Today Apple released the successor to the six year old Beats Studio 3 Wireless, the Beats Studio Pro Wireless headphones.
The overall design has remained, leaving the more notable changes to the hardware inside. The headphones now support Bluetooth 5.3, sport a USB-C connector instead of MicroUSB, and also allow audio to be transmitted through the USB-C connection (up to 24 bit/48kHz audio). The 3.5mm headphone jack remains, giving multiple options for listening to the headphones.
The Beats Studio Pro supports Spatial audio with dynamic head tracking support, Dolby Atmos, and Apple’s Personalized Spatial Audio technology, which creates a custom listening profile using an iPhone’s TrueDepth camera.
Apple is not using its custom audio chip inside the Beats Studio Pro. Instead, a custom chip made by Beats is used, which enables enhanced support for Android devices. This means you no longer need an Apple device for a first class experience. Specifically, the Beats Studio Pro supports Google Fast Pair, Audio Switch, Fine My Device, and integration with the Beats app for Android.
Existing functionality with Apple devices, such as one-touch pairing, “Hey Siri,” Find My, and OTA updates remain.
The Beats Studio Pro is priced at $349.99 and competes directly with headphones such as the Sony WH-1000XM5 (read our in-depth review).
One of my favorite content creators, Matthew Moniz, has a fantastic video breaking down the features and sound quality of the Beats Studio Pro and a comparison of it with the Sony WH-1000XM5s and Apple AirPods Max, so be sure to check out his video.