ByIngrid You 2019-06-12 521
Beats by Dr. Dre was quiet for a long time: The US-American manufacturer has built up a solid range of headphones over the years. Recently, however, only new colours and special editions have brought a breath of fresh air to the display. For example, there was the "Decade Collection", the "Undefeated Edition" and the "Skyline Collection". Now there are real novelties available again: The True Wireless headphones Beats Powerbeats Pro come onto the market - and hit like a bomb. Are these perhaps the best Beats headphones? COMPUTER BILD has sent the manufacturer's headphones to the test lab and shows which models sound good and what you'd rather not touch.
It was clear that Beats would eventually come around the corner with their own True-Wireless headphones. That the Beats Powerbeats Pro did so well in the test, however, few would have guessed. The decisive factors are the good wearing comfort, the great sound with clean bass and last but not least the quite impressive battery life of more than eleven hours - no other true wireless headphones run longer. The beats also leave popular models like the Apple AirPods (2019) and the Samsung Galaxy Buds clearly behind. The fact that the transport and charging box is quite large due to the headphone design is to be borne in this case. As usual for sports headphones, the Powerbeats Pro with splash water protection are also well prepared for hard work-outs.
With its powerful, yet in the bass very well audible and clean sound, the large Bluetooth headset Beats Studio3 Wireless also made a great mood in the test. Compared to earlier models, the manufacturer not only refined the sound significantly, but also significantly improved the electronic noise cancelling to reduce external noise. The long battery life of over 23 hours and the extra-short charging time are also good. The Bose QuietComfort 35 II gives you even more peace of mind with more effective noise cancelling and a softer sound. In addition, the new Sony WH-1000XM3, like the Bose, is among the headphones with the best noise cancelling, and the Sony sounds more detailed than its two competitors, although it's not cheaper.
The Solo3 Wireless fits into your luggage much easier. Compared to its predecessor Solo2 Wireless, Beats hadn't changed much in the sound tuning - why, after all, the Solo2 was already very neat and extremely successful. The general tuning got warm, with uncolored voices and good stereo imaging. In the test, the battery of the Bluetooth headset lasted for over 34 hours - Beats promised 40 hours. The somewhat smaller model compared to the Studio3 also has a quick charging function. Five minutes on power is enough for three hours of music playback.
In-ear headphones have also long been available with Bluetooth instead of cable, and Beats offers a model specially designed for athletes in the form of the Powerbeats3 Wireless. They sit securely and are very comfortable to wear - when you turn the earbuds out. The powerful sound of the new sportsman beats, which is not exaggerated in the basses, was well received in the test. Outstanding for such compact in-ears is the long battery life of over eleven hours. This means that the beats run longer than the strong competition, such as the Bose Soundsport Pulse.
The BeatsX was expected with high voltage and did not disappoint - not even in the test. The in-ear with neckband is particularly easy to connect to iPhones, but it also works with Android smartphones and other Bluetooth players. The X also has a quick charge function that allows you to enjoy a few hours of music after just a few minutes of charging time. The warm tuning of the sound is pleasant and the actual earplugs were very light, which plays into the cards for the wearing comfort of the Bluetooth in-ear. The battery life of less than eight hours is good for an in-ear, but somewhat short for a model with a neck strap. The competition also manages up to 13 hours, for example the Sennheiser CX 7.00 BT.
The wired in-ear model urBeats also got an update: It is now available in two versions. One has a classic jack connection (3.5 millimetres) for smartphones, notebooks and other music players. The second variant has a Lightning plug for Apple's iPhones and iPads. In the test, however, to the surprise of the testers, the type of connection hardly made a difference. Both in-ears sound somewhat cool and minimally quiet in the mid-range, but counter with a strong and pleasantly clean draft.
In 2018 Beats celebrates a milestone birthday: the headphones have been on the market for ten years. Reason enough for the manufacturer to give the Beats Studio3 Wireless, Solo3 Wireless, PowerBeats3 Wireless, BeatsX and UrBeats models a new coat of paint in the "Decade Collection". The headphones come in black with bright red accents. Still not enough color? Then maybe the Pop Collection is the right choice. The Beats Solo3 Wireless and PowerBeats3 Wireless are available in blue, indigo, magenta and violet. But that's not all: The new Skyline Collection immerses the Studio 3 Wireless in four new colours, from Desert Sand to Midnight Black and the Undefeated Collection relies on olive green BeatsX with camouflage pockets.
Especially during the holiday season caution is advised: Small shops on beautiful beaches on Crete or in Turkey often offer beats headphones between beverage cans, sun milk and moulds - for a fraction of the original price. Often you don't even pay 20 Euro for the optically similar fakes. COMPUTER BILD has tested plagiarisms of the Solo HD and the Studio. The sobering result: the workmanship is bad, the sound is dull and without bass and on the packaging accessories like a microphone are promised, which is not in the box at all. You'd better keep your hands off the cheeky fakes: Even for under 70 Euros there are good alternatives like the Sony MDR-ZX330BT.
Better than their reputation: The Beats headphones have continuously improved in quality in recent years, especially the basses are much more precise than with earlier models. In the test all headphones convinced, clearly better top models for example from Bose or Beyerdynamic are still more expensive. If you have nothing left for the style factor and the big name, you'll find interesting alternatives from Bowers & Wilkins and Teufel - some better, some cheaper.
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