Epos H3 Hybrid Review: convincing, but leaves many doubts

8/10

Editor's rating

Where to buy at the best price ?
£ 149.00 on Amazon
GOOD POINTS
  • Manufacturing quality
  • High comfort
  • Extensive compatibility
  • Simple and efficient ergonomics
  • Mixing of sources
NEGATIVE POINTS
  • Equalization can be improved
  • Dedicated equalizer only on PC via USB
  • No passive mode
  • Saturation when voice volume increases

Summary

    EPOS H3 Hybrid
    Source: Selectos

    Design

    9

    The H3 Hybryd is almost identical to the wired H3. It is a well designed headset with quality materials, with a slight difference in the band and the microphone.

    EPOS H3 Hybrid
    It features a great design and quality materials | Source: Selectos

    The headband is covered with two materials (leatherette on the bottom and mesh fabric for the rest), whereas the H3 was only made of synthetic leather. The microphone, on the other hand, is now removable, which improves its practicality.

    However, we found the ear pads (velour and faux leather) to be identical to the wired version, but with better breathability.

    EPOS H3 Hybrid
    Pads offer enhanced breathability | Source: Selectos

    These headsets adapt to all morphologies thanks to the flexibility of the headband, the presence of articulated arms for the auricles and enough space for the ears.

    The actual controls are rather limited, but sufficient for a gamer model with a power button, a button to pair the headset with the PC or console and the classic wheel to adjust the volume. The microphone has a switch that cuts it off when folded along the length of the headset.

    EPOS H3 Hybrid
    Few buttons, but enough for a gamer model | Source: Selectos

    Performance

    7

    In terms of audio, unlike the wired model, which generally works quite well, there is a slight lack of balance between the frequencies (high and medium), especially at high volume.

    The result is a lack of sharpness/smoothness (due to the receding bass) which makes it not very suitable for listening to music. This does not create problems for gaming, but the immersion is less pronounced.

    EPOS H3 Hybrid
    Sound degrades with the base equaliser | Source: Selectos

    Luckily, whether on a PC or smartphone, it is possible to influence the equalisation by reversing the trend to achieve a convincing result, even if the brand’s software can only be used via USB on a PC. But on a console… you’ll have to deal with it.

    In contrast to the classic H3, this model features 7.1 surround. After a little fine-tuning, we can tell you that its performance is more than convincing.

    EPOS H3 Hybrid
    Compared to the H3, this model features 7.1 surround sound | Source: Selectos

    In Surround 7.1, the results are improved with even more precise positioning for the benefit of immersion (for racing or FPS games, for example). In fact, it is possible to locate enemies by ear and therefore anticipate their movements.

    EPOS H3 Hybrid
    Microphones deliver convincing performance | Source: Selectos

    The performance of the microphones is quite good.

    The main microphone restores the voice correctly despite a slight lack of bass and treble. Fortunately, the latter can be remedied after running it through the brand’s software (Epos Gaming Suite).

    Main microphone performance:

     

    It manages to filter out background noise in quiet environments, but does not achieve the same result in noisy conditions. It also shows a certain sensitivity as soon as the volume of the voice increases, with a sound that tends to become saturated.

    EPOS H3 Hybrid
    Surprisingly, its secondary microphone works wonderfully | Source: Selectos

    The secondary microphone managed to surprise us. In fact, we didn’t expect much from the latter, but in our tests it achieved quite convincing results. In addition, it can be used for making calls.

    Secondary microphone performance:

     

    Noise filtration is also good, but not in very noisy environments.

    Compatibility

    9

    Compatibility is one of the aspects where the H3 Hybryd shines. It combines wireless connectivity (Bluetooth) with USB and auxiliary. So, in theory, it offers universal compatibility and incorporates a very practical feature: signal mixing.

    EPOS H3 Hybrid
    The H3 Hybrid combines Bluetooth with USB and auxiliary connectivity | Source: Selectos

    This system allows you, for example, to connect the H3 Hybrid to your PC via USB while it is paired to your smartphone via Bluetooth. This will allow you to make calls via your smartphone while enjoying your gaming sessions, for example.

    EPOS H3 Hybrid
    Still uses its battery, even with cable | Source: Selectos

    However, we did not like the fact that, even with a cable, it still uses its battery. So you can forget about passive use. It’s a pity, because even if it has a battery life of about 30 hours on Bluetooth (20 on jack, 15 on Bluetooth/jack mix), it’s always a good idea to have a backup solution.

    The brand’s software is only compatible with Windows PCs via USB, which prevents access to equalisation on any other device. Nevertheless, it is still a practical solution for controlling the microphone equaliser and audio.

    Conclusion

    8/10

    In summary, the results of the H3 Hybrid are rather mixed. While it is practical thanks to its extensive connectivity and comfortable with its neat features, it fails to convince in audio where a passage through the equalizer is necessary, when it is possible.

    We therefore recommend opting for the classic H3 instead if you don’t need wireless connectivity as its price/performance ratio is much more interesting, especially on a console.

    GOOD POINTS
    • Manufacturing quality
    • High comfort
    • Extensive compatibility
    • Simple and efficient ergonomics
    • Mixing of sources
    NEGATIVE POINTS
    • Equalization can be improved
    • Dedicated equalizer only on PC via USB
    • No passive mode
    • Saturation when voice volume increases
    Where to buy at the best price ?
    £ 149.00 on Amazon

     

    Translated by Ramsés El Hajje

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