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Active noise filtering and surprising sound: We tested Shiomi's Redmi Buds 3 Pro - Walla! technology

2021-09-17T06:45:46.736Z

The technology giant's new generation of cordless headphones brings good noise reduction capability, and not bad audio quality - and especially low price. However, they are not suitable for everyone



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Active noise filtering and surprising sound: We tested Shiomi's Redmi Buds 3 Pro

The new generation of cordless headphones from the Chinese technology giant brings good noise reduction capability, and also not bad audio quality - and especially low price.

However, they are not suitable for everyone.

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Yinon Ben Shoshan

Friday, 17 September 2021, 09:40

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Shiomi Redmi Buds 3 Pro (Photo: Walla! Technology, Yinon Ben-Shoshan)

Shiomi continues to expand the Redmi series, which is mainly associated with smartphones with a low price tag, and recently launched in Israel through the official importer, the Hamilton Group, the Redmi Buds 3 Pro - wireless headphones with active noise filtering at a price tag of NIS 299.

Are they worth the money?

We checked.

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Design and control

The Redmi Buds 3 Pro is reminiscent of quite a few other models launched by Shiomi in the past year, and in fact these are the Redmi AirDots 3 Pro headphones, which the company announced about two months ago and decided to brand them under a different name as part of a marketing strategy.



Both the headphones themselves and the charging case are made of plastic with a pleasant matte finish to the touch that gives a premium feel.

They sit perfectly in the ear, and I did not feel them fall off the ears during a long walk.

On the other hand, they will not fit everyone because they are a bit large and protrude out of the ears, and sometimes have to be tightened back.

Both the headphones themselves and the charging case are made of plastic with a matte finish (Photo: Walla! Technology)

There are touch buttons on the headphones that allow you to turn on the noise filter (with a long press), stop the music, or answer calls by tapping the headset.

At the same time, the headphones automatically stop the music when one of them is removed from the ear - and play the music back when you insert it.



Like almost all headphones we bought, the pairing for the smartphone is simple:

a long press on a button located in the center of the charging case - and finding the model in the Bluetooth menu on the device.

However, in Redmi Buds Pro 2 you have the option to pair to a pair of devices at the same time.

Sound, noise filtering and connection

The Redmi Buds 3 Pro try to meet the top tier of the category when it comes to sound quality - and almost succeed.

And the truth is, we did not have many expectations regarding the quality of the sound.

After all, it seems a bit excessive to ask for good sound quality and advanced technology at a low price tag.



But to our surprise, Shiomi managed to bring a pretty good sound quality - the sounds coming from the headphones are clean and accurate and the bass is excellent.

On the other hand, at particularly high volume levels, you can notice loudness that slightly interfered with listening.

Shiomi managed to bring a pretty good sound quality (Photo: Walla! Technology, Yinon Ben-Shoshan)

The headphones come with active noise cancellation (ANC) support in three different modes - light, balanced and deep - this can be activated by long tapping on the touchpad located on the headset. According to the company, the headphones also incorporate a mechanism that adjusts the noise filtering level for an optimal audio experience - a feature that I could not notice throughout the use.



In practice, noise filtering is good but not perfect. This means that the headphones did manage to neutralize some of the background noise and slightly isolate the sound in a noisy environment, but it still does not come close to what you would get in higher-end headphones - such as Sony's WF-1000XM4 or Airfoods Pro.



What else will you get?

Another nice feature that Shiomi has integrated in Redmi Buds 3 Pro is called Dual transparency, and will allow you to hear the environment without removing the headphones. In addition, the headphones support the IPX4 standard for water resistance, which means that they can absorb splashes of water drops.

Noise filtering is good but not perfect.

The charging case of the Redmi Buds 3 Pro (Photo: Walla! Technology, Yinon Ben-Shoshan)

battery

The working time of the headphones is around 5 hours, when on paper Shiomi states that the battery is enough for about 6 hours of listening with active noise filtering and 50 percent audio volume.

However, the fast charge - which allows 3 hours of listening in 10 minutes of charging - solves the fear of quickly draining the battery.

Bottom line

The Redmi Buds 3 Pro are rich in a very wide range of options, including quality sound, an active noise canceling mechanism, satisfying bass and long battery life.

However, the design may disappoint some users who are looking for small headphones that do not protrude beyond the ears.

In practice, they are suitable for those who want to get a low price tag experience similar to the premium models.

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