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Beats Studio Pro Wireless Headphones Review

Tested using Methodology v1.5
Reviewed Aug 30, 2023 at 12:26 pm
Latest change: Writing modified Aug 30, 2023 at 12:26 pm
Beats Studio Pro Wireless Picture
7.6
Neutral Sound
7.6
Commute/Travel
7.2
Sports/Fitness
7.2
Office
5.5
Wireless Gaming
7.1
Wired Gaming
5.9
Phone Calls

The Beats Studio Pro Wireless are over-ear headphones with an active noise cancelling (ANC) feature. They share a similar look with the Beats Studio3 Wireless, but unlike previous models, they support audio via USB-C and have a built-in digital-to-analog converter (DAC), which lets you stream higher-quality audio via USB-C compared to Bluetooth. Connecting via USB-C also gives you access to EQ presets, which is quite unusual for Beats, which usually don't have sound customization features. They come equipped with Spatial Audio for virtual surround sound. Unlike other Beats headphones like the Beats Solo Pro Wireless, they don't have an H1 or W1 chip, but they support One-Touch Pairing with iOS devices and Google Fast Pair with Android phones.

Our Verdict

7.6 Neutral Sound

The Beats Studio Pro Wireless are good for neutral sound. They have a bright sound profile, so while it's well-balanced and versatile, it makes instruments sound slightly harsh and sibilants like S and T sounds seem piercing. Like most closed-back headphones, they don't create a very spacious passive soundstage. That said, they offer a few different EQ presets for sound customization when you're connected via USB-C.

Pros
  • Good build quality.
  • Well-balanced sound profile.
Cons
  • Limited sound customization features.
7.6 Commute/Travel

The Beats Studio Pro Wireless are good for commuting and traveling. They have a sturdy build quality and a long, continuous battery life for long rides or flights. Their ANC blocks out a good amount of noise overall but unfortunately isn't ideal for cutting out bass-range noise like rumbling engines. Unlike similar models like the Beats Studio3 Wireless, they come with a soft carrying pouch instead of a sturdy case. They also aren't as comfortable for many people.

Pros
  • Good build quality.
  • Long battery life.
Cons
  • ANC struggles with bass-range noise.
7.2 Sports/Fitness

The Beats Studio Pro Wireless are decent for sports and fitness. These wireless headphones are well-built and have good controls that let you adjust your music without using your phone. They're stable enough to stay in place during moderate workouts, like a jog in the park or some low-intensity exercises, but might slip out of place if you make intense movements. Like most over-ear headphones, they also lack an IP rating for water resistance.

Pros
  • Good build quality.
  • Long battery life.
Cons
  • Can slip out of place with intense movements.
  • No IP rating.
7.2 Office

The Beats Studio Pro Wireless are decent for office use. Their ANC feature is great at blocking out background chit-chat or the hum of a computer fan. They last around 28 hours of continuous use, so you don't have to worry about recharging daily. However, they aren't ideal if you want very comfortable headphones for all-day use. They don't support multi-device pairing, so you must re-pair them when switching between your phone and computer.

Pros
  • ANC blocks out mid-range noise.
  • Good build quality.
Cons
  • Sub-par mic performance.
  • No H1/H2 chip.
5.5 Wireless Gaming

The Beats Studio Pro Wireless aren't intended for wireless gaming. They only work wirelessly via Bluetooth, so they can't connect with PlayStation or Xbox consoles without a wire. They work with Bluetooth-enabled PCs but have somewhat high latency, so you'll notice slight syncing issues between your game audio and video.

7.1 Wired Gaming

The Beats Studio Pro Wireless are decent for wired gaming. They aren't intended for gaming but work with PCs and PlayStation consoles via wired USB-C with low latency. They have a neutral default sound profile, and a few EQ presets are available for sound customization if you're connected via USB. However, they don't have a very good mic performance.

Pros
  • Good build quality.
  • Well-balanced sound profile.
Cons
  • Limited sound customization features.
  • Sub-par mic performance.
5.9 Phone Calls

The Beats Studio Pro Wireless are disappointing for phone calls. Their mic makes your voice sound hollow, and the recording quality can noticeably dip for a few seconds before improving again. It also struggles to separate your voice from ambient sound, so if you take a call in a busy office, any background noise will be audible to whoever you're talking to. On the plus side, their ANC feature blocks out a lot of noise, making it easier for you to hear calls.

