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Status Between 3ANC True Wireless Headphones Review

Tested using Methodology v1.5
Reviewed May 19, 2023 at 10:16 am
Latest change: Writing modified May 19, 2023 at 10:16 am
Status Between 3ANC True Wireless Picture
7.0
Neutral Sound
7.8
Commute/Travel
8.2
Sports/Fitness
7.2
Office
5.5
Wireless Gaming
5.4
Wired Gaming
6.6
Phone Calls

The Status Between 3ANC True Wireless are premium buds from this manufacturer's small lineup and have a triple driver design; they're one part dynamic driver and two part balanced armature, which helps improve their sound quality. Unlike the Status Between Pro True Wireless, which are more simple in design, they have a noise cancelling (ANC) system to help cut down sounds when you're on the go, support multi-device pairing, and have a companion app so that you can customize their sound to suit your tastes. Unfortunately, they lack aptX codec support for higher audio quality compared to the default SBC codec, and their design is quite bulky.

Our Verdict

7.0 Neutral Sound

The Status Between 3ANC are satisfactory for neutral sound. Out of the box, they have an excited sound that delivers extra bass to music while vocals and instruments sparkle, thanks to added treble. If you don't like their sound, their companion app offers an 8-band graphic EQ and presets to help you customize them. They're still closed-back, in-ear headphones, and their soundstage doesn't seem natural or immersive.

Pros
  • Graphic EQ and presets available.
Cons
  • Closed-off passive soundstage.
7.8 Commute/Travel

The Status Between 3ANC are very good for commute and travel. These buds are well-built and have a decently comfortable fit, although they can feel fatiguing over time due to their design. They last nearly eight hours continuously, and there are charges in the case if you need to top them off. Even though they have ANC, it struggles to block out the low rumble of bass-heavy noises like bus engines. It does a better job of cutting down passenger chit-chat, though.

Pros
  • Well-built and decently comfortable.
  • ANC reduces mid to treble-range noise well.
Cons
  • ANC struggles to block out bass-range.
8.2 Sports/Fitness

The Status Between 3ANC are great for sports and fitness. Even though they have a bulky design, their stability fins help keep them in place if you're lifting weights. If you're running or need to use the controls, the buds can move around in your ear, which is annoying. Their fit can also be fatiguing over time due to the weight of the stems. On the upside, the buds are certified IPX5 for resistance against direct water contact.

Pros
  • Well-built and decently comfortable.
  • IPX5 rating for water resistance.
Cons
  • Using the controls can cause the buds to wiggle out of your ears.
7.2 Office

The Status Between 3ANC are decent for office use. They last nearly eight hours continuously, and if you need to recharge them, their carrying case holds extra charges to get you through the day. These buds also have multi-device pairing, so you can simultaneously connect to your PC and smartphone, and they have ANC to help block out chatty coworkers and the hum of AC units. That said, even though they have a decently comfortable fit, they can become fatiguing over time, making it difficult to wear them for long shifts.

Pros
  • Supports multi-device pairing.
  • Well-built and decently comfortable.
  • ANC reduces mid to treble-range noise well.
Cons
  • Mediocre mic performance.
  • Closed-off passive soundstage.
  • Using the controls can cause the buds to wiggle out of your ears.
5.5 Wireless Gaming

The Status Between 3ANC are Bluetooth-only buds, and their latency on PCs is too high to be suitable for gaming. While their latency is also high on Android devices, it's lower on iOS devices, making them a more appropriate choice for light mobile gaming.

5.4 Wired Gaming

The Status 3ANC are Bluetooth-only earbuds; you can't use them wired.

6.6 Phone Calls

The Status Between 3ANC are okay for phone calls. They have an integrated mic, but it offers an acceptable overall performance. Your voice is intelligible but slightly thin and distorted. If you're taking calls in noisy environments like a busy street, your voice gets lost in background sound, making it a frustrating experience for whoever you're talking to. On the upside, these buds have an ANC system to help reduce noise like ambient chatter.

Pros
  • ANC reduces mid to treble-range noise well.
Cons
  • Mediocre mic performance.
  • 7.0 Neutral Sound
  • 7.8 Commute/Travel
  • 8.2 Sports/Fitness
  • 7.2 Office
  • 5.5 Wireless Gaming
  • 5.4 Wired Gaming
  • 6.6 Phone Calls
  1. Updated May 19, 2023: Review published.
  2. Updated May 15, 2023: Early access published.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Status Between 3ANC come in two color variants: 'Onyx' and 'Bone'. We tested the Onyx variant, and you can see our model's label here. If you encounter another variant of these headphones, let us know in the forums, and we'll update our review.

