Photive BTH3 Summary
Both Photive BTH3 and BTX6 use 40 millimeter drivers, though listening for only a few seconds makes it clear that they do not utilize the same exact 40 mm drivers. The sonic signature of each pair of headphones is greatly distinctive from another, and seems to be made for different types of buyers.
Through testing the BTH3 I listened to both a cell phone (a Motorola Moto X) connected via Bluetooth, and to lossless FLAC audio files and CDs through the 3.5 mm audio cable, connected to a desktop computer by way of a Focusrite Saffire Pro 40 audio interface. As usual, I enjoyed music of all sorts of musical genres, in addition to a couple of podcasts and an mp3 audiobook.
The highs are crystal-clear and sharp, nearly to a fault. The highs are not overly highlighted, there is however a sharp sort of sizzle to the highs which isn’t often apparent, however , was recognizable on several songs.
The mids are crisp and clear, with no marginally boxy sound which is so present in single-driver earphones in this cost bracket. There’s an evident mild boost surrounding the 1 kHz range, that’s apparently there to deliver vocals a little boost. It is slight enough to not be obnoxious, and does not in a harmful way modify the sound.
Not like the Photive BTX6 headsets and their X-Bass branding, the bass isn’t overriding or exceedingly emphasised in the BTH3. It is not deficient or thin-sounding either – it’s just not clearly boosted as with the BTX3. Bass response is somewhat on the slow side, so a slight lack of tight focus can show up in a few types of music, with fast metal or punk as the remarkable instances here.
Soundstage was unexpectedly exceptional for closed-back headphones, even if using them thru Wireless bluetooth. I recognize Bluetooth sound has made great progress , yet this still delighted me a tiny bit. Generally, this is a well-balanced and very great sounding pair of headsets, and I actually favored the sound of the BTH3 to the higher priced BTX6, despite the fact that I’m uncertain that this viewpoint is going to be shared.
Construction & Design
As you can imagine, with The Photive BTH3 being the lower priced of the two, these headsets will not be as nice presence as the BTX6. Whether or not this is a undesirable thing is quite at your decision. They’re not an unpleasant pair of headsets, and while they lack the bold shape and also far more style-focused design of the BTX6, they’re also not practically as creepy looking. They are additionally on the leaner side, not like the large BTX6.
This is a very cozy pair of headsets. It may lack the a little bit puffier ear cushions of its higher priced cousin, but as these are also lighter, high cushioning is not really obligatory. After round two hrs of use, I undoubtedly could feel that I was wearing headphones – these don’t vanish the way more expensive earphones like Bose’s SoundTrues do – but they didn’t feel irritating or notably uneasy, even after that long. Possibly because of the fact that They are not retractable, the BTH3 are more flexible than the BTX6 headphones. The ear cups rotate lots, and along with the adjustable headband, it’s fairly easy to find a good fit with these earphones.
You should never concern yourself with carrying these around with you as well. Though they aren’t collapsible, they bring a hardshell case which isn’t such larger than the headphones themselves, which means that you’ll be able to quickly have them sheltered. It is nice to see, as we’ve viewed much more expensive earphones offer only a soft case, or even no case at all.
Pairing the Photive BTH3 headsets with the gadget of your choosing is a very easy process. Although these don’t feature the audible guidelines and hints that the BTX6 do, the flashing light to the side of the left ear cup is plenty of a cue to make it simple to figure out that they on auto-pilot commence broadcasting the instant you turn them on. Interestingly enough, this pair of headphones posesses a standalone power control key and divided play/pause control key, standing out from the multi-function key applied to a wide range of earphones
On the subject of buttons, the BTH3 headphones are stuffed with them. The left ear cup holds the aforesaid play/pause button and in addition the forward / skip and rewind / back keys. The right ear-cup holds the power button and stand alone volume level buttons. Ever again, some might possibly balk at the sheer quantity of control buttons right here, but I discovered it rejuvenating to have some much control out there. In comparison to some headphones, all the buttons worked completely with my Moto X over testing.