As its name indicates very well, the all new H3 Hybrid announced today (September 14, 2021) is positioned as a “hybrid” version of the H3 launched a few months ago by Epos. Thus, by adding more connection possibilities, the Danish manufacturer wishes to offer a more versatile headset, which can also be used as a headset. gaming than Bluetooth nomad.
Even if the H3 Hybrid seems aesthetically close to the “simple” H3, Epos did not stop at simplicity and rethought many points when developing its new helmet. The internal design of the H3 Hybrid (which now houses a Bluetooth module, DAC, amplifier circuit, battery and USB-C port) allows it to be used in a number of ways:
- Exclusively wirelessly via Bluetooth, for portable listening for example
- Wired via a digital USB-C to USB-A connection
- Wired via an analog 3.5 mm mini-jack connection
- By mixing Bluetooth connection AND wired connection (USB or mini-jack)
In the latter use case, the incoming audio stream from the two sources (Bluetooth and wired) is then broadcast at the same time by the headphones. The H3 Hybrid unfortunately does not offer the possibility of controlling the volume of the two sources, it will be necessary to directly adjust the output level on the Bluetooth device. Another important precision: since this headset is based solely on its internal amplification, it must always be powered on to be used, even in the case of a simple analog connection. The autonomy announced by Epos therefore goes from 19 h (simultaneous wireless / wired connection) to 41 h (listening via Bluetooth only) depending on the use made of the headphones. A full recharge would take place in 1 h 30 min.
Always in a spirit of versatility, but also of discretion, Epos has made sure to make the gooseneck microphone detachable via a magnetic system which seems very practical. In this case, however, the user is not deprived of a means of communication: a microphone placed in the shell of one of the earpieces then takes over for the voice capture. The pads and cables also remain detachable, as on the original model.
Digital wired connectivity via USB gives the H3 Hybrid access to the Epos Gaming Suite application on PC, and therefore to home 7.1 surround and advanced audio settings. As for the sound performance, nothing seems to indicate a radical change to the restitution offered by the H3.
The H3 Hybrid is already available for € 179. It comes in two colors: black or white.
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