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This is a lengthy review so I have put a TL;DR at the end. Also I put a lot of detailed comments so please read it all if you want to know everything.
I hope the ADV Sound people will read my entire review and make a version 2 of the model 3!!
the following review only refers to the wireless experience, although the wired experience pretty much the same (in terms of sound signature)
Sound: Sounds as great as everyone says, audiophile grade, crisp and clean. I did a bass boost using the native iOS equaliser to give it more bass when using the included silicone ear tips and it sounds great (like my qc 35s). Using the included foam tips gives it more bass and the equaliser isn't necessary. My only gripe is that I can hear a background hiss that kicks in whenever music is playing (the hiss is not noticeable with music playing). The hiss disappears instantaneously whenever music stops playing so I guess I can live with it. I haven't tried it but if you change the cables to analogue wired mode without the bluetooth necklace and plug it into your phone, you shouldn't get any hissing as the hissing comes from bluetooth interference. The hiss is comparable to the hiss from qc35s with the ANC turned on. There is feedback from the wires, but its not noticeable with music on. Latency is good (expected from aptX) and I could play CS GO comfortably.
Comfort: Fit is great and comfortable, stays in my ears even when jumping up and down, reminds me of the Shure SE215. (some feedback as I mentioned earlier if the wire is touched). It's a dissapointment to have no wax guards on any of the ear tips or on the IEM themselves, so wax could potentially get stuck deep into the nozzle. I just purchased some Shure foam tips for their SE series since they have waxguards which fit the Model 3s perfectly (comply is too overpriced). After using the shure foam tips, it sounds even better and isolated more than the included foam tips which were already great and plus they have wax guards! The isolation from the shure tips is comparable to my qc35's with max ANC.
Style: The necklace style is fine, but I have to wrap the grey cables around the black necklace cables once or twice to get the cables to stick close to my head. Otherwise I'll have wires dangling out of the necklace doing a giant loop 15 cm away from my head before going into my IEMs. If you don't twist the wires much the loops don't occur even without wrapping the earphone cables around the necklace cable. Minor/Major inconvenience depending on how many times you take it on or off. I can comfortably leave it sitting on my neck.
Connectivity: Connectivity is fine, no problems for day to day use (indoors and outdoors). Theres an occasional drop now and then but its expected with any bluetooth device (especially with the low latency aptx codec).
Battery life: 5 hours isn't much but I can't complain when I'm getting them at the sub 100 price point. I would pay double if I could get double the battery life, no background hiss, tips with wax guards, better necklace design and customisable voice prompts (see below) and maybe an app like what Jaybird has where you can tweak the sound profile.
Other comments: (less relevant but read if you want to know everything) Voice prompts are annoying since its a bit loud, I could do with less beeps and voices. Hence the customisable voice prompts. A short and simple beep like on the Bose QC35 is enough prompts for me. It turns off by itself if disconnected for 15 minutes which is nice, though it doesn't turn off if its still connected to my phone but no music is playing.
Something that no one else really says is that these earphones have a minimum volume level (in which no sound is played when it reaches this minimum volume). The quietest you can play this is just right for listening indoors although I would want to listen to it quieter given the choice. My new pair did have this problem, which I solved by decreasing the volume of my entire itunes library.
TL;DR, These earphones are 5/5 for the price and these are no doubt the best on the market in terms of the total package with sound, fit and comfort. I'd say its better than Jaybirds or any competitors currently out there and can come close to my qc35s in terms of listening enjoyment.
The first set I received were faulty at the connector on the left ear, but they were quickly changed by Mobilefun for me and the replacement set were fine.
only issue with model 3 is the IEM is not comfortable when you put in your ears(i tried all model 3's foams...non of them can make me fell better)...however, when i paired model 3 with Se215's foams...everything changed...so...i accept that because i have my solution for the issue...~_~
On bluetooth mode, you get a great connection to the phone - only had it cut out for a split second while passing through a very busy train station with probably quite extreme interference. Impressive! The sound quality exceeded what I thought was capable over BT, especially for the price. It's an extremely balanced sound, with oodles of clarity through all the range. The bass is punchy, crisp and doesn't drown out any of the higher frequencies. The highs don't feel like they will rip through your eardrum either. Just a really pleasant (fun, but not too fun) sound signature, with a nice wide sound stage.
When you go into wired mode, it's much the same in terms of qualities - only even better.
Comparing them vs the following in my collection (in order of cost), Sound Magic E10, 1More Triple Driver and Sennheiser IE80; the Model 3's come out on top in all categories. Put simply, best IEMs I've owned.
So why only 4 stars? Well, nothing is perfect. I'd like longer battery life (5 hours is still good considering their size, and enough for my needs. Charging is fast anyway), I'd like the magnetic clip at the back to be stronger, controls can be fiddly and not in an easy position (most of the time they are tucked under my top, so it's a bit of a faff to get to them). It would also be cool to have some smart features, like a pass-through to hear ambient noise.
TL;DR: Good-sounding hardwired headphones when they sit exactly right in the ear, which is hard to achieve. Changing the cable is hard but Bluetooth is bad so don't bother.
Sound: Good with the foam tips, horrendous with silicon tips. The silicon tips don't form a permanent seal, so every little head movement will shift them around, making the sound tinny and weak.
Fit: Takes getting used to - they don't reach far enough into the ear canal, instead they mostly sit on the outer ear. To hold them in place the Bluetooth cable comes with a rigid casing on the first two inches to create a wrap-around design. The hard-wired cable lacks this casing, although if you don't wrap the cable around your ears any tug will pull the headphones out.