Compared To Other Headphones

The Status Audio Between 3ANC are the high-end model of this manufacturer's lineup. Compared to their more affordable sibling, the Status Audio Pro True Wireless, they have a few extra features like companion app support, multi-device pairing, and noise cancelling. That said, when compared to other buds in their price bracket, they don't block out quite as much background noise as the Google Pixel Buds Pro Truly Wireless or the Apple AirPods Pro (2nd generation) Truly Wireless.

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Apple AirPods Pro (2nd generation) Truly Wireless

The Apple AirPods Pro (2nd generation) Truly Wireless are better in-ears than the Status Between 3 ANC True Wireless. The Apple are more comfortable, better built, and have a more neutral sound profile, which some users may prefer. They also have Spatial Audio to help make your audio even more immersive, their ANC does a significantly better job of blocking out background noise, and they have an H2 chip for seamless pairing with other devices in your Apple ecosystem. However, the Status have a companion app with sound customization features, support multi-device pairing, and have a longer continuous battery life.

Samsung Galaxy Buds2 Pro True Wireless

The Samsung Galaxy Buds2 Pro True Wireless are better buds than the Status Between 3ANC True Wireless. While both buds are well-built, the Samsung are more comfortable, have an even more neutral sound profile, which some users may prefer, and have a virtual soundstage feature to help immerse you in your audio. Their ANC also does a better job of blocking background noise across the range. However, the Status support multi-device pairing, their companion app offers a more robust EQ to help you customize their sound to your liking, and their battery performance is significantly better.

Status Between Pro True Wireless

The Status Between 3ANC True Wireless have the edge over the Status Between Pro True Wireless. While both headphones look very similar, are well-built, and have a triple-driver design, the 3ANC have noise cancelling and can block out more ambient noise across the range. They also have a companion app to help customize their sound to your liking, and they support multi-device pairing so that you can stay connected to your PC and smartphone simultaneously. However, the Between Pro support aptX codec for high audio quality via Bluetooth.

Google Pixel Buds Pro Truly Wireless

The Google Pixel Buds Pro Truly Wireless are somewhat better in-ear headphones than the Status Between 3ANC True Wireless. While both buds are well-built and decently comfortable, the Google have a more neutral default sound profile, which some users may prefer, their ANC offers superior noise isolation. However, thanks to their stability fin design, the Status have a more stable in-ear fit.

Test Results

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Design
Design
Style
Type In-ear
Enclosure Closed-Back
Wireless Truly Wireless
Transducer Hybrid

The Status Between 3ANC look similar to the Status Between Pro True Wireless. They have a rectangular design with a metallic shell covering the lower half of the stem. Like their sibling, each bud has a triple driver design that's comprised of two balanced armature drivers and one 10mm dynamic driver, which helps improve sound quality and clarity. These buds come in two color variants: 'Onyx' and 'Bone'.

7.0
Design
Comfort
Weight 0.03 lbs
Clamping Force
0 lbs

These buds have a decently comfortable fit. Like the Status Between Pro True Wireless, they have a lightweight design and come with a couple of differently-sized ear tips and stability fins to help you get the best fit. That said, they stick out of your ears more than traditionally-designed in-ears like the Apple AirPods Pro (2nd generation) Truly Wireless and can cause fatigue over time. Since the controls are located on the top of the buds and on the stem's touch-sensitive surface, you won't push them deeper into your ear when registering a command.

7.7
Design
Controls
OS Compatibility
Not OS specific
Ease Of Use Good
Feedback Good
Call/Music Control Yes
Volume Control Yes
Microphone Control No
Channel Mixing
No
Noise Cancelling Control On/Off
Talk-Through
On/Off
Additional Controls Voice Assistant

These buds have good controls. A physical button is on the top of each bud's stem, with touch controls on the stems. Unfortunately, you need to hold the bottom of the stem, as pushing the buttons can cause the buds to wiggle out of your ears. You must also be quick in double tapping to register this kind of command; otherwise, it'll only register a single tap. On the upside, there are voice prompts for ANC off or ambient sound off, reaching min or max volume, searching for devices, and powering on and off the device. There are also chimes for turning ANC or ambient sound on and beeps when playing and pausing audio. However, there aren't any track-skipping tones.

