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The Beats Studio Buds Plus earbuds are finally official after nearly two months of leaks, and the audio company from Apple has shown better performance and various additional color options compared to the original Beats Studio Buds, including an attractive Transparent option.
The Beats Studio Buds Plus offer enhancements to fit, Active Noise Cancellation (ANC), Transparency mode, microphones, battery life, and more for a price of $169.99, $20 more than the original model.
The entire appearance of the Beats Studio Buds Plus has undergone the most noticeable modification, with the new Transparent color option standing out among Ivory, Black with Gold Accents, and the new Transparent color option. Although the precise appearance is rather different, the Transparent design is evocative of what Nothing has been doing with its phones and earphones. While some of Nothing’s gadgets have an entirely transparent outside surface, Beats’ transparency isn’t quite as obvious but covers virtually the entire exterior of the buds, case, and even the eartips.
The Studio Buds Plus resemble the original Studio Buds almost exactly except from the new colors, but according to Beats, 95% of the internal components are all brand-new, including 3x bigger microphones for better sound capture and a brand-new venting and mic port design. The Studio Buds + include IPX4 sweat and water resistance to withstand workouts and weather, just like the previous model.
Studio Buds + offer enhancements to the fit, adding an extra-small eartip size to the small, medium, and large eartip options to better fit a wider variety of ear sizes.
Each earbud’s multi-function “b” button has been updated to feel stronger and prevent unintentional pushes. A single click of the button initiates play/pause, a double press advances the current track, and a triple press goes backwards.
You may switch between ANC and Transparency mode using the press-and-hold mechanism, which can also be used to engage a voice assistant or change the volume. Additionally, the call handling mechanism can be changed such that it takes one or two presses to end a call.
The Beats Studio Buds + don’t use Apple’s H1 or H2 chip; instead, they use a specialized second-generation “Beats Proprietary Platform” that has many of the same features as Apple’s chips, including support for “Hey Siri” and Find My Device, one-touch pairing, and automatic pairing to all devices associated with the same Google account.
The Studio Buds + boast up to 2x better Transparency performance than the previous model and up to 1.6x better ANC thanks to a new vent design with ANC processing being placed on the main chipset. The playback correction feature on the buds aims to eliminate any lingering acoustic artefacts that may have been brought on by ANC or transparency processing. For accurate replay, the audio data is examined up to 50,000 times per second by a secondary filter and feedback microphone.
To ensure speech is as understandable as possible, additional voice performance enhancements concentrate on noise suppression and voice targeting, while the bigger microphones give a higher signal-to-noise ratio with improved sensitivity. For the best voice capture, machine learning was employed to train the system in a range of loud conditions.
The Studio Buds Plus offer a 50% increase in battery life over the original Studio Buds, with the earbuds’ battery life increasing to up to 9 hours with ANC and Transparency off and the case’s battery life up to an additional 27 hours. You can use the earbuds for 6 hours on a single charge with ANC or Transparency on, and you can use the charging case for an extra 18 hours.
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The new Studio Buds’ case charges using USB-C and does not enable wireless charging, just like the original version did. A short USB-C to USB-C cable is also supplied. The case and earbuds take two hours to fully charge, but when your battery is low, you can use the 5-minute Fast Fuel feature to extend its life by up to an hour.
The Beats Studio Buds Plus are available for purchase in all three colors for $169.99 on apple.com in the US, Canada, and China starting today, with shipping commencing the next day. Over the next few months, releases will happen in other nations.