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If you are looking for an affordable pair of ANC headphones under $100, you should definitely check out Paww WaveSound 3. It’s one of the best options when it comes to budget ANC headphones, and in this review, we will discuss all the features that make them so great.
Finding a pair of budget ANC headphones can be really difficult, especially if you want the headphones that can actually isolate some noise. There are many cheap ANC headphones but most of them are simply awful. Not only that they don’t isolate the environmental noise well, but they also tend to muffle the sound when you turn on the ANC feature.
The number of truly functional budget ANC headphones is very limited and we are about to present you one of them. Before we start, you must be aware that even the best budget ANC headphones cannot isolate all the noise and if you want to completely shut out all the noises around you (or at least more than 80%-90% of the noise), you should be looking for something much more expensive (like Bose, Sony, or Sennheiser ANC headphones and earbuds).
Now that you know what to expect, let’s talk about Paww WaveSound 3 ANC headphones. This is an attractive and stylish pair of headphones. It comes in a premium packaging with a bunch of accessories. The most noticeable features besides the look and build quality are foldable design, dual working mode (wired/wireless), stable Bluetooth connection and Bluetooth range, and detailed mids and highs. The only issues we have experienced are weight and bass response. The bass is not bad but it’s kind of suppressed, possibly in order to avoid distortion at high volumes.
Read our in-depth review of Paww WaveSound 3 ANC headphones and find out everything you need to know before you make your choice.
- Visually pleasing
- Foldable design
- Very good build quality
- Dual mode – wireless/wired
- Reliable Bluetooth connection
- Detailed mids and sparkling highs
- Decent noise isolation
- Affordable price
- Great price/quality ratio
- Bulky/comfort issues
- Unimpressive bass
Paww WaveSound 3 are one of the best budget ANC headphones and if your budget is set at $100 you won’t regret buying them but before you actually buy them, you might want to try them and see if they fit you and if they are comfortable enough.
Official video – Paww WaveSound 3
What’s in the box?
The packaging Paww WaveSound 3 headphones come in looks quite premium. The whole presentation is on par with more expensive brands like Sony and Bose. When you open the box, you will see a sturdy carrying case. The headphones and all the accessories are inside the carrying case.
Paww WaveSound 3 headphones come in a premium-looking box
Besides the headphones, you will get a USB to micro USB charging cable, AUX cable, airplane adapter, a small carrying pouch for the cables, short user manual, and 1-year warranty card.
|Paww WaveSound 3 Specifications|
|Earpad dimensions||2.25in x1.75in|
|Playtime||Up to 16h (at 50% volume and without ANC)|
|Recharge time||Up to 2 hours|
|Supported Bluetooth profiles||A2DP, AVRCP, HFP, HSP|
|OTHER TECHNICAL DETAILS|
|Frequency response||20Hz to 20kHz|
|Nominal SPL||105dB (at 1mW/1kHz)|
|ADDITIONAL FEATURES||ANC, wired/wireless mode, built-in mic, foldable design|
Design of the headphones themselves, just like the presentation, is quite premium. The headphones look very attractive, modern, and visually appealing. They come in 3 colors – blue, white, and black.
The headphones are available in 3 colors
The first thing you are going to notice when you take them out of the box is that they are quite hefty. There are some metal reinforcements on the headband, hinges, and on the earcups. The headband is extendable/adjustable and the earcups can rotate and swivel. Paww WaveSound 3 are over-ear headphones and based on the size of the earpads, they are going to fit most ear sizes.
Paww WaveSound 3 headphones are foldable, the headband is adjustable, the earcups can swivel and rotate
Most of the control buttons are located on the right earcup. There are 5 buttons – one multifunction button in the middle (power/Bluetooth/play/pause/call), two volume buttons (up and down), and two track buttons (left and right). On the rim, there are small LED Bluetooth indicator, AUX input, and a built-in mic.
Most of the control buttons are on the right earcup
On the left earcup, there’s a small ANC switch, ANC LED indicator, and micro USB charging port.
ANC switch and micro USB charging port are on the left earcup
We have already discussed the design and build quality. The most important thing you need the know is that Paww tried to make them as comfortable and durable as possible. The earpads and headband have soft and thick paddings with a leatherette finish.
The headphones feature 300mAh battery which can provide you with 16 hours of playtime at moderate volume and when the ANC feature is off. You will get about 12 hours with the ANC on.
The headphones feature Bluetooth 4.0. The advertised range is 33ft. NFC quick pairing is not supported. The headphones can work in two modes – wired and wireless. You can use the AUX cable that comes with the headphones to connect them to a non-Bluetooth device or to connect them to your phone or any other Bluetooth device when the headphones run out of battery.
The headphones also feature ANC which is one of the biggest selling points. The manufacturer claims that Paww WaveSound 3 can isolate up to 20 dB of ambient noise. The ANC works in wireless mode but it doesn’t work in wired mode.
There are only a few functional ANC headphones under $100 and Paww WaveSound 3 headphones are one of the best
The built-in mic is another useful feature although we were not completely happy with mic performance.
The airplane adapter is also included in the package so you don’t have to buy any additional equipment if you want to use the headphones for travel.
Using the headphones and controlling the playback is really simple. The controls are not difficult to master but you will still need some time to get used to the button arrangement. The trickiest thing is that multifunction button in the middle of the right earcup.