Physical button (on either bud):

  • Single tap: Toggles between ANC on and transparency mode.
  • Double tap: Activates voice assistant.
  • Triple tap: Alerts you to battery status.
  • Tap and hold: Powers the buds on and off.

Touch controls:

      On the left bud:
    • Single tap: Plays and pauses audio.
    • Double tap: Skips to the previous track. Also answers and ends calls.
    • Press and hold: Lowers the volume. Also rejects calls.
      On the right bud:
    • Single tap: Plays and pauses audio.
    • Double tap: Skips to the next track. Also answers and ends calls.
    • Press and hold: Raises the volume. Also rejects calls.

9.6
Design
Portability
L 1.2" (3.0 cm)
W 1.6" (4.0 cm)
H 0.8" (2.0 cm)
Volume 1.04 in³ (17.00 cm³)
Transmitter Required No

These buds are very portable. You can easily store them in most pockets or bags without an issue.

8.0
Design
Case
Type Hard case
L 1.9" (4.8 cm)
W 2.7" (6.8 cm)
H 1.4" (3.6 cm)
Volume 7.14 in³ (117.00 cm³)

The carrying case is great. Unlike the Status Between Pro True Wireless, this case supports wireless charging. There are three LED lights on the front of the case and a reset button on the back.

7.5
Design
Build Quality

The Status Between 3ANC's build quality is good. They're mostly made of plastic with a metal sleeve capping the stem. The ear tips and stability fins are silicone and come in different sizes. The manufacturer also states that they're certified IPX5 for resistance against direct water exposure, but it isn't clear if this certification includes the case.

7.5
Design
Stability

These earbuds have a stable fit, thanks to their stability fin design. Although they stick out of your ear, they stay in place while you're on the move. If you make a lot of vigorous head movements, you may need to readjust their fit since they can feel like they're falling out our your ears due to their design.

Design
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Design
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Design
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Design
In The Box

  • Status Between 3ANC earbuds
  • 3x sets of ear tips
  • 3x sets of stability fins
  • USB-A to USB-C charging cable
  • Carrying case
  • Manuals

Sound
Sound
Sound Profile
Bass Amount
1.33 dB
Treble Amount
-1.13 dB

Using the Status Signature EQ preset, the Status Between 3ANC have an excited sound profile that delivers extra thump, punch, and boom in the bass. Vocals and instruments aren't drowned out in mixes; they're bright and sparkly, thanks to extra treble. If you prefer a different sound, their companion app offers a graphic EQ and presets to help you adjust their sound.

We noticed a difference in frequency response when using the Status Signature EQ preset, depending on if the ANC is on versus off. When off, the buds deliver a lot more bass than when on. However, the extra boom and warmth also muddies vocals and instruments. You can see a comparison between both settings here. You can also see a comparison of all the EQ presets with ANC on versus off here.

7.9
Sound
Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
0.42 dB

The frequency response consistency is very good. The buds have a small hole that could affect the ANC performance when covered by the stability fins. However, because our rig's ears are made from silicone, it causes the buds to move more than it would if worn by a human. As a result, once you get a good fit, you'll experience consistent bass and treble delivery each time you use them.

Sound
Raw Frequency Response
7.5
Sound
Bass Accuracy
Std. Err.
3.71 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
10 Hz
Low-Bass
3.6 dB
Mid-Bass
4.57 dB
High-Bass
4.04 dB

The bass accuracy is very good. The response is overemphasized across the range, resulting in extra thump, punch, and boom. This sound is great if you like genres like EDM and hip-hop that can benefit from extra bass. However, this overemphasis can clutter vocals and instruments.

8.4
Sound
Mid Accuracy
Std. Err.
2.11 dB
Low-Mid
1.13 dB
Mid-Mid
0.65 dB
High-Mid
2.91 dB

The Status Between 3ANC's mid accuracy is great. The response is fairly even, although a bit of overemphasis is coming from the bass range into the low-mid, which clutters the mix a bit. The mid-mid is more neutral, ensuring the presence of vocals and instruments, while a bump in the high-mid makes them sound intense. In songs like Psycho Killer by Talking Heads, the lead singer's voice is fairly clear and present throughout the mix, but in the higher registers, it starts to sound a little harsh.

