On June 15th of last month, Apple launched its Beats brand new product – Beats Studio Buds, and it is also Beats’ first TWS noise canceling earbuds.
Beats Studio Buds adopts a completely different solution from Beats Powerbeats PRO in appearance. The charging case is an oval design, and the earphone adopts a bean-shaped in-ear design. The overall volume is very small and more suitable for daily wear and use.
In terms of functions, Beats Studio Buds focuses on comfortable wearing and high-quality sound quality, as well as multi-scene noise reduction; it adopts a custom dual-element diaphragm drive unit to support Apple’s spatial audio Dolby panoramic sound effect; supports active noise reduction, transparent mode , Call noise reduction; support IPX4 waterproof; adopt a USB-C interface, with 8+16 hours of battery life. Let’s take a look at this product in detail below!
Small and portable packaging box design
Beats Studio Buds true wireless noise reduction headphones released a total of three colors this time, namely black, white and Beats classic red. The packaging box continues Apple’s environmental protection concept, and the overall design is very compact. The product rendering of the packaging box is consistent with the color of the headset, which makes it more intuitive to learn the product color.
The front of the box is designed with Beats’ classic LOGO, the product’s headset appearance rendering, as well as the Beats Studio Buds product name and support for active active noise reduction and transparent mode.
The information on the back of the box has true wireless earbuds with USB-C charging case. The battery life of the headset: Turn on the noise reduction function and have an overall battery life of 5+10 hours; turn off the noise reduction mode for 8+16 hours. And the overall appearance rendering of the product.
There are two main functions on the side introduction, including active noise reduction with transparent mode, and powerful and balanced sound effects. The QR code below is the Android version of the Beats app. On the other side, compatible devices are displayed, including Apple TV, iPhone, iPad and Android.
The label information at the bottom of the box has the Beats Studio Buds trademark description, product name: wireless earphones, model number: A2512, A2513; product name: earphone box mobile power supply, model number: A2514; manufacturer: this product is authorized to produce and reseller by Apple in the United States : Apple Computer Trading (Shanghai) Co., Ltd., production date: 2021.
The contents of the box include Beats Studio Buds earphones, charging cable, eartips, quick start guide, “b” logo sticker and warranty card.
There are two pairs of eartips of different sizes in the accessory box, including the default one on the headset. There are three sizes of S/M/L to choose from. The charging cable is USB-C to USB-C, which supports fast charging and can be used for 1 hour after 5 minutes of charging.
Reconstruction of the appearance design, the first to solve the wearing comfort
Beats Studio Buds charging case presents an oval shape, the whole is very round, the body is made of silicone-like technology, and the touch is soft and delicate. The front is designed with the classic ‘b’ brand logo and a charging case battery indicator. The USB-C charging port is located at the bottom of the charging case.
Open the charging case, the earphone protrudes out of the cockpit, and the back curve design of the earphone is very suitable to be picked up by hand, and the earphone can be worn directly without adjustment after taking it out.
The back panel of the earphone function buttons adopts a bright surface treatment different from that of the body. The texture is similar to that of ceramics. It presents different light and shadow performances at different angles. With the ‘b’ brand LOGO, it is highly recognizable.
Two metal thimbles for charging the headset are located at the bottom of the charging case cockpit, and a function button is set between the two headsets for Bluetooth pairing connection.
The curve design of Beats Studio Buds is very unique. Although it has a “bean-like” appearance, it can also be divided into two structures: headphone head and headphone handle in terms of its functionality when used.
The curve of the bottom of the earphone is designed according to the structure of the auricle. It fits tightly with the auricle when worn. It is very comfortable and stable, but it is moderate, and it is very comfortable to wear for a long time.
The curve at the top of the earbud is designed according to the curvature of the human belly. Even when the earphone is so small, it is still easy to hold the earphone for taking and wearing it.
At the same time, the back panel of the headset also functions as a function button, supporting multiple control modes of single-click, double-click, triple-click, and long-press.
Compared with Beats’ first TWS headset, Beats Powerbeats PRO, which is mainly aimed at sports people, Beats Studio Buds focuses more on daily use. Therefore, both the appearance of the charging case and the curve of the headset have been redesigned.
The oval-shaped charging case is small, light, and sleek, making it easier to carry around everyday. The headset has been considered in two aspects. On the one hand, the volume is greatly reduced, and the curve design conforms to the contour of the human ear, which effectively enhances the comfort of wearing. On the other hand, the prominent headphone handle-like design improves the convenience of placing and wearing by users while maintaining the compact appearance of the “bean-like design”.
Cross-system use, both iOS and Android support pop-up connection
It can be seen from the connection method that the Beats Studio Buds product positioning is not only for iPhone users, but covers all TWS headset users.
When used with an Apple iPhone, it supports pop-up mode connection for quick pairing. After the connection is successful, you can also view the headset and the remaining battery information of the charging case in the form of a pop-up window, which is convenient for the user to charge the headset in time.
After the connection is successful, you can enter the secondary menu to see some information of the headset, adjust the noise reduction mode of the headset on the mobile phone, and preset the left and right headsets for quick control by long pressing.
Android phones also support quick pop-up one-key pairing. Compared with the iOS system, the biggest difference is that the pop-up pairing connection needs to be performed through the APP. Open the APP on the mobile phone, and the connection option will pop up when you are close to the Beats Studio Buds. After the connection is successful, you can perform the same control and preset functions in the APP as the secondary menu on the iOS side.
