Re­view: Beats Stu­dio Wire­less

Less bass than be­fore, but heaps more class

Australian T3 - - CONTENTS -

$479, au.beats­by­dre.com

For the sec­ond it­er­a­tion of Beats’ wire­less cans there has been a com­plete re­design both in­side and out. The re­sults are un­char­ac­ter­is­ti­cally un­der­stated.

The new look is lighter and the build more sturdy. Sure, it’s not as eye­catch­ing as be­fore, but we pre­fer the more sub­tle styling, es­pe­cially on the matte black ver­sion. The re­designed ear cups are more com­fort­able for long lis­ten­ing ses­sions, too.

A sim­i­lar ap­proach has been taken with sound qual­ity. The Stu­dios sound very good in­deed, with bass ac­tu­ally feel­ing re­duced since last year’s ver­sion, which will come as a re­lief for some. In­stead, the mid-range has been boosted, re­sult­ing in a more over­all bal­anced sound.

But don’t fear, Beats hasn’t to­tally grown up. The price is still in the ter­ri­tory of “How much?!” for a start, and in much the same way that the harder you push a rac­ing car the more it grips the road, the louder you pump up the vol­ume, the bet­ter they sound. Com­muters, brace yourself.

In re­verse, the noise-can­celling works well, man­ag­ing to block out most noise for up to 12 hours, but at low vol­umes it does pro­duce an au­di­ble hiss. Blue­tooth, mean­while, is seam­less. Ar­guably Beats’ best cans yet, we reckon. love More so­phis­ti­cated de­sign. Com­fort­able fit. Well-rounded sound qual­ity. Good noise can­celling hate Pricey. Noise can­celling au­di­ble at low vol­umes T3 says The best Beats yet, though its nig­gles make that price tag a bit hard to swal­low

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