Does Beats Have a Mic?

Beats are one of the most popular headphones in the market thanks to its unique design & their wide range of features.

However one aspect of quality headphones is how well they can be used for communication, this brings us to the question does Beats headphones have a mic?

Yes, all new models of Beats headphones are equipped with microphones. However, most of Beats old & beginner models do not feature microphones.

Let’s take a look at the list of Beats headphones that do have microphones, the quality of the microphones, as well as whether or not it would be beneficial to you depending on your use case. Let’s dive in!

Do Beats Have a Mic?

All modern Beats headphones do have microphones, older beginner versions of Beats headphones however do not feature microphones.

Here is a list of all the current Beats headphones with microphones:

HeadphonesHave a Microphone?
Beats Solo ProYes
Beats Solo 2Yes
Beats Solo 3 WirelessYes
Beats EPYes
Beats FlexYes
Beats Studio 3Yes
PowerBeats ProYes

As you can see from the table above all of Beats newer headphones feature microphones that can be used for several use cases such as hands-free calls, gaming, conference calls, streaming, and much more.

Are Beats Mic Good?

Beats headphones that feature Active noise cancellation, dual beam-forming microphones, & speech accelerometer offer the greatest quality microphones the reason being is they are more effective in eliminating background noise allowing your to be heard loud & clear without static or any background noise.

The PowerBeats Pro is one of the headphones which offer dual beam-forming microphones & a speech accelerometer for a great sounding mic.

Here is a demonstration of the PowerBeats Pro microphone in action. (Skip to 1:40 for mic test)

Beats headphones such as the Beats Solo 3 that don’t feature active noise cancellation, dual beam-forming microphones, & speech accelerometer don’t have the best microphones & will pick up background noise when talking.

Here is a demonstration of the Beats Solo 3 microphone in action. (Skip to 6:00 for mic test)

For this reason, the Beats Solo 3 microphones aren’t the best, so if you’re looking for Beats headphones with a great-sounding mic opt for anything that is equipped with dual beam-forming microphones & a speech accelerometer (Active noise cancellation is a plus as well).

List of Beats Headphones With The Best Microphone

HeadphonesActive Noise Cancelationdual beam-forming microphones & speech accelerometer
Beats Solo ProYesYes
PowerBeats ProNoYes
Beats Studio 3YesNo

Solo Pro

The Beats Solo Pro offers one of the best sounding microphones in the Beats headphone range. This is thanks to a few built-in features, the first is Active noise cancellation. Active noise cancelation utilizes multiple microphones to detect external noise then eliminating the noise before it reaches your ear.

This serves two purposes the first to block noise external from entering your headphones providing an enjoyable listening experience. The second is to eliminate external background noise from being picked up by the microphone ensuring only your voice is being picked up by the mic, allowing for a clearer better sounding microphone.

The second feature that enhances the microphone quality on these headphones is the speech accelerometer, this feature works hard on detecting your voice ensuring your voice is being picked up rather than any external noise.

PowerBeats Pro

Next, we have the PowerBeats Pro, these headphones come with a great sounding mic thanks to its integrated Dual beam-forming microphones and a motion & speech accelerometer. These 2 features work together to detect speech & eliminate background noise.

Additionally, the PowerBeats pro features hands-free controls such as quick voice assistant features by saying “Hey Siri”“. These headphones are also equipped with a power button on the left earbud, call controls on the right earbud, as well as a volume & track buttons for quick sound controls.

Beats Studio 3

Next up we have another popular option, the Beats Studio 3. These headphones offer a great sounding mic thanks to its integrated Active Noise Cancelation features, designed to block out external noise when listening to content or when speaking into the mic.

Additionally, the Beats Studio 3 offer great on-ear controls for quick & easy controls. This allows you to take calls/ make calls. select tracks, control volume, & even allows for voice activation.


The original PowerBeats is another great option which offers a great sounding microphone thanks to its integrated Dual beam-forming microphones and motion & speech accelerometer features.

How Far Do Beats Headphones Reach?

Beats headphones can reach up to 30 meters before cutting off. However this is dependant on two factors, the first is the Bluetooth version on the device your headphones are connected to. The second is your environment this includes interference, walls, etc…

Expect to have a range of 30-20 meters from your device if you’re using Bluetooth version 5 & around a 10-meter distance or less if you’re connected to a Bluetooth 4 device.

Related Questions:

Are Beats Solo 3 Noise Cancelling?

Beats Solo 3 is Noise Isolating but does not feature Active Noise Cancelation. The difference is noise isolation blocks out ambient sounds physically through earcup padding. While Active Noise Cancelation blocks out ambient noise digitally.

Are Beats Solo 3 Waterproof?

No the Beats Solo 3 are not waterproof or sweatproof nor are they water or sweat-resistant, this means any form of water may damage your Solo 3 headphones, so keep them away from any liquid substances.

Final Thoughts

So there you have it, All modern Beats headphones are equipped with microphones allowing them to be used for hand-free calls, gaming, online meetings or conferences, streaming & much more.

Steven Carr

Steven is a certified IT professional and gaming enthusiast. He has been working in the tech industry for over 10 years, and specializes in all things Tech-related. When he's not geeking out over the latest hardware or software release, he can be found testing out the latest video game.

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