The Beats Studio 3 are passable for a lot of uses. They have the same stylish and polished design of the previous Beats Studio Wireless but with an improved noise cancellation performance. Their audio reproduction and ANC automatically adapts to the listener and their environment - a great feature when done right, but it can sometimes be a bit inconsistent.
The Beats Studio 3 are ordinary, mixed usage headphones. They look great and have a simple-to-use design that offers a good control scheme and a comfortable fit. The noise cancelling is a lot better than on the original Beats Studio Wireless, although it can be a bit inconsistent at times. This is also true for their adaptive sound quality, which is decent but not as balanced as the Beats Solo 3.
Okay for neutral listening. They have an audio reproduction that adapts to each listener. However, through our measurement averages, the Beats Studio 3 tend to have a bit more high bass and low mids than the original Beats Studio Wireless. This gives them less thump and rumble and a slightly muddier sound quality. They're still sufficiently well-balanced to satisfy most listeners; however, their somewhat inconsistent audio reproduction and poor soundstage due to their closed design mean they won't be ideal for more neutral listeners.
Fair for commuting. The noise cancellation is strong enough to use on public transit and they're sufficiently comfortable and easy to use. The Beats Studio 3 also fold to be a bit more portable but they won't be as easy to carry on your person as the Beats Solo3 or Beats BeatsX.
Okay for sports. They're comfortable and stable enough to exercise with. They're also wireless with a great range, so you can leave your phone on a bench while you run or have a fixed Bluetooth source like PC if you're at the gym. However, they'll get your ears a bit warm and sweaty after a good 30 minutes of working out.
Decent for office use. They're comfortable, have a decent noise isolation performance, and have really low leakage. This means they'll rarely be distracting to those around you and will block enough chatter for moderately noisy office.
Inadequate for wireless gaming. They're not Bluetooth-compatible with either Xbox One or PS4. However, they can be used wirelessly on PC, but the latency will be a deal-breaker for most. They also have no customizable options and a mediocre-at-best microphone.
Alright for wired gaming. They're comfortable for long gaming sessions thanks to their lightweight frame and padded ear cups. The sound profile also leans towards more bass, making effects like footsteps in FPS games easier to hear. However, they have a mediocre microphone that only works on PC and PS4. Xbox users will only be able to receive audio.
Mediocre for phone calls. Their sub-par microphone means your voice will sound thin or lacking in detail. If you're taking calls in even moderately noisy environments like an office, you'll also struggle to be heard.
The Beats Studio 3, 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 full-sized over-ear headphones. 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 Studio 3 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 isn't as well-cushioned as the ear cups and feels slightly rigid, but it shouldn't be much of an issue. You can easily wear these headphones for hours at a time and not feel any fatigue.
The Beats Studio 3 have a slightly improved control scheme compared to the previous model. You can now switch the noise cancellation off 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 Beats Studio 3 Wireless will make your ears fairly warm during exercise. They're closed back over-ears with a decent seal, so they trap a lot of heat which will make you sweat after 30 to 40 minutes of vigorous exercise. They should be okay if you're just using them casually to listen to music. They won't be the ideal headphones for more intense workout routines, although if you want over-ear headphones for the gym, they're a decent option.
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.
These headphones come with a sturdy and compact hard case that'll protect the headphones against scratches, mild water damage, and falls.
The Beats Studio 3, like the previous model, are well-built and sturdy-looking headphones. The plastic used for the ear cups feels dense and won't get damaged from a few falls. Their 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 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'll slide a bit depending on the intensity of your workout routine. Lying down, for example, may cause the headband to tilt a bit.
The Beats Studio 3 have a slightly dark sound profile. While they auto-calibrate to the user and their environment, sound isn't always consistent: bass is slightly boomy while treble is weak, resulting in some audio sounding muddy or lacking detail. These headphones can also perform inconsistently across users due to fit. However, the Studio 3s will be alright for most audio genres, especially if you like more bass-driven music.
The Beats Studio 3 have a mediocre frequency response consistency. Despite their noise cancelling and self-calibrating systems, they perform less consistently than other noise cancelling headphones such as the Sony MDR-1000X, Sony WH-1000XM2, and the Bose 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.
The Beats Studio 3's bass performance is very good. The sub-bass (low-frequency extension) can produce good amounts of thump while the mid-bass adds excess punch to bass and kicks. Unfortunately, the Studio 3's bass delivery can vary noticeably across users: the quality of fit, seal, and whether you wear glasses all affect how the bass sounds to you. Our response represents the average bass response and your experience may vary.
