Photive BTH3 Bluetooth Headsets Review
Both Photive BTH3 and BTX6 make use of 40 millimeter drivers, though listening just for a few seconds causes it to be clear that they do not utilize the same 40 mm drivers. The sonic signature of every single pair of headphones is significantly distinct from the other, and is apparently aimed at various kinds of buyers.
Through trying out the BTH3 I listened to both a smart phone (a Motorola Moto X) connected via Bluetooth, and to lossless FLAC audio recordings and CDs through the 3.5 mm audio cable, connected to a home computer using a Focusrite Saffire Pro 40 audio interface. Usually, I enjoyed music of all types of musical genres, and also a couple of podcasts and an mp3 audiobook.
The highs are clear and sharp, more or less to a fault. The highs are not highly accentuated, however, there is a crispy sort of sizzle to the highs which isn’t often observable, however , was apparent on some music and songs.
The mids are sharp and crystal clear, with no just a little boxy sound that’s so present in single-driver headphones in this price bracket. There is an apparent light boost surrounding the 1 kHz range, which is almost certainly there to deliver vocals a slight boost. This is mild enough to not be irritating, and does not in a wrong way impact on the sound.
In contrast to the Photive BTX6 headsets and their X-Bass branding, the bass is not overwhelming or heavily emphasised in the BTH3. It isn’t lacking or thin-sounding either – it’s simply not clearly boosted as with the BTX3. Bass response is a bit on the slow side, so a small lack of tight focus can appear in certain types of music, with fast metal or punk being the obvious instances here.
Soundstage was unpredictably superb for closed-back headphones, regardless if using them by Bluetooth. I realize Bluetooth sound has come a long way , even so, this still stunned me a touch. As a whole, this is a well-balanced and fairly decent sounding pair of headphones, and I actually preferred the sound of the BTH3 to the pricier BTX6, although I’m uncertain that this judgment will be shared.
Construction & Design
As you might imagine, with The Photive BTH3 to be the cheaper of these two, these earphones are certainly not as cheesy presence as the BTX6. Whether it is a bad thing is fairly your decision. They are certainly not an unpleasant pair of headphones, and while they do not have the bold shape and more style-focused design of the BTX6, they’re likewise not almost as odd looking. These are additionally on the slimmer side, as opposed to the clumsy BTX6.
this is a quite comfortable pair of headsets. It could be short of the a little bit puffier ear cushions of its more expensive cousin, but as they are also lighter, a lot of cushioning seriously isn’t necessary. After nearly two hours of usage, I really can feel that I was putting on headsets – these don’t vanish the way costly earphones like Bose’s SoundTrues do – however they didn’t feel irritating or specially not comfortable, even after that long. Very likely due to the fact that they are not collapsible, the BTH3 are more adjustable than the BTX6 headsets. The ear cups rotate rather a lot, and together with the adaptable headband, it’s extremely simple to find a decent fit with these headphones.
Please do not stress about carrying these around with you as well. Even if they are not retractable, they have a hardshell case that isn’t such larger than the earphones themselves, and so you’ll manage to successfully keep them sheltered. It is nice to see, as we have known a great deal more pricey headphones just offer a soft case, or even no case in the least.
Pairing the Photive BTH3 headsets with the device that you pick is a very convenient process. Though these don’t feature the audible instructions and tips that the BTX6 do, the pulsating light on the side of the left ear cup is enough of a cue to make it simple to figure out that they on auto-pilot begin broadcasting once you turn them on. Interestingly enough, this pair of earphones comes with a special power control key and independent play/pause press button, not like the multi-function key applied to a variety of earphones
On the subject of buttons, the BTH3 headsets are jam packed with them. The left ear cup holds the aforementioned play/pause button together with the forward / skip and rewind / back control buttons. The right ear-cup carries the power key and dedicated volume level control buttons. For a second time, a few may possibly balk at the sheer quantity of control keys here, but I think it is refreshing to have some much control provided. Unlike some headsets, all of the buttons functioned perfectly with my Moto X throughout testing.