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The headphone models that the Anker brand Soundcore sent me for testing have never been a letdown in terms of operation and sound quality. So it's not surprising that the brand new Soundcore Life P3 also convince with a solid sound. But let's start from the beginning ...
The Soundcore Life P3 were given to me free of charge, but this did not affect my review. And as much as I like to take a critical look at products - there isn't much to complain about with the Soundcore Life P3.
The technical data already show that the Life P3 are a further development of the Life P2. Unfortunately, I couldn't hear them against each other to compare the sound quality as I don't have a Life P2.
But here is a brief overview of how the Soundcore Life P3 fares in relation to the “specs” compared to the P2.
|Soundcore model||Life P2||Life P3|
|Audio driver||6mm graph driver||11mm composite driver|
|Number of microphones||4||6|
|Battery life||7: 40h||7: 35h|
|Price||approx. 40 EUR||approx. 80 EUR|
There is still a lot of interesting information here, which I was able to learn from the press release on the Soundcore Life P3:
I think the look of the True Wireless headphones from Soundcore is successful. The charging case is a little flattering to the touch and is hardly noticeable in your pocket, while the design of the earphones is simple and elegant.
I received the dark blue color variant, but there are many more colors as you can see in the photo below.
The earbuds can be easily removed from the charging box and simply reinserted, so that you don't have to fumble for a long time until you have them in your hand or in the case.
The processing of the charging case and the earphones is very good. Both feel sturdy and I don't think anything will be damaged by frequent use. The loss of the lid on the charging case doesn't seem rickety either.
To access the reset and pairing button, you have to open the lid of the charging case. To pair the headphones, hold down the button in the case for a few seconds.
The earphones should remain in the case during this time. You can tell that the headphones are in pairing mode when the three white LEDs on the front of the charging box flash like a slow running light.
Now you open the Bluetooth settings on the iPhone (or the device of your choice) and find the Soundcore Life P3 at the bottom of the list and can now connect it.
Once the paring is done, you should go to the app store to download the Soundcore app load. Here you select the Life P3 and in the “Settings” area you will also find the option to update the firmware.
The search for new firmware should be started every now and then, as Soundcore always delivers new features via firmware updates, especially with new device models. For example, with the Life P3, support for Google and Alexa should be submitted later.
The Soundcore app has a few other practical functions in store that definitely enhance the headphones. Here is a small summary of what you can do with the app:
The app also comes with a widget that can be set up in the control center of the iPhone and iPad. This widget can then be used to change the active noise suppression and change the mode.
As a rule, I am not particularly enthusiastic when headphones come with touch-sensitive controls, because they often do not work reliably. Especially when you have to use the headphones with wet fingers, there are often problems with the inputs.
In this respect, however, the Soundcore Life P3 surprised me, because even with moistened fingers, all my "commands" were reliably implemented. Only once did Siri not start with a long press on the earphones, but that could also have been due to my iPhone. Otherwise, I could do anything, even if I pressed the earbuds with fingers that were extra wet.
I always find it extremely difficult to imagine something when describing the sound of headphones. The audio magazines regularly roll over adjectives like crystal clear, booming, full, bread dry and what do I know how high and low frequencies can be described in that way.
I find it much more helpful when you can compare the sound with something you already know. For example with the AirPods Pro. I deliberately did not name the AirPods (without Pro) because their open design means that they cannot technically offer as good a sound as the closed in-ear models. But I consider the AirPods Pro to be a fair "comparison opponent".
I've heard various songs on both headphones and I was surprised every time how different the pieces of music sound. With the Soundcore Life P3, the lower frequency range seems to be much more present, so that you can hear instruments that are literally drowned in the AirPods Pro.
So far I haven't classified the AirPods Pro as bad headphones (and I wouldn't do that now), but they definitely have a poor bass range. From my point of view, the Soundcore Life P3 have a rounder sound, which is also represented in the bass range.
If you don't like that with the Soundcore Life P3, you can use the equalizer in the Soundcore app to "pimp" it in the direction you want, but only real bass fetishists should need more bass. But even that could be stopped.
