Beats Studio Buds Overview Updated June 15, 2021

Beats Studio Buds: Everything we know so far

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May 2021 - June 2021

Beats launched in June its new earbuds Beats Studio Buds, a new true wireless brand as another option for users apart from the Powerbeats Pro introduced in 2019. Here’s everything about them.


It’s available in Black, White, and Red. The Beats Studio Buds don’t feature a stern, and have a dial-like shape, with a ridge on the outside that features the Beats logo. Like the AirPods Pro, it features three different replaceable silicone tips.

Features: ANC, Transparency Mode, and more

For the first time, Beats earbuds feature Active Noise Canceling as well as Transparency Mode. With six microphones, these earbuds are able to isolate the exterior sound or make it feels like you’re not wearing earbuds at all.

Different from the Powerbeats Pro or other Beats headphones, this one doesn’t feature Apple’s H1 or W1 chip. It means that although you can easily pair these earbuds with your iPhone and iPad, you do need to pair them with each device at a time. Features as in-ear detection don’t exist in these earbuds.

With Bluetooth 5.0, it has a stable and consistent connection. There’s also support for Spatial Audio in Apple Music.

Beats Studio Buds also feature integration with Apple’s Find My application. When paired via Bluetooth, this allows you to locate the your lost Beats Studio Buds using their last known location or by playing a sound. 

Tactile controls

Beats found a clever way to turn the tops of each bud into physical buttons for playback control. Here are the details on how this works:

  • Press once for play, pause, or answer a phone call
  • Press twice to skip forward
  • Press three times to skip back
  • Long Press to cycle between ANC ON (default), Transparency Mode, and ANC OFF.

You can customize the control for the “press and hold” trigger to activate Siri as well. For instance, pressing and holding on the right earbud could cycle between ANC and Transparency mode, while pressing and holding on the left earbud could activate Siri. But again, there is also support for “Hey Siri,” so physical controls to access the voice assistant isn’t necessarily required.

Sound quality

Since it’s a Beats earbuds, it has a prominent bass, although this time the sound feels more balanced than ever, similar to the original AirPods. Here’s what Beats says about Beats Studio Buds sound quality:

Studio Buds were designed and engineered to prioritize high-quality audio playback and overall comfort — no matter if you’re listening to music, streaming a movie or chatting with a friend. The ergonomically tilted acoustic nozzle features a laser cut micro-vent to ensure pressure relief on the eardrum.

Its powerful, balanced sound is driven by the proprietary 8.2mm, dual-element diaphragm driver, which features a central rigid piston with a flexible outer surround. Coupled with a two-chamber acoustic design, Studio Buds achieves outstanding stereo separation and low harmonic distortion across the frequency curve so you hear every note.

Beats earbuds in the wild before release

Apart from Espósito’s findings, the Beats Studio Buds have been spotted in the wild a few times, mostly thanks to the basketball star LeBron James.

LeBron posted in his Instagram a few shots with a mysterious earbuds, which you can see here.

By the end of May, NBA’s Twitter account posted a few more photos of the star where you can clearly see with the Beats logo. As you can see in the images below, the earbuds match our findings on the unreleased Studio Buds.

In June, the unreleased earbuds have made a cameo appearance in Roddy Ricch’s new music video “Late at Night.” The shots leave no doubt that these are the new Beats earbuds. You can have a glimpse of them starting at 29 seconds of the video below:

The earbuds were also found another two times in the wild. TikTok star Dixie D’Amelio was seen wearing a pair in a new video. Also, the US soccer star Alex Morgan has been seen with the white variant of the Beats Studio Buds:

When will the Beats Studio Buds be released?

Beats Studio Buds was announced on June 14. It’s going to be sold on the Apple Store on June 24

Beats Studio Buds Review

At 9to5Mac, we already reviewed the Beats Studio Buds. We praised these earbuds for its price and sound quality:

With Beats Beats Studio Buds, you get ANC support, Transparency mode, fast pairing with Apple devices, stellar sound quality, and a versatile in-ear design, all packed into an incredibly compact form factor. There are limitations, such as the lack of in-ear detection and wireless charging, and no H1 or W1 chip, but the value is there with a $150 price point.

Ultimately, the Studio Buds are proof the Beats brand is alive and stronger than ever, and certainly not going anywhere anytime soon. There are compromises to hit the $149.99 price point, but the pros more than outweigh the cons if you don’t already have AirPods Pro or Powerbeats Pro. 

How much the Beats Studio Buds cost?

At Apple, the Powerbeats Pro usually costs $249.95 but Apple is offering a $50 discount. This is also the price of the AirPods Pro.

Beats Studio Buds costs $149. Its lower pricer point is due to the lack of a wireless charging case and an H1 or W1 chip.

Lower prices may be available from Apple’s official Amazon Store.

Beats Studio Buds Stories June 15

Beats yesterday launched its new Beats Studio Buds, true wireless earbuds with ANC and Transparency Modes, up to eight hours of battery life in a single charge, and they cost $100 less than the AirPods Pro. Are you considering buying them?

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Beats Studio Buds Stories June 14

The newest Beats in-ear headphones have officially arrived and they come with a compelling set of features priced $100 below AirPods Pro. But even though they come with active noise cancellation, transparency mode, Hey Siri support, and more, there are some tradeoffs. Let’s look at the Beats Studio Buds vs. AirPods and AirPods Pro to see how they all stack up.

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As announced this morning, Apple’s lineup of truly wireless headphones is expanding today. Beats Studio Buds are available today for $149.99, and with features like Active Noise Cancellation and Transparency mode, they could just be the best option for buyers today looking for a more affordable option than AirPods Pro and Powerbeats Pro.

I’ve been using Beats Studio Buds for the past two weeks, and there are some interesting compromises here, including a mysterious custom Beats chipset instead of Apple’s own W1 or H1 chip. Head below for my thoughts.

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Beats is expanding its lineup of truly wireless earbuds today with the new Beats Studio Buds. After several weeks of rumors, the new Beats Studio Buds are available to order starting today in the US and Canada for $149.99 with Active Noise Cancellation, Transparency Mode, USB-C charging, and more.

Head below for all of the details on Beats Studio Buds.

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Beats Studio Buds Stories June 11

After we uncovered the upcoming Beats Studio Buds in iOS 14.6, we’ve seen them out in the wild with LeBron James sporting the earbuds on social media. Now US soccer star Alex Morgan has done the same with the white variant of the Beats Studio Buds.

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Beats Studio Buds Stories June 4

We now know that Apple is working on new truly wireless earbuds under the Beats brand called “Beats Studio Buds.” Although the product hasn’t been officially announced yet, it seems that some celebrities already have it — such as LeBron James. Now, Beats Studio Buds have made a cameo appearance in Roddy Ricch’s new music video.

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