Beats Studio Buds: Everything we know so far
10 'Beats Studio Buds' stories
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.
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The new Beats Studio Buds feature a lightweight and compact design. With a similar look to the AirPods Pro charging case, its downside is that it doesn’t have wireless charging support.
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.
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.
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?
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.