• 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent product overall, audio is OK

    • Written by from San Francisco

    Summary: I'm satisfied with my purchase. These headphones are an excellent product, which happen to be overpriced. They're well-built, sound pretty good, and are overall very enjoyable to use. The fact that they're wireless is a huge feature for me, and their rechargeable battery lasts for quite a while. But the audio quality is merely OK (not bad, but not excellent).

    If you're very concerned about audio quality, do not buy Bluetooth headphones. End of story. The audio through these (when in wireless mode, as opposed to using a cable) is similar to that of much cheaper headphones. When you plug them in with a cable, it's better -- but still comparable to headphones that are half the price.

    If you're fine with a decent-sounding headphone, want them to look nice, and want to go wireless... then I'd recommend these. However, if you're even remotely concerned with price-to-audio-quality ratio, then you're better off finding another pair.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Missed it by that much!

    • Written by from Chevy Chase

    These headphones sound great, and they're comfortable, and I love them, but I may still have to return them because of an unfortunate problem with the pause function. They have controls built in for pause/play, volume, and next track or previous track, and I have found that the controls work well with the standard music app on the iPhone. Unfortunately, the pause function does not work consistently across apps. For example, when I am listening to an audiobook with the Audible app, pressing the pause button has no effect; to pause the book I have to pull out the phone and hit pause manually. The same is true with any audio or video played through the Facebook app. But it seems to be an app-by-app problem, and it's not at all predictable. For example, the pause function works with videos played in Safari, but not with videos played in Chrome. I've only had the headphones about 36 hours and I haven't tested every app, but so far I've determined that the pause function works with Pandora, Ted, and Safari, but not with Audible, Facebook, or Chrome.

    I've read that there is a (possibly related?) problem with invoking Siri--pressing and holding the pause button on the headphones is used for pairing, so it doesn't call up Siri the way it does on many other Bluetooth devices. Apparently there are no plans to address this known issue, which seems incredible to me. I hope that changes, because I like the headphones and I don't really want to invoke my 14-day return rights, but the simple fact is that I use both Audible and Siri quite a bit, and I can't justify spending $379 for these headphones if they don't work as well with my particular apps as the headphones that sell for $250 less.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Worth it!!

    • Written by from Charlotte

    These headphone are really good. i would recommend them to friends. But there are some problems and first is the price, yes there are a little to expensive at $380 dollars, second when you connect them you hear a static but when you play your music the static should go away.

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic product with fantastic customer service.

    • Written by from Salisbury

    I am a huge music junkie, listening on average anywhere from 4-6 hours of music a day. Between the gym, homework, and just relaxing, I have a wide spectrum of taste, that the headphones impressively match with quality of sound. I literally wore my first pair out, and Beats gladly replaced it with a brand new pair. Very satisfied customer. Recommend 10/10

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Can do better

    • Written by from Prairie Du Sac

    Probably not worth the price. The sound quality is average, comparable to my $20 Sony, and beat by all of my Bose, Klipsch, and high end Sony headphones. My wife accuses me of having a ear/headphone fetish, I have many. I do like the wireless feature, and that is the whole reason I own a set. My in ear Bose quiet comfort 20i blow these away both for sound quality and for noise cancellation. When I turn on the Bose set, the sound around me disappears. I have a Bose over the ear without noise cancellation, and the Studio headphones compare to these for noise, but Bose sound is superior. When I mow the lawn, or ride in a plane, I can't use the Beats Studio, as they don't work well enough unless I have the sound turned up VERY LOUD. I am using my Bose in ear noise canceling set, which work great for these times. If you are looking for noise cancellation, consider Bose which are far superior and cheaper, although do not come wireless. I would choose the Bose Quiet Comfort 15 noise canceling over the ear headphones if I had to buy again. Perks for Beats are better than others, being wireless and having a rechargeable battery. Lastly, the Beats are comfortable, but I think Bose and Sony are slightly better here too. Beats are quality built and sturdy, better than Bose or Sony. Buttons easy to use.

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Great headphones but one major drawback

    • Written by from Skelmersdale

    I purchased these headphones in February and while I love the sound and comfort I have found that when using with iOS devices the sound is not in sync with the screen when using wireless. This occurs for both films and games. I have tried a bluetooth speaker and headphones with the same iPad and iPhone and there is no issue. I have contacted beats and they just told me "thanks for your feedback". The issue does not occur with my iMac.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Los Mochis

    As a previous owner of Beats Wireless, Beats Studio, B&W P3, Bose and many more, I have a bit of experience with headphones, I used to carry my Beats wireless to the Gym and Cycling, the wireless feature was the main reason to use them (felt bulky and sound quality was 70/100 but did the job). So I ordered this new headset, and I can tell you, It is a MIND-BLOWING difference!, Lighter, Sleeker, Sexyer, Battery life... the new LED fading indicators, and last but not least, The Sound Quality blew my mind. The Sound Stage, Dynamics, Crystal Clear highs (Used to be beats wireless weak spot) , balanced Mids and sweet and punchy lows.
    Would but them again an recommend them any day!