Pros
  • ANC blocks out mid-range noise.
  • Good build quality.
Cons
  • Sub-par mic performance.
  • No H1/H2 chip.
  • 7.6 Neutral Sound
  • 7.6 Commute/Travel
  • 7.2 Sports/Fitness
  • 7.2 Office
  • 5.5 Wireless Gaming
  • 7.1 Wired Gaming
  • 5.9 Phone Calls
  1. Updated Aug 30, 2023: Review published.
  2. Updated Aug 24, 2023: Early access published.
  3. Updated Aug 21, 2023: Our testers have started testing this product.
  4. Updated Aug 11, 2023: The product has arrived in our lab, and our testers will start evaluating it soon.
  5. Updated Jul 25, 2023: We've purchased the product and are waiting for it to arrive in our lab.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Beats Studio Pro Wireless are available in a few different colors: 'Black', 'Deep Brown', 'Navy', and 'Sandstone'. Our unit is 'Deep Brown', and you can see its label here. We expect our results to be valid for the other variants as well.

If you encounter another variant, let us know in the forums, and we'll update our review.

Compared To Other Headphones

The Beats Studio Pro Wireless have a similar design to previous 'Studio' headphones from Beats, including the Beats Studio Wireless and Beats Studio3 Wireless. However, they differ in some major ways. They offer a different sound, with a more neutral bass response, and support a wired connection via USB-C, giving you access to a few EQ presets for sound customization. However, they have a relatively weak noise isolation performance compared with other premium ANC headphones like the Bose QuietComfort 45/QC45 Wireless or the Sony WH-1000XM4 Wireless.

If you're looking for more headphones, check out the best over-ear headphones, the best noise cancelling headphones, and the best headphones for music.

Beats Studio3 Wireless

The Beats Studio Pro Wireless are better than the Beats Studio3 Wireless. The Pro's ANC feature blocks out more noise. They have a somewhat longer battery life and a more neutral default sound profile, which some may prefer. They have a few EQ presets for sound customization when connected via USB-C. They also support virtual surround sound and NFC pairing. However, the Studio3 have a much more comfortable fit for most people. They have a more protective case and a W1 chip that allows faster pairing with iOS devices.

Sony WH-1000XM4 Wireless

The Sony WH-1000XM4 Wireless are better than the Beats Studio Pro Wireless for most purposes. The Sony's ANC feature blocks out much more noise. They're more comfortable for most, have a longer battery life, and offer more robust sound customization features. However, the Beats support audio via USB-C, which lets you stream lossless audio and use the headphones while charging.

Bose QuietComfort 45/QC45 Wireless

The Bose QuietComfort 45/QC45 Wireless are better than the Beats Studio Pro Wireless. The Bose can block out more noise and have a more comfortable fit for most people. They support multi-device pairing and give you more control over the sound profile with an in-app graphic EQ. However, the Beats have a longer continuous battery life. They support NFC and Google Fast Pair for quicker pairing with your devices.

Beats Studio Wireless

The Beats Studio Pro Wireless are better than the Beats Studio Wireless. The Studio Pro's ANC feature is more effective, and they have a longer continuous battery life. They have a virtual surround sound feature and support USB-C audio. However, the Studio have a more comfortable fit for most people.

Test Results

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Design
Design
Style
Type Over-ear
Enclosure Closed-Back
Wireless Yes
Transducer Dynamic

They have a sleek, rounded look, similar to the Beats Studio3 Wireless and the Beats Studio Wireless. The manufacturer's logo is on each ear cup. They come in a few neutral colors: 'Black', 'Deep Brown', 'Navy', and 'Sandstone'.

7.0
Design
Comfort
Weight 0.6 lbs
Clamping Force
1 lbs

The Beats Studio Pro are decently comfortable. The ear cushions have a plush feel, but they clamp onto your head quite hard, which can cause fatigue over time. The ear cups don't have much range of motion, making it hard to get a good fit on bigger heads. They're also quite shallow, and your ears might rub against the drivers, which can be irritating. Like the Beats Studio3 Wireless, the headband could also use more cushioning and might cause discomfort with prolonged use.

