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H2O Audio Tri Pro Headphones Review: An Inappropriate "Upgrade"

Το κολύμπι είναι μια εξαιρετική προπόνηση, αλλά είναι βαρετή σαν βρωμιά. Τουλάχιστον έτσι ένιωθα να κολυμπάω σε όλο το λύκειο. Το H2O Audio Tri Pro προσπαθεί να είναι η απόλυτη απάντηση σε αυτή την πλήξη, υποσχόμενος να σας αφήσει να ακούτε μουσική, podcast ή οτιδήποτε άλλο ενώ κολυμπάτε και, όπως υποδηλώνει το όνομα, τρέχετε και κάνετε ποδήλατο επίσης. Χρησιμοποιώντας την αγωγιμότητα των οστών, αναπαράγουν ήχο μέσω των μάγουλων σας, διατηρώντας τα αυτιά σας ανόδιστα, ώστε να μπορείτε να διατηρήσετε την επίγνωση της κατάστασης που χρειάζεστε σε αυτά τα πλαίσια.


The Tri Pros are intended as an upgrade to the Tri headphones, but their one big extra feature is far from great, and the price increase is significant. And unless you're lucky enough to have them fit perfectly right away, you're going to see a pretty awful experience all around.

Source: H2O Audio

H2O Audio Tri Pro Multi-Sport with PLAYLIST+

The H2O Audio Tri Pro could be an impressive pair of bone conduction headphones that are ready for swimming, cycling and running, but the quality of they are completely dependent on a good fit and there is no mechanism to adjust the fit to the multitude of head shapes. there. Since their only real upgrade over H2O Audio's standard Tri headphones is a tedious audio recorder, there's no reason to pay the extra $60 for them.

Connectivity Technology
Bluetooth

Play time
5 hours

Waterproof?
Yes

Brand
Sound H2O

Energy source
USB

Special feature
Built-in MP3 player 8 GB

Speaker technology
Bone-Education

IP rating
IPX8 (up to 3,6 meters for unlimited time)

Music Source:
Bluetooth, MP3 player

Supported Formats:
MP3, WMA, M4A

Weight:
33 gr

Colour:
μαύρος

Advantages
  • Maintains situational awareness
  • Ready to swim
  • Internal storage for underwater use
Disadvantages
  • Sound is highly application dependent
  • Neutral fit is a matter of luck
  • Short battery life, long recharge time
  • Hard controls
  • Effectively useless microphone

Price and availability

The H2O Audio Tri Pro has a list price of $179 on the H2O Audio website, but it's on an ongoing sale to $159 and has been listed at $159 on Amazon for months, so we'll take $159 to be the actual price.

Design and implementation

H2O Tri Pro bone conduction headphones worn around the neck

The H2O Audio Tri Pros are designed like many other bone conduction headphones. They place two guides on the ends of the ear hooks and connect the two sides with a flexible neck. The design is almost identical to the older H2O Audio Tri headset.

This design sees drivers push the cheekbones just in front of the ears. There are two more massive comp που βρίσκονται πίσω από τα αυτιά, που περιέχουν την μπαταρία, την αποθήκευση και τα χειριστήρια. Δυστυχώς, αυτά τα μπορούν να πιέσουν μάλλον άβολα στα οστά εκεί.

Speaking of fit and comfort, it will largely depend on the shape and size of your head. Although the neck is flexible, it doesn't adjust to new positions like standard headphone sliders. On my head, the belt stretches wide, which sees the guides not press against my cheekbones. The result is a much weaker sound unless I have a separate headband or swimming goggles to help push the drivers down. Wearing the headphones on a walk, I don't make these adjustments and, as a result, have an inferior audio experience.

Although the headphones are branded as suitable for triathlons, I also find them particularly uncomfortable for cycling as they are not held in place by cycling glasses or helmet straps. In fact, both of these items get awkwardly tangled and bunched around my ears and the H2O Audio Tri Pro's neckband.

H2O Tri Pro near-ear bone conduction headphones

The H2O Audio Tri Pro is made to get wet and therefore has an IPX8 rating, the company says it's good for up to three meters underwater with no time limit (well better than what the official IPX8 rating suggests) .

The control unit behind the right ear hook is fairly simple, with a play button and a + and - button. The play button is responsible for turning on the headphones and switching between Bluetooth mode and internal storage. H2O Audio says it will also call a voice assistant, but I wasn't able to do that. The + and – buttons can adjust volume with a single press, skip tracks while held, or change folders if double-pressed in local storage mode. The buttons are quite stiff, so long presses and double clicks can be a little difficult.

The headset charges with a special USB cable that has a magnetically aligned four-pin adapter on the end. While this worked fairly simply for charging the headset, it's a dodgy connection to use for USB data transfer and I've had issues with the slightest movement breaking the connection.

