Apple’s Beats Studio Professional evaluation: No want to fret, Android homeowners

An Apple product that works seamlessly with Android gadgets…what’s going to they consider subsequent?

There’s quite a bit to love concerning the Beats Studio Professional, Apple’s newest $350 over-ear wi-fi headphones from its Beats subsidiary, however the ease with which it really works throughout working programs is perhaps probably the most spectacular factor. From prompt pairing to Discover My help, the Beats Studio Professional has one thing near true parity throughout Android and iOS — which, usually, you wouldn’t anticipate to see out of an Apple machine.

In fact, that’s not all these headphones can do. Excessive audio high quality meets very lengthy battery life in a transportable kind issue that makes the Beats Studio Professional work equally properly at house or on the street. Certain, the worth isn’t what I’d name “low,” however anybody in search of a pair of noise-canceling over-ear headphones might do a heck of quite a bit worse than Beats Studio Professional.


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There’s a row of battery life LEDs beneath the facility button.
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Because the follow-up to 2017’s Beats Studio3 Wi-fi headphones, you’d assume the Beats Studio Professional would look or really feel drastically completely different indirectly from its practically six-year-old predecessor. Nonetheless, Beats selected to kind of retain the identical look as final time, relegating all enhancements to the innards of the Beats Studio Professional.

That’s to say, these are nonetheless fairly standard-looking over-ear headphones with a metallic texture on the outside, rubber on the half that touches the highest of your head, and foam ear cups.

Every ear cup appears to be like the identical at a look, however each have just a few distinguishing options. On the left facet, the signature lowercase B emblem you see on each Beats product is secretly a button you’ll be able to press as soon as to play or pause music, twice to skip forward, and thrice to return a monitor. The outer ring round that button acts as the quantity management; press above the B to lift the quantity and beneath to decrease it. Easy sufficient!

The Beats Studio Pro playback controls

Right here’s the place you’ll discover playback controls.
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On the appropriate facet, a multi-function button sits just under the place the volume-lowering button can be — if the appropriate facet had these buttons, anyway. I kind of want that each ear cups had playback controls, however alas, that was to not be. Anyway, the multi-function button turns the headphones on and off with a one-second maintain, switches between lively noise canceling (ANC) modes with a double faucet, and places the Beats Studio Professional in Bluetooth pairing mode when held for a number of seconds.

That is probably the most minor of minor quibbles, however I want there was a devoted energy button or swap on the Beats Studio Professional. Placing energy, ANC switching, and Bluetooth pairing all on the identical button is a bit a lot. You get used to it, however there have been just a few occasions early on in my time testing the Beats Studio Professional the place I’d maintain the button for only a bit too lengthy in a bid to show the machine off, just for it to enter Bluetooth mode as a substitute. 

Different odds and ends embrace a 3.5mm audio jack on the left ear cup and a USB-C port on the appropriate facet. Relatively handily, each ports can be utilized for audio playback. Audiophiles will get pleasure from USB-C playback specifically as a result of it helps lossless audio whereas charging the headphones.

That sort of eminent comfort extends to the headphones’ portability. You’ll be able to fold them up similar to the Beats Studio3 Wi-fi, simply becoming them right into a bag. In addition they include a easy black carrying case, full with room for charging cables. Over-ear headphones can generally be a ache to move from one place to a different, so it’s good that Beats prioritize portability.

Cats and canine dwelling collectively

Certainly one of Apple’s large promoting factors with the Beats Studio Professional is how properly they work with each Android and iOS gadgets. It’s not whole 1-to-1 parity, however it’s shut sufficient that these headphones earn a bunch of factors in my ebook for it.

Beats Studio Professional can pair immediately by way of one-touch pairing on iOS and Quick Pair on Android, negating the necessity to fuss with a Bluetooth connection menu whenever you convey these unhealthy boys out of the field. Apple’s and Google’s Discover My options work natively with these headphones, too, including a layer of safety. 

In fact, there are a few variations between iOS and Android which might be of observe. On iOS, the Beats Studio Professional will get native over-the-air updates; Android customers have to obtain the Beats app to get these, as a substitute. Android customers get quick audio switching between completely different Android gadgets, although. Naturally, Siri is just supported on iOS.

Whatever the tiny variations in help between Android and iOS, the Beats Studio Professional are about as device-agnostic as you can probably anticipate from one thing that originates inside Apple’s partitions. That’s to be recommended.

Oh, the sound is sweet, too

The Beats Studio Pro on man's head

Drown the skin world away.
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It virtually doesn’t should be stated that the Beats Studio Professional sound nice. I’ve been a giant proponent of the Beats model because the wonderful Match Professional earbuds launched a few years in the past, and every part I really like about these is current right here, too.

Dense compositions like Bruce Springsteen’s “Rosalita” play fantastically on the Beats Studio Professional. Sounds on the excessive and low ends of the spectrum are simply identifiable and every part is crystal clear. With out getting too deep into audiophile-land, every part sounds prefer it’s imagined to sound. That’s all you’ll be able to ask for.

Nicely, not fairly all. The bass can be booming on these headphones. Love that.

Additionally, the lively noise cancelation is great. My loud window air conditioner unit only a few toes away would possibly as properly not exist once I put on these infants. Transparency mode additionally works as you’d anticipate, amplifying sounds round you to make conversations doable with the headphones on. That stated, I’d advocate simply taking them off if it’s good to speak to somebody, out of politeness.

Yet one more factor to notice concerning the common efficiency of the Beats Studio Professional: The battery life is superior. They’re rated for about 24 hours of playback with ANC turned on (and as much as 40 with out), and that’s fairly correct to my expertise with them. Even with ANC turned on and common use, I used to be in a position to go three or 4 days with out plugging them in.

Beats does it once more

As I’ve hopefully made clear by now, the Beats Studio Professional headphones are wonderful on a lot of the ranges that matter. They sound implausible, final a very long time, and help a number of playback types. Most significantly, Android customers don’t get the shaft, with near-parity between iOS and Google’s cellular platform.

They’re extremely moveable, too. Actually, the most important criticism I can consider is that $350 is a big sum of cash to drop on a pair of headphones. It’s not an uncompetitive value (my earlier favourite over-ear headphones, the Bose NC700s, retailed at $400 in 2019), however in right this moment’s financial local weather, it’s onerous to name $350 “low cost.”

Nonetheless, in the event you can afford it (or in the event you discover a good low cost down the road), the Beats Studio Professional are greater than value it. Simply be sure to maintain the quantity down sufficient that you just don’t destroy your listening to as I’ve carried out through the years.