The Beats Studio Wireless are well-crafted, sleek and stylish over-ear headphones. They deliver an above-average sound, and don't leak much. They're comfortable, stable enough to jog with, and have a sturdy, durable design. Unfortunately, their noise canceling is weak and doesn't fair as well in loud environments.
- Comfortable and stable fit.
- Sleek and sturdy wireless design.
- Low leakage.
- Poor noise isolation.
The Studio Wireless are well-built and eye-catching. They're sturdy, comfortable, and not too bulky for an over-ear model. They feel stable enough to use at the gym, and the wireless design, and great control scheme makes them slightly better for physical activity, as your not limited or hindered by an audio cable. They also come with a good and compact hard case. However, the headband is a little thin and lightly padded, and the ear cups are a bit small for larger ears.
The Studio Wireless have a sleek, polished look that's not too cluttered and gives off a high-end vibe. The buttons seamlessly blend with the design of the ear cups. They don't feel bulky although they're full sized over-ear headphones. The headband is thin, and the ear cups do not protrude much when you have them on. They're eye-catching, and they're available in a variety of color schemes to suit your taste.
The Beats Studio Wireless are comfortable headphones that feel a bit tight on the head. The ear cups are very well-padded and relatively large enough to fit most ears. However, the headband is not as well-cushioned and feels slightly rigid. This makes the headphones a little too firm and tight at first, although, with the decent padding on the ear cups, the pressure is less noticeable during long listening sessions.
Although these headphones are not designed for sports, they're sufficiently tight to stay in place during mild physical activity. They're wireless and won't accidently be pulled off your head because the audio cable got hooked on something. They're also not too heavy and won't sway much while running.
The Studio Wireless have a sleek 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, to and comfortably carry around hassle-free.
The Studio Wireless are well-built sturdy-looking headphones. The plastic used for the ear cups feels dense and able to withstand a few falls without getting damaged. The headband has a metal frame that's tough yet flexible. They're a bit thinner and less robust than the Beats Executive, but their build quality feels high-end and well made.
The Studio Wireless have a decent, bass-rich sound that's good for casual listening. They pack a punch and rumble with bass-heavy tracks. Instruments and vocals are reasonably well-balanced and not pushed to the back of the mix, like some of Beats earlier models. However, they still lack a little clarity and detail, due to the dips in the mid and high frequencies. The closed back design limits their soundstage, and the audio reproduction is a bit too bass-oriented for serious critical listeners.
Very good Bass Range performance. The response is virtually flat throughout the range, but consistently overemphsized by about 3dB. This means that the bass is deep and punchy, although it may be just a bit too bass-heavy to be used as a reference headphones.
Very good Mid Range performance. The response is flat, except for the dips around 400Hz and 2KHz. The 400Hz dip could thin-out the overall sound a little bit, mostly affecting the body of leads/vocals. The 5dB dip around 2KHz pushes the vocals to the back of the mix a little bit.
Average Treble Range performance. The response is mostly flat up to 7KHz, but underemphasized by about 5dB. This will have a negative effect on the presence and detail of vocals/leads, making these headphones a bit dark sounding. However, the bump starting around 8KHz and continuing up to 15KHz, adds a bit of excess sibilance and airiness to the sound.
Poor Soundstage performance. The PRTF performance is expectedly sub-par, since these headphones have small and shallow earcups. Also, since these headphones have active noise-canelling, they have a small and closed Soundstage.
Average Imaging. Phase response is rather uneven and shows significant shift in the Bass Range. Phase matching is also sub-optimal, as there is noticeable shifts happening above 1KHz. On the other hand, the amplitude and frequency response of test unit was decently matched.
Good harmonic distortion results. The overall amount of harmonic distortion at 90dB SPL is low. At 100dB SPL, there is a general rise in the distortion, especially in Bass and Mid regions. However, they remain with-in acceptable limits.
The Studio Wireless have a subpar noise isolation performance. The active noise canceling is oddly ineffective at reducing mid-range frequencies. This means they will block some of the low-frequency, rumbling noise of the engine on a bus, but the ambient chatter will seep right through. Luckily, they have a decent seal that doesn't leak much, so at sufficiently high volumes the audio your playing could mask some the ambient noise.
Poor isolation performance. Although these headphones have active noise cancelling and perform well in Bass and Treble ranges, their performance in the Mid Range is poor. They also produce some noise cancelling artifacts in the low-bass region which may be felt as a rumbling quality, as well as relatively high amounts of self-noise.
Good leakage performance. The significant portion of leakage is happening between 1KHz and 5KHz, which is typical of most closed-back over-ear headphones. The overall level of leakage is also relatively low, making these headphones good performers in the leakage test.
The Beats Studio Wireless have a decent battery life and don't take too long to charge. They have a good wireless range but don't have the fastest wireless connection, which should be fine for streaming audio but won't be ideal for movies and gaming. Unfortunately, they do not support NFC pairing or aptX/aptx(LL).
These headphones have an above-average wireless range that's suitable for indoor and outdoor use. The obstructed range is a convenient 40ft that allows listeners to move about in their homes without much audio drop however they won't be the farthest reaching headphones in large offices. On the upside, they're not too difficult to pair, but the press and hold procedure can get a little tedious if you often have to switch between Bluetooth devices.
The Beats Studio Wireless have an average at best battery life that delivers only 12 hours of continuous playback. They don't take too long to charge via USB and can continue streaming audio while charging. However, they won't be the ideal headphones to take on a long road trip or particularly lengthy flights. They also don't have any battery saving features, like an auto-off timer, so they will quickly run out of power if you forget to turn them off.
No compatible app.
In the box
- Beats Studio Wireless Headphones
- Carrying case
- Audio cable
- USB cable