The AudioMX EM-B3 in-ear headphones belong to an increasingly more popular category of headphones characterized by their use of dual dynamic drivers. It’s not easy to squeeze detailed sound and wide frequency response from a single tiny driver. Adding a second driver makes it possible to use one for lows and the other for highs, resulting in better sound quality and higher dynamic range. Headphones with dual dynamic drivers used to be prohibitively expensive, but they’ve become very affordable over the past few years, thanks to companies such as AudioMX. The EM-B3 may look unassuming, but their potential is enormous.
Build and Design
One of the easiest ways how to make a pair of in-ear headphones more comfortable is to reduce their size and weight. No pair of ears is the same, and hardly anyone is keen on shelling out hundreds of dollars on custom-molded headphones. Small headphones usually don’t put nearly as much pressure on the sensitive skin that covers the inner part of your ears, making it possible to listen for multiple hours without any pain or discomfort.
What’s also great is the ability to wear headphones in two different ways. When one doesn’t work for you, there’s still a change that the other one will. The AudioMX EM-B3 headphones come with removable earhooks, allowing the headphones to rest comfortably and securely on your ears.
Included in the box are 4 pairs of replaceable eartips. The eartips are made from silicone and suppress surprisingly high amount of outside noise. The nozzle is compatible with aftermarket form eartips, so you can switch things up with you want to.
Audio cables tend to be the weakest part of many headphones, but that’s not the case with the EM-B3. The cable has a nice soft texture to it, and it features a multi-functional control button with a built-in microphone. The button enables you to easily control phone calls and your music without any guess work as to which button you are supposed to press. The cable ends in a small 3.5 mm audio jack. Thanks to its slim profile, you should have no problems connecting the headphones to a smartphone protected by a thick case.
Despite the small size of the headphones, AudioMX has managed to squeeze in two dynamic drivers, one 10mm in diameter and the other 6mm. Together, they deliver extremely clear sound with powerful bass and dynamic treble, creating the ultimate listening experience on budget.
Because dual dynamic driver headphones appeal primarily to audio enthusiasts who value clarity and balance above wild tonal acrobatics, the EM-B3 sound natural and well-balanced. High are absent of sibilance, mids are rendered faithfully to the original material, and bass is well-mannered. Indeed, these headphones are the equivalent of a preppy high schooler, who gets straight As, behaves well, and never forgets to say “thank you” or “please”. If you’d like them to be more rebellious, your best option is a software equalizer.
What’s in the Box?
The packaging includes 4 sizes of interchangeable eartips, 1 pair of removable earhooks, and a hard-shell carrying case. The case is of much higher quality than what we are used to seeing in this price range.