Before we get into the Beats Solo 3 vs. Studio 3, grab a snack, sit back and relax because..
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What I will bring you in this comparison
Today I will outline the Similarities & Differences between these two bad boys, and then give a recommendation towards the end. 🙂
Studio 2.0 vs. 3.0
Similarities & Differences (Studio 3 vs. Solo 3)
Now without further ado, let’s get rolling!!
I got a chance to try out the Solo 3, as well as the Studio 2. The last time I was in Best Buy, I thought I tried the Studio 3, but I’m not sure. Because both of the models look exactly the same, it was hard to tell. Couple that with the fact that I didn’t ask an employee, and this is what you’ve got. Lol. There’s something about Best Buy employees that’s always rubbed me the wrong way. Way back when, they use to pounce on you like flies to s**t, but it’s gotten better over the years thankfully. Point being, I’m still skeptical of asking them for anything. Wouldn’t want to make them think I’m interested in buying! Lol. HUTTY UP AND BUY!!!
That said, check out the differences between the Studio 2.0 and 3.0 real quick.
The differences between the Studio 2.0 and 3.0 can be found here: Beats Studio 2.0 vs. 3.0. I got a chance to demo both (I think), and the sound between the two is basically identical. The only differences are:
Better noise cancellation in the 3.0.
2 microphones to cancel the noise instead of one.
Better battery life and that W1 chip, which extends battery life and automatically pairs to your Apple device.
Fast fuel charging. This basically allows you to charge the headphones for 10 minutes in exchange for 3 hours of playback. Not too shabby!
So what about the Studio 3 vs. Solo 3?
Similarities & Differences
Both have the W1 chip.
Both are comfortable, but I would give the slight nod to the Studio’s. They sit better on your dome with that Circumaural fit.
Fit. The Solo 3’s are Supra-Aural (On-ear), while the Studio’s are Circumaural (Around the Ear).
Both have plush, supple protein leather padding.
Both have the same construction, and fold at the hinges.
Sound. The Studio 3’s bass is a lot boomier, and large by contrast to the Solo 3’s tighter, punchier low end response. The Solo 3’s provide more detail because the bass is less likely to get in the way. The Studio’s mid-range becomes very recessed as a result, with a bright treble. It’s your standard V-shaped signature. The Solo’s seem more balanced to my ears. They resemble an audiophile headphone more-so than the Studio’s. I wouldn’t really consider them audiophile, but they come closer than you might expect. Overall, the Studio 3 has a bass that’s much more likely to get out of line, in contrast to the Solo 3’s tighter affair.
That’s really about it!
So what do I recommend? That’s a good question.
I really do like the Solo 3’s for what they are. They’re a headphone aimed at the casual consumer looking for great sound and plenty of cool features. The fact that they aren’t noise cancelling could be an issue for some, but other than that it’s a good solution for a portable and convenient on the go sound.
I really can’t recommend the Studio’s as I don’t like them at all. If you’re looking for that type of sound, the V-Moda Crossfade M100 is much better for cheaper. Interested in learning more about them?
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