The Photive BTH3 are affordable headphones that share many similarities with headphones from Bose. We can’t wait to see how will a relatively unknown pair of Bluetooth headphones measure against the best noise-cancelling Bluetooth headphones currently available.
Design and Build Quality
If you are a fan of functional design that doesn’t try to attract the attention of everyone you see, the Photive BTH3 should be right up your alley. The manufacturer has decided to stick with black as the main color, which gives the headphones a professional appearance. The overall durability is excellent, with no detectable weaknesses.
Ear muffs are padded with firm but comfortable leather. Our ears started to get hot after about 45 minutes of listening, but it was nothing a 5-minute break couldn’t solve.
Each side of the headphones houses a set of volume and playback controls as well as USB port for charging. The Photive BTH3 use a lithium-ion battery that lasts around 12 hours and charges in under 2. The included aux input allows you to plug in any 3.5mm audio cable and easily connect to your smartphone or tablet without Bluetooth.
The 40mm drivers promise uncompromising sound quality and excellent bass with clear highs and dynamic mids. Our testing reviled that the headphones work best with modern music genres, such as hip-hop, RnB, pop, and EDM. These genres bring out the best from the BTH-3. Jazz, for example, suffers from cut off highs.
In the introductory paragraph, we have compared these headphones to popular models from Bose. While true in many respects, the one area the BTH3 cannot be compared with any Bose headphones is noise isolation. Not only is there no active noise isolation, but passive noise isolation is also rather underwhelming. Not recommendable for travel and office use.
What’s in the Box
When you buy these headphones, you get a high-quality hard-shell case, audio cable, USB cable, and manual.