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Reviewed on Nov 14, 2016

Bluedio T3 Plus Wireless HEADPHONES REVIEW

Usage Ratings - Version 1.2
5.7
Mixed Usage
5.4
Critical Listening
6.0
Commute/Travel
6.1
Sports/Fitness
5.9
Office
5.3
TV
5.2
Gaming
Type : Over-ear
Enclosure : Closed-Back
Wireless : Yes
Noise-Cancelling : No
Mic : Yes
Transducer : Dynamic

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.

Test Results
Design 6.5
Sound 5.0
Isolation 5.4
Microphone 6.0
Active Features 6.5
Connectivity 5.9
Pros
  • Durable build quality.
  • Plays files directly from SD card.
Cons
  • Poor audio reproduction
  • Poor noise isolation.
  • Uncomfortably tight.
  1. Update 2/16/2018: Converted to Test Bench 1.2.
  2. Update 9/28/2017: The microphone has been tested with our new methodology, as explained here
  3. Update 8/10/2017: Converted to Test Bench 1.1. Learn more about our new versioned test bench system here.

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6.5

Design

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.

Style

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.

6.0 Comfort
Weight : 0.88 lbs
Clamping Force
:
1.31 lbs

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.

6.6 Controls
Ease of use : Poor
Feedback : Okay
Call/Music Control : Yes
Volume Control : Yes
Microphone Control : No
Channel Mixing
:
N/A
Noise Canceling Control : N/A
Talk-Through
:
N/A
Additional Buttons : No

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.

6.6 Breathability
Avg.Temp.Difference : 5.1 C
6.1 Portability
L : 4.13 "
W : 6.50 "
H : 3.31 "
Volume : 88.9 Cu. Inches
Transmitter required : N/A

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.

5.5 Case
Type : Pouch
L : N/A
W : N/A
H : N/A
Volume : N/A

Comes with a soft pouch that's made from a soft suede-like fabric which will protect the headphones from scratches. Unfortunately, it won't shield them from hard falls or water damage.

7.5 Build Quality

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.

6.0 Stability

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.

Cable
Detachable : Yes
Length : 4.8 ft
Connection : 1/8" TRS

Comes with two cables; a 1/8" TRS to 1/8" TRS audio cable and a USB power cord.

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5.0

Sound

The Bludeio T3 Plus are a poor sounding pair of closed-back over-ear headphones. They have a poor bass, a poor mid-range and a mediocre treble. Additionally, their bass is excessively heavy and boomy, their mid-range is extremely recessed and non-existent, and their treble is uneven. They also don't have a good soundstage. But on the plus side, their performance is quite consistent across multiple users.

4.6 Bass
Std. Err.
:
8.02 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
:
10 Hz
Low-Bass
:
7.81 dB
Mid-Bass
:
8.89 dB
High-Bass
:
9.75 dB
1.3 Mid
Std. Err.
:
11.66 dB
Low-Mid
:
-2.94 dB
Mid-Mid
:
-15.34 dB
High-Mid
:
-8.73 dB
6.7 Treble
Std. Err.
:
4.53 dB
Low-Treble
:
2.95 dB
Mid-Treble
:
-4.01 dB
High-Treble
:
-4.5 dB
8.4 Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
:
0.32 dB
8.1 Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
:
0.39
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
:
1.03
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
:
2.32
Weighted Phase Mismatch
:
3.98
4.7 Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
:
2.32 dB
PRTF Size (Avg.)
:
3.96 dB
PRTF Distance
:
2.09 dB
Openness
:
4.9
Acoustic Space Excitation
:
4.4
Correlated Crosstalk
:
0.01 dB
6.5 Total Harmonic Distortion
Weighted THD @ 90
:
6.391
Weighted THD @ 100
:
6.369
5.4

Isolation

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.

5.1 Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
:
Overall Attenuation
:
-11.85 dB
Bass
:
0.6 dB
Mid
:
-10.01 dB
Treble
:
-27.08 dB
Self-Noise
:
18.44 dB

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.

6.2 Leakage
Leakage Audio
:
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
:
43.91 dB

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.

6.0

Microphone

Integrated
:
Yes
In-line
:
No
Boom
:
No
Detachable Boom
:
N/A
6.2 Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
:
LFE
:
348.96 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
:
3.0 dB
HFE
:
3417.19 Hz
Weighted THD
:
7.363
Gain
:
39.6 dB
5.9 Noise Handling
Speech + Pink Noise :
Speech + Subway Noise :
SpNR
:
9.37 dB
6.5

Active Features

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.

7.2 Battery
Battery Type
:
Rechargable
Battery Life
:
24 hrs
Charge Time
:
2.85 hrs
Power Saving Feature
:
No
Audio while charging
:
Yes
Passive Playback
:
Yes

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.

0 App Support
App Name : N/A
iOS : N/A
Android : N/A
Mac OS : N/A
Windows : N/A
Equalizer
:
N/A
ANC control
:
N/A
Mic Control : N/A
Room effects
:
N/A
Playback control
:
N/A
Button Mapping : N/A
Surround Sound : N/A

No compatible app.

5.9

Connectivity

6.0 Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
:
4.1+EDR
Multi-Device Pairing
:
No
NFC Pairing
:
No
7.2 Wired
OS Compatibility
:
Not OS specific
Analog Audio
:
Yes
USB Audio
:
No
PS4 Compatible
:
Audio Only
Xbox One Compatible
:
Audio Only
PC Compatible
:
Audio Only
0 Base/Dock
Type
:
N/A
Optical Input
:
N/A
Line In
:
N/A
Line Out
:
N/A
USB Input
:
N/A
RCA Input
:
N/A
PS4 Compatible
:
N/A
Xbox One Compatible
:
N/A
PC Compatible
:
N/A
Power Supply
:
N/A
Dock Charging
:
N/A
7.4 Wireless Range
Obstructed Range
:
34 ft
Line of Sight Range
:
66 ft

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.

5.2 Latency
Default Latency
:
126 ms
aptX Latency
:
N/A
aptX(LL) Latency
:
N/A

In the box

  •  Bluedio T3 Plus headphones
  • Audio cable
  • Carrying pouch
  • USB charging cable

5.7 Mixed Usage

The Bluedio T3 Plus do not excel in any particular category and therefore are best used as casual mixed usage headphones. They have a sturdy, durable build for their price, and they don't leak much. However, they also don't block enough noise for loud environments, and they're uncomfortably tight on the head.

5.4 Critical Listening

Subpar for critical listening. They have a poor soundstage and an uneven audio reproduction that's too bass heavy for critical listeners. They also get quite uncomfortable during long listening sessions.

6.0 Commute/Travel

Not ideal for commute and travel. They don't block enough ambient noise to isolate you from your environment.

6.1 Sports/Fitness

Mediocre at best for sports. They're wireless and tight on the head. However, their bulky and heavy design makes the headphones sway during physical activities.

5.9 Office

Below average for office use. They don't leak much and won't distract anyone around you. However, the poor isolation won't block the ambient noise of a lively office.

5.3 TV

Subpar for home theater use. They have a bit too much latency for watching videos and movies, and they're not the most comfortable headphones, so they won't be ideal to wear for long periods of time.

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