Apple AirPods (3rd Gen)See price on Amazon
Overall Score 6.8 Represents average audio ecosystem compatibility score.
Beats Studio Buds +See price on Amazon
Overall Score 6.6 Represents average audio ecosystem compatibility score.
|Category||Features||Apple AirPods (3rd Gen)||Beats Studio Buds +|
|DESIGN||ingress protection (ip) rating||ipX4||ipX4|
|has no wires or cables||✓||✓|
|has stereo speakers||✓||✓|
|SOUND QUALITY||has active noise cancellation (noise control)||✓||✓|
|has passive noise reduction||✓||✓|
|driver unit size||11mm||8.2mm|
|sound pressure level||✗||100db/mw|
|has a neodymium magnet||✓||✗|
|battery life of charging case||30hours||27hours|
|has wireless charging||✓||✗|
|has a battery level indicator||✓||✓|
|CONNECTIVITY||has usb type-c||✗||✓|
|maximum bluetooth range||10meters||10meters|
|MICROPHONE||number of microphones||6only||6only|
|has a noise-canceling microphone||✓||✓|
|EXTRAS||has ambient sound mode||✗||✓|
|has in/on-ear detection||✓||✓|
|has find earbuds feature||✓||✓|
|supports fast charging||✓||✓|
|has a mute function||✓||✓|
|control panel placed on a device||✓||✓|
|has voice prompts||✓||✓|
|travel bag is included||✓||✓|
|See price on Amazon||See price on Amazon|
Ingress protection ratings refer to the level of protection given by an enclosure, against solids and liquids. The letters 'IP' are followed by two values The first value refers to protection against solids say dust, followed by the one that refers to protection against liquids (water).
Having a value of IPX4, the Beats Studio Buds +'s rating for solids indicates that no data available to specify a protection rating, and the second number of 4 means that they can withstand low pressure spray similar to that of a shower head when tilted at 180° for 10 minutes.
Compared to the Beats Studio Buds +, Apple AirPods (3rd Gen) have a rating of IPX4 meaning that we are not yet certain of their rating with solids (dust) and that of liquids is that, they both have the same rating against liquids
Beats Studio Buds + have a weight of 6.1g . We consider a lower weight better because lighter devices are easier to move with.
The Apple AirPods (3rd Gen), at 8.56g are heavier than the Beats Studio Buds + with a difference of 2.46g
For a device to be true wireless it should have no cables linking any part of the device together, Beats Studio Buds + are true wireless for this case since they have no wires. This is a key distinction since wireless earbuds have cables linking the two earbuds together.
Apple AirPods (3rd Gen) also is true wireless since it has no wires linking the pair of earbuds together.
Beats Studio Buds + are resistant to sweat
Apple AirPods (3rd Gen)'s resistance to sweat makes both devices good for use during long-distance running, marathons, cardio sweat workouts , etc
Beats Studio Buds + have stereo speakers, devices with stereo speakers deliver sound from independent channels on both left and right sides, creating a richer sound and a better listening experience.
Both Apple AirPods (3rd Gen) and Beats Studio Buds + have stereo speakers
Active noise cancellation uses advanced kind of tech to actively cancel noise. ANC works when, it studies the sound pattern of incoming noise and after generates a mirror signal to cancel it out. Simply put, it's like having +1 (sound from your surrounding) then producing -1 (inverted noise) to make zero resulting in a reduced level of noise.
The Beats Studio Buds + have ANC enabling you to listen at lower volume levels, causing less ear fatigue since you don't have to crank up the earbuds volume to overcome background noise.
Apple AirPods (3rd Gen) too have ANC making either of the earbuds ideal for plane rides and morning commutes. Each operate with different noise cancellation settings, pick the setting that you prefer for travel or that suites your relaxation time.
Beats Studio Buds + sit tightly in place, this creates a sound seal that reduces your environment noise well as preventing the earbuds music from leaking out .
Both Apple AirPods (3rd Gen), and Beats Studio Buds + have passive noise reduction this implies that they limit ambient noise instead of actively using ANC to cancel it out.
