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Beats Studio Buds vs
Apple AirPods Pro Comparison Chart
|Model||Beats Studio Buds|
|Colors||Red, white, and black||White only|
|Wireless Charging Case||No||Yes|
|Controls||Physical button||Touch sensitive sensors|
|Water-Resistant||IPX4 rating||IPX4 rating|
|Active Noise Cancellation||Yes||Yes|
|Battery Life||5 hours with ANC on, 8 hours with ANC off, 24 hours with charging case||4.5 hours with ANC on, 5 hours with ANC off, 24 hours with charging case|
|Fast Charge||1.5 hours with 5-minute charge||1 hour with 5-minute charge|
The Beats Studio Buds and
The Beats Studio Buds look nothing like their predecessor, the Powerbeats Pro. With no sporty earhooks in sight, they boast of a much sleeker and compact design that will appeal to a wider audience. They’re comfortable to wear too, thanks to their lightweight construction, silicone ear tips, and nozzles that help relieve any pressure trapped in the eardrums. They’re available in red, white, and black and come in an oval charging case. Unfortunately, you can’t charge the charging case wirelessly but it’s unfair to expect that from affordable earbuds anyway.
As for the AirPods Pro, everyone knows that what they look like by now. It’s hard to miss the stems that protrude from the earbuds, plus they have an all-white design that’s unmistakably Apple. Unlike the Studio Buds, the AirPods Pro’s charging case supports wireless charging so all you have to do is pop it onto the charging pad whenever you’re low on juice. Another difference between the two models is their controls. The AirPods Pro have touch sensitive sensors while there’s an actual button on the Studio Buds.
If you’re wondering whether these earbuds can survive your sweaty workouts in the gym, you’ll be glad to know that they’re water-resistant. Both models boast of an IPX4 rating which means they can take water splashes but no more than that.
The Beats Studio Buds and
Thanks to the Beats Studio Buds’ two-chamber acoustic design and 8.2mm dual-element diaphragm drivers, they’re able to deliver a better sound that the Powerbeats Pro. While their predecessor is heavy-handed with the bass, the Studio Buds are able to strike a good balance between the highs and the lows, giving way to a more bright and energetic performance. This puts the Studio Buds on the same level as the
Neither the Studio Buds nor the AirPods Pro is the best in class, both lacking in clarity and detail when compared to more high-end earbuds. But they’re definitely enjoyable to listen to and should be more than enough for casual listeners. What’s great about them is that they both support Apple’s Spatial Audio, allowing you to enjoy a cinematic and immersive experience whenever you listen to Dolby Atmos tracks. You do, however, need to have the iOS 14 or iPadOS 14 installed on your device to enjoy this feature as well as a streaming service that’s compatible with 5.1, 7.1, or Atmos.
Active Noise Cancellation
Both the Beats Studio Buds and
Just like the AirPods Pro, the Studio Buds boast of quite an impressive ANC array. They have a filter, internal feedback mics, as well as external feed-forward mics. This setup allows them to gauge the level of external noise and adjust the ANC accordingly. However, they’re not quite able to measure up to the AirPods Pro’s performance and can only eliminate softer sounds like the rain, chatter, and maybe the humming of power tools from afar. Expect harsher sounds like the wind, sirens, and the crying of babies to come through.
For those who need to be able to hear their surroundings while listening to music, both the AirPods Pro and Studio Buds have a transparency mode. But again, the former takes the cake as they’re able to make ambient noises sound clear yet not too harsh.
The Beats Studio Beats have a better battery life than the
Battery life is where the Beats Studio Buds leave the
The Studio Beats have the upper hand yet again when it comes to fast charging, able to deliver 1.5 hours of playback time with a 5-minute charge. With the same amount of charging time, the AirPods Pro can only muster an hour.
The Beats Studio Buds are better value for money but Apple users are likely to enjoy the
The Beats Studio Buds are definitely capable of giving the Apple AirPods Pro a run for their money. They look good, they sound great, their battery life is so much more dependable, and they’re platform-neutral. The best part is that they won’t burn as big of a hole in your pocket as the AirPods Pro will. We definitely think they’re better value for money. However, those who are immersed in the iOS ecosystem might enjoy the AirPods Pro more for their Apple-exclusive features. Also, the AirPods Pro are the better choice for those who have ANC quality as a priority.
If you’re interested in other Beats and Apple earbud models, you can check out our Beats Flex vs Apple AirPods comparison.
Thanks to the Beats Studio Buds‘ two-chamber acoustic design and 8.2mm dual-element diaphragm drivers, they’re able to strike a good balance between the highs and the lows. This gives way to a bright and energetic performance.
Yes, the Beats Studio Buds have ANC. They have a filter, internal feedback mics, as well as external feed-forwards mics, allowing them to gauge the level of external noise and adjust the ANC accordingly.
The Beats Studio Buds are not waterproof. They do, however, have an IPX4 rating. This means that they’re water-resistant and can withstand splashes of water but no more than that.
With the ANC turned off, the Beats Studio Buds can outlast the Apple AirPods Pro. They can deliver 8 hours of playback time while their rival can only do 5 hours.