SonicGear Airphone III 2017 Review

Introduction
Hey guys, check out my latest budget Bluetooth headphones from SonicGear – Airphone III 2017 edition. It is loaded with high clarity and powerful bass audio. Support up to 8 hours of continuous playback. Also compatible with PS4. Sound great? Let’s find out…

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Features

  • SonicGear’s superior audio design
  • Built-in lithium ion battery supports up to 8 hours of continuous playback or handsfree use
  • Battery supports more than 10 days of standby time on full charge
  • Can be used as conventional wired headphone using cable (provided)
  • Auto standby mode for power saving

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Packaging and Design
SonicGear Airphone III comes with a half see-through packaging. Simple yet nice. Once opened, you can find Airphone III itself, short micro USB cable, 3.5mm AUX cable and user manual. Based on the manual, it can support PS4 DualShock 4 controller too. Too bad that I don’t have one to test. So you need to try it out yourself.

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Build quality is okay with plastic housing. Not the best one nor the worst. The whole design is simple and foldable to carry around. The headband is very well cushioned. Height is adjustable by moving ear cups. The on-ear cups are slightly rotatable and tilt able. The control buttons, EQ, microphone, LED status indicator, USB port and 3.5mm audio jack are located at right ear cup. And there are lot of colours for you to choose – white, red, yellow, black and green.

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Specifications

  • Driver size: 40mm
  • Frequency response: 20Hz -20000 kHz
  • Impedance: 32 Ohms (Ω) +-15%
  • Sensitivity: 108dB/nW+- 15%
  • Maximum input power : 30mW
  • Wireless distance up to 10 meters
  • Bluetooth V2.1 + EDR
  • Support HSP, HFP, A2DP, and AVRCP
  • Continues music playback up 8 hours operation

Fit, Comfort & Isolation
Yes, it is pleasant to wear for long hour thanks to light in weight. The well cushioned headband and thick pads help too. Fit well too with its height adjustable and rotatable ear cups. Just like most on-ear headphones out there, you won’t get good isolation on Airphone III too. But this is expected so no complaint here. As I always mentioned, over the ear type of headphones is what you need if pursue for good isolation.

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Performance Result
Its Bluetooth range is great – easily exceeds 10m Bluetooth range in straight sight line with no obstacle. Up to 7m with obstacles. And you can always use 3.5mm audio cable to enjoy music while running out of battery or on non-Bluetooth devices. And it has virtually no lag between video and audio. This is great for watching movies on tablet and playing games on smartphone. As for battery life, it can keep you entertained up to 10 hours non-stop. As for self-charging, it takes around 2 hours to fully charge.

As for phone call quality, it is okay. Others can hear my voice clear but sound like I am in a small room. No problem to hear others from here. One thing to take note – built-in mic is not working on wired mode.

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Surprise… I didn’t expect a budget Bluetooth Headphones to have EQ built-in. Personally, I don’t play much with EQ unless it is really needed. But it does give users more choices and different sound signatures to enjoy. Out of the box, SonicGear Airphone III sounds great at its price point. The treble is crisp and clear. And bass is powerful yet in control. Vocal is nice too. Overall, it is nice for music, movies, games and calls.

Advantages

  • Clear sound quality with great bass
  • EQ built-in
  • Comfortable to wear
  • Lightweight & foldable
  • Built-in mic for phone call

Limitations

  • Average phone call experience

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Conclusion
Looking for a budget Bluetooth headphones? Be sure to check out SonicGear Airphone III 2017 edition at your nearest PC stores. Audit it yourself, and you might like it as I do. More information can be found at SonicGear Website.

  • netrubbish

    Let me ask . I’ve seen many claims upto 8 hours continous music playback, but I have seen the box packaging photo in other sites, and the specs printed on it says upto only 2.5 hours. Which one is correct ?

    • netrubbish, based on my test, I believe 8 hours specs is the correct one.

      • netrubbish

        Thank you for the confirmation.