The Soundpeats Opera 3 is a new TWS earphone that is currently available on Kickstarter at an attractive price point of $49. The project runs until February 11th, so it’s a great opportunity to get your hands on this hybrid dual-driver unit that features 1 dynamic driver and 1 balanced armature, along with support for LDAC. Here’s the Kickstarter campaign.
Disclaimer: This sample was provided by Soundpeats for an honest review. All observations and opinions here are my own based on my experience with the product.
Soundpeats Opera 3
Design-wise, the charging case is quite similar to other Soundpeats TWS earbuds, being about the size of a large egg and easily fitting into a jeans pocket. The case has a single LED indicator on the front and a USB-C charging port on the back. The case also accommodates extra-large third-party eartips, which is a great plus for people with larger ears.
The shells are black with rose gold faceplates, giving them a flashy yet elegant look. The comfort is good but be aware that the shells are quite chunky and they do protrude out from your ears a bit.
The touch controls are responsive and logical, and Soundpeats has added onboard volume controls, which is a great feature. As far as call quality goes, the built-in microphones sound pretty good, producing a clear and loud sound. Gaming and video performance are both good – There was no noticeable latency with either, even during fast-paced mobile games.
The Opera 3 comes with support for the Soundpeats mobile app which gives you access to customization options like preset and custom EQ settings and the ability to disable the 1-touch controls. The Opera 3 has active noise cancellation, including an ambient mode, but the ANC performance is a bit lower than average for something in this price range. It cuts out constant low-frequency noise to some degree but it might not completely block out background noise.
In terms of sound, Opera 3 does not disappoint. The sound is clear and vibrant. The bass is powerful but doesn’t bleed excessively into the midrange. The midrange sounds clean and rises clearly above the bass. Male vocals are articulate and crisp – they have a neutral note size and tone but still, have enough body to sound natural.
Female vocals are vibrant without being shouty. The treble is detailed and has sparkle. It’s more forward than some people might be used to on TWS earbuds though and depending on the music genre, it can sound a little bright and fatiguing. But remember, you can always attenuate the treble with the custom EQ if you find it too sharp.
In conclusion, the Soundpeats Opera 3 is a great choice for anyone looking for a budget-friendly TWS earphone. With its attractive design, good sound quality, and impressive battery life, it offers a lot of value for its price. However, if you’re looking for strong ANC performance, it might not be the best choice. You can find Opera 3 on Kickstarter here.