Keep in mind that while the mid response is quite flat, the Peaks and Dips shows a dip in the low to mid-mid, suggesting that the buds have trouble controlling their sound profile in this range.

8.1
Sound
Treble Accuracy
Std. Err.
2.95 dB
Low-Treble
3.5 dB
Mid-Treble
0.8 dB
High-Treble
-4.88 dB

The Status Between 3ANC have great treble accuracy. It's overemphasized throughout most of the range. The low-treble is very overemphasized, so vocals and instruments sound harsh. That said, sibilants like cymbals are bright but not piercing.

8.4
Sound
Peaks/Dips
Peaks
1.06 dB
Dips
0.84 dB

The peaks and dips performance is great. A small peak in the mid to high-bass adds punch and warmth to audio. A dip in the low to mid-mid thins out vocals and instruments while nudging them to the back of the mix. The low to mid-treble is slightly overemphasized, too, making vocals and instruments sound harsh while sibilants like cymbals are bright.

9.2
Sound
Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
0.12
Weighted Phase Mismatch
1.99
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
0.4
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
1.02

Status hasn't produced a lot of headphones, but previous products from this manufacturer, like the Status Between Pro True Wireless, have shown solid quality control and ergonomics. Our unit's L/R drivers are well-balanced in group delay, ensuring tight bass and transparent treble reproduction. Our unit is also well-matched in phase response, amplitude, and frequency response, which ensures that objects like voices are placed correctly in the stereo image. Although there's a peak in the phase response's mid-mid, it isn't easy to hear in real-life content and won't affect your listening experience.

0.8
Sound
Passive Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
N/A
PRTF Size (Avg.)
N/A
PRTF Distance
N/A
Openness
2.5
Acoustic Space Excitation
1.0

The passive soundstage is bad, but that's to be expected. By design, they bypass your outer ear, which sound needs to interact with to create a more immersive and wide soundstage. As a result, the soundstage these buds create is closed-off and sounds like it's coming from inside your head, rather than from speakers in the room around you.

0
Sound
Virtual Soundstage
Head Modeling
No
Speaker Modeling
No
Room Ambience
No
Head Tracking
No
Virtual Surround
No
7.8
Sound
Weighted Harmonic Distortion
WHD @ 90
0.264
WHD @ 100
0.119

The weighted harmonic distortion performance is very good. Although there's a small peak of distortion in the high-treble range, it's hard to hear as we lose sensitivity to this range over time. As a result, all ranges fall within good limits, resulting in clean and pure audio reproduction.

Sound
Test Settings
Firmware
0.0.3.3
Power
On
Connection
Bluetooth 5.0
Codec
SBC, 16-bit, 44.1kHz
EQ
Status Signature
ANC
On
Tip/Pad
Silicone (small)
Microphone
Integrated

These are the settings used to test these headphones. Our results are only valid when used in this configuration.

Isolation
7.5
Isolation
Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
Overall Attenuation
-20.28 dB
Noise Cancelling Yes
Bass
-12.03 dB
Mid
-22.07 dB
Treble
-27.79 dB

The Status Between 3ANC's noise isolation performance is good. They're equipped with an ANC system that can block out a good amount of noise across the range. It's mostly concentrated on cutting down bass range noise like bus and plane engine rumbles. That said, even though it can reduce some of this noise, it falls short compared to similarly priced buds like the Samsung Galaxy Buds2 Pro True Wireless. On the upside, these buds offer better isolation in the mid to treble ranges, where you find ambient chatter and high-pitched sounds like the whirl of a computer fan.

9.1
Isolation
Leakage
Leakage Audio
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
26.53 dB

The leakage performance is outstanding. Most of the audio leakage is concentrated in the bass and treble range, and it sounds thumpy and thin. Luckily, if you're listening to audio at high volumes and in a moderately noisy place like an office, people around you won't hear it.

Microphone
Microphone
Microphone Style
Integrated
Yes
In-Line
No
Boom
No
Detachable Boom
No
Mic Yes
6.5
Microphone
Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
LFE
190.27 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
4.62 dB
HFE
7,136.96 Hz
Weighted THD
N/A
Gain
-23.16 dB

The integrated mic's recording quality is okay. It performs similarly to that of the Status Between Pro True Wireless. Your voice sounds thin and slightly distorted, but you'll still be intelligible and clear.

