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Arguably one of the most successful crossovers between fashion and technology, and the most recognized audio engineering force in the industry, the Beats by Dre Studio set needs no introduction. Having first made waves in the music realm since its conception in 2008, the music gurus chose 2013 as the year to refresh the iconic Studio Edition headphones with a full in-and-out rework. With a trimmed silhouette, sleek aesthetic and intricate technological upgrades, the over-ear set promised a whole new listening experience while maintaining its signature design concept. Peep below for select snippets from my Beats by Dre Studio headphones review, and head to HYPETRAK for the full piece.
The Studio’s trimmed down makeover and sleek re-design is not only instantly noticeable but definitely a welcome development. Currently only available in black, red, white, and limited orange colorways, the new edition trades in the bulky grey ear cushions for matching padding built of soft leather, and swaps out the pudgy headband and its exposed bolts for a cohesive band built of one sleek curve.
On first impressions, the new Beats by Dre Studio set definitely offers an upgrade in comfort and wearability: the set immediately fit securely over my ears without any adjustments and was initially free of any over-exertion of weight or force at the head piece, with the extra padding at the ear piece and soft material granting the set an even lighter feel.
The biggest and most notable change for the Beats by Dre Studio fans will be the move away from the AAA battery power in favor of a 20 hour rechargeable battery, eliminating the nuisance of carrying an extra pair of batteries.
Having gained a reputation for a bass-power level best suited for EDM enthusiasts and heavy hip-hop bangers, Beats by Dre’s 2013 edition of the Studios definitely offers a smooth and tamed bassline in comparison to its predecessor…
Special Thanks: Yasmin