Accessories: 3.5mm audio cable, Cable with in-line mic and remote, Hard-shell carrying case.
Features: Built-In Rechargeable Battery, 20 hours of playback per charge, Adaptive Noise Cancelling Technology.
I got a chance to demo the Beats Studio 2.0’s at my local Target, and to be honest I wasn’t that impressed with them. I am by no means a Beats hater though. In fact, I really do love the Beats Solo3, and would recommend it as an effective all around noise cancelling headphone. How do noise cancelling headphones work?
The problem with the Studio’s isn’t build, nor comfort. Both of those are excellent actually. The Studio 2.0’s sport a very plush protein leather, and sit on your head quite nicely. The clamping pressure is just about perfect, and I could wear them for long periods of time without hassle.
The issue with them is the sound signature. It’s not horrible or anything, but being a budding audiophile, I can really tell the difference between an uneven sound and a balanced one at this juncture in my humble listening career. 😛
The 2.0’s are much improved from the original studios, but much of the same issues are present. The bass is large, but it’s loose. It’s not the type of bass that you can really enjoy, unless you have no idea what a bass line is supposed to sound like. It’s sort of muddy as well, and has no clear direction or intention. It’s sole purpose is to make your head rattle, and that’s not necessarily a good thing.
I would compare the 2.0’s bass akin to something like an obnoxious stereo system. Yeah you’re going to feel it alright, but it may destroy your brain in the process. Lol.
Because of this overblown bass, we have a recessed mid-range but plenty of sparkle up top. The problem is that there’s no detail in the sound, not a hint of Soundstage, no accuracy, and no instrument separation. These are all the trademarks of a good headphone, and the 2.0’s bear none of those qualities unfortunately. What is Soundstage?
Comfort is outstanding.
Build is solid.
Features and Accessories are solid. You can use them wired or wireless.
I can’t honestly say they would benefit anyone, and wouldn’t recommend them. About the only genres they will work for are:
Anything bass heavy.
That said, there are better options out there, and I will get to those towards the end. 🙂
Thoughts from Stu’s notepad
In comparing these with the Solo3’s, you can immediately tell a huge difference. The Solo3’s bass is much more compact, tight, and has impact without really getting in the way of the rest of the sound. What the 2.0’s tried to do, the Solo3’s actually achieved.
And that’s really the consensus here. The 2.0’s went for a hard, expansive sound with impact, but fell short because they lacked cohesiveness. Great comfort and build, but sub-par sound.
If you’re looking for this type of sound, but desire a headphone that actually gets it right, there are a couple of options.
The first is the Beats Solo3, which we have discussed a little in the review. It’s got a really solid bass, and a sound signature that actually competes with some audiophile type headphones. It is a little pricey, but if you need an all in one noise cancelling solution, it’s worth it in my opinion. Interested in learning more?
If you don’t need noise cancelling, and are looking for the best all around bassheads headphone, The V-Moda Crossfade M100 gets my highest endorsement. It’s rugged, reliable, durable, comfortable, and has a magnificently rich sound complete with a thumping bass and detailed sound signature! I’m not sure how they manged to provide both, but it’s kind of a big deal. 🙂 Interested in learning more about my favorite bass headphone?
Stu is determined to provide the truth about all things audio, and strives to deliver excellent content to you the reader! In his spare time, he likes to fish, paint, play guitar, attend church, take photos, record videos, graphic design, and more. His attention to detail and perfectionist attitude are what allow him to excel, but it can be both a blessing and a hindrance at times.