Beats Studiobuds

Beats Studiobuds

Beats Studiobuds

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BEST RATING
Podcasts & Audiobooks:
4.7
MUSIC: Good7.2/10
CALLS: Good7.0/10
GAMING: Poor5.2/10
TV: Poor5.6/10
PODCASTS & AUDIOBOOKS: Excellent9.0/10
EXERCISE: Good7.6/10
AIR TRAVEL: Very Good8.3/10
NOISE REDUCTION: Fair6.5/10
BUILD QUALITY: Very Good8.8/10
BATTERY: Good7.6/10

The Beats Studiobuds are a midrange-priced, closed-enclosure, stemless earbud design, comfortable for long listening sessions, with very good build quality and controls. They provide very good overall sound quality for music, but may not be the best for gaming and watching TV due to sound latency. Their noise isolation is fair and they feature active noise cancelling, making them suitable for air travel and noisy environments. They are also sweatproof, making them a good option for exercise. With the AAC codec support, they're optimized for Apple devices though they work with Android as well. They offer up to 6 hours of battery life, augmented by an additional 24 hours from the charging case, but do lack wireless charging. Additionally, they have an integrated microphone with decent quality for calls and meetings, and feature customizable controls through an app. Give Feedback

this description is based on the product variant with some specs. At the time of writing, the variant with some specs cost some dollars.




Evaluation

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Pros
  • Very good overall sound quality
  • Good for calls and meetings
  • Excellent for books and podcasts
  • Active noise cancelling included
  • Optimized for Android and Apple
Cons
  • Poor score for gaming
  • Poor score for TV and video
  • No wireless charging capability
  • Only fair noise isolation

Ratings by Category

Podcasts & Audiobooks:
4.7
This score evaluates the product when used solely to listen to podcasts or audiobooks. It takes into account sound quality and sound signature, to be able to keep voices clear and intelligible. It also considers battery life, when available, and comfort.
Air Travel:
4.5
This score evaluates the product for use on airplanes and other similar kinds of travel. It takes into account noise reduction and portability, including case shape, case size, and weight. It also incorporates the battery life of the product, long-haul comfort, noise reduction (both active and passive), and sound quality. We generally consider wireless products to be more suitable for air travel.
Portability:
4.4
The Portability score is based on an overall assessment that includes volume and maximum dimension of the product (and case, if relevant), and its weight. Special features like foldability for headphones are also taken into account.
Exercise:
4.3
This score evaluates the product when used for exercise and physical activity. It mainly takes into account comfort, whether or not the products are sweatproof and how secure are the earbuds or headphones while wearing them. We also consider products with wireless capabilities to be more suitable for this particular scenario
Battery Life:
4.3
The Battery Life rating is based on hours of typical, actual usage.
Music:
4.1
This evaluates the product when used solely to listen to music. It takes into account the sound quality, whether or not they support high quality codecs, their ability to reproduce soundstage, and whether or not it has any virtual surround capabilities.
Calls:
4.0
This evaluates the product when used solely to make and receive calls. It takes into account how well the products are able to clearly reproduce the human voice, the quality of the integrated microphones and the battery life, when available, to be able to use them for longer sessions or conferences.

Full Specs

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GENERAL

Price
$150
Brand
Beats
Form Factor
Earbuds
Connectivity
Wireless

SOUND

Music Score
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7.2/10
Phone Calls Score
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7/10
Gaming Score
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5.2/10
TV and Video Score
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5.6/10
Exercise Score
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7.7/10

PERFORMANCE

Battery life
6 hours
Wireless charging
No
Charging time
0.9 hours
Bluetooth version
5.2
Case Battery Life
24

FEATURES

Active Noise Cancelling
Yes
Noise Reduction Score
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6.5/10
Virtual Surround
Yes
Android App
Yes
iOS App
Yes
Mic Quality
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6/10

BUILD AND DESIGN

Build Quality
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8.8/10
Comfort score
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7.9/10
Size
Medium
Weight of single earbud
5 grams
Microphone style
Integrated

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Sound Guys

Chase Bernath | May 2023
"For less than the price of the AirPods, the Beats Studio Buds delivers a good fit, great sound, and active noise cancellation. This is also the first set of Apple-owned Beats earbuds to feature quick pairing with Android devices, albeit at the expense of some key features for Apple users."

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