Strangely, Beats’ Flagship Studio line of headphones was not updated in 2016. This left many of us scratching our heads. However, the newly revealed Studio 3s have received a major overhaul to their inner workings which may have been the real reason for the year long delay.

Beats Studio 3 Wireless Headphones Preview


Outwardly, the new Beats Studio 3s look identical to their predecessor. However, this new headphone boasts a few more color combos. In all, six color choices are available; black, red, white, and blue along with two special edition colors – shadow gray and porcelain rose.


Most of the changes that Beats made to the Studio 3 lie under the skin. For starters, the new headphone has brand new circuitry that makes use of Apple’s W1 chip. The same chip is found in the PowerBeats3 Wireless and Apple’s AirPods. If you’re an iPhone user the benefits of this new chip are impressive. Pairing the headphone to your iPhone is super fast and easy thanks to proximity pairing (a one-step Bluetooth connection method). Users can also switch seamlessly between devices that are logged into the same iCloud account.


In addition to the above benefits, the W1 chip also aids in extending the headphone’s battery life. Beats estimates that you can get up to 22 hours on a single charge with noise cancelling activated. Without, you can get about 40. If you need some juice quick, the new Studio 3s have a feature called Fast Fuel. This will give you about 3 hours of listening time with only 10 minutes of charging.


The Studio also received an upgrade in the noise cancelling department. The Studio 3 uses what Beats calls Pure Adaptive Noise Cancelling. With Pure ANC activated, the headphones are constantly monitoring the environment and adjusting themselves accordingly. This real-time calibration operates up to 50,000 times per second.


The Beats Studio 3 headphones are available now at Apple with an MSRP of $350.


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