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Lancaster

    I won a pair of Studio Wireless from a contest at my work. I was pretty stoked, for $380 they have to be amazing.

    Obviously they aren't. These things are pathetic. I switched from Klipsch S4a's to these for about a week and couldn't stand it anymore. I tried to like these things but I couldn't even force myself to! The only benefit over the Klipsch S4a is they stay in place better when running.

    Went back to my Klipsch S4a set and felt guilty for leaving. I don't even deserve these Klipsch's after cheating on them. I'm so glad these old things that cost a quarter of the price took me back!

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    A Developers Enemy

    • Written by from Charlotte

    Let me start by saying that the sound quality is amazing. I've never heard sound this pure in my ears, and I continue to listen to music and keep these things wrapped around my neck daily.

    Now, does $400+ after taxes justify this purchase over Bose or any other superior brand? Truly, all you're buying is Dr. Dre's name and style (sort of like Nike Air Jordans to go with any outfit). In this case, you're not just buying style or Dre's name, his expertise on how sound should sound, yes, but a lot more than that.

    These headphones have incredible build quality, beatiful design, phenomenal sound, extremely comfortable and just like Apple they made sure every detail was covered in how the headphones fold, the case they are put in and the cords being extra long and thick! All positives in my book and a pleasant surprise when I opened my first pair.

    So why the 3 stars and negative title? Well, I'm a developer, so I like to go "Off the Grid" as I call it when I'm working on a serious project, or just need to disconnect from others to get certain tasks done. I really bought these for the ANC (Noise Cancellation) more than the sound quality. However, when ANC is activated it makes this light static sound - Beats has confirmed this is normally and what I should be hearing. To me though, that's very, very annoying and actually bothers me more than it helps me. This is a big flaw.

    I also keep my Apple EarPods in all day at work and in the car. I'm on the phone probably 4-6 hours a day on top of the hours I'm developing. So I want comfort and Apple has it, now I'm just looking for something better. These headphones are very comfortable, however once you use Bluetooth to get on a call you now sound like you're in a tunnel. When the other party on the line speaks they echo within your ears, and you echo as well. Also, more static that's louder than when ANC is the only thing enabled. When you plug directly into your phone, laptop, tablet the static also increases and never goes away.

    To test the static and verify it wasn't just my pair, I called Beats and they said that's normal. I then went to my local Apple store and tested 7 pairs they had out (3 Studio Wireless and 4 others with ANC) and they all did the same thing. This is something that needs fixed as this is a major flaw, especially for people looking to get multiple uses out of this device.

    The other downside is that for this price you get a cheesy 1 year warranty and if they need replaced during that 1 year it's a 4-6 week delay if not longer. On top of that, they can send you back any other pair of Beats instead of the one you bought - it's in their contract.

    Lastly, the song they play in the commercials by Aloe Blacc "I'm the Man" should come with any pair you buy, it's there selling piece, just my opinion =).

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Headphones IMO

    • Written by from New Brunswick

    I don't write many reviews for products but I felt like taking the time to talk about my experience with these headphones. These are my first pair of over the ear headphones and my first pair of beats. I have the matte black version and I really like the way these headphones look. As far as sound is concerned, these are really a step above all the other beats I have listened to and the wireless bluetooth is icing on the cake. I love these for use in the gym and not having a pesky wire is really underrated. These have just enough bass but also incorporate highs and mids well. I would definitely recommend these, although the price is a little much.. but if you have the money to burn I think you will be happy with these headphones. Enjoy

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    great sound, but had to return

    • Written by from riverview

    I loved these head phones, but now have had to return them due to the battery not recharging properly. The place I purchased did not have them in stock, so I'm out of a $400 pair of head phones until they get back stocked. I have to admit, one more problem, and I'll be turning to another brand. I only got to use these for a couple weeks before returning.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    A much needed improvement, wireless performance is great

    • Written by from Newport

    The new 2013 Studio headphones are a clear update from the previous Studio models. The build quality has improved, the design is more seamless, and the sound quality is much more rounded.

    Beats, now an independent company whose hardware is no longer made by Monster (one of the worst companies out there), have redesigned their flagship headphones. The new design is seamless as the headphones don't stick out near as much on your sides, the headband is more durable, and all of the screws have been hidden (they won't fall out anymore!).

