Beats introduces Fit Pro in-ears

Beats has launched what it’s calling its most advanced earphones to date, the Beats Fit Pro. Featuring a custom-developed acoustic platform, 27-hour battery life with charging case, Active Noise Cancellation, Transparency, Adaptive EQ, spatial audio with dynamic head tracking and the Apple H1 chip, Beats says the Fit Pro: “represents a breakthrough in all-day fitness earphones,” delivering three listening modes, auto play/pause, sweat-and water-resistant earbuds (IPX4)1 and coming in four colours: Black, White, Sage Gray and Stone Purple.

The company says Fit Pro’s flexible wingtip design was digitally modelled: “using measurements from thousands of ears to achieve the perfect combination of soft, pliable material around a rigid core for a comfortable and stable fit on any ear shape or size.”

The Beats also deploys an all-new custom transducer designed to deliver robust sound in a tiny form factor. It also boasts a vent system to minimise treble distortion across the flexible diaphragm. The company claims that the Beats Fit Pro’s ANC continuously adapts in real time, up to 200 times per second, to account for variances in fit and movement. You can switch to Transparency mode with a push of the ‘b’ button on either earbud when you need to hear the world around you. When both ANC and Transparency are turned off, Adaptive EQ is enabled. Powered by Apple’s computational audio, the inward-facing microphone in each earbud listens to the sound you are hearing and automatically tunes the low and mid-frequencies to the shape of your ear.

Spatial audio with dynamic head tracking provides an, “immersive, theatre-like experience” for content recorded in 5.1, 7.1, and Dolby Atmos.2 The gyroscopes and accelerometers in both Beats Fit Pro and your iPhone or iPad are used to track the motion of your head as well as your device and compare the motion data. The soundfield is then remapped so it stays anchored to the device, even as your head moves.

Another feature is that Beats Fit Pro uses skin-detect sensors to automatically play/pause content when earbuds are placed in or removed from your ears. The ‘b’ button allows you to control music (pause/skip/back), conduct calls and switch between listening modes. During phone calls, the earbuds leverage beam-forming microphones that target your voice as well as the internal mic and voice accelerometer, filtering out ambient noise and creating “a natural conversation experience” with the caller on the other end.

The company says the Apple H1 chip delivers a, “seamless ecosystem experience for iPhone users” including one-touch pairing and an eartip test to ensure best fit.

When ANC or Transparency are on, Beats Fit Pro promises up to six hours of listening time per earbud. The pocket-sized carrying case charges via USB-C and provides 21 additional hours of battery life, adding up to 27 hours of combined playback. In Adaptive EQ mode, each earbud has seven hours of listening time and 30 hours with the case. A five-minute Fast Fuel charge offers one hour of playback.

The Beats Fit Pro is also compatible with Android phones. By downloading the Beats Android app, you can setup your earbuds with one-touch pairing and a guided fit test. You can also toggle between listening modes in the app or customise the ‘b’ button on either earbud to enable voice assistant or volume control.

Finally, Beats Fit Pro’s internal components are made from recycled plastic. The core packaging content comes from a zero-waste facility, the packaging is 88 percent wood fibre based – 74 percent of which is recycled material. Best of all, new subscribers can get Apple Music free for six months.

Available to buy now for £200 and on test in the April issue, you can find out more about Beats Fit Pro here.