Apple Launches New Beats Studio 3 Wireless 'Skyline' Collection

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    Apple this morning added a new "Skyline" collection of Beats Studio 3 Wireless Headphones to its online Apple Store, with a selection of new color options.

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    The Skyline Studio 3 Wireless Headphones come in Crystal Blue, Desert Sand, Midnight Black, and Shadow Grey. All of the colors feature gold accents with a gold beats logo and gold band.

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    Studio 3 Wireless Headphones feature Apple's Pure Adaptive Noise Canceling technology, designed to block external noise when listening. They are also equipped with an Apple W1 chip that's designed to make it easy to switch between devices when listening, and thanks to the efficiency of the chip, the Studio 3 Headphones last for 22 hours on one charge for all-day listening.

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    Like Apple's other Studio 3 Wireless Headphones, the new Skyline collection is priced at $349.95. Skyline Beats are not yet available in Apple retail stores and must be ordered online, but should be arriving in retail locations soon.

    Article Link: Apple Launches New Beats Studio 3 Wireless 'Skyline' Collection
     
  2. Frign, Oct 16, 2018
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    Does anybody honestly buy Beats headphones anymore other than to satisfy some aesthetic appeal?

    In my opinion, they feel really cheap and flimsy and the ones I've had in my hands (1-2 years old) were really damaged and half-broken, the cord's isolation all ripped and the hinge feeling absolutely horrible.

    Why not invest the same money into real quality headphones from the likes of Beyerdynamics or other similar manufacturers? 350$ can get you some really fine Hifi-gear...
     
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    Wow.
    I am a fan of Apple but their prices are getting stupid. I mean really stupid.

    These headphones cannot possibly be worth this much money. Reviews abound about how Beats in general are just 'meh' in sound quality.

    So, the only reason is the name?

    I just can't believe Apple, with all their money, cannot create a great product and price it so more can buy it.

    I already invested in headphones that are at least 7-8 years old and they still work great. No brand name to show off, just a 100$ pair of audio-technica noise cancelling phones. Don't need the Beats name to add 200+$.
     
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    Havent owned a pair of beats since....2010 I think. Every pair I've looked at since seemed nice until I held them and heard them.
     
  6. nutmac macrumors 68040

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    No thanks.

    Still uses USB-A. Switch to Lightning or USB-C for charging.

    Still uses Apple W1. Apple Watch Series 3 has W2, Apple Watch Series 4 has W3.
     
  7. cambookpro macrumors 603

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    I got a black pair of these on Prime Day for about £160, and for that price, I'm extremely happy. Comfier than the B&W PX I tried for a couple of weeks beforehand, and noise cancelling seemed a bit better.
     
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  10. dannyyankou, Oct 16, 2018
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    It’s outrageous, but this is in line with the way Beats Studio prices have been for years.
     
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    Y'all acting like the price suddenly changed and this line hasn't always been MSRP $349 for years.
     
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    I always felt the Beats acquisition was a mistake. I have seen nothing yet to overturn that impression.
     
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    Does this also point to no imminent ipad event. Seems odd that they wouldn't roll this in...
     
  14. zone23, Oct 16, 2018
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    Getting to be typical of Apple, add color to the same old device.
     
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    Just yesterday, went to the store to find tried out some Beats, something that better pair with MacBook Pro and iPhone.
    They sound like optimized FM radio... Its so bad, I was like damn Apple, if you cannot put your chip in a good pair of cans, at least let other companies to use it.

    Now, just ended up stick with my cheap Audio Technica BT headphones... (ATH-WS990BT if anyone wants to know)
     
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    The Studio 3's ANC is okay, but not astounding like the Sony or Bose. The sound is decent. The battery is pretty good and the controls are reliable. The W1 and the easy switching chip is the biggest feature that made me choose it. I also got pretty much half price at $170. I think it was a decent bang for the buck for the price/features.
     
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    They are most definitely not worth the price. They're plastic, they have a terrible sound signature, and they're dreadful when wired. For the same price you could get something truly amazing.
     
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    Only Apple has the nerve to charge the same price on an updated product that they were charging before! :mad:
     
  20. Swazaloo macrumors regular

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    I purchased some. Their the only good headphones with the W1 chip, which is a game changer for me. I'm never buying wired headphones again. I've also come to prefer the more bassy sound over my old Sennheisers. Can you get better sound for less? Yes. Do Beats sound bad? No.
     
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    Why is it that the BeatsX only gets the Lightning cable still?

    Apple, you’ve owned Beats for a while now. Drop the micro-USB already.
     
  22. Rogifan macrumors Core

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    Weren’t these already $349?
     
  23. RamGuy macrumors 6502a

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    Why comment on things you clearly know nothing about? Higher number doesn't mean newer and better.. Apple W1 is bluetooth, Apple W2 and Apple W3 is bluetooth+WiFi and is not meant for headphones....
     
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    I have a pair of Audio-Technica cans that I love. They’re plastic too. Doesn’t bother me at all as they’re very comfortable to wear.
     
  25. RamGuy macrumors 6502a

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    Perhaps you should try them instead of writing things like this? Just because a brand have had some bad products in the past doesn't mean all future products needs to follow the same trend.

    The Beats Studio3 are decent. You can get better audio quality and active noise cancellation elsewhere, but they do provide you with the benefits of the Apple W1 chip (easy pairing and switching between Apple devices, market leading range and battery life) and one thing they have that pretty much every other lacks is actual useable microphone.

    They feature a very V-shaped audio profile. This provides a focused, but rather narrow soundstage. It's great for spoken word (podcasts, audiobooks etc..) and for commutes as its easier to hear the audio in noise environments when the soundstage is narrow and in focus instead of wide and spacious. The active noise cancellation is decent, but not the same level as Bose QC35 and Sony WH1000XM2/3.

    Overall its a rather decent package, especially for Apple users due to the Apple W1-chip.
     

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