Should I buy the Beats Studio3

Beats by Dre Studio3 Wireless


We put the "Asphalt gray" model in the shopping cart and added it to the photo and measurement process, whereby the association with any road surface has nothing in common with the appearance of the Studio3: Tasteful colors and shapes, pleasant materials and perfect workmanship plus attractive packaging. There is nothing to complain about here.

The material mix of kid leather, memory upholstery, pleasant-to-feel plastics, metal brackets and folding hinges bring something like that, but also other premium manufacturers such as Bose, B&O Play or Sennheiser to the wide world of music listeners.

In addition to the handset itself, the attractive packaging in the bottom compartment offers a USB charging cable and an audio cable, which allows the Beats Studio3 to run "on electricity" and provides remote control on the cable.

Inner workings

As with the latest AirPods, the Studio3 has the Apple W1 chip inside, which primarily ensures that the headphones feel comfortable in the Apple environment. That has its charm when the Beats Studio3 knocks friendly on the iPhone display after switching on and asks for acceptance. A quick swipe and headphones and "player" are connected via Bluetooth.

The pairing even goes so far that all Apple Decives with the same iCloud account are virtually seamlessly connected to the headphones. Apple power users can thus switch between watch, phone and computer without interrupting the music. In theory this is sensational, but in practice it still requires one operating step. Overall, however, pairing is as easy as it couldn't be easier.

let me in peace

Noise canceling - development is progressing here too, and Beats' Studio3 offers the latest in technology: the adaptive "Active Noise Canceling" (Pure ANC), which regulates the outside world so much that there is just as much external attenuation under the listener learns as needed.

That worked very well in practice: The noises of the big city through the open window were efficiently muffled, as if the window had been closed. Having breakfast including setting the table and putting in the dishwasher also works when listening to a small symphony with the Studio3 as if you were performing the activities, purely from the acoustic point of view, with an extended arm from the next room.

In quiet surroundings, it is advisable to deactivate the noise canceling by double-pressing the main switch on the right auricle - with two decisive advantages: the battery life is increased by a factor of four, and the slight noise due to the noise canceling disappears when the music is idling . The sound is a little more open without ANC, but this can mainly be explained by psychoacoustic phenomena.

Ready to begin…

Let's get to the nice part of a headphone test: listening to music. First, a few measures on the fit. My skull, hat size 60, allows the temple to spread quite far and thus also exerts a certain amount of pressure on the sides of my head. This pressure is compensated very well thanks to the good adjustment options by pulling out the shells by 2.8 mm each and comfortable padding on the ears as well as on the skull, so that longer wearing is no problem.

Control via the trackpad on the left side of the headphones works in wireless mode, as Apple also offers the AirPods: the top and bottom are loud and quiet, the company logo in the middle pauses the music, and if you click twice in the playlist, you can skip three times pressing lets you jump back one track. Accepting calls or hanging up, but also Siri for the purpose of voice control, is also activated by patting the brand logo.


Let's take a closer look at the Beats Studio3 Wireless in terms of sound and first start Spotify playlist: The first track that is triggered is Massive Attack's “Unfinshed Sympathy - 2012 Mix / Master” - the diction is music as if it were made for the beat . And indeed, here the bass groove comes precisely to the ear.

The Chemical Brothers offers an equally fine electro groove with “Go”: The wooden synth bass is a delight, and the virtual reverberation room is evidence of an authentically artificial stage. Also noticeable here: the bass pushes, compared to earlier Beats exhibits, extremely pleasant and without overemphasis.

We're skipping back in music history. "Pink Floyd - The Wall": Neatly positioned children's choir, well-balanced electric bass, finely tuned upper mids of guitar and organ with clearly audible overtone spectra. The remastered version of the classic sounds pretty much exactly on Beats Studio3 as you must have imagined the remastered version.

What was previously noticeable: The latest generation of Beats is now also convincing in productions from earlier years with the character of a finely tuned "little man-high" hi-fi box with a soft surround of the woofer, wide frequency-separated midrange and high-quality tweeters from a late eighties series for Non-binding sales price of two monthly salaries for skilled workers. You would have liked to have wished for the sound back then, and it is now available right on your ears, which “Stairway To Heaven” by Led Zeppelin also proves. Clean stereo image with the widest stage, which is what the panorama controls of the master's studio desk give.

On the other hand, the Beats Studio3 also plays bass-emphasized productions with a pleasant punch and thrust, without being annoying as with earlier Beats models.

Acoustic and orchestral music is reproduced very authentically, always with the pinch of feel-good sound, which also characterizes other textures from Beats competitors.