The Beats Studio 3 Wireless have a good mid-range. Mid-mid and high-mid are virtually flat and within 1dB of our target. However, the bump in low-mid makes the mid-range cluttered and muddy. Overall, the mid-range is quite well-balanced in the mid and upper regions, but because of the low-mid bump, vocals and lead instruments tend to sound a bit thick on them.
The Beats Studio 3 Wireless' treble is quite good. The overall response is well-balanced but slightly inconsistent. Also the dip around 5kHz will have a small but noticeable negative effect on detail and presence of vocals and lead instruments. Overall, the treble sounds good but slightly veiled.
The Beats Studio 3 have good peak and dip performance. The peaks in the mid-bass and low-mid may give a bit more kick to your audio, while the large dip between the low-treble and mid-treble can make vocals and instruments in this range lack detail and presence.
The Beats Studio 3's stereo imaging is mediocre. Group delay is below average; spikes below the low-bass are caused by these headphones' auto-calibrating system - this isn't audible, though. However, in the audible range, auto-calibration can render bass a bit loose.
There's also noticeable phase mismatch between the L/R drivers of our test unit: this could have a small negative effect on the stereo image and how objects are oriented spatially. However, this may not be the same with every pair.
The Beats Studio Wireless 3's passive soundstage is poor. Based on our PRTF test results, the Beats Studio 3 Wireless don't seem to be activating the resonances of the pinna (outer ear) significantly, which results in a small and inside-the-head soundstage. Also, since they're closed-back, their soundstage will be perceived as less open, compared to open-back headphones.
These passive headphones don't have any virtual soundstage features.
The Beats Studio 3's weighted harmonic distortion performance is okay. At average listening volumes, this frequency generally falls within good limits, although a spike between the low and mid-treble may produce some distortion. At higher volumes, however, this frequency is within acceptable limits, which should result in a clear and pure audio reproduction.
Our Beats Studio 3 results are only valid for these test settings.
The Beats Studio 3 Wireless have good isolation. However, they don't perform as well as competing models like the Sony WH-1000XM3, Bose QuietComfort 35 II, or the Microsoft Surface Headphones. The Studio 3's active noise cancellation achieves a mediocre 8dB of isolation in the bass range, which is important for cancelling out airplane and bus engine rumbles. However, they achieve 22dB and 36dB of isolation in the mid and treble ranges respectively, both values being quite good. This indicates performance good isolation for speech and sharp sounds such as S and Ts. However, they also produce a relatively high amount of self-noise, which could be distracting when no audio is being played through the headphones.
The Beats Studio 3's leakage performance is very good. The significant portion of leakage sits between 2kHz and 5kHz which is quite a narrow range. The overall level of leakage is also low, making these headphones suitable for most situations unless the music is turned up very loud in a quiet environment, like an elevator.
The Beats Studio 3 have an integrated microphone. If you prefer to use these headphones wired, the cable also has an in-line microphone.
The Beats Studio 3's mic has a 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.
The microphone is sub-par at noise handling. The microphone on the Beats Studio 3 Wireless achieves a SpNR of only 10dB, which is sub-par. This makes them unsuitable for use in moderately loud environments.
The Beats Studio 3's battery performance is much better than that of the Beats 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. This, plus their quick charge feature which gives you about 2.5 hours of playback from a 10 mins charge, mean you'll likely have enough battery to last you all day, even if you're a heavy user. If this isn't enough, you can always charge them quickly before leaving your house or work. Unfortunately, they don't have any passive playback, so if the battery is completely dead you won't be able to use the headphones.
Like the Beats Solo3 Wireless and the Apple AirPods, the Studio 3 have a few features available on iOS that aren't as well-implemented on Android. On iOS, they connect with a pop-up that displays basic battery information. You can also disable the noise cancellation if you go to the Bluetooth settings of these headphones. This setting isn't available on Android, so Android users may feel a bit limited. However, you can always manually switch off noise cancelling by pressing the power button twice.
The Beats Studio 3 connect wirelessly via Bluetooth but cannot pair simultaneously with multiple devices. They also do not have NFC support. On the upside, they're much easier to pair than the Original Studio Wireless.
The Studio 3s 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 Beats Studio 3 Wireless are Bluetooth-only headphones.
