control scheme, however, is pretty much the same. They have an identical button layout that's simple and efficient to use. They provide call/music, track skipping, and volume controls. The buttons deliver good tactile feedback although they're completely flat on the ear cup which might be a bit difficult to distinguish at first.
The Studio 3 have a comfortable and tight fit that makes them stable enough for working out and exercising. They don't move much when running and since they're wireless they won't accidentally fall off your head because the audio cable got hooked on something. However, they're still somewhat big over-ear headphones so they will slide a bit depending on the intensity of your work out routine. Lying down, for example, may cause the headband to tilt a bit.
These headphones have a mid-sized, over-ear design that's somewhat portable. They fold into a more compact format that's easier to transport with the provided hard case. They will fit into purses and smaller bags or can be hooked on your person provided they're in the case. However, they're still a bit too cumbersome.
The Studio3 Wireless, like the previous model, are well-built sturdy-looking headphones. The plastic used for the ear cups feels dense and won't get damaged from a few falls. The headband has a metal frame that's tough yet flexible. They're a bit thinner and less robust than the Beats Executive and the plastic coating on the headband is prone to scratches and scuffs, but their overall build quality feels high-end and well made.
The Beats Studio 3 Wireless is an average-sounding pair of closed-back over-ear headphones. They have a deep bass, a good mid range, and a good treble. However, their bass sounds slightly boomy, their mid-range is cluttered and muddy, and their treble lacks a bit of presence. Also, like most other closed-back headphones, they don't have an open and spacious soundstage.
Very good bass range performance. Sub-ass is extended down to 19Hz, which is good. Bass is over our target by about 2.7dB, adding a bit of excess kick to bass and drums. The 3dB bump in high-bass makes the sound of these headphones slightly boomy.
Good mid range performance. Mid and high-mid of virtually flat and flawless, however, the 5dB bump in low-mid makes mixes sound muddy and cluttered.
Good treble range performance. The overall response is relatively inconsistent, and the dip around 5KHz will have a small but noticeable effect on detail and presence of vocals/leads.
Mediocre consistency performance. Despite their noise canceling and self-calibrating systems, the Studio3 perform less consistent than other noise canceling headphones such as the MDR-1000X and the QuietComfort 35. They show about 6dB of deviation both in the bass and treble ranges and are somewhat prone to a drop in bass if the user is wearing glasses.
Poor soundstage. Due to the small and shallow ear cups, as well as the closed-back design, the soundstage on these headphones won't sound open and out-of-head like it would with loudspeakers.
Poor imaging performance. The phase error is relatively high, especially in sub-bass and high-treble. We also measured a significant mismatch in phase matching of our test unit, probably due to their self-calibrating system. It should be noted that we measured the L/R drivers of this headphone simultaneously, so the phase mismatch is not related to the wireless implementation.
Average harmonic distortion performance. The overall amount of harmonic distortion is slightly elevated, especially in the sub-bass range. This could be partially caused by the Studio 3's self-calibrating system. On the upside, there's not a big rise in THD at 100dB SPL compared to 90dB SPL.
The Studio 3 have an adaptive noise cancellation feature that's better than that of the studio wireless. It scales according to the noise level around you, which makes them suitable for commuting, although the adaptive process is not always consistent. On the upside, it should be good enough for most public transit and since they barely leak you can turn the volume up to mask some of the ambient noise and chatter.
Average noise isolation. The active noise cancellation of the Studio3 achieves about 8dB of isolation in the bass range, which is mediocre. However, they achieve 22dB and 36dB of isolation in the mid and treble ranges respectively, both values being quite good. They also produce a relatively high amount of self-noise.
Very good leakage performance. The significant portion of leakage sits between 2KHz and 5KHz which is quite a narrow range. The overall level of leakage is also low.
Below-average microphone performance. Speech recorded with the Beats Studio 3 Wireless will sound a little bit thin and noticeably muffled. They will also have difficulty separating speech from noise in moderately loud environments such as a busy street.
Mediocre recording quality. With the LFE at 281Hz and HFE at 3.5KHz speech recorded with this headphone will sound slightly thin and lacking in presence and detail. However, the area between LFE and HFE is relatively flat.
- 100% SpNR
Sub-par noise handling. The microphone on the Studio3 achieves a SpNR of only 10dB, which is sub-par. This makes them unsuitable for use in moderately loud environments.
The Studio 3 have considerably improved their active features compared to the original studio wireless. They have about twice the range and battery life, which makes them one of the furthest reaching wireless headphones we've measured at almost 300ft in direct line-of-sight. They also perform well indoors, and their battery life should easily last you the whole day. In the worst case scenario, a quick 10-minute charge gets you about 3 hours of playback, which is great if you forget to charge them overnight. Unfortunately, the adaptive sound processing adds a bit more latency so they're even less suitable for watching movies and videos.
The Beats studio 3 have a phenomenal wireless range but lack NFC support. They will easily maintain a stable and reliable connection up to 50ft when indoors and the source is obstructed by walls. They perform even better in direct line of sight. They reached up to 297ft which is more than enough for most outdoor activities and is one of the best wireless range we've measured for any wireless headphone. Unfortunately, they do not support NFC, which would have made the pairing procedure with mobile devices a lot simpler. On the upside, they enter the pairing mode much faster than the previous model since you don't have to turn off the headphones first.
The latency of the Studio 3 is a bit worse than the Studio wireless. Both headphones have enough latency that videos are a bit out of sync but this will be a bit more noticeable on the Studio 3s. They perform a bit better on iOS devices but won't be the ideal headphones for gaming or home theater. On the upside, they should be fine for most music and streaming applications.
The battery performance of the Studio3 is much better than that of the studio wireless. They have almost twice the battery life at 23 hours of continuous playback on a single charge. They also only take about 30 mins more than the previous model to fully charge. That plus their quick charge feature which gives you about 2.5 hours of playback from a 10 mins charge means you will likely have enough battery to last you all day even if you're a heavy user, and in the worst case scenario, you can always charge them quickly before leaving your house or work. Unfortunately, they do not have any passive playback so if the battery is completely dead you won't be able to use the headphones, which makes sense since their audio reproduction is adaptive.
Like the Solo3 and the Airpods, the Studio 3 have a few features available on iOS that aren't as well implemented on Android. They connect with a pop-up that displays basic battery information and you can also disable the noise cancellation if you go to the Bluetooth settings of the headphones. This setting isn't available on Android so Android users may feel a bit limited but you can always manually switch of noise canceling by pressing the power button twice.
In the box
- Beats Studio3 Wireless Headphones
- Carrying case
- Audio cable
- USB cable