Incidentally, the difference in classical music was not quite as clear as in pop and rock. This may be due to the fact that the medium and high frequency spectrum dominates most of the pieces in classical music.
The bottom line is that I find the Life P3 more pleasant to listen to music than the AirPods Pro.
Active noise cancellation (ANC) is a very important feature of these headphones. For this reason, I would like to draw a comparison between the two headphones here as well.
To be honest, my result is relatively unspectacular, because I couldn't find any difference between the Soundcore Life P3 and the AirPods Pro.
Both headphones filter out particularly low and high frequencies, but if someone speaks in front of you, you can still hear it despite activated ANC (if you are not listening to music).
I did not test the special tuning mode, in which the voices are highlighted in the transparency mode.
Typical noises such as the humming noise when traveling by air, engine noise when traveling by car or bus and also the frequency ranges that are annoying when traveling by train (no, not the children two seats away!) Are largely suppressed.
Compared to the Bose QC35, the Bose does even better than the two in-ear headphones, but that may be due to the different construction (over-ear and in-ear) of the headphones.
I always have the Bose QC35 on when vacuuming and mowing the lawn or when working with the lawn trimmer and chainsaw, but since in-ears with the ANC also filter out the "loud and annoying" part of the noise, these are also a great help for that Hearing.
Therefore, I think that both the AirPods Pro and the Soundcore Life P3 or the Bose QC35 are suitable for reducing such noise to a level that allows you to listen to a podcast or music on the side without the headphones at maximum volume to have to regulate.
A reader recently asked me - when I was writing the review here - whether the Life P3 can also be worn for sports. In particular, he wanted to use it for jogging and I was able to test it for him directly.
So I'm out, put the Soundcore Life P3 in my ears and ran through the garden once. It worked flawlessly and the plugs stayed neatly in place. To find the limit, I did a few more yoga exercises and the headbanger (but not at the same time). That was not an issue either. The Life P3 are 100 percent tight and have not even loosened when you shake your head.
Since they are also protected against water jets in accordance with the IPX5 standard and the touch controls also work with sweaty fingers, you can take them with you to sports without hesitation.
The Soundcore Life P3 do not have an H1 chip like the AirPod models have. The consequence of this is that fast switching between different Apple devices is not supported.
They also do not support multipoint Bluetooth pairing. This in turn means that they can only be paired with one device. For example, if you want to switch from the iPhone to the iPad and take the headphones with you, you need to pair again.
To do this, you have to press the button in the case for a few seconds, open the Bluetooth menu and connect the headphones. In my opinion, this is unnecessarily cumbersome and is much more comfortable with the AirPod models.
So if you switch between iPhone, iPad or Mac more often, you will be better off with Apple AirPods or Beats headphones, as both brands have the Apple Hx chip installed.
The Soundcore Life P3 impress with their great sound, good workmanship and many functions, some of which can be controlled via the Soundcore app. Siri support is also a good feature if you are an Apple user.
The Price of around 80 euros is not in the lower price segment, but it is still significantly more attractive than the 170 euros that you currently have to pay for the AirPods Pro.
Only for Apple users who frequently switch between iPhone, iPad and Mac should headphones with the H1 or Hx chip be more interesting - and only AirPods, AirPods Pro, AirPods Max or some Beats models are currently considered.
Otherwise, the Life P3 are my new true wireless recommendation, because I have a headphone model from another manufacturer in the test and it's frightening what you can do wrong. Soundcore has done a really good job here and the options that you get through the app are a nice goodie on top of that.
If you are interested in the Soundcore Life P3, you can find it up to date buy on Amazon. They are listed as of today because they just came out. Here is the corresponding product box:
As an alternative to buying a new one, there is also the possibility of winning a copy, which I will be giving away to my newsletter readers. To participate, please sign up here and in one to two weeks you will find out in the newsletter how you can win the Soundcore Life P3.
Jens has been running the blog since 2012. He appears as Sir Apfelot for his readers and helps them with problems of a technical nature. In his free time he drives electric unicycles, takes photos (preferably with his iPhone, of course), climbs around in the Hessian mountains or hikes with the family. His articles deal with Apple products, news from the world of drones or solutions for current bugs.
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