The foam tips are quite firm and combined with the hard plastic centre feel uncomfortable. The silicon tips are more comfortable but because of the shallow design they don't reach far enough into the ear canal to provide an adequate seal to guarantee constant sound.
Bluetooth: Fiddly Design. The braided cable connecting the remote control with the battery twists easily, putting a strain on the rather feeble magnetic lock keeping the whole thing in place.
The Bluetooth connection is a little less reliable than I would have liked, dropping out every now and then. None of my wireless speakers has ever done anything like that.
Charging the battery took significantly longer than 1.5 hours - it didn't seem to want to take any charge from my power bank and even plugged into a mains powered USB adaptor required in excess of 2.5 hours to stop flashing. The power retention is even worse - two days after a full charge it would not turn on. The longest I could ever be asked to use the headphones wirelessly has been about two hours so I can't say anything about the maximum playing time.
MMCX connection: Very awkward to change from one cable to the other. After sitting in the ear the headphones become slightly greasy making the smooth plastic even more slippery. In combination with the stubby rubber end of the cable there is next to no purchase to separate them short of pulling the cable which just seems like a very bad idea. Combining that with the atrocious charge retention of the Bluetooth cable meant that after a few disappointing tries I have solely used the hardwired option. Nevertheless, after less than five months the connection on the right headphone became intermittent.
Microphone: Could be good, but after wrapping the cable around the ear it becomes slightly too short, putting the microphone into a less than ideal position regarding the proximity to the mouth.
Accessories: The three pairs of silicone tips turned out to be two large pairs and one small pair. The three pairs of foam tips are actually one small pair, one large pair, one medium tip and one slightly larger-than-medium-but-smaller-than-large tip.
As for the headphones themselves here I'm having bigger issues as I cant seem to get a good seal in my ears. No matter which tips I use I just cant get them deep enough into my ears and thus bass is very lacking and no I'm not a bass head. Also it means that sounds from outside leak in which is not good either. The actual shells themselves are comfortable and light and can be worn for many hours with no discomfort. I just need to try and get a seal in my inner ear and then all would good I suspect.
- The bluetooth connection is not very good, the audio starts skipping sometimes when the bluetooth dongle is under my jacket and my phone in my pocket.
- My ears need a break after wearing them after an hour, I start to feel the buds pressing against my ear
- Putting them in is a struggle sometimes because of the over-ear method and because the buds are not fixed on the wire, they can rotate.
+ Sound quality is super good, deep bass, clear mids, comfortable highs.
+ The foam eartips have great noise isolation and feel way more comfortable than silicone ones.
+ Decent battery life (5hrs) to get trough the day and they are fully charged in an hour.
+ The ability to make them wired is nice when you run out of battery.
+ They barely stick out of my ears which makes them helmet-proof.
+ I find the necklace-like cable convenient because it allow you to leave the buds hanging around you neck without having to worry about losing them, and taking them off is easy with the magnet.
Audio Quality: 9.5/10
I was at the gym tonight and there was a bass that deep it shocked me. I thought it was on a par with our expensive sound bar.
The separation of instruments is so clear. You can hear the deepest bass along with the gentlest of hi hat taps.
I just can't fault these all. I've read a couple of reviews that mention the connections that convert them from Bluetooth to wired. Although this is a kind of push fit connection it feels nice and snug. Only time will tell as to how long these fitting will be useful so to see this as a negative is rather pessimistic.
I've also read that the tips aren't very comfortable. I don't find this at all. I've had these in for a couple of hours at a time with no discomfort at all.
The only negative at all is that the tips aren't sweat proof. This is a small price to pay. Considering the last buds I bought cost me £150 these are an absolute steal. The sound, the ease of connectivity and the price make these a no brainier.
Although I did not like it at first, after getting used to the bluetooth wrap around cables, I find that they keep the earphone cables out of the way, and I can use these earphones in situations where it is impossible to use regular earbuds.
The quality of the sound is great, battery life is great. I have no complaints.
- Excellent sound quality for the price. Neutral and balanced.
- Wired and wireless option in the same package
- Range of foam and silicone tips
- Bluetooth receiver and IEMs use standard MMCX connectors
- Bluetooth remote control buttons a bit finicky
- Bluetooth range and connection stability not as good as some other brands
I love the sound quality. It was decent and okay.
for this price of earphone: the combination of elegant design and decent quality were all worth.
however, the microphone is too bad. I take and place calls everyday with my earphone. people kept complaining on how noisy I was even when I just slightly moved my body. my voice also sound far away if I am not holding the microphone near my lips. for this reason, I returned the product.
The left earbud ceased to work after about 10 hours of use. I have tested both cables, both yielded the same result that is no sound or very weak sound. Avoid like the plague!
I think the greatest the thing bluetooth offers is mobility, however these earbuds are not even water resistant, so that basically means they can't be used outdoor in the UK.
I wanted them to be good so much, but I think my expectation was indeed too high. I think it is a fair product for its price (80 pounds)
amazing these headphones are. Unfortunately, I'm not so excited about them.
Pros: Nice and clear sound overall. I would say mostly for rock type of music.
Cons: Biggest for me is that Bluetooth headphones for an active style of life don't serve this role well.
They are bad for running because AVD Sound M3 doesn't sit tight in your ear.
And they are VERY bad for me like gym headphones because their sound has A LOT of highs
(which doesn't allow you to make sound louder because it starts to squeak) and not enough bass.
You will not regret buying these, I certainly don't. A very solid 4.6 out of 5.
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