7.6
Design
Controls
OS Compatibility
Not OS specific
Ease Of Use Good
Feedback Decent
Call/Music Control Yes
Volume Control Yes
Microphone Control No
Channel Mixing
No
Noise Cancelling Control On/Off
Talk-Through
On/Off
Additional Controls Voice Assistant

They have good controls. They provide all the basic functions for controlling audio playback, phone calls, and switching between ANC and 'Transparency' mode, which lets you hear your surroundings without removing the headphones. There's no audio feedback when a command is registered, but the controls are all physical buttons that you can hear click. When connected via USB-C, ANC and Transparency mode are disabled, and you can cycle between EQ presets with the power button. These EQs are only available when you're using the USB-C cable and are only accessible with the onboard controls. There are also volume controls, but you don't get any audio cue for reaching minimum and maximum volume.

The 'b' button:

  • Single press: Plays/pauses audio or answers/ends a call.
  • Double press:Skips to the next track.
  • Triple press: Skips to the previous track.
  • Hold:
  • Activates voice assistant.

The ring surrounding the 'b' button:

  • One press above the 'b button': Raises the volume.
  • Single press below the 'b' button: Lowers the volume.

The power button:

  • Press and hold: Enters pairing mode.
  • Double press: When connected via Bluetooth or analog, cycles between ANC on, off, and Transparency mode. When connected via USB-C, cycles between EQ presets.

6.1
Design
Portability
L 4.4" (11.3 cm)
W 6.7" (17.1 cm)
H 3.0" (7.7 cm)
Volume 90.25 inยณ (1,478.87 cmยณ)
Transmitter Required No

They're somewhat portable. They won't easily fit into smaller bags and purses, like most over ears, but fold into a more compact form to help save space.

7.0
Design
Case
Type Soft case
L 5.1" (13.0 cm)
W 7.2" (18.3 cm)
H 3.2" (8.1 cm)
Volume 117.59 inยณ (1,926.99 cmยณ)

Unlike previous versions of these headphones, including the Beats Studio3 Wireless and the Beats Studio Wireless, they come with a soft pouch instead of a hard case. This provides less protection against being dropped or crushed than a hardback case. However, the fabric is still quite thick and can provide some protection against dust, minor water damage, and falls.

7.5
Design
Build Quality

The Beats Studio Pro are well-built headphones. They're mostly made of plastic that feels sturdy. However, the foldable hinges on the headband could degrade with use and stop snapping properly into position, and overall, the headphones feel somewhat stiff and creaky.

7.0
Design
Stability

They have decent stability. They're stable enough for less intense movement, like during a run in the park or some stretching. However, they can slip off your head if you move your head quickly.

Design
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Design
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Design
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Design
In The Box

  • Beats Studio Pro Wireless headphones
  • USB-C to USB-C cable
  • 1/8" TRS cable
  • Beats stickers
  • Manuals
  • Carrying case

Sound
Sound
Sound Profile
Bass Amount
0.22 dB
Treble Amount
0.13 dB

Their sound profile is quite neutral. There's a slight boost in the low-bass that adds a little extra rumble to your audio, and some overemphasis starting in the high-mids lends voices and instruments extra brightness. Sibilants, like S and T sounds, are piercing, but overall the sound is suitable for a variety of genres. These results reflect the headphones' performance when connected via Bluetooth. They don't come with any sound customization features when connected via Bluetooth or analog cable.

However, you can also use the headphones via analog or USB-C. The headphones have a built-in DAC (digital-to-analog converter) that lets you stream lossless audio from your phone or computer via USB-C. When connected that way, you can also choose from a few different EQ presets: 'Beats Signature', which provides the most neutral sound, 'Entertainment', which boosts the bass and treble, and 'Conversation', which significantly reduces bass. You can see a comparison between each preset here. Keep in mind that these EQ presets are only available via USB-C connection.

