Beats Studio Wireless Headphones | Music Tech Review
Apple continues to earn my hard-earned money as I purchase yet another set of Beats headphones. This time, it’s the outgoing Beats Studio Wireless model.
I love bass. Bass is integral to the music listening experience in my eyes. That means when it comes to purchasing headphones or speakers, the bass frequencies play a role. Yes, there is a stereotype that black people love bass. In this instance, I’m unafraid to admit my love for those bottom most sounds.
My ‘I Love Apple’ Spill
In addition to being a bass-lover, I also love Apple products. You might say that I have helped to keep Apple in business. My inventory in the past includes numerous iPod Classics, iPhone 4, iPhone 5, and a MacBook Pro. Currently, I own an Apple TV, a MacBook Pro (my second one), iPad 2, iPad Air 2, iPad Pro 12.9″, iPhone 6S, and an iPod Touch. That’s lots of money given to Steve Jobs’ company. That doesn’t include the Beats headphones, hence why we’re here.
Celebrating my birthday, as I continue on into this thing called adulthood, I always purchase something for myself for my birthday. Typically, it’s something technological. Last year, it was Playstation 4 – no better way to adult than that. This year, it was Beats Studio Wireless headphones. This wasn’t my first pair of Beats – I have owned five other pair. Those include one pair of Solo (white), two studio wired (blue and gold respectively), a pair of Geek Squad refurbished Powerbeats, and my current pair of walking, mobile Powerbeats3. So, why did I purchase a new pair. (1) Beats Studio Wireless are wireless (2) My gold pair were depreciating (3) I love the headphones, particularly the bass.
Beats Studio Wireless
Now the part most folks want to hear, rather than my Apple products collection. Here are some pros and cons in reference to these headphones.
- Aesthetically pleasing. Aesthetically, everything is sound. Great packaging, a characteristic of Apple products, and attractive design. It official: Beats Studio Wireless headphones are “hotties.”
- Cable, Input. Though wireless, comes with audio cable and has an audio input.
- Bass! Love the sound of these, particularly the bass frequencies.
- Noise Cancelling. Thumbs up. Even as a mature adult as opposed to a rebellious teen, you can put these on and pretend like you’re listening to music just to avoid people. Works every time!
- Bluetooth connectivity. “Let the church say yes!” The Bluetooth connects without a hitch, at least from a personal perspective. “Can I get a hallelujah?”
- Price. Since this is the outgoing model, the price of the Beats Studio Wireless has been lowered from its $379.00 retail price.
- Pricey. If Apple is attached to anything, it ain’t cheap. Like everything else Apple-owned, Beats Studio Wireless headphones are still pricey. The new model, Beats Studio 3, will assume a $350 price tag.
- Packaging Cuts. This wireless model loses one of audio cables. Previous models had the Control Talk and a plain old audio cable. Nitpicky of course. It also loses the adapter for charging. No justification for this. Not a big deal personally, but some might cry foul.
- Ear Pad Cushion Replacement (Potentially). Previous two sets (wired), I’ve had to replace the Ear-pad cushion; The replacement quality is not the same as the original. Time will tell on this set if this is a prevalent issue.
- Latency Issue. Latency issue when used as Bluetooth with DAW. This is nitpicky too, as the solution is to simply disconnect the Bluetooth and use the headphones in a wired capacity.
So, how does my latest set of Beats stack up? Awesome of course. Beats have been my “right-hand man” in my music listening and music making endeavors for years, and that probably won’t change. Sure, I’ve fantasized about Bose every now and again, but have yet to be unfaithful to Beats. These headphones make the music experience fun personally, and until something changes that, I’ll remain a Beats man. Should I have waited for the new model? Maybe, but my wallet and the reduced-price tag says NO.