The Bludeio T3 Plus are well-built, sturdy wireless headphones for their price range. The Plus model even allows you to play music directly from a micro SD card. Unfortunately, they're poorly designed and uncomfortably tight. They're heavy, have a poor audio reproduction and they're not ideal for sports or loud environments.
- Durable build quality.
- Plays files directly from SD card.
- Poor audio reproduction
- Poor noise isolation.
- Uncomfortably tight.
The Bluedio T3 Plus look unique but their design won't be for everyone. They feel sturdy and durable and they're significantly better built than the previous T2 turbine model. Unfortunately, they're uncomfortably tight on the head, and won't be ideal for long uninterrupted listening sessions. They're not the most stable and will fall off your head if used while jogging or exercising. They're also surprisingly heavy.
The T3 Plus' have an unusual design that won't work for everyone. They're not the sleekest looking headphones, although the metal finish and silver accent give them a somewhat premium feel. They're bulky and protrude at awkward angles when on your head. The circular ear cups and headband are well-padded and contribute to the high-end appeal but compared to some other headphones, like the Parrot Zik and Bose QuietComfort series, the T3 do not look very good.
The T3+ feel uncomfortably tight. The headband is heavily cushioned and sufficiently wide, to evenly spread some of the pressure you feel on your head. The ear cups are also well padded but a bit small. Unfortunately, the clamping force is high enough to cause soreness during long listening sessions. It may reduce with frequent use, but out-of-the-box, they feel excessively tight. They're also quite heavy for their size.
Functionality wise these headphones pack the expected set of controls. Call/music, track-skipping, and the volume buttons are clicky and responsive. However, the button layout is confusing and inefficient. The volume controls, for example, share the same buttons as track skipping. But unintuitively you have to hold the button to increase the volume, yet a slight tap will skip tracks. This often results in you accidentally skipping the audio your listening to.
These headphones are not very stable due to their weight and design. They're tight and won't move too much during casual listening sessions. The wireless design also prevents them from being yanked off your head because the audio cable got hooked by something. However, the ear cups are heavy and protrude quite a bit when on your head. This makes them sway and eventually fall during any kind of intense physical activities, like running or exercising.
The Bluedio T3+ are somewhat portable thanks to their folding design. They're still moderately large headphones compared to other mid-sized over-ear models. However, when folded they don't take as much space and will fit into most bags. They're not headphones you can comfortably carry around on your person hassle-free but they have a decently small footprint considering their size and weight.
The build quality of the T3 plus is a big improvement over the previous T2 turbine model. The frame is thicker and more robust, the ear cups are sufficiently dense, if a little plasticky, but won't break from a few falls. The hinges feel a little loose but decently durable thanks to the metal build.
Sadly, the Bluedio T3 Plus sound poorly balanced and too bass-heavy. They favor an overpowered bass over the clarity and presence of instruments and vocals. The significant dip in the mid-range pushes most instruments to the back of the mix, where they're drowned by the overly emphasized low-end. They're also closed-back headphones that don't produce a good Soundstage, which combined with their bass-heavy audio reproduction makes most tracks sound dark and muddy.
Poor Bass Range performance. Low-bass and high-bass are overemphasized by more than 7dB, and bass is hyped by about 10dB. This makes the sound of these headphones quite bass-heavy and rather unbalanced. The excess high-bass adds noticeable amounts of boominess and muddiness to the sound.
Poor Mid Range performance. The 15dB dip surrounding 1KHz thins out the mid-range and pushes the vocals/leads to the back of the mix. Combined with the overly hyped Bass, this causes the vocals/leads to be overpowered by lower instruments and sound unbalanced.
Average Treble Range performance. The overall response is balanced but inconsistent. The 5dB dip around 5KHz negatively affects the presence and detail of vocals/leads, which adds to the poorly balanced and bass-heavy sound of these headphones.
Poor Soundstage. Due to the closed-back and small ear cups, these headphones don't sound very open and don't create much Soundstage. The sound of these headphones could be perceived to be coming from inside the listener's head as opposed to in front.
Average Imaging. The main deduction here is because of the large swings in the phase response. Additionally, the drivers of our test unit were quite well-matched in terms of amplitude and frequency response, however the phase matching takes a hit above 5KHz which could be a consequence of inconsistent fit.
Good harmonic distortion performance. The amount of harmonic distortion in the Bass Range is very low at moderate volumes, but is elevated under heavier loads. In the Mid Range, there are a couple of spikes in harmonic distortion that approach 1% of the input signal, but the Treble Range shows very little distortion regardless of the volume.
These headphones only isolate passively. Thanks to the plush padding and tight fit, they create a decent seal around most ears. This allows them to block some high-frequency noise and keep leakage relatively low. However, it won't be enough to block the level of noise on busy public transits or on a noisy flight. But on the upside, they don't leak much, except at considerably high volumes.
Poor isolation. These headphones don't have active noise cancellation and provide no isolation in the Bass Range. In the Mid Range they achieve an average reduction of about 10dB, and in the Treble Range a reduction of about 28dB. Both values being below average.
Average leakage. The significant portion of the leakage is between 500Hz and 3KHz which is relatively broad, however there is a noticeable dip around 1KHz. This dip doesn't seem to be due to the headphones seal, since it follows the dip in the frequency response.
The T3 Plus have an above-average battery life and a decently fast wireless connection. They won't be the ideal headphones for gaming but have low enough latency that it won't be an issue streaming audio. However, although decent, their wireless range is considerably shorter than the Bluedio T2S they also lack a decent app to manage all their active features.
The T3 Plus have a decent wireless range. They're not nearly as good as the Bluedio T2 turbine, which have one of the best wireless ranges that we've measured so far. This means they won't be as versatile to use around the office or at home as the wireless signal is relatively weak and cuts out just above 30 ft. They're not too difficult to pair, but they don't have NFC and won't be ideal if you often switch between multiple Bluetooth devices.
The Bluedio T3 Plus have a decent battery life delivering 24hours of continuous playback. They're decent headphones to take on a long road trip or a lengthy flight. Unfortunately, they take long to charge and don't have any battery saving features, like an auto-off timer. They will quickly run out of power if you forget to turn them off but on the upside, they can play audio while charging, unlike the T2S turbine.
No compatible app.
In the box
- Bluedio T3 Plus headphones
- Audio cable
- Carrying pouch
- USB charging cable