Schematic display of the control buttons and inputs
Durability is not an issue. The headphones are well put together and look quite strong. There are many metal parts and reinforcements. Even the hinges between the earcups and the headband look durable.
The manufacturer also tried to make the headphones comfortable and did a great job in almost all aspects. The earpads and the headband are very soft and feel nice. The clamping force is not too strong. The only issue is the weight and it’s really hard to say is this going to be too much for you or not. It’s more of a subjective feeling. They can become uncomfortable after a few hours of using.
We haven’t noticed any issues regarding the Bluetooth connection. Everything works as advertised. Pairing takes 4-5 seconds and it’s pretty simple. The range is slightly shorter than advertised but it’s more than satisfying. Actually, the range depends on the Bluetooth version on your phone, too. We have managed to get almost 40ft with iPhone X. The headphones don’t support aptX Bluetooth codec which means that you will experience some sound delay when watching videos on your phone.
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The ANC feature works well, but don’t expect Bose performance for $100. They will isolate more than 60% of ambient noise but they won’t completely shut out all the sounds around you. Like all the budget models, they do a much better job with constant low-frequency noise. You will still hear most of the high-pitched sounds, especially if they are loud. The headphones manage to isolate a great amount of noise even when the ANC feature is turned off. Passive isolation is really great.
The built-in mic works, but the performance is far from satisfying. If you are in a quiet environment, there will be no problems but if there’s just a little bit noise around you, the mic will pick up that noise and muffle your voice making it really hard for the person on the other end to hear you clearly.
The sound quality is on par with the price. The manufacturer decided not to boost the bass as many others do. If you are into bass, you won’t be impressed. In fact, you will be slightly disappointed since the bass is suppressed, probably in order to avoid distortion. Mids and highs sound very natural and detailed. The voices are perfectly clear. These headphones can get really loud and the distortion is barely noticeable even at full volume.
If you don’t like the design or the features of Paww WaveSound 3 headphones, here are three more pairs of ANC headphones under $100.
COWIN E7 PRO
Cowin E7 Pro headphones are one of the most popular budget ANC Bluetooth headphones. They are slightly cheaper than the Paww WaveSound 3.
They come in more different colors and look really stylish. They are also very comfortable but can become fatiguing after 2 or 3 hours of wearing. The headband is adjustable and the earcups can swivel and rotate.
Paww Wavesound 3 headphones look more durable and sturdier. E7 Pro features a much larger battery (800mAh compared to 300mAh) and delivers much longer playtime (30 hours compared to 16 hours). Both, Paww WaveSound 3 and E7 Pro can work in wired and wireless mode.
The ANC on E7 Pro and Paww WaveSound 3 deliver similar performance. They both feature built-in mics. When it comes to sound quality, it all depends on your taste. E7 Pro definitely delivers much more bass than Paww WaveSound 3.
If you need a cheaper alternative, TaoTronics TT-BH22 headphones might be the right choice. They are not as durable and sturdy as Paww WaveSound 3 but they are more comfortable.
TT-BH22 delivers longer playtime (25 hours compared to 16 hours). TT-BH22 features newer Bluetooth version but they both have the same Bluetooth range. There is no noticeable difference in connection quality. TT-BH22 headphones can also work in wired and wireless mode.
TT-BH22 and Paww WaveSound 3 deliver similar performance when it comes to noise cancellation.
TT-BH22 delivers slightly punchier bass and crispier highs but Paww Wavesound 3 delivers more detailed mids and clearer voices.
If you want to know more about TT-BH22, you can read our in-depth review.
TREBLAB Z2 is about $10 cheaper than Paww WaveSound 3. They are advertised as sports headphones but don’t have IPX rating and we aren’t really sure if they are the best choice for workouts.
TREBLAB Z2 headphones deliver longer playtime (35 hours compared to 16 hours). They feature Bluetooth 4.1 with 33ft range. Unlike Paww WaveSound 3. TREBLAB Z2 headphones feature support for aptX low latency codec. They can be used in wired mode, too.
The ANC on Paww WaveSound delivers slightly better performance but the difference is not huge.
The sound is nicely balanced and the bass is really impactful. Compared to Paww WaveSound 3, they offer slightly better sound quality. They are also very loud.
|Headphones||Playtime (at 50% vol.)||Noise canceling|
|Paww WaveSound 3||Up to 16 hours||ANC|
|COWIN E7 PRO||Up to 30 hours||ANC|
|TaoTronics TT-BH22||Up to 25 hours||ANC|
|TREBLAB Z2||Up to 35 hours||ANC|
If you are looking for a pair of budget ANC headphones under $100, the number of your options is actually very limited. Most of those cheap ANC headphones don’t isolate ambient noise well and none of them can eliminate all the noise. Still, there are a few really good ANC headphones under $100 and Paww WaveSound 3 are one of the best. They can isolate more than 60% of the ambient noise and the overall performance is more than satisfying. The only real issue could be their weight. They are not the heaviest headphones on the market but they can cause some discomfort and fatigue after 2-3 hours of wearing. Also, if you are a bass head, you won’t be amazed by the bass response but if you like more balanced sound, you will happy with Paww WaveSound 3 headphones.
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