What Are the Newest Beats Headphones Out Now?
Quality is of no concern when it comes to headphones created by a music professional like Dr. Dre. Choosing your next pair of headphones from the collection of Beats by Dre – or simply Beats – and can only enhance your listening experience.
From securely-fitting earbuds for your workouts to high-end over-ear headphones for studio-quality sound, the latest lineup has a lot to offer. Let’s look at the newest Beats headphones and earbuds on the market and what they have in store for us.
Newest Beats Headphones
Most of the newest Beats headphones were released in 2020 and 2021. You can pick from four different styles of earbuds and two high-performance headphone models. Each features a wireless or true wireless design. Those who prefer wired versions can purchase audio cables sold separately.
Although a subsidiary of Apple, Beats headphones aren’t just for iPhone users. They work with any device through Bluetooth and are a solid choice for Android users, too. Here’s each product and what you should know about them.
The newest Beats earbuds, the Beats Studio Buds, are the go-to choice for many. With a sleek, modern design, these earbuds combine style with functionality. They were released in June 2021 and come in six unique colors, including charming pastels and bright primaries.
Thanks to one-touch pairing, you can pair your Beats Studio Buds with Apple and Android devices with ease. Beats also offer an app that allows you to control your device, keep track of its battery levels, and update its software. Of course, on-ear controls are available as well.
The Studio Buds offer spatial audio and Active Noise Canceling (ANC). However, you can turn off ANC and switch to Transparency when you need to hear the world around you, which makes these buds versatile. Listen to music continuously for six hours, and then charge your buds in their stylish case for 16 more hours of listening time.
For a slightly higher price, you can ensure that your earbuds are snug in your ears even during strenuous workout sessions. Beats Fit Pro, released in November 2021, feature an additional wingtip that won’t let your earbuds fall out. It’s available in four colors and comes in a sleek charging case.
Similar to the Studio Buds, Fit Pro offers spatial audio. You’ll be able to use your Fit Pro buds for up to six hours before they you need to place them back in their charging case. The case holds a charge of 18 hours max. The Fit Pro also supports ANC and Transparency mode, giving you control of what you hear.
Even though the Fit Pro works well with Android, some of its features are limited to iOS. For instance, iOS users can control their buds hands-free.
The most affordable earbuds in the lineup are the wireless Beats Flex. Available since October 2020, these are an evolved version of the previous BeatsX model. The Flex comes in four fresh shades, including Yuzu Yellow, Flame Blue, Smoke Gray, and the classic Beats Black.
These earbuds aren’t true wireless, as a cable around the neck connects the two sides. However, this makes them practical as you won’t have to worry about misplacing one of the buds. They also hold a charge of 12 hours and can recharge fast.
Another notable Beats Flex feature is automatic controls. Beats Flex earbuds will pause when you take them out and resume when you put them back in, thanks to their magnets that connect when the earbuds are hanging around your neck. But keep in mind that not all such features are compatible with all Android devices.
While the Flex may not offer such a premium experience as the rest of the lineup, considering its price, it’s still a great deal for those who are on a budget.
The next earbuds in the Beats lineup are the Powerbeats Pro. It uses the same H1 chip as the rest of the lineup and comes at a similar price as the Fit Pro.
Compared to the Fit Pro, the Powerbeats Pro is even more capable. It features a truly wireless design, and it provides nine hours of music playback before the buds need to be recharged. In addition, the charging case, though bulkier, extends the listening time to 24 hours in total.
Like the Fit Pro, these earbuds were designed with movement in mind. The ear hooks will ensure your buds never fall out while you’re on the go. The Powerbeats Pro is also sweat-resistant and has an IPX4 rating. It’s missing one handy feature, though: Active Noise Cancelation.
Beats offers two sleek headphones, one for the more casual user and a high-end one for music enthusiasts. The Beats Solo 3 Wireless edition is the former, with a mid-range price point and an impressive performance. It’s available in three colors: Rose Gold, Citrus Red, and a sleek Matte Black. It also comes with a carrying case in its box.
The Solo 3 has a true wireless, on-ear design with an adjustable fit for maximum comfort. It’s compatible with iOS and Android and offers intuitive on-device controls for a seamless experience.
Its battery allows for 40 hours of listening on a charge, making it the most powerful in the Beats lineup. Even if you run out of juice, the Fast Fuel feature will supply your headphones with three hours of energy in a matter of minutes.
If you’re looking for the most premium model, the Beats Studio 3 has got you covered. Although this wireless device came out in 2017, it has yet to be upgraded, but it still provides a fantastic listening experience. The Studio 3 is available in the widest range of shades: you can choose from seven modern color combinations. The device also comes with its own carrying case.
The noise-canceling capability of the Studio 3 is unrivaled in the Beats product line. However, unlike the Solo 3, the Studio 3 offers up to 22 hours of music playback only. You can extend this to 40 hours by turning off ANC. The Fast Fuel feature provides this device with three hours of playback on a quick, 10-minute charge.
The Studio 3 also has practical on-device controls, and its ergonomic design makes it comfortable. The over-ear configuration definitely provides the most immersive listening experience.
Previous Beats Headphones
Several Beats models were discontinued in November 2021, when the newest iterations hit the shelves. The Powerbeats, the Beats Solo Pro, and the Beats EP were all removed from Apple’s online store. However, this doesn’t mean that these amazing headphones no longer perform at high standards. Here’s what you should know about previous Beats headphones.
The Beats Solo Pro, though discontinued, was one of the best models in the Beats lineup. These true wireless on-ear headphones offered similar features as the Studio 3: 22 hours of playback (up to 40 with ANC turned off) and great noise canceling. However, they have a significant drawback: they don’t have an AUX port.
Before the premium Powerbeats Pro took over, Beats Powerbeats was holding fort as the only Beats earbuds with ear hooks. The most significant difference between the Powerbeats and the Powerbeats Pro is their connectivity. The Powerbeats aren’t true wireless. However, their outstanding, 15-hour battery life justifies this configuration. Like the Powerbeats Pro, this model also lacks ANC. It came in a more limited color range, too.
The Beats EP is another discontinued model, removed from the Apple store in November 2021. This wired on-ear model was an affordable option for those who still preferred the old-school 3.5 mm jack for their listening. While its design might look outdated compared to the new models, it still offers great comfort and sound. However, it’s not foldable, and its cable is four feet long, making it a little impractical.
Don’t Stop the Music
Nothing beats high-quality headphones when you want to appreciate every nuance of your favorite song. With impeccable sound quality, Beats headphones won’t disappoint. Pick simplistic earbuds with excellent battery life or explore the power of noise-canceling with the more premium models. There’s something for everyone in this lineup.
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