Beats Studio Buds + driver unit is 8.2mm in diameter, the bigger the unit the more powerful, therefor producing better bass.
The driver unit is the component that makes sound in the earbuds, the unit size dictates the sound made by the device.
Apple AirPods (3rd Gen) driver unit is 11mm in diameter, making them have a larger driver unit than that of Beats Studio Buds + by 2.8mm , as many tend to believe that driver units of a bigger size automatically produce better sound quality.
However, large drivers usually have difficulty producing high frequencies so yeah, larger drivers can generate louder sound, but this does not imply that they deliver better quality sound.
The Beats Studio Buds +'s lowest frequency is at 20Hz, low-frequency response measures if and how well an audio component generates low recognizable frequencies and if it makes any changes to the signal while at it.
Apple AirPods (3rd Gen)'s lowest frequency is at 10Hz, this means that Apple AirPods (3rd Gen) can make sound with a juicier bass than the Beats Studio Buds +
Beats Studio Buds +'s highest frequency is at 20,000Hz, high-frequency response measures if and how well a particular audio device makes high recognizable frequencies and if it changes to the signal while at it.
Apple AirPods (3rd Gen)'s highest frequency is at 20,000Hz, this implies that both devices generate equal treble
SPL, is the pressure level of sound, measured in decibels, dB, Beats Studio Buds +'s measurement is 100dB/mW. Devices with a higher sound pressure level are generally louder when supplied with any given audio source.
Apple AirPods (3rd Gen) have neodymium magnets, when used in audio devices produce a higher sensitivity and substantial sound output while using less power. They can help generate music at quite a high SPL, using high magnetic flux.
The Beats Studio Buds +'s battery life is 9 hours, these last longer than 5 hours of listening which is considered average before recharge. A device's battery life is usually given by the manufacturer, and with more battery hours, you get to use it for longer and requires fewer chargings.
Apple AirPods (3rd Gen)'s battery life is less than that of Beats Studio Buds + by 3 hours . Each time you recharge your device, they get a little less listening time. The effect is not noticeable at first, but over time, your wireless earbuds will have shorter listening time.
The battery life of the charging case is given by the vendor, and Beats Studio Buds +'s case has a charge of 27 hours. A charging case with a longer battery life allows you to recharge your earbuds on the go several times before having to recharge the case itself.
Apple AirPods (3rd Gen)'s charging case has a battery life of 30 hours, more than that of Beats Studio Buds + by 3 hours
It requires 2 hours to fully charge the Beats Studio Buds +'s battery. It is highly adivsable to charge fully the battery before using the earbuds for the first time.
Apple AirPods (3rd Gen) takes 0.3 hours to fully charge the battery, less than that of Beats Studio Buds + by 1.7 hours
Apple AirPods (3rd Gen)'s battery capacity is 20mAh, battery power, shows the amount of electrical energy that a battery can keep.
Apple AirPods (3rd Gen), the device supports wireless charging. To charge the device, you just place down on a compatible charging pad.
The Beats Studio Buds + have a battery level indicator, an indicator shows you when the device has a low battery. The battery indicator lights indicate the charging status of your earbuds and charging case.
Apple AirPods (3rd Gen) too have a battery level indicator, charging indicators allow you to determine the charging state of your device, whether fully charged, or the battery is running low.
Beats Studio Buds + support USB TYPE-C, a standard connector for transmitting both data and power through a single cable.
The Beats Studio Buds + have Bluetooth version of 5.3, Bluetooth is a wireless technology standard that enables data movement between devices placed in range, using short-wavelength, ultra-high frequency radio waves.
Apple AirPods (3rd Gen) has a Bluetooth version of 5, older than that of Beats Studio Buds + . Newer versions provide faster data transfers.
The Beats Studio Buds + have a 10meters distance connecting via Bluetooth.
