Since Apple took over the Beats by Dre empire, Beats’ popular line of headphones has undergone serious changes. The latest models, the Beats Studio Buds and Beats Fit Pro, ditched the famous hook shape of the Powerbeats era in favor of more traditional yet wholly original headphone designs.
In the process, Apple has toned down the bass-rich Beats sound, incorporated its brilliantly simple iOS functionality for seamless use with iPhones and other Apple devices, and added modern features like noise cancellation. All of this makes these latest Beats models the best of the brand to date. But there are some major differences between these two pairs. Below, we compare the Beats Studio Buds and Beats Fit Pro in several categories so that you can get everything you need, and nothing else.
This is the most obvious reason to replace the Beats Studio Buds with the Fit Pro. With an MSRP of $ 149.95, Studio Buds are a great mid-range option, saving you money while still offering plenty of reasons to grab them. In fact, when they launched ahead of the new AirPods 3 last summer, I dubbed them the AirPods Apple fans have been waiting for (and probably still is).
While there are plenty of reasons to get the Beats Fit Pro, their introductory price of $ 199.95 is an extra big enough to give the rest of these categories a slant, especially since at the time of launch. publication, you can pick up the Beats Studio Buds. for serious business on sale.
Our selection : Beats Studio Buds
Design and fit
Price might be the only easy payoff for Studio Buds, but it’s not for lack of great design and features for your money. While the fit isn’t the most stable on the market, which means they’re not the best for workouts, especially if your ears are sweating, their unique design is an exercise in sleek minimalism.
The headphones are shaped into little switches at the end, making them incredibly easy to put on and take off from your ears and their included charging case. The buttons at the ends are also incredibly easy to accidentally press, which means I ended more than a few phone calls prematurely. Yet they’re so simple and easy to use that I often find myself searching for them, whether it’s taking a call or grabbing a single bud for a podcast while I’m walking the dog.
The Beats Fit Pro offer one of the best fit in their class thanks to their own unique design that incorporates a small fin and an easily accessible control key from the outside. Along with several ear tip choices, the Beats Fit Pro is just as comfortable and stable for your workday as it is for your workout. I mean, they’re called the “Fits” for a reason.
Still, there is just something about the Studio Buds. I can’t understand how fun and easy it is to use them, although they admittedly aren’t as versatile or as stable in my ears as the Fit Pro. Surprising even myself, this one is too close to call it.
Our selection : To design
Features and controls
Each of the latest Beats Buds has pulled a deep bucket out of the Apple well, incorporating a ton of features from the Apple ecosystem to make them extremely easy to use with Apple devices. And, unlike Apple-branded products, each also comes with a separate app for Android phones, making them much more suited to those who tend to bounce between mobile clans. There are a few major differences, however, which could be one of the most important factors in choosing the most expensive buds.
I’ll start with the similarities:
- Quick charge: 5 minutes of charge for 1 hour of reading
- Ambient sound modes: Adaptive ANC, transparency mode
- Audio codecs: AAC, SBC
- Apple features: Hands-free Siri, Find My Earbuds tracker, One-touch pairing for iPhone and Android devices, Audio sharing
Beats Fit Pro look to Apple Valhalla thanks in large part to the H1 chip
It’s a good start, and every pair of headphones focuses on simplicity. But the Beats Fit Pro takes a harder turn towards Apple Valhalla thanks in large part to the H1 chip. This enables automatic switching between Apple devices, as well as spatial audio with dynamic head tracking. These latter features may become more and more appealing as more music and visual media creators begin to use “3D sound” mixes to immerse you in your content.
When it comes to controls, each pair offers a one-button mirrored control system on either side of your ears. Both sets allow you to play / pause, forward and rewind, and control calls with a series of taps, while a long press toggles between active noise cancellation, ambient audio, and mute. (or call voice assistants for Android users).
But the Beats Fit Pro also lets you customize the action of holding the buttons, whether that means jumping between ANC / transparency mode or controlling the volume, an Apple first.
Our selection : Beats Fit Pro
Noise cancellation often affects the battery life of the headphones, and so does each of these headphones. With the ANC engaged, the Beats Studio has five total hours, while the Beats Fit Pro can have up to six. Neither of those play times are what we’d call a “next-gen” battery, but the Fit Pro’s six hours outperform the more expensive AirPods Pro and a few other options like Samsung’s Galaxy Buds Pro.
Interestingly, the Beats Studio uses less juice than its non-noise-canceling sibling, shooting around eight hours maximum under optimal conditions out of the Beats Fit Pro’s seven hours. However, the Fit Pro can give you up to 27 hours with the case, while the Studio goes over 24 hours in total and only offers 15 hours of juice in total with noise cancellation.
Our selection : Beats Fit Pro
Audio performance and noise reduction
The Beats Studio does a solid job with audio performance and noise cancellation, especially since active noise cancellation in its price category is still a long way off. We noted in testing that their dynamic noise cancellation is useful when the acceleration sounds like a noisy leaf blower. The sound signature is clear and relatively detailed, particularly interesting for acoustic music. Their upper register can be a bit thin at times and I wish they had a bit more upper bass response as well, which isn’t something I would expect in Beats headphones, but it does. is definitely the new class.
The Beats Fit Pro beats the Studio Buds with as good or better noise cancellation than what you’ll get from Apple’s AirPods Pro and many other flagship pairs. They also offer richer, more detailed sound than Studio Buds, along with extras like Spatial Audio for more immersive sound from supported content. They top it off with excellent call quality, standing close to what you’ll get, you guessed it, the AirPods Pro.
Our selection : Beats Fit Pro
And the winner is …
From a performance and pure functionality perspective, the Beats Fit Pro is the obvious choice. In fact, they’re so good that we now recommend them as the best buds for iPhone users, even beating the indomitable AirPods Pro.
That said, the Beats Studio Buds are great value, especially on sale, giving you a solid range of features you’ll find in flagship Buds at a much lower price point. If you’re looking to save money and aren’t necessarily addicted to top-level features and performance, the Beats Studio is definitely a hit. The main caveat is if you’re looking for workout headphones, in which case we’ll always point you to the Fit Pro. Either way, both models are our brand favorites to date, making each pair a great deal in their own right.