In terms of interactive control, the Beats Studio Buds true wireless headset adopts a single function button, which is hidden inside the headset back panel to maintain the integrity of the headset. You can perform various controls by clicking and long pressing the back panel.
Beats Studio Buds supports four modes: single-click, double-click, triple-click, and long-press. Single-click realizes the pause/play function, double-click and triple-click switches the song up/down; long-press is used to distinguish between left and right earphones. Separately preset for noise mode switching or voice wake-up, and noise reduction mode switching is distinguished by different sound effects. Use with iOS system, support “Hei, Siri” voice command to wake up.
Compared with touch buttons, physical buttons avoid accidental touches and have more precise control. And due to the addition of the active noise reduction function, touch percussion will produce a great stethoscope effect, and the physical buttons also reduce this impact. But at the same time, due to the need to press hard, it will produce a certain amount of squeeze in the ear canal, and the long press mode is more obvious.
The flagship noise reduction performance
As Beats’ first TWS noise reduction headset product, in terms of active noise reduction, it has reached the noise reduction level of current mainstream flagship products.
The active noise reduction function of Beats Studio Buds true wireless noise reduction headphones uses a precisely adjusted filter, which can be dynamically adjusted in real time according to the surrounding environment, isolate excess external noise, and provide users with a pure listening environment.
In the actual experience, the noise reduction effect has reached the level of mainstream noise reduction headphones on the market, and the noise reduction width is relatively wider, which can effectively suppress the low-frequency environmental noise and reduce the surrounding human voice.
If you want to hear the surrounding sounds, you can turn on the transparent mode, and you can easily get outside information without taking off the earphones. The performance of the transparent mode is very natural, almost close to the level of Apple’s TWS headphones, which can achieve the effect of removing the headphones and seamlessly connecting to the external sound.
And in terms of the impact of the transparent mode on the music, the Beats Studio Buds outgoing microphone will mix the returned surrounding sound and the listening music, creating a natural “empty” listening experience, which will produce a kind of semi-in-ear wearing The listening effect of headphones.
Call noise reduction is an option that is standard with mainstream TWS headsets. Beats Studio Buds true wireless noise reduction headsets use a dual beamforming microphone solution to achieve high-quality clear calls and more accurate voice interaction.
Sound quality without any compromise
The original intention of the Beats brand is to let the listener feel the music that the musicians want to convey. Therefore, after solving the problem of wearing comfort, the next focus is to solve the sound quality performance of Beats Studio Buds, making it unique from other brands’ products the advantages.
In terms of acoustic configuration, Beats Studio Buds true wireless headphones have specially customized an 8.2mm dual-element diaphragm unit, which can burst out a strong and balanced sound effect. With a dual sound chamber shell structure design, it achieves a clear tone and excellent stereo separation performance. At the same time, it is equipped with an advanced digital processor to optimize the sound performance and make the output sound quality louder and clearer.
At the software level, with the Apple Music APP of iOS system, Beats Studio Buds can use Dolby Atmos sound effects of spatial audio to present a new listening experience with surround sound effects. The sound quality has been further improved, and the overall listening experience has been more sonorous and thorough.
When listening to spatial audio music, the most intuitive feeling is to feel that the music is all around the head. The ordinary stereo sound is in the middle of the connection between the two earphones, or swimming in the left and right ears, and it will feel sound in the brain in terms of hearing.
Unfortunately, the Beats Studio Buds true wireless headsets do not support the “dynamic head tracking” function carried on AirPods Pro and AirPods Pro Max. Therefore, when watching supported spatial audio videos, head rotation cannot be achieved, and the sound field direction remains unchanged audio experience.
USB-C interface, 8 hours single battery life
Finally, talk about charging and battery life performance. In terms of charging, Beats Studio Buds true wireless headphones have replaced the Lightning connector of the previous Beats Powerbeats PRO with a USB-C interface, which can radiate to more people and enhance the experience of Android users after purchase.
Support fast charging function, using Fast Fuel flash charging technology to charge for 5 minutes, that is, continuous music playback for 1 hour. In the fully charged state, the ANC function is turned off, and the single battery life is 8 hours. With the charging case, the overall battery life is 24 hours; the ANC mode can also achieve an overall battery life of 5+10 hours to meet daily use.
Beats Studio Buds true wireless noise-cancelling headphones have their own characteristics in appearance design, especially in the earphones, the overall curve design ensures comfortable wearing, but also helps users to pick and place quickly. The earphones are processed with two different processes, matched with the “b” classic LOGO, which is rich in texture and highly recognizable.
In terms of functionality, Beats Studio Buds focuses on high-quality sound quality and active noise reduction. In terms of sound quality, the customized dual-element diaphragm unit is matched with a dual-sound chamber shell structure design, which has a clear and loud sound quality performance. The Dolby Atmos sound effect of spatial audio with Apple Music further enriches the user’s experience in listening to music.
In terms of noise reduction, it supports active noise reduction, and the noise reduction effect has reached the level of mainstream flagship TWS headsets; the transparent mode performs better, and the listening experience is very natural when turned on, very close to the level of Apple headsets; the call noise reduction function provides Clear call effect and more accurate voice interaction; the overall battery life performance can also fully satisfy daily use.
In general, Beats Studio Buds is not a product launched for Apple users. The Beats APP and USB-C charging interface applications all show that Beats is working hard to enable Apple and Android users to have a similar experience. On the other hand, Beats does not want to build another AirPods, but focuses on making Beats’ own products.