Beats Studio3 vs. Beats Solo3 | Wireless Headphones Compared

When it comes to headphones, almost everyone has jumped from wired to wireless as their headphone of choice when it comes to daily use. While wired will always lead when it comes to overall audio accuracy, wireless is extremely convenient to use and with most wireless headphones from top brands managing to match up wired versions in terms of audio quality, it is safe to assume that wireless is here to stay.

If you are looking for a wireless headphone to bring when going out then you need to understand the important factors you need to look for. Not all wireless headphones are made the same, obviously, and while cheaper ones might be more enticing chances are there is a reason why they have such a low price tag. For example, low-end wireless headphones tend to suffer from Bluetooth instability issues and underwhelmingly short battery life.

The Beats Studio headphone is definitely one of the more popular and mainstream brands in the market, but how does it compare with the rest? It currently has two popular flagship headphones available which are the Studio3 and the Solo3. What is the difference between the two and which one will suit you the best? That is what we will find out with our in-depth comparison in order for you to determine which one is best suited for your listening style.


Beats Studio3 Wireless Headphones Review

Beats Studio3 Wireless Headphones - Matte BlackBeats is an Apple headphone through and through but if you are not a fan of Apple’s signature design, don’t fret. When it comes to looks, Beats follows their own approach with a non-gloss finish, a minimalist design, and a solid reputation they’ve steadily built throughout the years.

If you are familiar with Beats Studio then you will find that Studio3 and previous models have little difference in terms of their aesthetics. It still uses sturdy plastic material and the signature “b” logo on each earpiece. A closer look though will reveal a sleeker headphone compared to generation 1 models.

Beats Studio3 utilizes soft foam ear cushions that cover the entirety of the ear quite well. It doesn’t feel as if the earcups are crushing your ears even after hours of use which is a huge plus for people who have sensitive ears like me.

When it comes to features, the Beats Studio3 focuses strictly on providing a noise-canceling and wireless experience. It does not come with motion-tracked auto ANC or proximity sensors that high-end ANC wireless headphones come with and that is not necessarily a bad thing. The important thing here is that the headphone manages to accomplish the basics perfectly. Think of additional features like the ones I noted above as icing on the cake, you can do without them.

Beats Studio3 Wireless Headphones - Matte Black Battery life of the Beats Studio3 is affected greatly by a specific factor, namely the ANC. Standard battery life of the Studio3 is around 20 hours with the ANC activated and 40 hours with it turned off. The downside here is that since this is mainly an Apple headphone, it only manages these number when paired with an Apple device. If you connect the Studio3 with non-iOS devices then its battery life is cut by half.

The silver lining for non-iOS users is that audio quality and noise-cancellation remains the same for both sides. While the noise-canceling capability of Studio3 is not exactly the best in the market, it comes close to the top. It can completely shut out ambient noise in public areas and can even block the grating noise from planes and buses.

Sound quality caught me off-guard as I was expecting Studio3 to be bass heavy as it was known for delivering exactly that. The Studio3 is more balanced than I expected which was a pleasant surprise. It leans more on providing a dynamic and fun experience, sound-wise. Treble falls a bit short but still manages to deliver a decent bite.

As stated earlier, the bass is not that prominent in the Studio3 compared to previous models of the series, but don’t think of it as a demotion. Drum beats still manage to sound tight. However, I do find the focus on lower-mid range give lower voice tracks less texture.

The Beats Studio3, in my opinion, would be an awesome wireless headphone for rock, hip-hop, and pop. Basically, any music genre that is brimming with energy will be able to make the most out of Studio3. What it lacks in detail it makes up for in enthusiasm.

Key Features:

  • Seamless switching for iOS 10 and iOS 11 devices.
  • Micro-USB charging
  • 20 hours battery life and 40 hours if ANC is turned off (only applies when paired with Apple devices)
  • Class 1 Bluetooth technology

Our Rating

  • Sound Quality: 9/10
  • Bass: 9/10
  • Build Quality/Design: 9/10
  • Fit/Comfort: 9/10
  • Battery Life: 9/10
  • Connectivity (Bluetooth stability): 9.5/10

Who would this be good for?