These headphones come with an iOS-specific cable with an in-line remote microphone that's compatible with the PS4 but not the Xbox One. This gives them a secondary connection option, which is better for watching videos due to the almost negligible latency when using an audio cable.
These headphones can only be used via Bluetooth on PCs and aren't compatible with the PS4. Due to their high latency, they aren't recommended for gaming. However, if you use the provided audio cable, you can plug these headphones into your PS4 controller. You'll be able to hear audio and also use the microphone.
These Bluetooth-only headphones aren't compatible with the Xbox One. However, if you use the provided audio cable, you can plug these headphones into your controller for audio. However, the microphone won't work on this console.
They don't have a base/dock. If you want a versatile headset with a base that you can also use wired, check out the SteelSeries Arctis 7.
The Beats Studio 3 Wireless are the updated version of the Beats Studio Wireless' design. They have better isolation thanks to their adaptive noise cancelling, they have an above-average sound quality, and have a comfortable over-ear fit. However, their dynamic audio reproduction tends to sound a bit inconsistent at times and they don't isolate better than some of the other headphones they're often compared to. See our recommendations for the best wireless headphones and the best closed-back headphones.
The Beats Solo Pro Wireless are slightly better than the Beats Studio 3 Wireless if you don’t mind the on-ear design. They have a slightly better noise cancellation feature and their sound profile is better balanced than the Studio 3. On the other hand, the Studio 3 are more comfortable thanks to their over-ear design and come with an audio cable to use when wired, which the Solo Pro lack, but can be purchased.
The Beats Studio 3 Wireless are slightly better headset than the Beats Solo3 Wireless thanks to noise cancellation. The Studio 3 isolate a bit better in noisy conditions, which makes them a better option for commute and travel than the Solo3. They also have a more comfortable over-ear design that most will prefer over the on-ear fit of the Solo3. The Solo3, on the other hand, are a bit more compact and have a much better battery life than the Studio variant. They also have a greater wireless range and better latency performance.
The Beats Studio 3 Wireless are somewhat better headphones than the Beats Studio Wireless. They have the same stylish and polished design, but the Studio 3 have a better control scheme and improved noise cancellation. They sound quite similar, but the Studio 3 sound slightly better overall. The Studio3 Wireless also have a much better battery than the Studio Wireless and feature the W1 chip for improved ease-of-use with Apple devices. The Studio Wireless have better latency and microphone noise handling performance, though. They’re both decent headphones for most uses, but the more intuitive pairing process and control scheme of the Studio 3 gives them an edge.
The Sony WH-1000XM3 Wireless are better headphones than the Beats Studio 3 Wireless. They feel slightly more premium and sound a bit more neutral, but with a small excess in thump and rumble. Additionally, you can customize their sound to your liking easily inside the Sony app, which Beats is lacking. The ANC of the Sony is also noticeably better and will block out more ambient noise. On the other hand, the only place where the Beats is a better choice over the Sony is that their audio cable has an in-line mic and the Sony don’t. They also have physical buttons, which can be easier to use for some, especially since the touch-sensitive surface of the Sony is practically unresponsive in freezing conditions.
The Sony WH-H900N/h.ear on 2 Wireless have similar performance to the Beats Studio 3 Wireless. The Sony have better-balanced default sound quality and more customization options, thanks to their companion app. The Sony also have a sleeker-looking build quality that feels a bit more high end than the Beats. The Beats, on the other hand, have a slightly stronger noise isolation performance and lower leakage. They also charge a lot faster and have a greater wireless range than the Sony. They're more stable for the gym, and a lot more comfortable for most users, with easier-to-use controls and a cool-looking design that most will prefer over that of the Sony.
The Bose QuietComfort 35/QC35 Wireless 2016 are a better headset overall than the Beats Studio 3 Wireless. The Bose have a more comfortable over-ear fit and stronger noise cancellation that will isolate better in noisy environments. On the upside, the Beats have a better wireless range and a faster charging battery life than the Bose. The Beats are also a bit more stable for sports and some will prefer their sleek and stylized over-ear design over the Bose's somewhat bland but more professional look.
The Beats Studio 3 Wireless are slightly better headphones than the Sennheiser HD 4.50 BTNC. The Beats are noticeably more comfortable, slightly better-built, and have a more premium feel than the Sennheiser. They also have a better-balanced sound profile, but our unit had a significant phase mismatch and performed differently on various users. The ANC feature of the Beats is quite good, but the self-noise is pretty high and can be heard when no audio is being played through the headphones. On the other hand, the Sennheiser can connect to two devices simultaneously and can be used passively, which you can’t do with the Beats.