When testing the mic, we noticed distortion was introduced into our passes by our headphones mic. After switching the mic from the left mic (which we use by default for testing) to the right mic, we still noticed similar levels of distortion. This original THD measurement skewed this test's scoring and made it seem like the mic was performing worse than it was. As a result, we've put 'N/A' to bring the score closer to what we believe is its performance.

6.0
Microphone
Noise Handling
SpNR
10.87 dB
Noise Gate
Always On
Speech + Pink Noise Handling
6.0
Speech + Pink Noise Audio Sample
Speech + Subway Noise Handling
6.0
Speech + Subway Noise Audio Sample

The integrated mic's noise handling is mediocre. The mic has trouble separating your voice from background noise, which can affect speech quality. If you're taking a call from a noisy environment like a busy street, your voice isn't very clear, and the mic distortion will annoy whoever you're talking to.

Active Features
7.5
Active Features
Battery
Battery Type
Rechargable
Continuous Battery Life
7.7 hrs
Additional Charges
3.0
Total Battery Life
30.8 hrs
Charge Time
1.3 hrs
Power-Saving Feature
Auto-Off Timer
Audio While Charging
Yes
Passive Playback
No
Charging Port USB-C

The Status Between 3ANC has a good battery performance. The manufacturer doesn't specify that the case or total battery life, but only that of the buds. They're advertised to last eight hours continuously, and we measured a similar amount. We also measured three charges in the carrying case, which makes it easy to keep the buds recharged on the go. Keep in mind that battery life varies depending on use, though. Luckily, if you want to extend their battery life, their auto-off timer automatically turns off if you forget to do so.

7.5
Active Features
App Support
App Name Between 3ANC
iOS Yes
Android Yes
macOS No
Windows No
Equalizer
Graphic + Presets
ANC Control
On/Off
Mic Control No
Room Effects
No
Playback Control
No
Button Mapping No
Surround Support
No

The Between 3ANC app is good and simple to use. You can see a video of how it works here.You can customize the buds' sound using the EQ presets or the 8-band graphic EQ. You can also see the amount of battery life remaining on each bud, disconnect the buds directly from the app, and enable ANC on, ANC off, and ambient mode.

Connectivity
8.4
Connectivity
Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
5.2
Multi-Device Pairing
2 Devices
NFC Pairing
No
Line Of Sight Range
334.65 ft (102.00 m)
PC Latency (SBC)
248 ms
PC Latency (aptX)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX HD)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX-LL)
N/A
iOS Latency
100 ms
Android Latency
169 ms

The Bluetooth connectivity is great. These buds support multi-device pairing, so you can stay connected to your PC and smartphone simultaneously. That said, unlike the Status Between Pro True Wireless, they don't support aptX codec, which can help improve audio quality when streaming. Their latency using SBC codec on PCs is quite high, so it's not ideal for streaming video. Their latency on Android devices is high too, which causes lip sync, although it's lower on iOS devices. That said, remember that different apps and devices compensate for latency differently.

0
Connectivity
Non-Bluetooth Wireless
Non-BT Line Of Sight Range
N/A
Non-BT Latency
N/A
0
Connectivity
Wired
Analog Audio
No
USB Audio
No
Detachable No
Length N/A
Connection
No Wired Option
Analog/USB Audio Latency
N/A

These headphones come with a USB-A to USB-C cable. You can't use it to passthrough audio, but it's used to charge the carrying case.

Connectivity
PC Compatibility
Analog
No
Wired USB
No
Non-BT Wireless
No

The Status 3ANC can connect to Bluetooth-enabled PCs with full audio and mic compatibility. However, this is the only way to connect these headphones to your PC.

Connectivity
PlayStation Compatibility
PS4 Analog
No
PS4 Wired USB
No
PS4 Non-BT Wireless
No
PS5 Analog
No
PS5 Wired USB
No
PS5 Non-BT Wireless
No
Connectivity
Xbox Compatibility
Xbox One Analog
No
Xbox One Wired USB
No
Xbox One Non-BT Wireless
No
Xbox Series X|S Analog
No
Xbox Series X|S Wired USB
No
Xbox Series X|S Non-BT Wireless
No
2.2
Connectivity
Base/Dock
Type
Charging Case
USB Input
No
Line In
No
Line Out
No
Optical Input
No
RCA Input
No
Dock Charging
Yes
Power Supply
USB-C

These headphones come with a carrying case. It has a USB-C port to charge up the case and supports Qi wireless charging.