7.1
Sound
Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
0.6 dB

They have decent frequency response consistency. They perform more consistently than the Beats Studio3 Wireless, but you can experience a drop in bass if you have thick hair or wear glasses, which can break the ear cups' seal on your head. Otherwise, if you take the time to adjust the headphones' fit, seal, and positioning on your head, you'll experience a consistent sound whenever you use the headphones.

Sound
Raw Frequency Response
9.1
Sound
Bass Accuracy
Std. Err.
1.37 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
10.91 Hz
Low-Bass
2.2 dB
Mid-Bass
1.22 dB
High-Bass
1.05 dB

They have fantastic bass accuracy. The entire range is slightly overemphasized, so your audio has a touch of extra rumble, punch, and boom.

8.6
Sound
Mid Accuracy
Std. Err.
1.86 dB
Low-Mid
0.51 dB
Mid-Mid
0.28 dB
High-Mid
2.81 dB

They have excellent mid accuracy. Vocals and instruments sound clear and present in the mix, but some overemphasis in the high-mid adds harshness.

7.0
Sound
Treble Accuracy
Std. Err.
4.41 dB
Low-Treble
1.96 dB
Mid-Treble
2.83 dB
High-Treble
-4.04 dB

They have decent treble accuracy. Instruments and lead vocals sound clear and detailed, so guitars, like those in the solo at the beginning of Metallica's song, Fade To Black, have definition and detail. However, higher-pitched sibilants, like S and T sounds, can sound piercing.

7.4
Sound
Peaks/Dips
Peaks
1.65 dB
Dips
1.32 dB

They have a decent peaks and dips performance. They control their sound profile quite well, with a few deviations. There's a dip in the mid-mid, mainly present in the right driver, which nudges instruments and vocals towards the back of the mix, followed by a peak in both drivers in the high-mid, which makes instruments harsh and honky. The most pronounced deviations are in the low to mid-treble. This range is uneven, so the upper harmonics of voices and instruments are alternately harsh and veiled, and sibilants like cymbals are mostly piercing.

8.8
Sound
Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
0.2
Weighted Phase Mismatch
3
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
0.62
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
1.68

Beats usually have good imaging, which is an indication of the brand's quality control and ergonomics. The L/R drivers of our unit are well-matched in group delay, which ensures tight bass and transparent treble reproduction. They're also well-matched in terms of frequency and amplitude. A slight mismatch in phase response affects the mid to high-bass, though, which can cause inaccuracies in the stereo image. Also, when playing audio of low-bass frequencies, you can hear a high-pitched whining sound on the left side. It's sometimes audible on the right side, depending on the volume. However, it's most noticeable when the headphones are only playing low-bass frequencies, so it's hard to hear this with more variable real-life content like music. Imaging also varies from unit to unit, though.

3.4
Sound
Passive Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
4 dB
PRTF Size (Avg.)
3 dB
PRTF Distance
3.87 dB
Openness
2.4
Acoustic Space Excitation
2.1

They have a bad passive soundstage performance. They have an over-ear design but don't have as wide a soundstage as other similar headphones, like the Sony WH-1000XM5 Wireless. Their sound also seems to come from inside your head. Their closed-back design means they don't create a very wide or spacious-seeming soundstage.

5.0
Sound
Virtual Soundstage
Head Modeling
On/Off
Speaker Modeling
On/Off
Room Ambience
No
Head Tracking
On/Off
Virtual Surround
Spatial Audio

These headphones support Spatial Audio, which includes 'Fixed' and 'Head Tracking' modes. Head tracking will follow your movements and adjust the soundstage depending on your head position relative to your phone, while fixed simulates regular surround sound. However, it only works with compatible content and might require a subscription to use.

Using Spatial Audio also seems to affect the headphones' maximum volume, but it's a minor difference. With Spatial Audio on, audio can get about one decibel louder. Here are the volume measurements when playing 'Pink Noise for Sleeping' from Apple Music, with Spatial Audio set to fixed, head tracking, and off:

  • Off: 104.8 dB
  • Fixed: 106.3 dB
  • Head Tracked: 106.1 dB
  • 8.0
    Sound
    Weighted Harmonic Distortion
    WHD @ 90
    0.258
    WHD @ 100
    0.090

    They have a great weighted harmonic distortion performance. There's some distortion in the mid-treble range at regular volumes, but it's hard to hear with real-life content. The rest of the frequencies fall within good levels, producing clean audio.