The Bose QuietComfort 35 II/QC35 II Wireless 2018 are better headphones than the Beats Studio 3 Wireless. The Bose are one of the most comfortable headphones we’ve reviewed so far, and their sound profile is very well-balanced and accurate. Their ANC feature is also one of the best on the market and blocks noticeably more background noise than the Beats. On the other hand, the Beats will be slightly better-suited for bass-heavy genres and they leak less than the Bose. They also have an in-line microphone for calls, which the Bose are lacking. The battery life of the Beats is about three hours longer than the Bose, but they don’t have a power-saving feature.
The Audio-Technica ATH-M50x are better headphones for neutral sound than the Beats Studio 3 Wireless. Although they're both closed-back, over-ear headphones, the Audio-Technica have a more neutral sound and a slightly better passive soundstage. However, unlike the Audio-Technica, the Beats are wireless and they have controls, a microphone, and active noise cancelling, making them more versatile headphones overall. They're also slightly more comfortable and their battery lasts up to 23 hours.
The Sony WH-1000XM2 Wireless are a better wireless over-ear than the Beats Studio 3 Wireless. The Sony have a better noise cancellation performance, which makes them a bit more suitable for commute and travel than the Beats. They also have a lot more features and customization options that you can tweak thanks to the Sony Headphones app. They have a slightly more polished design that looks and feels more high-end than that of the Beats. The Beats, on the other hand, have a more stylish looking build quality that some will prefer over that of the Sony. They also have a faster charge time a longer wireless range and slightly better latency performance, especially on iOS devices. The Beats are also a bit more lightweight, comfortable, and stable for the gym compared to the Sony.
The Sennheiser PXC 550 Wireless are marginally better than the Beats Studio 3 Wireless if the most important thing for you is an accurate and neutral sound. The Beats are slightly more comfortable and a noticeably better ANC feature, but when it comes to sound, the Sennheiser are more accurate. You can also customize the sound of the Sennheiser to your liking with their dedicated app, which the Beats don't have. They can also connect simultaneously to two devices and can be used wired when the battery is dead, which the Beats can't do.
The Beats Studio 3 Wireless are better headphones than the Skullcandy Venue Wireless. The Beats have a more neutral sound profile, especially in the mid-range, while still sounding exciting. They are better-built and are more comfortable. Their ANC feature blocks more noise than the Skullcandy's and the provided case is better. On the other hand, the Skullcandy can connect to two devices, and their bass isn’t as prone to inconsistencies as the Beats.
The Beats Studio 3 Wireless will be a better-mixed usage pair of headphones than the Nura Nuraphone Wireless. The Beats are more comfortable and have better bass noise isolation, which is better suited for public transit. They also come with an audio cable and an in-line microphone, which the Nura is lacking inside the box. On the other hand, the personalization feature of the Nura is a unique experience that you can’t get on the Beats headphones. The Nura also offer more battery life than the Beats.
The Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 Wireless are a better wireless over-ear than the Beats Studio 3 Wireless. The Beats have a slightly better-balanced default sound than the Plantronics. They're also more comfortable, portable, and have a sleeker design that's stable enough for the gym and sports. The Plantronics, on the other hand, have a better wireless range and battery life than the Beats. They also have easier to use controls with more functionality, and they sound a bit more exciting thanks to their deep and powerful bass range.
The Bowers & Wilkins PX Wireless have a fairly similar performance to the Beats Studio 3 Wireless. The Bowers & Wilkins isolate a lot better in noisy environments than the Beats, so they will be a bit more suitable for travelling and commuting. They also have a better more premium looking build quality that most will prefer over the Beats. The Beats, on the other hand, have a more consistent sound than the Bowers & Wilkins despite their adaptive audio reproduction. They also have a sleeker over-ear fit that's more comfortable and a bit more suitable for physical activities than the Bowers & Wilkins. The Beats also have a longer battery life and charge a lot faster, making them slightly more practical for everyday casual use.
The Microsoft Surface Wireless Headphones are better headphones for bass fans, while the Beats Studio 3 Wireless have a more neutral sound quality with a not-so-veiled treble range. The Microsoft have a better and more complete control scheme that is satisfying to use. The feedback is better on the physical buttons of the Beats, but you get limited controls. Also, the Microsoft have better noise isolation performance but have about half of the Beats' battery life.