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SOUNDPEATS Air3 Deluxe HS Review: Value for Money?

SOUNDPEATS Air3 Deluxe HS appeared as a new model of the popular audio maker SOUNDPEATS. It has become a hot topic as the world’s first inner-ear type complete wireless earphone that supports High-Resolution Audio.

The SOUNDPEATS Air3 Deluxe HS is attracting a lot of attention, but I’m sure many people wonder, “Is the sound quality really good?” I would like to know what the difference is compared to other products.

This time, Picky’s editorial department used the SOUNDPEATS Air3 Deluxe HS and candidly reviewed the pros and cons.

Unboxing

In the packaging, the two SOUNDPEATS Air3 Deluxe HS Earbuds are already in their storage box, which is also used for charging. A short USB cable, instructions for use, and warranty information are also included.

Design

The charging case is a glossy black charging case with a cover that can be folded down. On the front, a pairing mode button and an LED above it. The Soundpeats logo can be seen on the back, printed on a beige plate. The charging port is below.

The headphones are matte black, have a rod shape, and have no removable tips (semi-in-ear). The charging contacts are located under the handle. There’s also a beige/gold Soundpeats logo on the outside, which acts as a touch control panel.

There is a microphone outside the touch control panel and inside at the lower end of the handle (4 pieces total). Both microphones are combined with Vc 8.0 noise cancellation.

Its back is flat, so you must place it on the table. At the bottom, we have a USB Type-C port, and a USB Type-A to Type-C charging cable is included. It’s a little short, but that’s normal. Inside the case are a couple of molded recesses, where the earphones easily fit in for charging.

The SOUNDPEATS Air3 Deluxe HS Earbuds follow a successful design recipe that can be found in many earbuds. The design does not require any upholstery at all. This is mainly due to the fact that these headphones are only pushed partially into the ear canal. In contrast to the storage box, the earbuds’ material is much higher. It is matte black and features the manufacturer’s logo in a copper tone on the outside.

With the touch buttons, we can control

  • Volume up: one press on the right earphone
  • Volume down: one press on the left earbud
  • Pause/resume playback: double press on either earbud
  • Call the mobile assistant: three presses on the right earphone
  • Activate gaming mode: three presses on the left earphone
  • Skip to the next song: Long press the right earbud for 1.5 seconds
  • Return to the previous music: long press the left earphone for 1.5 seconds

Easy To Use

The SOUNDPEATS Air3 Deluxe HS Earbuds are easy to put into oper; you only have to remove the earbuds from the storage box. They then appear in the Bluetooth menu of the smartphone, where they simply pair. An English-language announcement confirms the successful pairing.

Motion Sensor

Finally, the Air3 Deluxe HS has an ear-detection function. When you take them off, the music stops automatically. If you put them back on, it will resume. It works quite well. It is an interesting addition since this function is in much more expensive headphones.

APP

The SOUNDPEATS Air3 Deluxe HS Earbuds do not require any software to operate. It’s still worth taking a look at the app. The only hurdle is that an account with SOUNDPEATS is required. All you need is an email address and a pas. Nod, no more information is required.

The overview then shows both earbuds and their battery status, provided they are connected to the smartphone. Equalizer settings and the game mode can then also be activated. In addition, the earbuds can be adjusted to own hearing.

Sound Quality

The bass has a good level of detail and kicks for a semi-in-ear design. Logically they do not have as much body as the in-ear ones, but they are some of the best basses I have heard in this type of headphones. They even make some nice sub-bass rumble that doesn’t bog down or mask the midrange too much.

The mids are good, and due to the design of the earcups, they also don’t sound muffled or overshadowed by the bass. Vocals sound nice and clear. Both male and female voices receive the same treatment, and neither is favored over the other.

The trouble has a good level of detail and energy. Sometimes, they can become a bit harsh, especially when we turn up the lot, but they never cut.

In general, the sound is very audible. It is clear and has a good level of detail at all frequencies. The soundstage is wide and expansive thanks to the open nature of the headphones.

Sometimes the sounds are often heard outside of the headspace, and more than once, I thought I heard noises around me that were coming from the headphones. The sound produced by these headphones is very good for the price they have, above expectations.

The result is that, in quiet environments, the quality of calls is very good. The voice is heard loud and clear. If there is a lot of background noise (on the street or public transport), the voice is still heard, although it sounds more robotic due to the denoising algorithms.

Battery

SOUNDPEATS states a total playing time of 20 hours. It includes the battery capacity of the storage box. Arithmetically as well as in practice, we arrive at other values. In practice, one charge was enough for almost five. The earbuds and the storage box are fully charged.

The calculated capacity is 360 mAh (60 mAh in the earbuds + 300 mAh in the storage box). Accordingly, we would have to calculate a total playing time of almost 30 hours. In practice, we played a time of 5 hours, which is still excellent.

Connectivity

The headphones have Bluetooth 5.2 and support the SBC, AAC, and LDAC codecs. The LDAC codec is supported by Android phones running version 8.0 or later, so it is compatible with almost all Android phones.

The connection is completely stable, and I have not had any problem with incompatibility or micro-cuts with any device (mobile, tablet, computer, etc.). In all of them, the SoundPEATS Air3 Deluxe HS is perfect.

Another interesting point is that the latency is very low, and the image and sound are synchronized even in normal mode. If we want to improve more, we can activate the gaming mode by pressing the left earphone 3 times. This mode is ideal if we want to play with headphones since the lag is more noticeable with fast games.  The Air3 Deluxe HS is compatible with the SoundPEATS app ( iOS and Android ).

Verdict

The Soundpeats Air3 Deluxe HS offers exciting technical equipment with high-resolution codecs. This is anything but normal in a price segment around $49.99.

Since the high-resolution audio codec in headphones in this price range exceeds the capabilities of the built-in driver, the AAC codec is sufficient to exploit the full sound potential. As a second improvement, only a slightly larger battery remains in the charging box.

After knowing the price of these headphones, we can conclude that their value for money is the best. So if you’re looking for an affordable alternative, these Soundpeats AIR3 DELUXE HS are a great option.

We liked their design, how comfortable they are to wear and, above all, their performance. And what didn’t we want about them? Well, they do not come with ANC technology for noise cancellation. that’s it. but overall earbuds are amazing and totally value for money. You can check out the official site if you want to order.

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