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Beats urbeats3

THIRD TIME’S THE CHARM.

- [ HARRY DOMANSKI ]

WHETHER OR NOT you’re a fan of Apple’s decision to ditch the 3.5mm headphone jack on its iPhones, the ripples from this move have well and truly spread through the audio manufactur­ing world. Beats’ mid-range headphones have well and truly adapted to the change.

The option for a Lightning connector is the most significan­t change in the urbeats3, and is also the most appealing, but the other adjustment­s to the line are all welcome. This includes the magnetic housings that allow you to clip the headphones together around your neck, a new range of single-colour matte finishes, an angled driver configurat­ion that better aims audio down your ear canal, a new silicon carry case, and two pairs of wing-tips for a more secure fit when working out. The headphones have also maintained the sturdy constructi­on from the previous iteration but, unfortunat­ely, haven’t moved away from the flat cable design which, despite lending a small hand in keeping things tangle-free, exacerbate­s the noises heard when the cord brushes against clothing.

There’s little to be said about the Beats audio profile that hasn’t already been covered — you’ll find yourself with the same strong and precise bass, scooped mids and slightly less present treble as can be found in the company’s other products. This certainly isn’t a drawback as it tends to suit a lot of modern, heavily produced music, but if you’ve been burnt by the Beats bassy sound before, look elsewhere.

While there’s a plethora of decent competitor­s when it comes to headphones rocking a 3.5mm jack (the Marshall Mode are an improvemen­t across most fronts and cost $30 less), the urbeats3 will be a win with Apple iPhone users that don’t want to go wireless or use a dongle.

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BEATS BY DR. DRE URBEATS3 $129 beatsbydre.com/au CRITICAL SPECS 3.5mm or Lightning connection options; 3-button in-line remote with mic; magnetic driver housing; 4 x silicon tips and 2 x wings; silicon soft case; 17g

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