Beats unveils refreshed Studio headphones with 20-hour battery, improved comfort

You haven't forgotten about Dre, have you? His Beats Studio headphones -- the ones that started the whole celebrity-endorsed portable-audio craze in 2008 -- are finally getting a full-on revamp. Well into its post-Monster life, Beats Electronics has addressed the chief complaints of the original. An extension of a modernized silhouette, the new Studio is 13 grams lighter (263g), with improved padding and ergonomics to provide better comfort. Better yet, these over-ear cans pack a headband that won't snap so easily during extreme bends. Updated noise-cancellation tech enables the Studio to automatically adjust depending on your surroundings -- it even intensifies the effect for further noise reduction when the cable (which naturally features an in-line remote and mic) isn't plugged in.

The days of needing to carry an extra pack of Duracells are gone too; the Li-Ion battery promises 20 hours of music playback. Meanwhile, five LEDs display juice levels and an automatic power control keeps the cells from draining if you forget to turn 'em off. The company's new DSP, Beats Acoustic Engine (BAE), aims for a voicing of "balance, accuracy and emotion," and the cans apparently leak out less sound to those around you. So, is it more than just a new take on the bass-heavy S-curve that's managed to "Keep Their Heads Ringin'" for five years? You can find out this August for the admission price of $300, in your choice of black, white or red.

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The #NewBeatsStudio Features New and Improved Sound, Design, Noise Canceling, and Power Management; Available Everywhere August 2013

Los Angeles- Wednesday, July 24, 2013- Beats Electronics LLC (Beats), the leading audio brand co-founded by legendary artist and producer Dr. Dre and Interscope Geffen A&M Chairman Jimmy Iovine, today proudly introduces the next generation of the company's iconic Beats By Dr. Dre Studio headphone. The original Studio put Beats on the map, capturing the hearts and ears of consumers and creating demand for a premium sound experience. Today, the new Studio marks an elevated standard of quality, innovation and design for everything Beats brings to market moving forward, reinforcing the company's commitment to exquisite form, function, and most importantly "Music is my first love," said Dr. Dre.

"It's how artists and producers communicate with their fans, but if the sound isn't right then the emotion isn't right and the meaning gets lost in translation." "With the original Studio headphone we set out to prove that people all around the world care enough about sound to invest in it – and we did," said Jimmy Iovine. "Now we are taking it a step further. The new Studio is tuned with balance, accuracy and emotion, has a breathtaking design and truly innovative technology. This is the sound of the future."

Introducing the new Beats Studio headphone

Sound: Each pair of Studio headphones is precisely tuned with new custom digital software called the Beats Acoustic Engine (BAE), to perfectly deliver a reengineered and reimagined Beats sound Design: Every detail in the new Studio was specially crafted to create a streamlined look, feel, and fit.

The new design features lighter materials, increased strength, improved flexibility and an acute attention to detail. There are no visible screws. There are no straight lines. The new design also features an ergonomic adjustment mechanism around the ear cups that enables them to adjust to the head without restriction via a single floating pivot.

Noise Canceling: The new Beats Studio features adaptive noise cancellation (ANC), which switches between two modes. In music mode, sound quality and noise cancellation are perfectly balanced to deliver a premium listening experience. When unplugged, the headphone provides a more aggressive noise reduction experience. All of the materials – from the ear cups to the headband – work in concert to isolate sound and improve the acoustics of the new Studio.

Power Management: No more changing batteries. Beats Studio is a noise- cancelling headphone with a rechargeable, 20-hour, Lithium-Ion battery. Charge it in any USB port or outlet. A 5-light LED battery fuel gauge indicates how much charge is left while an auto on/off feature automatically shuts down the headphone once it is unplugged.

The new Studio retails for $299.95 and will be widely available beginning August 2013 at and authorized Beats retailers.