    Sound
    Test Settings
    Firmware
    2B68
    Power
    On
    Connection
    Bluetooth 5.2
    Codec
    SBC, 16-bit, 48kHz
    EQ
    No EQ
    ANC
    On
    Tip/Pad
    Default
    Microphone
    Integrated

    These are the settings used to test the Beats Studio Pro Wireless. Our results are only valid when using them in this configuration.

    Isolation
    7.6
    Isolation
    Noise Isolation
    Isolation Audio
    Overall Attenuation
    -22.67 dB
    Noise Cancelling Yes
    Bass
    -10.66 dB
    Mid
    -23.75 dB
    Treble
    -34.93 dB

    They have a good noise isolation performance. Their ANC improves on the previous generation's by blocking out more noise in the bass range, but they still aren't ideal for reducing engine noise when flying or commuting. That said, they do a great job of isolating you from higher-pitched noise like voices or computer fans, so they can help cut out distractions when you're at the office.

    8.2
    Isolation
    Leakage
    Leakage Audio
    Overall Leakage @ 1ft
    32.3 dB

    They have a great leakage performance. They leak some audio, mostly in the mid to treble ranges, but it's quieter than the noise floor of the average office. You can crank up the music in a moderately noisy environment without bothering anyone.

    Microphone
    Microphone
    Microphone Style
    Integrated
    Yes
    In-Line
    No
    Boom
    No
    Detachable Boom
    No
    Mic Yes
    4.9
    Microphone
    Recording Quality
    Recorded Speech
    LFE
    118.15 Hz
    FR Std. Dev.
    8.97 dB
    HFE
    7,034.64 Hz
    Weighted THD
    1,135.906
    Gain
    13.59 dB

    The mic seems to use an automatic compensation algorithm to adjust the gain. It appears to lower the gain in loud environments and increase it when it detects vocal frequencies. Pink noise (a kind of sound containing all frequencies) seems to cause the gain to lower significantly during our testing. That won't affect you during regular use, but it means your experience will be better than the score suggests.

    The mic makes your voice sound bright but also hollow and lacking in body. The quality is inconsistent, so during a phone call, the quality can noticeably dip for a few seconds before recovering. The manufacturer advertises better call quality via USB-C. However, we found you can't hear much difference, except for a small improvement via USB-C if you're in a quiet area. You can listen to a recording of the microphone via USB-C here and see a graph of the frequency response via USB-C here.

    5.5
    Microphone
    Noise Handling
    SpNR
    34.47 dB
    Noise Gate
    Always On
    Speech + Pink Noise Handling
    6.5
    Speech + Pink Noise Audio Sample
    Speech + Subway Noise Handling
    4.0
    Speech + Subway Noise Audio Sample

    It has a disappointing noise handling performance. If you're speaking somewhere with moderate noise in the background, your voice is understandable but not separated from the noise, which is still audible. With louder noise, like a train passing, your voice gets completely drowned out. Again, the manufacturer advertises a better mic performance via USB-C. There's not much noticeable difference via USB-C, but you can listen to the mic's noise handling performance with pink noise and speech here, and with subway noise here.

    Active Features
    8.7
    Active Features
    Battery
    Battery Type
    Rechargable
    Continuous Battery Life
    28.5 hrs
    Additional Charges
    0.0
    Total Battery Life
    28.5 hrs
    Charge Time
    1.7 hrs
    Power-Saving Feature
    Auto-Off Timer
    Audio While Charging
    Yes
    Passive Playback
    No
    Charging Port USB-C

    They have excellent battery performance. The manufacturer advertises them to last 24 hours of continuous use with ANC or Transparency mode on, and we measured a little more than 28.5 hours with ANC on. The manufacturer advertises a 40-hour continuous battery life with both modes switched off. A 'Fast Fuel' feature also provides four hours of playback for 10 minutes of charging. They don't support passive playback via analog since they still need battery power to work, even if you plug them into an audio jack. However, you can charge the headphones and listen to music simultaneously with the USB-C cable.

