Photive BTH3 Overview
Quality Of Sound
Both of the Photive BTH3 and BTX6 apply 40 mm drivers, though listening for only a few seconds can make it clear that they don’t work with the identical 40 mm drivers. The sonic signature of each and every pair of headphones is significantly different from one other, and is very much intended for several types of buyers.
In trying the BTH3 I listened to both a mobile phone (a Motorola Moto X) connected via Bluetooth, and to Hifi FLAC audio recordings and CDs via the 3.5 mm audio cable, linked to a home PC by using a Focusrite Saffire Pro 40 audio interface. Usually, I played music of all types of genres, and then a couple of podcasts and an audiobook.
The highs are crystal clear and crispy, pretty much to a fault. The highs aren’t excessively accentuated, but there’s a crispy sort of sizzle to the highs which isn’t usually noticeable, however , was obvious on some songs.
The mids are clean and crystal-clear, with no slightly boxy sound which is so present in single-driver headsets in this price bracket. You can find an observable mild boost around the 1 kHz range, which can be presumptively there to offer vocals a small boost. This is slight enough to not be annoying, and doesn’t detrimentally impact the sound.
In contrast to the Photive BTX6 headphones and their X-Bass branding, the bass isn’t mind-boggling or hugely emphasised in the BTH3. It is not missing or thin-sounding either – it’s simply not clearly boosted as with the BTX3. Bass response is slightly on the slow side, so a slight lack of tight focus can turn up in some kinds of music, with fast metal or punk as the notable instances here.
Soundstage was astoundingly excellent for closed-back headsets, regardless if using them by Bluetooth. I know Bluetooth sound has made great progress , even so, this still impressed me a lttle bit. In general, this is a well-balanced and pretty good sounding pair of earphones, and I indeed favored the sound of the BTH3 to the higher priced BTX6, even if I’m not sure that this viewpoint is going to be shared.
Build & Design
Perhaps you may imagine, with the Photive BTH3 to be the more cost-effective of these two, these earphones will not be as cheesy looks as the BTX6. Whether or not this is a poor thing is really for you to decide. They are most certainly not an unpleasant pair of earphones, and while they don’t have the bold shape along with a lot more style-focused design of the BTX6, they are furthermore not nearly as odd looking. These are also on the leaner side, different from the bulky BTX6.
This is a quite comfy pair of headsets. It may lack the slightly puffier ear cushions of its more pricey sister, but as these are lighter, too much cushioning is not really necessary. After about two hours of use, I absolutely could feel that I was putting on headphones – these don’t vanish the way in which more expensive earphones like Bose’s SoundTrues do – however they didn’t feel irritating or significantly uncomfortable, even after that long. Probably because that they aren’t foldable, the BTH3 are more adaptable than the BTX6 headsets. The ear cups rotate lots, and along with the adaptable headpiece, it’s really simple to find a good fit with these headsets.
You should never stress about carrying these around with you either. Despite the fact that they aren’t foldable, they go with a hardshell case that isn’t such larger than the headphones themselves, that being said you can be able to quickly maintain them guarded. This really is nice to see, as we’ve discovered way more costly headsets offer only a soft case, or no case in any way.
Pairing the Photive BTH3 headsets with the gadget of your liking is a fairly straightforward process. Although these do not feature the voice directions and cues that the BTX6 do, the flashing light on the side of the left ear cup is sufficient of a cue to make it easy to figure out that they automatically initiate broadcasting as soon as you turn them on. Strangely enough, this pair of earphones has a standalone power control key and standalone play/pause press button, unlike the multi-function press button applied to a large amount of headsets
While we’re talking about buttons, the BTH3 earphones are jamjam-choked with them. The left ear-cup holds the above play/pause button and furthermore the forward / skip and rewind / back buttons. The right earear-cup holds the power key and in addition dedicated volume level buttons. Again, many people might hesitate at the sheer number of control buttons here, but I think it is rejuvenating to have some much control easily available. In comparison to some headphones, all the control keys worked faultlessly with my Moto X during testing.