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 modernizedsilhouette, the new Studio is 13 grams lighter (263g), with improved padding andergonomics to provide bettercomfort. 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 can even boost levels 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, a variable-color LED displays juice levels and an automatic power control keeps the cells from draining if you forget to turn 'em off. Lastly, the company's new DSP, Beats Acoustic Engine (BAE), aims for a voicing of "balance, accuracy and emotion."So, is it more than just a new take on thebass-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.