LA Gadgets Examiner Rating: A
On Saturday, the Beats Studio Wireless Bluetooth headphones arrived at Best Buy in several different colors. These aren't to be confused with the Beats Wireless headphones that came out in 2012; the new Studio headphones offer far better and more realistic sound. In fact, the Beats Studio Wireless headphones are the first legit over-the-ear Bluetooth headphones that sound just as good as most wired headphones do.
In 2013, Bose tried to make Bluetooth headphones with AE2w Bluetooth set. The product was a complete failure with tinny sound and volume levels that barely rose about soft talking. This was a big disappointment, especially given that the Bose SoundLink Bluetooth speaker was such a breakthrough device for Bluetooth audio.
The Beats Studio Wireless headphones come in fancy packaging and look stylish. They are available in red, blue, black, and matte. They connect easily to any Bluetooth device and even though they are slightly heavy, you don't even notice them on your head much. Just in case you don't want to use the wireless features, they come with a wired cord that allows you to make phone calls.
We have never been a big fan of Beats--the sound of most of their headsets has been way too muffled with too much unnatural bass. In previous headphones, Beats has completely ignored the high and mid ranges. But this isn't the case with the Studio Wireless headphones; the high, mid, and low ranges all sound great. There is still a lot of bass for those who love rap and dance music, but it's not overbearing like it has been in the past. Unlike the Bose AE2w headphones, the Beats Studio headphones have high volume that doesn't distort the music.
The Studio Wireless headphones are rechargeable and Beats claims you can get up to 12 hours of use with them. At the most, we had seven hours of constant use, which is still pretty decent. Luckily, the battery charges really fast. There is an LED indicator that tells you how much battery life is left.
The Studio Wireless headphones also have a noise cancellation feature. Unfortunately, noise cancellation doesn't work nearly as well as it does on Bose headsets, but it isn't a huge problem; you cancel most noise out just by putting the headphones on your ears. When not listening to music, you'll notice the slight hiss that the noise cancellation produces. However, this hiss goes away once you turn on the music. The noise cancellation feature definitely isn't an asset to the Studio Wireless headphones, but it's not much of a disability either.
The only real downside to the Studio Wireless headphones is the price: $379! Beats headphones have always been overpriced, but the Studio Wireless takes the cake. But if you, like us, are sick and tired of wires trapping you or getting tangled, the Beats Studio Wireless are the only option right now. You'll forget about the high price once you experience their awesomeness for a couple hours.