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The lat­est ver­sion of Wire­less ANC head­phones to come from Beats, the Stu­dio Wire­less 3.0 are quite a bit cheaper than the pre­vi­ous ver­sion, as they now re­tail for US$349.95 down from the US$379.95 be­fore.

They get Ap­ple’s W1 chip for ‘Class 1 Wire­less Blue­tooth con­nec­tiv­ity and bat­tery ef­fi­ciency’, so you’ll now get 22 hours of wire­less play­back with ANC ac­ti­vated. It also gains a Fast Fuel that’s sup­posed to give you three hours of play­back from just 10 min­utes of charg­ing, so it’s def­i­nitely a head­phone that’s meant to be used all day.

In terms of looks, the Stu­dio Wire­less 3.0 doesn’t de­vi­ate much from Beats head­phones of gen­er­a­tions past, but to their credit they’ve toned down the shiny look with new matte op­tions, so the head­phones don’t scream out for at­ten­tion any­more.

What’s no­tice­ably im­proved though; is the ANC. Beats now calls their ANC ‘Pure ANC’, and it lev­er­ages on Ap­ple’s W1 chip to con­tin­u­ously de­tect and ad­just for the en­vi­ron­men­tal noise around you. The Stu­dio Wire­less 3.0 sur­prised us by how much bet­ter ANC ca­pa­bil­i­ties were com­pared to the pre­vi­ous ver­sion, so we do have to give ku­dos to the en­gi­neers at Beats for that.

In terms of au­dio per­for­mance, we thought the head­phones had a pretty good sense of rhythm, as they han­dled faster tracks like Tiesto’s ‘El­e­ments of Life’ well. The head­phone has a good sense of stereo imag­ing and is able to give good en­ergy to the track, but could do with be­ing a lit­tle tighter on the bassline.

It’s some­thing that shows up on a track like ‘My Friends’ by the Red Hot Chili Pep­pers too. The gui­tar intro starts off the track nicely, and the vo­cals are ren­dered fairly well through­out the piece too, but when the bass kicks in to­wards the mid­dle it feels slightly bloated, throw­ing you off from the piece. The track also seemed to need a lit­tle bit more sep­a­ra­tion, as the gui­tars got a lit­tle mud­died through the bridge por­tion. Still, we do think the head­phones are im­proved acous­ti­cally com­pared to pre­vi­ous ver­sions, so hope­fully the trend con­tin­ues.

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