SoundPEATS Air3 Deluxe HS Wireless Earbuds Review
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SoundPEATS has released the SoundPEATS Air3 and the SoundPEATS Air3 Deluxe, and now we have the SoundPEATS Air3 Deluxe HS. So what’s the difference between the SoundPEATS Air3 and Air3 Deluxe and the Air3 Deluxe HS?
SOUNDPEATS Air3 Deluxe HS vs Air3 Deluxe vs Air3
The “HS” version of the Air3 Deluxe adds LDAC support. Another slight difference I noticed is that they don’t specifically have cVc 8.0 noise cancellation for the microphones, but they do have a similar technology that they refer to as Environmental Noise Cancellation. It’s still effective and reduces the background sounds so the mics can focus on your voice during phone calls. The battery charging case also gives you slightly less total playtime at 20 hours compared to the regular Deluxe model at 22 hours.
Since the earbuds themselves are the same from the Air3, the Air3 Deluxe HS sounds great with a good bass response and clear mids. They are a strong competitor to the Apple AirPods for anyone who likes the form factor and is looking to save some cash.
The Bluetooth connection seems solid and I really haven’t noticed any drop-outs or other interruptions in the connection while using them as long as I have my phone nearby. If I walk to another area of the house and leave my phone behind, the connection starts to get garbled which is to be expected.
- LDAC support: If you have an Android device that supports LDAC, you can take advantage of the higher quality audio. iPhones do not currently support LDAC, but they would still work with these earbuds.
- Longer battery life: The Air3 Deluxe HS version of these earbuds features a larger charging case that can last up to 20 hours (3 charges), compared to 17.5 hours on the non-Deluxe Air3 (2.5 charges).
- Auto-pause: If you remove either earbud, it will automatically pause the music on your phone, then resume it when you place the earbud back in your ear.
- Touch controls: While you can’t customize the touch controls like you can on the Apple AirPods, I found most of the features I need are already programmed. For example, you can decrease the volume with a single tap of the left earbud (and increase it with a single tap of the right earbud). You can play and pause by double-tapping the left earbud, and summon Siri with a triple-tap of the right earbud.
- One earbud mode: You can use either earbud by itself while the other earbud is in the charging case.
- Game mode: The earbuds have a low latency “game mode” that can be accessed with a triple tap of the left earbud.
Should you upgrade from the Air3 Deluxe to the Air3 Deluxe HS?
If you’re an iPhone user, there is no reason to upgrade as iPhones do not support LDAC. The HS earbuds will still work with iPhone, just without the LDAC audio quality.
If you’re an Android user withe a device that supports LDAC, you may want to upgrade if the Hi-Res Audio is important to you. If you’re not an audiophile and you’re happy with the sound of your current SoundPEATS earbuds, you likely do not need to upgrade.
The SOUNDPEATS Air3 Deluxe HS earbuds are very similar to the SoundPEATS Air3 Deluxe, but these “HS” version add LDAC support and slightly shorter total battery life. Sound quality is still excellent and the Air3 or Air3 Deluxe are both worthy alternatives to the Apple AirPods.
- Great sound quality with LDAC support
- Auto-pause when one earbud is removed
- Long battery life
- LDAC is only supported by certain Android devices