Photive BTH3 Review
Quality Of Sound
The Photive BTH3 and BTX6 work with 40 mm drivers, though listening for a few seconds causes it to be clear that these do not utilize the same exact 40 mm drivers. The sonic signature of every single pair of headphones is a whole lot distinctive from one other, and is very much aimed toward various kinds of customers.
In examining the BTH3 I listened to both a mobile phone (a Motorola Moto X) connected via Bluetooth, and to lossless FLAC audio files and CDs using the 3.5 mm audio cable, plugged into a laptop computer via a Focusrite Saffire Pro 40 audio interface. Usually, I enjoyed music of all kinds of genres, and also a couple of podcasts and an audiobook.
The highs are crystal-clear and sharp, just about to a fault. The highs are not highly highlighted, but there’s a crisp sort of sizzle to the highs which isn’t often evident, however , was notable on quite a few music.
The mids are clean and crystal clear, with no slightly boxy sound which is so present in single-driver headsets in this price range. It comes with an apparent small boost near the 1 kHz range, which is most likely there to present vocals a slight boost. It is minor enough to not be annoying, and doesn’t in a wrong way affect the sound.
As opposed to the Photive BTX6 headsets and their X-Bass branding, the bass isn’t overwhelming or greatly emphasized in the BTH3. It is not deficient or thin-sounding either – it’s simply not clearly boosted as with the BTX3. Bass response is a little bit on the slow side, so a minor lack of tight focus can show up in certain types of music, with fast metal or punk being the significant examples here.
Soundstage was shockingly impressive for closed-back earphones, even though using them via Bluetooth. I realize Bluetooth sound has made great progress , however this still thrilled me slightly. In most instances, it is a well-balanced and rather fine sounding pair of earphones, and I honestly favored the sound of the BTH3 to the pricier BTX6, despite the fact I’m uncertain that this thought will be shared.
Build & Design
As you can imagine, with the Photive BTH3 being the quite a bit cheaper of the two, these headsets are certainly not as elegant looking as the BTX6. Whether it is a poor thing is really your choice. They are not really an ugly pair of headphones, and while they don’t have the bold shape as well as far more style-focused design of the BTX6, they’re additionally not almost as weird looking. These are likewise on the leaner side, not like the huge BTX6.
This is a pretty cozy pair of headsets. It could lack the marginally puffier ear cushions of its more pricey cousin, but because these are also less heavy, too much cushioning isn’t actually vital. After round 2 hrs of usage, I really can feel that I was wearing headsets – these don’t disappear the manner more expensive headphones like Bose’s SoundTrues do – but they didn’t feel troublesome or specially not comfortable, even after that long. Possibly for the reason that they aren’t retractable, the BTH3 are more flexible than the BTX6 headsets. The ear cups rotate lots, and combined with the custom-fit headband, it’s very simple to find a decent fit with these headphones.
Do not be concerned about carrying these around with you either. While they are not collapsible, they include a hardshell case which isn’t all that much bigger than the earphones themselves, as a result you are going to be capable to quickly have them safeguarded. It’s nice to see, as we’ve discovered a whole lot more costly headsets offer only a soft case, or no case in any way.
Pairing the Photive BTH3 headphones with the gadget of your liking is a pretty basic process. Even if these do not feature the hearable directions and tips that the BTX6 do, the blinking light to 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 headsets offers a dedicated power button and independent play/pause key, unlike the multi-function control key applied to a large number of earphones
Regarding buttons, the BTH3 headphones are rich in them. The left earcup holds the aforementioned play/pause button and furthermore the forward / skip and rewind / back control buttons. The right earcup carries the power key as well as special volume level control buttons. Back again, some individuals may perhaps hesitate at the sheer number of control buttons right here, but I think it is rejuvenating to have some much control in existence. Compared to other headphones, all the buttons performed properly with my Moto X through testing.