Beats Studio Pro vs. Apple AirPods Max


In some ways, the Beats Studio Professional and Apple AirPods Max could not be extra completely different. They are not in the identical league by way of value, and whereas the Beats use a design that’s little modified from the wireless headphones the corporate was making a decade in the past, the AirPods — with their aluminum-clad earcups and distinctive mesh headband — seem like nothing else in the marketplace.

Nonetheless, they’re each constructed with Apple’s ecosystem of telephones, tablets, computer systems, and media streamers in thoughts, which implies that there’s undoubtedly overlap in the case of how most individuals will use them. The query is, which one in every of these noise-canceling cans is best for you?

Beats Studio Professional

Apple AirPods Max


Beats Studio Pro on side.

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This one’s as cut-and-dried because it will get. Apple shocked the headphone world with the $549 price ticket of the AirPods Max. And, frankly, we’re nonetheless in shock. The Beats Studio Pro are way more accessible at $350, even when some may argue you are still paying a premium for that large “b” on the earcups.

Part winner: Beats Studio Professional

Beats Studio Pro


Apple AirPods Max.

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In contrast to some wi-fi headphones which can be festooned with superior choices, each the Studio Professional and AirPods Max hold issues easy. You get play/pause, monitor skip ahead/again, quantity up/down, ANC/transparency, and name reply/finish.

The distinction is in how these instructions are executed. The Studio Professional use a collection of button presses. The large “b” on the left earcup takes care of play/pause, monitor skipping, and calling choices, whereas hidden buttons above and beneath that Beats brand deal with quantity modifications. The bizarre one is ANC/transparency, which requires a double-press of the tiny energy button positioned on the underside of the fitting earcup. Whereas fairly exact and simple to make use of, every of those buttons produces a reasonably loud clicking sound contained in the headphones.

The AirPods Max, however, use simply two controls on the highest of the fitting earcup for every little thing. The oblong button on the entrance switches ANC/transparency modes, and the digital crown, which was borrowed from the Apple Watch, does every little thing else. Nevertheless it’s the amount management that basically stands out. As an alternative of repeatedly (and loudly) urgent buttons as on the Studio Professional, you merely spin the digital crown clockwise or counter-clockwise, which gently will increase or decreases the amount.

Throw within the AirPods Max’s put on sensors, which might auto-pause your music while you take away the headphones (one thing the Studio Professional lack) and the AirPods come out as our favourite on this class.

Part winner: Apple AirPods Max

Apple AirPods Max

Spatial audio

Person listening to Apple AirPods Max in spatial audio.


Each headphones are outfitted with movement sensors that allow head-tracked spatial audio while you’re listening to Dolby Atmos Music from Apple Music, or Dolby Atmos/multichannel audio on choose films and exhibits from streaming companies like Disney+. This works on iPhones, iPads, and even the Apple TV 4K (sorry, no Android help but).

However very similar to with total sound high quality, there is a distinction in the case of execution. It is rather less noticeable for 3D music, however for movies and TV shows, the AirPods Max supply a way more immersive and lifelike expertise.

We discovered that particularly when utilizing an Apple TV 4K, the AirPods Max had us completely satisfied we weren’t sporting headphones in any respect — it sounded identical to a full dwelling theater system. You get a way of that with the Studio Professional too, nevertheless it’s simply not as convincing.

Part winner: Apple AirPods Max

Apple AirPods Max

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