Beats Solo Pro vs Studio3 – Which Is Better?

Beats Solo Pro vs Studio3 – Which Is Better?

Beats are a well-known label that have been endorsed by countless celebrities, and many professional DJs also stand by their brand.

If you’re tossing up which pair of Beats headphones is right for you, then you’re in the right place! Each model has its own good and bad points, so it’s important to choose a model that suits your music and listening style.

Today I’ll be taking a closer look at the Beats Solo Pro vs Beats Studio3. These are two excellent headphones, but is one better than the other? After testing both, I can give you a solid answer!

Beats Solo Pro

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First, let’s look at the Beats Pro. Or more accurately, the Beats Solo Pro.

Beats is well known for being immersive, as these bad boys also function exceptionally well as noise canceling headphones. I’ll discuss more of that in a moment, but first let’s take a peek at the Pro’s specs.

Specs at a Glance
  • Apple H1 Chip provides Class 1 Bluetooth connectivity
  • 22 hours of power, 40 if noise canceling is turned off as is transparency
  • Powered by 1 lithium-ion battery
  • USB-A charging cable
  • Powerful beats, but balanced out
  • Designed to power on-and-off if unfolded and folded respectively

solo pro 2So, the Beats Pro (on Amazon) look sleek and feel fantastic. They’re quite comfortable to wear, and even after wearing them for two hours straight, they didn’t feel too tight on my head. I do have a slightly smaller than average head, but compared to other Beats headphones, these felt beautiful.

The Solo Pro are Beats first on-ear active noise cancellation headphones, and they actually perform surprisingly well in this respect. When I was wearing them outside on a busy street, they blocked out almost all the noise.

Let’s talk about the sound quality. To be honest, I didn’t have high hopes for these simply because previous Beats headphones I’ve listened too were just way too muddy and bassy. But with the Solo Pro, I was shocked by how good they sounded.

The bass packs a nice clean kick, and although it wasn’t overpowering, I could still clearly hear all notes and vocals without them being washed out. These headphones suit just about any music genre and would impress the most picky listener. But if you’re an EDM lover like me, then you will love these even more!

The Solo Pro is 100% Bluetooth, and I found it quick and easy to connect them to my iPhone, PC, and other Bluetooth compatible devices. It uses an Apple H1 headphone chip and Class 1 Bluetooth, and I experienced no dropouts or loss of sound quality compared to corded headphones.

The battery life was pretty much close to as specified, at 22 hours of use with noise cancellation on, and just shy of 40 hours with it turned off. I do also like the 10 minutes Fast Fuel charging that most Beats headphones have now. I was able to get 3 hours of use which is amazing for just 10 minutes charging time. This will easily give you enough use for commuting to work and back.

All in all the Solo Pro does have a hefty price tag, but the quality is there in every way, shape, and form. If you’re looking to upgrade your tired old headphones, the Beats Solo Pro (on Amazon) will never fail to impress!


Beats Studio3

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The Studio3 actually surprised me, considering all the bad reviews I had read. The only thing I felt that slightly let them down was the lack of clarity on the vocals, and the bass didn’t have the ‘kick in the gut’ feel that other Beats headphones have.

Keep in mind that I am a hardcore audiophile so most people probably won’t notice this difference. Don’t get me wrong, they still sound great. Let’s check out the Studio3 specs.

Specs at a Glance
  • Apple H1 Chip provides Class 1 Bluetooth connectivity
  • USB Micro Port
  • 22 hours of power, 40 if noise canceling is turned off as is transparency
  • Powered by 1 lithium-ion battery
  • Balanced beats, although still powerful

studio3 2So how does the Studio3 feel and handle? As mentioned above, if your music style is mainly EDM, rap, house, hip-hop, etc, then you won’t be disappointed with the Studio3 (on Amazon).

The comfort and noise cancellation is where these baby’s really shine. They felt super comfortable to wear and the earpads were soft on my ears. The noise cancellation on the Studio3 is some of the best I’ve experienced.

Considering there was no sound leakage, the noise cancellation was so effective and I was surprised I was able to wear these for hours on end without my head feeling like it was in a vice.

The Bluetooth was smart and intuitive, and I was easily able to connect it with all my devices. The range is also pretty impressive at 30 feet distance.

The battery life was on par with the Solo pro, at 22 hours with noise cancellation on, and 40 hours with it turned off. Once again it features a 10 minute Fast Fuel charge which I got 3 hours of use from.

If you want to listen to tunes around the house, at work, or while out for a jog, then these will provide superb sound quality.

The Studio3 (on Amazon) are one of the most affordable Beats headphones on the market that don’t lack on sound or build quality. A perfect choice if you’re on a budget but still want to comfortably listen to loud thumping beats.


So let’s not beat around the bush and compare the two!

Comparing The Solo Pro and Studio3

Given that both headphones are rather similar, which one is the absolute best? If I had to give an honest answer, it’s the Solo Pro.

Why? Well, there’s only one main reason, and that’s sound quality. I mentioned earlier that the Solo Pro sounded incredible, and when I compare it, the Studio3 didn’t have that hard kick bass which was so evident with the Solo Pro. And the vocals kind of lacked clarity. However, this difference is very minor.

On the flip side, the Studio3 is on par with the Pro when it comes to comfort and noise cancellation. In fact, the Studio3 was much comfier to wear and didn’t feel the slightest bit tight. You might not wear through the battery life, but you still might be wearing these suckers for hours on end.

There’s also a range of colors you can choose with both models. This is more personal on my end, but colorful headphones are like a standard. The Pro has six colors that all look good, don’t get me wrong, but they don’t stand out like the Studio3.

The Studio3, meanwhile, has nine colors to pick from and can range from colorful to dull. I personally love the Black-Red myself. But, color is rather subjective.

The two models once again are on par with Bluetooth connectivity and battery life. You get around 40 hours of battery life with noise cancellation turned off, and half that with it switched on. Compared to other headphones I’ve reviewed, I can say that this is impressive!

Now, I’m perfectly willing to admit that Beats headphones do come with a higher price tag, but I can also say they’re a great piece of kit, and if you have the chance to grab a set, you won’t regret it!

Final Words On The Solo Pro vs Studio3

Beats have done a great job with both models. If you’re not a sound engineer or a critique for minor details, then the cheaper Studio3 (on Amazon) will do just fine. In my opinion, this is the only difference that separated the two.

Apart from the Studio3 being slightly cheaper, you get all the same features as the Solo Pro. However, if you can afford the Solo Pro (on Amazon), the sound quality is immense no matter what your music style.

Blake Gibbs

I have been a professional DJ for almost 10 years. In that time I've played a lot of gigs and gone through a whole bunch of equipment. My new goal is to spread my knowledge of DJ products with the world through this website!