Photive BTH3 Rating
Quality Of Sound
Both Photive BTH3 and BTX6 go with 40 millimeter drivers, though listening for just a matter of moments helps it be clear that these do not employ the exact same 40 mm drivers. The sonic signature of each and every pair of headsets is considerably unique from the other, and appears to be aimed towards various types of consumers.
During trying the BTH3 I listened to both a smartphone (a Motorola Moto X) connected via Bluetooth, and to lossless FLAC audio tracks and CDs using the 3.5 mm audio cable, connected with a notebook computer using a Focusrite Saffire Pro 40 audio interface. As usual, I enjoyed music of all types of musical genres, and then a handful of podcasts and an audio book.
The highs are crystal clear and crisp, just about to a fault. The highs are not too much emphasized, however, there is a sharp sort of sizzle to the highs that isn’t at all times apparent, but was significant on a certain amount of songs.
The mids are crisp and crystal clear, without any slightly boxy sound that’s so present in single-driver headphones in this cost bracket. You can find an obvious tiny boost close to the 1 kHz range, which can be probably there to deliver vocals a small boost. This is mild enough to not be obnoxious, and doesn’t in a negative way modify the sound.
As opposed to the Photive BTX6 headphones and their X-Bass branding, the bass isn’t overpowering or greatly stressed in the BTH3. It is not lacking or thin-sounding either – it’s simply not clearly boosted as with the BTX3. Bass response is a touch on the slow side, so a slight lack of tight focus can turn up in certain sorts of music, with fast metal or punk being the obvious instances here.
Soundstage was incredibly good for closed-back earphones, even if using them thru Wireless bluetooth. I know Bluetooth sound made a great progress , but this still impressed me fairly. As a whole, this is a well-balanced and very great sounding pair of headphones, and I also preferred the sound of the BTH3 to the more costly BTX6, though I’m unsure that this judgment will be shared.
Build & Design
As perhaps you might imagine, with the Photive BTH3 to be the less costly of these two, these earphones are certainly not as fancy looking as the BTX6. Whether it is a bad thing is rather your decision. They are not an unsightly pair of headphones, and while they do not have the bold shape as well as more style-focused design of the BTX6, They’re definitely not almost as odd looking. They’re additionally on the thinner side, compared with the big BTX6.
It is a considerably cozy pair of earphones. It might be short of the a little bit puffier ear cushions of its more costly sister, but as they are also lighter weight, surplus cushioning is not really required. After around two hours of use, I undeniably can feel that I was wearing headphones – these don’t vanish the way in which more costly headphones like Bose’s SoundTrues do – but they didn’t feel annoying or particularly not comfortable, even after that long. Probably mainly because that they aren’t retractable, the BTH3 are more adjustable than the BTX6 earphones. The ear cups rotate a great deal, and along with the adjustable headband, it’s very simple to find a fine fit with these earphones.
Please do not be worried about carrying these around with you either. Though they are not retractable, they arrive with a hardshell case that isn’t such bigger than the headsets themselves, which means that you are going to have the ability to conveniently have them protected. It is nice to see, as we’ve seen much more expensive headphones just offer a soft case, or even no case at all.
Pairing the Photive BTH3 earphones with the gadget of your choosing is a quite convenient process. Despite the fact these do not feature the voice guidance and hints that the BTX6 do, the blinking light along the side of the left ear cup is sufficient of a cue to make it straightforward to figure out that they robotically start out broadcasting when you turn them on. Interestingly enough, this pair of headsets comes with a stand alone power switch and standalone play/pause button, contrary to the multi-function button suited for a variety of headsets
Talking of buttons, the BTH3 earphones are rich in them. The left ear-cup holds the aforesaid play/pause button plus the forward / skip and rewind / back control buttons. The right ear-cup holds the power switch along with stand alone volume level keys. Ever again, some may hesitate at the sheer quantity of keys here, but I think it is unique to have some much control out there. Compared to other headphones, all of the control keys worked flawlessly with my Moto X for the duration of testing.