Wheather you are going to space or you are feeling unwell, you might wanna get a bite of this SoundPeat Capsule 3 Pro.
Let’s dive into the details and talk about the sound for a second: these earbuds are v-shaped but not anything too weird. We don’t like having weird stuff plugging our ears. Most of the time.
Now, the mids on these lug plugs are really something special. They’re great for instruments, especially things like electric guitars and instruments. But let’s talk about voices for a second. The voices do sound clear, but there’s a bit of a problem with female vocals lacking some body.
But wait, there’s more! Due to the tuning, these are pretty good earbuds, including at lower volumes. And the bass? It’s a bit of a mixed bag, but the good news is that these drivers are pretty capable. The mid-bass is especially enjoyable and punchy, but sub-bass can be a bit less precise. Not cool, sub-bass! Get your act together!
Finally, the treble can come across as a bit thin and unresolved. But overall, these earbuds are fairly decent, especially for the price.
The ANC performance is like a shy introvert at a party: it does decently, but just can’t keep up with the cool kids. We rank it at Tier B, which is just code for “good, but not great.” It does manage to lower noise levels to some degree, but it’s just not enough to make it to the top tier of noise-cancelling champs.
And if that wasn’t enough, let’s talk about the transparency mode, which is ranked at Tier C, which is just a polite way of saying “it’s just okay.” In a pinch, it’ll do the job, but don’t expect it to give you a natural ambient experience. If you’re in a quiet environment, you’ll also be able to hear the white noise like it’s shouting in your ear. But don’t worry, you can change the ANC modes by long pressing the left stem, which will cycle through ANC, Normal and Transparency. You can also find these settings in the app.
Ok, let’s talk about that app shall we? First things first. Why do apps for earbuds need a login? Well we asked SoundPeats. This was their answer: “we ask our users to create an account for security reasons. This allows us to protect your personal information and ensure that only you have access to your account and earbuds. Rest assured that your information is kept confidential and secure.” Um.. creating an account for security reasons so they can protect our personal information? What??!!! How about not asking for a login which needs personal information in the first place! Problem solved!
Anyway, you’d think this would be it right? Wrong. It also needed access to your location. At least on android. We asked SoundPeats again. Here’s what they said: “the app requires access to your location for the purpose of Bluetooth pairing.” Ok – to be honest, we think this is a bit of a mess when it comes to Android. Location permissions were tied with Bluetooth capabilities till recently, so yeah, maybe SoundPeats update the app? And maybe you guys – use a location spoofer? Like I did. No such issues on Apple iPhones though.
All of this was a bad start to the app experience. And to be honest, you’re not missing much if you do decide to create an account which will protect your personal information. You get a volume slider, ANC modes and game mode which you can already adjust using the buds themselves. So apart from those you get the EQ. That’s the ONLY reason you need the app. Trust us. We’re protecting your personal information. Please leave your address in the comments so we can establish a better connection with our viewers. Rest assured that we do not share any location data with third parties.
Build & Comfort
Ok, moving on. The design of the Capsule3 Pro is… gaudy. And we’re not talking about the architect. SoundPeats have gone all in with the gold. We saw this on the Opera05 and now on the Capsule3 Pro. It’s on the charging port, around the back where the logo is and across the stem too. “Not our pakkie-an” (in english it means: not our thing). But yeh, if you’re into gold – do your thang.
The build of the case is very light and plasticky. You can tell they’re cheap buds due to the lack of some heft in the materials. But apart from that the case feels decently sturdy and the hinge action is reliable. No issues there. The size of the case is average, not exactly on the extremely compact side but it isn’t creating awkward bulges in your pocket either.
Taking the buds out of the case and putting them back in was a bit finicky since you have to kind of flip the bud around in your fingers to orient them correctly.
And there’s no wireless charging. SoundPeats promised 4.5 hours on LDAC without ANC but from our testing we got under 4 hours. Not great. But the volume was bordering on loud, so we’ll let it pass. Also, if you use SBC, you’ll get a couple more hours out of it, easy. If you include the battery in the case you get a total of 40 hours.
The buds are stem shaped and they fit comfortably in the ear. You get only 3 sizes of tips in the box unfortunately. Although they fit comfortably, the secureness of fit was just ok. Not bad for daily use, but a hard pass for workouts. Which technically you can do – these buds are IPX4 rated.
There are touch controls on either bud. You can’t customise them in the app though. Single tap on the left lowers volume and the right increases volume. You get track controls except for going to the previous track. You can call up your voice assistant, change ANC mode and toggle the low latency gaming mode. And of course you have call controls.
Yes, these actually come with decent call controls. You can answer and hang up like a boss. You can even adjust the volume and ANC. But wait, there’s a catch! You can’t mute directly from the buds. So, if you’re on a call and your dog starts barking like crazy, you’re just going to have to hope the other person doesn’t hear it. You know what? Let’s test that.
If you want to hear what the mic sounds like, go ahead and take a listen in the video at the top of this post. In quiet conditions in real-life situations, it sounded just fine and no one complained that we were testing weird earbuds again.
Oh, and don’t even get me started on the lack of multipoint. You have to disconnect one device to switch to another, or put the buds into pairing mode. Talk about a first-world problem, am I right?
Should you get the SoundPeats Capsule 3 Pro?
For $70, it’s a tough sell. It’s an overall mediocre package. The main selling points are the comfort, the sound and the reliable touch controls. But that dodgy app, gaudy colour scheme, sub-par ANC and transparency, limited customizability and extra features make them less attractive. For 10 bucks more the EarFun Air Pro 3 looks like a steal. They’ve got what the SoundPeats have but also come with Tier A noise cancelling and transparency, multipoint support, wireless charging and customizable touch controls.
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