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dalethorn posted a topic in Headphones & SpeakersThe Studio3 was sitting there at the Apple Store, looking very tempting in its impressive "special edition" packaging, and I even got a 5-minute listen to the demo unit using my own iPhone. The demo sounded kinda thick - even a bit muffled, but the extra sweetening they added on the high end made it listenable. I've had a few Bluetooth headphones now, but not a Beats wireless, so I was curious what the potential of this headphone might be for quality listening, given that I'd re-tune it a little with my equalizer. The conclusions are in the review text, but one thing I can say up front is that while they get the middle frequencies about right through their ANC-plus-Bluetooth codecs, the extreme lows seem to have excess distortion. The extreme highs fare better, but I can't judge how much negative impact the DSP's have on those highs versus how much quality if any is lost in the basic design. One issue that popped into my head while writing this review is the so-called Loudness Wars. I wonder if the trend in many new headphones to have a recessed lower treble is actually compensation for the Loudness effect, to push the strong forward voices more to the background. Pure speculation there.... http://www.hifiheadphones.co.uk/community/threads/beats-studio-3-wireless-bluetooth-headphone-review.4516/
Here's the "new" Beats with near-hi-fi sound, as covered previously by Innerfidelity. While I find this particular headphone to sound good as-is, or extremely good with my special tune-up, the questions that are probably on everyone's mind are whether Beats is really going to compete for hi-fi customers in new models of their other headphones, or whether this is just coincidental. I don't know, but part of me anticipates better sound from Beats if they can get there consistently (something Bose never did), and part of me dreads an even bigger takeover of the market now that Apple owns Beats. Beats Solo2 On-Ear Stereo Headphone review