Apple AirPods (3rd Gen) have a maximum range of 10meters, equal to that of the Beats Studio Buds +
Beats Studio Buds + support AAC, a codec that is used for Bluetooth audio. It supports 24-bit audio at 250kbps. Because it uses psychoacoustic modeling, it provides better results than other codecs at a similar bit rate.
Being the highest quality codec that any Bluetooth-supporting Apple product supports, the Beats Studio Buds + will work well with your iPad. If you intend on using these with Android you need to pay even closer attention to codec support for if they only have AAC they won't provide the best audio quality possible, ensure that they also support aptX HD, LDAC, or LHDC as well.
The Apple AirPods (3rd Gen) support AAC as well. Designed to be the successor of the MP3 format, AAC generally achieves higher sound quality than MP3 encoders at the same bit rate.
Latency refers to the time it takes for the audio signal to be transmitted to your earbuds. Apple AirPods (3rd Gen) have a latency of 144ms, a lower latency reduces audio lag and is particularly important when playing games or watching videos.
The Beats Studio Buds + have 6 microphones.
Apple AirPods (3rd Gen) microphones are 6, equal to that of the Beats Studio Buds + . More microphones result in better sound quality and enable the earbuds to filter out noise.
The Beats Studio Buds + use a noise-canceling type of microphone, these microphones are made to reduce background sounds from the earbuds' sound.
The Apple AirPods (3rd Gen) too have a noise-canceling type of microphone. Especially useful in noisy areas.
Beats Studio Buds + support ambient sound mode, which uses microphones to channel ambient sound to still be heard even while wearing the earbuds
The Beats Studio Buds + support in/on-ear detection, the sensors in the earbuds can detect when they are removed from your ears so that the music is paused.
Apple AirPods (3rd Gen) support in/on-ear detection, automatically pauses your music, or audiobook when you remove earbuds from your ears improving your listening experience.
When misplaced in a room, or can't easily find them in your bag, the Beats Studio Buds + have a find earbuds feature.
The Apple AirPods (3rd Gen) too have the find earbuds feature. You can use the earbuds app on your phone to play a sound from your device to locate them.
Beats Studio Buds + support fast charging. Commonly, technologies like MediaTek’s Pump Express, are used to reduce the amount of time it takes to charge a device.
Apple AirPods (3rd Gen) support fast charging. This kind is similar to regular charging, just that the battery fills up much faster. Say, with Quick Charge 3.0, the battery can be charged to 50% in just thirty minutes.
The Beats Studio Buds + have a multipoint of 2 connections, the multipoint feature allows you connect to more than one Bluetooth device and switch between them. Say, you can seemlessly switch calls from one device to another without having to manually disconnect and reconnect.
The Apple AirPods (3rd Gen) have a multipoint count of 2, equal to that of the Beats Studio Buds + . Bluetooth multipoint is useful because you can be on one call and not miss notifications from another device.
The Beats Studio Buds + have a mute function, they have the option to mute/unmute a conversation directly from the earbuds.
The Apple AirPods (3rd Gen) also support this function. It means that you can turn off the earbuds' microphone, but you can still hear the other party's voice.
The Beats Studio Buds +, so you can access the volume control, pause, play, mute, etc whichever functions are supported on the device.
The Apple AirPods (3rd Gen) too have a control panel on them.
Beats Studio Buds + have a warranty period of 1 Years, the period of time that warrant free repair and adjustment services in case of a malfunction occurring under normal use following instruction manuals.
When covered under the manufacturer’s warranty it is possible to get a replacement a malfunction occurs. Apple AirPods (3rd Gen) have a warranty period of 1Years, equal to that of the Beats Studio Buds + .
Beats Studio Buds + have voice prompts. With voice prompts, you receive information via audio messages, like if there is an issue with the connection.
Apple AirPods (3rd Gen) also support voice prompts meaning the device notifies you if the battery is running low, and you need to recharge them.
The Beats Studio Buds + come with a special pouch. Carrying earbuds openly, or putting them inside your pockets without a casing may easily damage them.
Apple AirPods (3rd Gen) too have a travel bag included, which offers safe transportation.