Beats Studio3 is ideal for Apple device users as this is where it can truly shine. While it can be used with non-iOS devices, its capabilities will be considerably limited. If you have an Apple smartphone and use it to listen to your iTunes then you can’t go wrong with Studio3 as your main wireless headphone.

Pros:

  • Sturdy construction and a comfortable fit.
  • Seamless connectivity (for Apple devices).
  • Great battery life (for Apple devices).
  • Solid noise cancellation capability.

Cons:

  • If you want to use the Studio3 to its full potential you will need to pair it with an Apple device.

Beats Solo3 Headphones Review

Beats Solo3 Wireless On-Ear Headphones - Black Another one of Beats’ more popular line of headphone is the Solo series. The Solo3 is almost identical to the Solo2 with the only difference being that the logo is now located on the back of each earcup uses the same color as the headphone.

The headband felt a tad too firm and will most likely feel awkward the first time you wear it. Surprisingly enough, as with previous Solo headphones, the Solo3 manages to provide a comfortable experience even after hours of wearing it. I believe this was achieved due to the design of the Solo3 headband spreading the pressure evenly.

As with all Beats headphones, pairing them with an Apple device is the way to go. While you can use this with an Android phone, the overall experience is considerably subpar when compared to using it with an Apple device. This is because Beats headphones come installed with a W1 chip which communicates seamlessly with Apple devices with an iOS version of 9 or higher.

One of the biggest strengths of the Solo3 is its battery life which can last up to a whopping 50 hours. Not only that, it is pretty quick to charge as well as you can use it for around 3 hours with just a 5-minute charging time.

Fully charging the headphone clocks in at around the one-hour mark. A 5 LED light located on the right earcup will show how much battery life the Solo3 has which is an incredibly simple yet convenient feature that should be mandatory with all wireless headphones.

The Solo3 can also be used in a wired mode in the rare instance that you find yourself low on battery. As you would expect from a Beats headphone, the Solo3 excels in delivering powerful bass. It avoids sounding muddy even at full volumes. Treble is somewhat reserved and the mid-range is silky smooth. While the bass is clearly the dominant range here, it does not completely overtake other parts of the mix but it can take your focus away from the rest of the audio.

As with other Beats headphones, don’t expect the Solo3 to be pinpoint accurate when it comes to its audio. The Beats brand has always been about delivering energetic and fun sound to listeners. Case in point, there are instances wherein the mid-bass overpowers the rest of track making it feel as if there are little to no separation with the music. To casual listeners, this won’t be a problem but for audiophiles or those who work in sound engineering, this issue can be quite distracting.

Key Features:

  • Collapsible frame.
  • Optional cord for wired use.
  • W1 Chip Bluetooth technology to optimize pairing with Apple devices.
  • 50-hour battery life.

Our Rating

  • Sound Quality: 9/10
  • Bass: 9.5/10
  • Build Quality/Design: 9/10
  • Fit/Comfort: 9/10
  • Battery Life: 10/10
  • Connectivity (Bluetooth stability): 9.5/10

Who would this be good for?

Similar to the Studio3, the Solo3 is best suited for Apple users. This headphone is designed to shine with an iOS device and as it is quite expensive, it is best to make sure you have an Apple device with an iOS version 9 or higher first before investing on the Solo3.

Pros:

  • Amazing battery life.
  • The sound is fun and energetic.
  • Can be used with a cord when the battery is empty.

Cons:

  • The price tag is steep for what it can deliver.
  • Bass has a tendency to overpower the rest of the track.

Final Verdict

This is tricky as both the Studio3 and Solo3 can deliver an almost identical performance. However, I will give the big ‘W’ to the Beats Studio3 for the simple reason that it simply sounds better and more balanced than the Solo3.

That being said, I can’t just ignore the fact that in terms of convenience the Solo3 definitely takes the round with its 50-hour battery life and ability to be used in wired mode for when the battery does run out.

Which one should you choose? Depends on what you prefer really. If you enjoy something fun and reliable in regards to battery life, the Solo3 is as good a choice for iOS users. On the other hand, the Studio3 offers impressive noise-cancellation.

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