Beats headphones are known for their big bass, but can a more subtle sound win over the fans? This second iteration of the Beats Studio Wireless (2014) headphones is completely redesigned inside and out. The new look is certainly not as eye-catching as before, but we prefer the subtler appearance.
While headphones have to look good, the main reason you’re spending hundreds of dollars is incredible sound that you can wear every day. Here the Studio Wireless excels.
The redesigned ear-cups are extremely comfortable, and we found long stretches of listening were possible without any pinching or aching. One thing that’s lacking is the inline remote on the cable, which feels cheap and susceptible to eventual wear and tear. However, you’ll mostly be using these wire-free so it’s more of an annoyance than a drawback.
Sound quality is fantastic, especially at volume. Much like the harder you push a racing car the more it grips to the road, the louder you push these headphones, the better they sound.Bass feels reduced over last year’s version, which will be a relief for some. Meanwhile the mid-range has been boosted, resulting in a more balanced sound overall.
THe bottom line. Niggles aside, these are great headphones, if you don’t mind paying for the Beats name.