Bluedio T3 Plus Wireless Headphones Review

Tested using Methodology v1.3.1
Updated Nov 14, 2016 at 03:39 pm
Bluedio T3 Plus Wireless Picture
Test Methodology v1.3.1
5.9
Mixed Usage
5.4
Neutral Sound
6.3
Commute/Travel
6.6
Sports/Fitness
5.9
Office
4.6
Wireless Gaming
6.1
Wired Gaming
5.7
Phone Call
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.

Our Verdict

5.9 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 Neutral Sound

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

See our Neutral Sound recommendations
6.3 Commute/Travel

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

See our Commute/Travel recommendations
6.6 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.

See our Sports/Fitness recommendations
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.

See our Office recommendations
6.1 Wired Gaming
5.7 Phone Call
  • 5.9 Mixed Usage
  • 5.4 Neutral Sound
  • 6.3 Commute/Travel
  • 6.6 Sports/Fitness
  • 5.9 Office
  • 4.6 Wireless Gaming
  • 6.1 Wired Gaming
  • 5.7 Phone Call
Pros
  • Durable build quality.
  • Plays files directly from SD card.
Cons
  • Poor audio reproduction
  • Poor noise isolation.
  • Uncomfortably tight.
  1. Update 11/21/2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3.1.
  2. Update 11/6/2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3.
  3. Update 2/16/2018: Converted to Test Bench 1.2.
  4. Update 9/28/2017: The microphone has been tested with our new methodology, as explained here
  5. Update 8/10/2017: Converted to Test Bench 1.1. Learn more about our new versioned test bench system here.

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Test Results

Design
Design
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
Design
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
Design
Controls
OS Compatibility
Not OS specific
Ease Of Use Poor
Feedback Okay
Call/Music Control Yes
Volume Control Yes
Microphone Control No
Channel Mixing
N/A
Noise Cancelling 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.

6.7
Design
Breathability
Avg.Temp.Difference 5.1 C
6.1
Design
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
Design
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
Design
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
Design
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.

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In The Box

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

Sound
Sound
Sound Profile
Bass Amount
9.69 db
Treble Amount
0.93 db
8.4
Sound
Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
0.32 dB
Sound
Raw Frequency Response
4.3
Sound
Bass Accuracy
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
Sound
Mid Accuracy
Std. Err.
11.66 dB
Low-Mid
-2.94 dB
Mid-Mid
-15.34 dB
High-Mid
-8.73 dB
6.7
Sound
Treble Accuracy
Std. Err.
4.53 dB
Low-Treble
2.95 dB
Mid-Treble
-4.01 dB
High-Treble
-4.5 dB
4.0
Sound
Peaks/Dips
Peaks
4.17 db
Dips
4.49 db
8.2
Sound
Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
0.39
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
1.03
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
2.32
Weighted Phase Mismatch
3.98
4.7
Sound
Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
2.32 dB
PRTF Size (Avg.)
3.96 dB
PRTF Distance
2.09 dB
Openness
4.8
Acoustic Space Excitation
4.7
7.1
Sound
Weighted Harmonic Distortion
WHD @ 90
0.175
WHD @ 100
0.532
Isolation
5.0
Isolation
Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
Overall Attenuation
-11.85 dB
Bass
0.6 dB
Mid
-10.01 dB
Treble
-27.08 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
Isolation
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.

Microphone
Microphone
Microphone Style
Integrated
Yes
In-line
No
Boom
No
Detachable Boom
N/A
6.4
Microphone
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
Microphone
Noise Handling
Speech + Pink Noise
Speech + Subway Noise
SpNR
9.37 dB
Active Features
7.9
Active Features
Battery
Battery Type
Rechargable
Continuous Battery Life
24 hrs
Additional Charges
0
Total Battery Life
24 hrs
Charge Time
2.85 hrs
Power Saving Feature
No
Audio While Charging
Yes
Passive Playback
Yes
Charging Port micro-USB

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
Active Features
App Support
App Name N/A
iOS N/A
Android N/A
macOS 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.

Connectivity
6.9
Connectivity
Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
4.1+EDR
Multi-Device Pairing
No
NFC Pairing
No
Line of Sight Range
66 ft
Default Latency
126 ms
aptX Latency
N/A
aptX(LL) Latency
N/A
0
Connectivity
Non-Bluetooth Wireless
Non-BT Line of Sight Range
N/A
Non-BT Latency
N/A
9.5
Connectivity
Wired
Analog Audio
Yes
USB Audio
No
Detachable Yes
Length 4.8 ft
Connection 1/8" TRS
Wired Latency
0 ms
Connectivity
PC / PS4 Compatibility
PC / PS4 Analog
Audio Only
PC / PS4 Wired USB
No
PC / PS4 Non-BT Wireless
No
Connectivity
Xbox One Compatibility
Xbox One Analog
Audio Only
Xbox One Wired USB
No
Xbox One Wireless
No
0
Connectivity
Base/Dock
Type
N/A
USB Input
N/A
Line In
N/A
Line Out
N/A
Optical Input
N/A
RCA Input
N/A
Dock Charging
N/A
Power Supply
N/A

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