Apple launches Beats Studio Buds+. The Beats Studio Buds+ earphones are available from today in Italy. After months of rumors, Apple’s Beats by Dre has released the Beats Studio Buds+, which improve the ANC and Transparency modes and add a transparent color option.
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Beats had launched the first version of the Beats Studio Buds in June 2021. Almost two years later, the long-awaited model update arrived with several new features.
The Beats Studio Buds+ earphones resemble the previous model, with the silicone earpiece going into the ear canal. Just like their predecessors, the earphones can be stored in a charging case, which is now also available in a transparent option.
The Buds+ offer active noise cancellation and transparency mode, allowing users to muffle ambient sounds or let some of the external sound through. Beats claims these modes are improved by 1.6x and 2x respectively, thanks to three times larger microphones. In addition to ANC and Transparency, Beats Studio Buds+ also support Spatial Audio content on Apple Music, although they don’t include the immersive head tracking feature found on Beats Fit Pro and several AirPods models.
Other than the new colors, the Studio Buds+ look essentially identical to the original Studio Buds, but Beats claims 95% of the internal parts are brand new, including the aforementioned 3x larger microphones for better sound capture and an all-new design. of ventilation. As with the previous model, the Studio Buds+ include IPX4 sweat and water resistance.
Further improvements to speech performance focus on noise suppression and speech targeting to ensure speech is as intelligible as possible, while larger microphones deliver a higher signal-to-noise ratio with increased sensitivity. Machine learning was used to train the system in a variety of noisy environments for optimal voice capture.
This new model also delivers improvements with a new extra-small eartip option that joins the already existing small, medium and large sizes to fit a wider range of ears.
The multi-function “b” button on each earbud has been redesigned to reduce accidental presses and offer a more solid feel. The button continues to offer standard media controls: a single press handles play/pause, a double press skips forward, and a triple press skips backward.
Apple still uses a proprietary Beats processor for the Beats Studio Buds+. This chip differs from the H2 used in the AirPods Pro and lacks some of the built-in features of the Apple ecosystem in favor of universal compatibility with Android and Apple.
As with the original Studio Buds, the new model’s case charges via USB-C and doesn’t support wireless charging. Inside the package we find a tiny USB-C to USB-C cable. A full charge of the case and earbuds takes two hours, but the 5-minute Fast Fuel feature gives you up to an hour of battery life.
Battery life remains at 5 hours with ANC mode or 8 hours with ANC off. However, the charging case brings the total available battery life to 36 hours.
The Beats Studio Buds+ cost €199.95 and are available in transparent, black or ivory color options.