    6.0
    Active Features
    App Support
    App Name Beats
    iOS Yes
    Android Yes
    macOS No
    Windows No
    Equalizer
    No
    ANC Control
    On/Off
    Mic Control No
    Room Effects
    No
    Playback Control
    No
    Button Mapping No
    Surround Support
    Yes

    The app is pretty basic. It's simple to navigate (see a video of it in action here), and the same features are available in the iOS and Android apps. You can adjust the ANC/Transparency controls (and remove one or the other from the onboard controls) and adjust the controls for ending calls (press or double-press). You can also set up personalized spatial audio, 'Find My Device', and check the battery level. However, the app doesn't offer any sound customization features. You have access to a few EQ presets when connected by USB-C, but only via the onboard controls.

    Connectivity
    7.1
    Connectivity
    Bluetooth
    Bluetooth Version
    5.3
    Multi-Device Pairing
    No
    NFC Pairing
    No
    Line Of Sight Range
    334.65 ft (102.00 m)
    PC Latency (SBC)
    155 ms
    PC Latency (aptX)
    N/A
    PC Latency (aptX HD)
    N/A
    PC Latency (aptX-LL)
    N/A
    iOS Latency
    83 ms
    Android Latency
    126 ms

    They have good Bluetooth connectivity. Unlike previous editions, like the Beats Studio3 Wireless, they don't have a W1 or H1 chip for easier pairing and switching between iOS devices. However, they offer One-Touch Pairing with iOS devices, as well as Google Fast Pair, which similarly lets you quickly pair the headphones but with Android phones instead. They also offer reasonably low latency iOS and Android devices, so you can watch videos without experiencing audio syncing issues. Their latency with PCs is higher, so your audio and video may be slightly out of sync if you're gaming or watching a movie on your computer. Some apps and devices compensate for latency, though.

    0
    Connectivity
    Non-Bluetooth Wireless
    Non-BT Line Of Sight Range
    N/A
    Non-BT Latency
    N/A
    10
    Connectivity
    Wired
    Analog Audio
    Yes
    USB Audio
    USB-C
    Detachable Yes
    Length 4.49 ft (1.37 m)
    Connection
    1/8" TRS
    Analog/USB Audio Latency
    0 ms

    They have a 1/8" TRS cable that you can use to receive audio with no latency. This cable doesn't allow you to use the mic, just receive audio, unlike the Beats Studio3 Wireless' analog cable, which also has a built-in in-line microphone. They also support audio and mic via the USB-C cable, which you also use for charging.

    Connectivity
    PC Compatibility
    Analog
    Audio Only
    Wired USB
    Audio + Microphone
    Non-BT Wireless
    No

    They're fully compatible with PCs via wired USB or Bluetooth. You can also plug them in with the analog cable, but you can't use the mic that way.

    Connectivity
    PlayStation Compatibility
    PS4 Analog
    Audio Only
    PS4 Wired USB
    Audio + Microphone
    PS4 Non-BT Wireless
    No
    PS5 Analog
    Audio Only
    PS5 Wired USB
    Audio + Microphone
    PS5 Non-BT Wireless
    No

    These headphones have full mic and audio compatibility with PlayStation consoles via wired USB. You can also use the analog cable to receive audio if you keep the headphones charged.

    Connectivity
    Xbox Compatibility
    Xbox One Analog
    Audio Only
    Xbox One Wired USB
    No
    Xbox One Non-BT Wireless
    No
    Xbox Series X|S Analog
    Audio Only
    Xbox Series X|S Wired USB
    No
    Xbox Series X|S Non-BT Wireless
    No

    They're only compatible with Xbox consoles if you plug the analog cable into a controller. However, you can't use the mic, and the headphones still have to be charged since they won't work if the battery is dead.

    0
    Connectivity
    Base/Dock
    Type
    No Base/Dock
    USB Input
    No
    Line In
    No
    Line Out
    No
    Optical Input
    No
    RCA Input
    No
    Dock Charging
    No
    Power Supply
    No Base/Dock