Before we get into the Bose AE2 vs. Beats Studio Wireless comparison, grab a snack, sit back and relax because..
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What I will bring you in this review
For this article, I will outline the Bose AE2, and then compare and contrast them with the Beats Studio towards the end! 🙂
Iterations of Beats by Dre
Who these headphones benefit?
Thoughts from Stu’s notepad
Similarities & Differences
Now without further ado, let’s get rolling!!
Wow. Okay. So before we even get into the specifics, let’s go over all the different versions of this headphone so we have a clear idea of what we’re getting into. This review will not cover any In-ear models. The models underlined in green are the only that have received overall positive reviews. I honestly wouldn’t even bother with the other models.
That said, if I’m missing anything, please let me know!
Beats Studio Wired (Discontinued)
Beats Studio 2.0 Wired Over-Ear (Circumaural)
Beats Studio Wireless Over-Ear (Decent)
Beats Studio Wireless 2.0. (Decent)
Beats Studio Wireless On-Ear (Supra-aural)
Beats Pro Wired Over-Ear (Decent)
Beats Executive Wired Over-Ear
Beats EP Wired On-ear
Monster Beats Solo (Discontinued)
Beats Solo HD Wired On-Ear(Discontinued)
Beats Solo HD “drenched in color” 2.0 (2013). Really? No.
Beats Solo2 Wired On-Ear (Good)
Beats Solo3 Wireless On-Ear (Better)
Beats Mixr Wired On-Ear (Decent)
So for the purposes of this article, I will be comparing the AE2’s with the highest rated studio version which happens to be the Beats Studio Wireless Over-Ear.
EDM, as they seem to handle low bass pretty well. For the bass, you kind of feel the impact of the notes rather than actually hearing them if that makes any sense.
Comfort is phenomenal. They’re also pretty lightweight and durable. The sound is balanced and pretty crisp overall, but for the price you’re paying, it’s not quite worth it.
Thoughts from Stu’s notepad
Do not use in light rain. User reported that the foam inside the ear-cups ballooned out. This should be obvious not to even think about using headphones in the rain, but people are quite special I suppose.
These are NOT noise cancelling headphones. They do a decent job of isolating sound though.
There is no volume control on the AE2.
The placement of the ear-cups greatly influences how the cans sound. For instance, if you push the headphones forward against the back of your ear, they sound a lot better.
They come with a removable cable and ear-pads.
Using high quality, lossless files will be most beneficial with this pair of headphones, and will make the difference between a good and bad experience. Good quality MP4’s, WAV files, FLAC and the like will all sound good with the AE2.
The carrying case could have been better.
Your ears may get hot after awhile.
These may need to be burned in for about 100 hours. Use a combination of pink noise, white noise, and music. The headphones will sound much better after this.
Bass. The Beats Studio Wireless are a bass-heads headphone, but most people already know that. The AE2 by contrast is pretty bass light. Many folks complained that there simply isn’t enough to go around.
Noise cancelling. The Beats Studio Wireless are noise canceling while the AE2’s are not.
Weight. The Bose AE2’s are 5oz. compared to the 9.2 oz. of the Beats Studio Wireless.
Volume Control. The AE2’s have volume control while the Beats Studio Wireless does not.
Adapter. Neither include a 1/4″ adapter.
iPhone control. The Beats Studio Wireless comes with iPhone control while the AE2 does not.
Comfort. I would give the nod to
Overall Sound. The Beats Studio Wireless is your typical “V-shaped” sound. Heavy bass, recessed mid-range, and bright treble. However, I will say that Beats did improve this particular model; it doesn’t sound quite as ridiculous as far as bass is concerned. They toned it down some, while also making the headphone a little more balanced overall. By contrast, the AE2 is a very balanced headphone overall, and more so than the Studio Wireless. It’s a toned down, even listening experience. You’re more relaxed with the AE2. It’s not as intense or in your face like Beats is.
Many people, even including those who liked the headphones, admitted that for the price, they aren’t quite worth the investment. For less than a Benjamin, it’s a solid buy. However, why bother when you can save money and invest in the absolute best option available? The Sony MDR V6 represents everything right in a headphone; it’s solid and durable, lightweight, compact, has a stunningly accurate and enjoyable sound signature, has a proven track record of longevity, can be used in and out of the studio, and the list goes on. It’s the benchmark for quality, and is the go to solution as far as affordable closed backs go.
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For bass emphasis in the closed back category, I believe that the M50 and HD25 are the two headphones to seriously consider. The HD25 will be more mid-range oriented, with a nice bass slam, while the M50 places more emphasis on bass, with less mid-range clarity. Both are pretty intense headphones. My #1 is the HD25, followed by the M50.
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.