Bang & Olufsen BeoPlay H3 Review. The H3 is a pair of premium single armature earphones under £200. With a powerful smooth bass rich sound signature and a comfortable presence in the ear the craftsmanship is beautiful. This review delves deep into the inner workings of the H3.
Dating as far back as the 1920’s, Danish born ‘Bang & Olufsen’ is a brand that has some seriously deep roots within the sound technology industry. Producing stylish products that typically adorn the abodes of the more financially sophisticated user, Bang and Olufsen have a certain design precedent that inherently ensures that each and every one of their products provides each user with an experience that can satisfy every sense with pure unadulterated class.
However, in recent times Bang and Olufsen have released the BeoPlay range that aims to take this same level of quality from out of the typical domestic environment of their target market, and places their years of experience into the portable audio environment. Noting the above, today we shall be exploring their latest flagship inner-
Arriving in a standard retail packaging, the BeoPlay H3 enclosure is very reminiscent to many of all the other designs that you would see hanging in any retail space. However, after finally after unwrapping your latest purchase, you will locate your shiny new earphones in either a dark-
As the BeoPlay H3’s are, yet again, another product that has been ‘designed for Apple’, the brand new H3 design includes an in-
Whilst you cast your eye over the build quality of these particular headphones, they seem to have been produced by Bang & Olufsen to a very high standard. In fact the design of the angular driver housing has been created to perfectly match the contours of the outer ear so that there is no clandestine feeling towards your choice of music listening fashion. This immediate detail works nicely in both theory and practice where it certainly reminds us of their designer, Jakob Wagner’s design philosophy of designing the H3’s to match “people’s personality” in the same way that other close-
Moving on into more of the critical information now, the H3’s sport a 10.8mm driver that can pack a serious punch that have been correlated to a twenty-
As a synopsis when opening the H3 earphones up at first glance the H3s look very simplistic, however after a few minutes you start to see the deep craftsmanship behind these earphones. The brushed aluminium housings make for an elegant and sleek piece of audio wear indeed. The cable is tough and can certainly take the strain of the user on the move. The 3 button mobile control is also built to the same high quality standards you would expect from B&O. The H3’s feature a slim profile 3.5mm jack connector of again sturdy construction and design. Comfort is also a feature that hasn't been looked over, these earphones sit well in the ear and create a great seal to the ear. Not once have these fallen from my ears when the cable is brushed by arm or hand, as many earphones often do!
As predicted, the H3’s definitely make for a pleasurable listening experience. Although the bass detail won’t satisfy those ‘bass heads’ out there, they certainly have a rather true to life presentation that doesn’t make the bass overly bombastic. Some might say that the low end does lack some of that ‘punch’ that many of you may be familiar with from other commercial brands, but it does have a nice fabric response that is believable; albeit more neutral.
Although the above may be true, and could possibly be a clincher for consumers who demand a curved response that artificially heightens the listening experience, because listening to electronic bass lines do sound a little flat. On the other hand, if you consider yourself to be something of an ‘audiophile’ then you will appreciate this for what it is worth, but saying this we have also found the dynamic attention to detail to be a little flatter than what we would have expected.
When focussing on high frequencies, the H3’s gladly don’t have a distorted presence or make the sonic signature to appear out of sync with the bass-
However, we do all feel that the dynamics feel a touch stunted that lacks some clarity and richness to fill all of your senses which, at times, makes emotive musical dynamics feel lost. This is strange because the BeoPlay H3’s have those twenty-
Overall the Bang & Olufsen H3’s have lived up to the expectations of this prestigious brand. Comfort mixed with smooth easy to listen transmission of music makes for a pleasing pair of earphones. Where the bass lacked the H3’s more than made up for that in other areas of its sonic performance. So to the star rating, we at The Pro Audio Web Blog give the Band & Olufsen H3’s very nice four out of five stars.