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How to Identify your Beats by Dre Studio and Solo Headphones

Confused on which parts or accessories to buy for your Beats headphones?

Beats has different models of headphones on the market. It’s important to know which model you own so you can find the right parts or accessories for your Beats headphones. We’ve created this guide to help you find the right products for them.


There are two main differences between the Beats Studio and Solo headphones. Beats Studio headphones go around the ear (Around-Ear), while the Beats Solo lies on the ear (On-Ear). The ear pads for the Beat Solo Headphones are shaped like a circle, while the Beats Studio Headphones take on more of an oval shape and are larger. 

Difference Beats Studio Headphone vs Beats Solo Headphones


 

Before Apple bought Beats in 2014, the headbands had beats by dr. dre across the top of the headbands. Afterward, they have been created to just say beats on the top of the headband. Let’s take a look at how to identify pre-Apple Beats headphones. 


Here are some of the models from Beats By Dre (Pre-Apple) (2008-2014): Studio, Solo HD which both are wired.  These models are identified by the headband which has beats by dre across it, and the Studio headphones require replaceable AAA batteries. Beats By Dre headphones also have the original Beats by Dr. Dre logo on the side of the headband above the hinge. 


For these headphones, the model numbers are on stickers, which can be found on the bottom of the inside panel. 


Beats by Dre Studio  (2008-2014)

Beats By Dre Studio Headphones Wired


Requires
AAA batteries (to turn on noise cancellation feature)
3.5 mm cable



    Beats by Dre Solo HD (2008-2014)

    Beats by Dre Solo HD (pre-Apple)
    On the top part of the outside of the left panel, it says “solo HD”

    Requires:
    Audio cable

       

      Here are the models from Apple Beats (2014-Present): Studio 2, Studio 3, Solo 2 (wired and wireless), Solo 3, and Solo Pro. 

       To find the serial or model number for the Beats Solo Pro, you will need to expand the headband and look on the inside of the slider that is above the left ear cup. For other Beats headphones, you will need to expand the headband and look on the inside of the slider above the right earcup. With the serial number you can enter it here at  apple.com to find your model number.  Some Beats headphones will have the model number printed in this same location. The model number is also located on the packaging near the barcode.  

      Beats Solo Pro Headphone Serial Number

       

      Beats Solo Pro Serial Number Location

       

      Studio 2 Wired: (Model Number: B0500)

      Beats Studio 2 Wired Headphones
      Outside of right hinge just says “studio”
      Requires:
      Audio cable 
      Charging cable



      Studio 2 Wireless: (Model Number: B0501)

      Beats Studio 2 Wireless Headphones
      Requires:
      Charging Cable
      3.5mm Audio Cable (optional)




      Studio 3 (2017-present): (Model Number: A1914)

      Beats Studio 3 Wireless Headphones
      Can be identified on outside of the right hinge, which just says “studio 3”
      Requires
      Charging Cable
      Audio cable (optional)


                      Solo 2 Wired (Model Number: B0518)

        Beats Solo 2 Wired

        Outside of right hinge says “solo”
        Requires

        Audio cable 
        Charging cable 


        Solo 2 Wireless (Model Number: B0534)

        Beats Solo 2 Wireless
        Outside of right hinge says “solo”
        Requires
        Audio cable (optional)
        Charging cable



          Solo 3 (2019-present): (Model Number: A1796)

          Beats Solo 3 Wireless Headphones
          Beats Solo 3 Wireless Headphones
          Can be identified by the hinge on the right side reads "solo3"
          Comes in more (and newer) colors as compared to Solo 2
          Audio cable (optional)
           

          Solo Pro (2019-present): (Model Number: A1881)

          Beats Solo Pro Headphones
           
          Has a toggle button on bottom of left earcup to switch between noise canceling and transparency mode
          Headphones unfold to turn on and connect to device
          All colors are matte colors instead of shiny
           

           

          You can also use the Beats app to identify your device. Look for the phrase “under the hood: serial number.” 

           Another option would be checking Settings on your device (when your Beats headphones are connected to your device). 

           General → About → Scroll down to search for name of your Beats device

           From there, you can see the model and serial numbers for your Beats headphones.