    The sound quality is no longer obnoxious anymore. The previous Studios were muddy as the bass was way too overbearing while the highs and mids were nonexistent. The bass has been cranked down a bit and the highs have been turned up to the same level. The mids are still lacking a bit. The dynamic compression used here is the same as what's used in a rock concert. It's a much more pleasant experience than the last Studios. However, these headphones still don't sound like they're worth $380. I think the wireless versions should be $300 (max) and the wired ones set at $250 (max). A $200 pair of Sennheiser, Shure, and even Sony headphones are going to produce better sound than these. However, they won't look nearly as stylish and they will likely lack Bluetooth and adaptive noise canceling (ANC) features. Fans of rap, rock (not indie rock though), metal, techno/dubstep, pop, and modern country (which is pop just with a slight twang) will enjoy these headphones.

    The ANC of these headphones is less than of the Bose QuietComfort series but I think that's beneficial as they don't exert pressure on my eardrums like the Bose units. The Studios don't cancel out everything but, with the music, everything seems to be covered up. I haven't tested these on a plane yet.

    You get everything you need to use these in a very stylish, Apple-influenced box. The Studios come with a semi-rigid case, micro-USB charging cable, 10 watt (2.1 A, 5V) AC adapter (it will rapidly charge an iPhone/iPod and even charge a full sized iPad), microfiber cleaning cloth, a standard 3.5mm male-to-male wire, and a 3.5mm male-to-male wire with Apple device controls.

    The battery is rated for 20 hours of wired playback and 12 hours of wireless. Those numbers are pretty accurate for a ~50% volume level. The ANC cannot be turned off and, once the battery is dead, so are these headphones. I prefer having a built-in rechargeable battery to carrying around tons of AAA batteries.

    All-in-all, the new Studios are worth the money as they are some of the best sounding stylish headphones (i.e. fashion headphones). Bluetooth performance is solid, the design and sound quality are worlds better, and they come with a bunch of accessories. I'm knocking them off by one star as I don't think the sound quality warrants the $380 price tag. I went with the matte black versions over the titanium ones as I prefer the all black look. They don't attract fingerprints but grease will show up. They are easy to clean with the included cloth. Fans of the genres I listed will enjoy these but people looking for accurate representation of their music should look elsewhere. These headphones produce a concert-like sound that I enjoy.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Wireless Headphones!

    • Written by from Gotha

    I went into the Apple store and to my surprise they had the new studio wireless in stock. Came out with the Matte black ones and I love the look of these. Sound is great.... No more wires!! Quality is amazing and I love how you can plug them into your computer and update the firmware!! Really great technology here! Great for the gym with no wires to hold you back!

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    LOVE them

    • Written by from Denver

    However, I have had to exchange a couple of times. I got the Matte black for Christmas. The first pair sounded great, but the main large button didn't feel like it was completely settled- it kind of double clicked so it wasn't super responsive. I exchanged them easily from the Apple store (as usual, they are fantastic about exchanges.

    I am on my second pair. The button is perfect, but out of nowhere there is a constant crackling sound on them. There is no way I blew the speakers, I don't listen that loud. I want to go to the store to exchange, but they aren't available now. :(

    I don't mind, as I know this is a new product, and is likely to have glitches. I'm just waiting for my perfect pair! Last, my boyfriend has his own pair. He is having trouble with them out of nowhere turning the volume WAY up without him touching anything. He will be exchanging as well.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    The best headphones I've listened to. That includes B&W and Klipsch

    • Written by from BROOKLYN

    These headphones are fantastic. They have a much more balance sound over the previous generation Studio model, but still pack a punch in the right places.

    The 30 foot bluetooth range is great, as I never experienced a dropped connection or static as I moved 15-25 feet away from my iPhone 5s.

    I love the black matte finish. It's stylish and fashionable at the same time, yet subtle enough to wear in a corporate environment, if desired. They have a slimmer profile, are lighter and sleeker than the previous generation; thus, you won't feel uncomfortable wearing these as your main everyday headphones.

    These have replaced my B&W and Klipsch headphones. I'm a fan! Great purchase.

    80 of 85 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Nottingham

    I'm not a fan boy, I tried (& quickly returned) the original Beats Studio & Beats Executive as they were both garbage from an audio perspective.

    Sorry so called audiophiles - I tried B&W P7 & Sennheiser Momentum Over Ears but for my predominantly Hip Hop, R&B & Reggae library the Beats are clearly the superior audio option.

    They're far from neutral sounding, the bass is heavy but it's controlled & doesn't distort at high volume. The highs are bright while the mid range is surprisingly clear.
    Add to that the wireless function & the 12 - 20 hour rechargeable battery & it was an easy win.

    Picked mine up in store in the UK although strangely they're still not on the Apple UK online store?

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