Specifications

H2O Tri Pro bone conduction headphones on a table

These headphones offer a basic Bluetooth connection for use outside the water. Since Bluetooth doesn't penetrate water well, they also have 8GB of internal storage to load MP3, WMA and M4A audio files for local playback. These audio files can be transferred from a connected computer via the charging cable.

What sets H2O Audio Tri Pro apart from H2O Audio Tri (non-Pro) is the Playlist+ feature. While connecting to a Bluetooth source that is playing audio, a double tap of the + button will start recording the audio to be stored locally. Want a 5 hour recording? You will perform this procedure for 5 hours. Not only is this an incredibly tedious process for making a recording (think making custom mix tapes on actual cassette decks), but it's potentially in a legal gray area, as the headphones are creating a copy of possibly copyrighted content.

The H2O Audio smartphone app can also start and stop recording for the Playlist+ feature. It is also necessary for renaming and organizing recordings. Other than that, it offers little functionality for the headphones.

Performance and sound quality

H2O Tri Pro Bone Conduction Headphone Buttons

The sound quality from the H2O Audio Tri Pro is hit or miss. Place the drivers in the right place and it's impressive, the sound they pump into your mind. They have a solid range, picking up moderate bass alongside balanced mids and treble. What's particularly wild is how the sound shifts when they're submerged underwater, as they now vibrate your cheekbones and the surrounding water, creating an even fuller sound. It might sound a little less precise like this, but it's a rich listening experience for some heavy jams that stay elevated throughout. s. H2O Audio provides earplugs to prevent rushing water in your ears from affecting the sound as well.

That being said, sound performance depends mostly on application and pressure. If the pressure is relaxed a little, the tone changes dramatically, the bass increases but is a bit muddy, and the highs and mids become thin and thin.

H2O-Tri-Pro (2)

While the H2O Audio Tri Pro might look loud when pressed properly against the cheekbones, they actually don't cover the ear canal, so it's easy to hear everything going on around you. With a good fit, I can hear external sounds alongside the audio. With a bad fit, external sounds will drown out the sound. In a fairly quiet cafe, I had to crank the volume up to listen to a podcast over ambient sound, but if I pressed the drivers to my cheekbones, I could hear just fine at lower volumes.

H2O Audio doesn't make much mention of the microphone in the headphones, and that's probably why it works so terribly. In a quiet room, I did a voice recording with the built-in mic and it barely picked up any sound. Everything sounded like it was going through a thick wall. If I spoke really loudly it did a little better, and if I held the whole earpiece in front of my mouth it performed even better, but no one should be required to use their headphones for a call.

Battery

Battery life isn't great for the Tri Pro. They're rated for 5 hours of run time and take 2 hours to recharge — no fast charging. At least they last their rated time, only draining about 20% after an hour of mixed use. But it certainly doesn't compare well to other Bluetooth headsets you might be looking at, which can often run much longer and recharge in a fraction of the time.

Take the EarFun Air Pro 3 for example. This quality pair of buds can run up to 9 hours between charges, carrying an additional 36 hours in the charging case. The Tri Pro looks bad even next to H2O Audio alternatives like the Sonar headphones, which offer 7 hours of battery life and cost a lot less.

Competition

H2O Audio Tri Multi-Sport with accessories

The H2O Audio Tri Pro faces serious competition from its own sibling. The H2O Audio Tri might have a list price of $149, which wouldn't make them much cheaper, but they are regularly discounted to $99. At this price, it's a significantly lower outlay, and all you'll lose is Tri Pro's dubious Playlist+ feature. It's a similar story for the company's Sonar headphones, which are designed specifically to strap on swim goggles and do so quite effectively.

You could go with something from a competitor, like the Shokz OpenSwim, but you'll pay $150, have less storage, and run into similar fitment issues.

Should you buy them?

The H2O Audio Tri Pros are just not great. They sound decent in the water and can go deep, but they don't add much to the package – other than a questionable and tedious audio recorder – over the standard Tri. If you're lucky enough to get a good fit, you'll save a lot of money and it will serve you pretty much as well as the standard Tri. And the fit is a concern, as the flexibility of the headphones doesn't actually mean they can fit different head shapes.

With little extra to offer at $159, the Tri Pro isn't worth the extra money you'll spend on them over one of their competitors. If they lasted longer on a charge or had upgraded storage, they might justify their existence, but as it stands, they just serve as a strong case for H2O Audio's cheaper options.

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Source: H2O Audio

H2O Audio Tri Pro Multi-Sport with PLAYLIST+

The H2O Audio Tri Pro could be an impressive pair of bone conduction headphones that are ready for swimming, cycling and running, but their sound quality is completely dependent on a good fit and there is no mechanism to adjust the fit to the multitude of head shapes. there. Since their only real upgrade over H2O Audio's standard Tri headphones is a tedious audio recorder, there's no reason to pay the extra $60 for them.



VIA: androidpolice.com

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