The B&O PLAY Earset 3i offer a comfortable and stable fit. Their old school earbud design allows you to monitor your surroundings while jogging, but also lets a lot of ambient noise seep into your audio. Sadly, they won't fare well in loud environments and have a mediocre sound quality.
- Comfortable and stable fit.
- Lightweight adjustable earbuds.
- Poor noise isolation.
- Poor audio reproduction.
- Thin and flimsy audio cable.
The Earset 3i have a unique design and a high-end appeal. They're incredibly lightweight, and the ear hooks make them stable enough, to use at the while running. The earbud design is also quite comfortable. However, the fit is a little loose. They won't fall off your ears, but the earbuds rest loosely on the edge of the ear canal, and will move around, especially during strenuous exercise, affecting your listening experience.
The B&O Play Earset 3i are moderately comfortable and have a very adaptable design. You're able to adjust the height, and tightness of the hooks as well as the angle of the earbuds. Unfortunately, the old school ear bud design does not fit snuggly in the ear and forces you to adjust the earbuds regularly, to get a tight fit.
The Earset 3i have adjustable hooks that fit around the ear and prevent them from falling off your ears while running. This makes them stable enough to be used at the gym. However, the earbud design does not always provide the best fit. So although the headphones won't fall off your ears, the swiveling earbuds may move about as your exercising, which can get a little frustrating, especially when it causes a loss of sound quality.
The build quality of these headphones is decent but has a few flaws. A lot of effort was put into crafting the adjustable hooks, and it looks and feels solid enough to last a while. However, there are a lot more moving parts on these earbuds than most, which means more potential weak points. Also, the cable is thin and feels cheaply made compared to the rest of the build quality.
The Earset 3i have a decent sound but lack a lot of bass. The earbud design doesn't transmit the low vibrations of deep bass, when the fit is loose, which will disappoint fans of bass-heavy music. That combined with the overemphasized mid range, give these headphones a honky sound quality that's not for everyone. They also have a poor soundstage due to their small earbud design but on the upside, they don't sound too sharp.
Poor Bass Range performance. The 12dB lack in low-bass and the sub-par low-frequency extension are due to the flat earbud design. High-bass is overemphasized by about 5dB which adds to the warmth and boominess of the sound, but won't make up for the lack in thump and rumble.
Average Mid Range performance. Although the response is relatively flat, there is a general overemphasis throughout the range. This shows that the tonal quality of these earbuds is dominated by the Mid Range, due to the lack of low-end.
Very good Treble Range performance. Low-treble is mostly flat and quite balanced. However, there is a 3dB peak around 5KHz, slightly increasing the presence of vocals/leads. The rest of the treble and high-treble is also consistent and balanced.
Poor Soundstage. This is expected of earbuds, since due to their design, they don't interact with the pinna. The result is a soundstage that could be perceived to be located inside the listener's head. However, their weak seal let the outside ambience to be merged with the music, giving a more open feel to the soundstage compared to typical In-ear headphones.
Very good Imaging. The amount of phase error is quite low, although the shift in the Bass Range could be improved. Additionally, the drivers of our test unit were very well matched.
Subpar performance. The amount of harmonic distortion in Bass and Mid regions are quite high, even at 90dB SPL. However, there is a drop in the harmonic distortion above 1KHz, reducing the amount to very good values for the Treble Range.
These Earset 3i are not good at isolating listeners. Their earbud design does not create a good enough seal to block any ambient noise. They will struggle in loud environments and won't be ideal for noisy commutes. They also leak a bit compared to regular in-ear models. On the upside, they allow you to monitor your environment for cars and traffic, which makes them decent running or biking headphones.
Poor isolation. These earbuds - due to their open design and minimal seal - have very poor isolation. They offer no isolation below 1KHz, and above that, barely achieve more than 9dB of isolation. This is in quite a contrast with most In-ears that provide extreme amounts of passive isolation (mostly in the Treble Range).
Average leakage. These earbuds leak noticeably more than In-ears, and yet much less than Over-ears. They barely leak below 2KHz and the profile of the leakage that happens above that frequency is also quite narrow. However, the leakage level is moderately loud. So although the leakage coming out of these earbuds won't be bothersome in most situations, an audible high-pitched sound could be heard around you at high volumes.
No active features.
No compatible app.
In the box
- B&O PLAY Earset 3i Headphones
- Earbud tips (x4)
- Carrying pouch