Beats today announced its Studio Buds pair of truly wireless in-ear noise-canceling earbuds.
The Studio Buds feature active noise-cancelation that cancels background noise using microphones on the exterior of the earbuds. A transparency mode is present when you do need to hear your surroundings, and uses the same microphones to pipe the ambient sound through the speakers.
The Studio Buds don't feature custom Apple silicon like some of Beats' other models. Despite that, they still feature one-touch pairing for both Apple and Android devices. For Android devices, any audio customization or firmware upgrades have to be done through the Beats app. On Apple devices, it is done natively through the OS.
The Studio Buds also feature voice assistants. On Apple devices, you can just say the "Hey Siri" voice commands to activate the voice assistant without having to install anything. On Android devices, you need to have the Beats app installed to enable the voice assistant or on-device music controls.
It's worth noting that because the Studio Buds don't run on either the W1 or H1 chip, they won't support spatial audio on Apple Music.
While not designed specifically for use during workouts, the Beats Studio Buds still carry an IPX4 rating for sweat and water resistance.
The Studio Buds have 8 hours of battery life when listening to music with ANC enabled and 5 hours if transparency mode is enabled. The charging case provides two additional full charges, taking the battery life up to a total of 24 hours. The charging case features USB-C port, making it easier to charge with for those who own Android devices. A 5-minute charge is claimed to offer up to an hour of use.
The Beats Studio Buds are priced at $150 and are available in three colors, White, Black, and Beats Red.
at $150 you should go with samsung buds live, samsung buds 2(upcoming), jabra 75t, apple airpods,anker 2pro or jbl live300. beats is only for looks, not for sound. for higher budget, sony xm3/xm4 or sennheiser momentum are best of the best.
Never mind. I thought it'd be competing against the new Sony earbuds with 8 hours with ANC as stated in this article but it's actually 5 hours with ANC (according to The Verge). Pass.
If it can beat the xm4, it would be a bargain at that price. Apple never offers a bargain so I doubt it