2015 Beats Headphones: Suggestions For Improvements

The Beats Studio Wireless headphones come in many different colors and are the best sounding wireless headphones available on the market.

Three years ago, I wanted nothing to do with Beats. I thought their products were nothing but style over substance and price over quality. Then, in late 2013, I tried the Beats Studio Wireless headphones and was impressed. The sound quality is smooth and Bose made them friendly for all types of music. They were — and they remain — the best-sounding Bluetooth headphones on the market. However, here is a list of improvements Beats needs on the 2015 Studio Wireless model:

  • Better noise cancellation
  • A more sturdy fit that prevents the headphones from falling off when you are lifting weights
  • A removable battery
  • A little bit less fake bass
  • The high levels of the noise spectrum shouldn’t have so much “hiss”
  • MUCH better phone capabilities
  • Lighter and smaller
  • Better button controls (the current ones sticks sometimes)
  • Better function with Siri
  • Sweat-resistant ear pads

The Powerbeats2 Wireless earbuds don't offer much in terms of noise cancellation or basic sound quality.

Last Summer, Beats released the PowerBeats2 Bluetooth earbuds. Unfortunately, the sound produced had too much fake bass and sounded like they were made before Apple’s acquisition. Here are suggestions for the PowerBeats3.

  • Much better sound — use the same sound algorithms as the Beats Studio Wireless
  • Add noise cancellation features
  • Improve phone capabilities
  • Improve fit around the ears
  • Do something with the wire that feels like it’s going to choke you
  • Improve max volume
  • Give a better choice of buds that fit different sized ears
  • Significantly improve battery life
  • Significantly fix “wind” issues
  • Make the microphone slightly larger
  • Make earbuds unit easier to turn on, turn off, and control

The Beats Studio Wireless headphones go for $379 (but can be found cheaper at many places) while the PowerBeats2 wireless earbuds coast $199. The Studio Wireless are already way overpriced, so Beats should make the improvements without raising the price. On the other hand, if the improvements suggested are implimented on the PowerBeats3, they will likely cost more to make. It would be okay if they raised the price $50, especially if they add noise cancellation.

Even if the improvements aren’t made, Beats’ new headphones will sell very well. The brand loyalty for Beats is amazing, which is probably why they were purchased by Apple. However, Beats needs to do more if they want to stop being stereotyped by people as having more style than substance.

About Daryl

Daryl Deino has been a technology enthusiast since 1995 and has written for several newspapers and technology sites. Please reach him at [email protected]
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