If you’re looking to buy a pair of wireless Bluetooth over-ear noise cancelling headphones but don’t have several hundred to spend, the CB3 Hush headphone is definitely worth checking out.
Loaded with features including active noise cancellation, good overall sound, a built in mic, optional 3.5mm cable for wired use, long battery life, and easy charging, the CB3 Hush scores high in the bang for the buck category.
Check out CB3 Hush review to see if these are the headphones for you.
- Type: Over ear, wireless Bluetooth
- Drivers: 40mm
- Frequency Range: 20hz-20khz
- Sensitivity: 110db
- Impedance: 32 Ω
- Max Output Power: 50mW
- Cable Length: 1.0m
- Weight: 0.64lb
- Bluetooth: Version 4.0
- Battery Life: 10-12 hours
- Output Power: Power Class 2
- Full Charging Time: 2.5 Hours
- Standby Time: 49 Hours with Noise Cancellation on/980 Hours with Noise Cancellation Off
- Battery: Lithium Polymer DC 3.7V/550 mAh
- CB3 Hush ANC Headphones
- Carrying Pouch
- Micro USB Charging Cable
- 3.5mm Audio Cable
- Inflight Adapter
The CB3 Hush Headphone is comfortable to wear with large, well-padded ear pads which completely surround your ears. The headband is comfortable as well. Although full sized, the CB3 is lightweight and comfortable on your head.
The CB3 Hush features a plastic design that I would describe as well made for the price. They are not as durable as more expensive models with metal parts, but are more than adequate consider the under $100 price tag.
I especially love the included case and pouch which are perfect for protecting your headphones when they are not in use.
Considering the price and the number of features available, the CB3 Hush is a top contender in the bang for the buck category. They feature wireless Bluetooth technology which allows you to move freely without wires. It is easy to pair these headphones to your smartphone or other Bluetooth device and once paired, the connection is stable.
You can, however, only connect to one device at a time. Some headphones allow you to toggle between two paired devices. While some will wish this feature was available, others who do not connect to multiple Bluetooth devices and do most everything on one phone will not be bothered by this in the least.
With a closed backed design and over ear pads, the CB3 has excellent passive noise attenuation (noise reduction as a result of design, not by electronics).
The ear cups are also foldable for easy storage. Onboard controls include noise cancelling on and off, play/pause, and skip, as well as controls for volume up and down.
The controls may take a bit of getting used to. They’re not hard to use by any means; you just can’t see them without taking the headphones off. You will have to become familiar with where the controls are located if you want to use them without removing your headphones. I got used to the buttons on the CB3 Hush I used for this review in about five or ten minutes.
The CB3 Hush also features active noise cancellation which uses microphones and electronic technology to reduce outside ambient noise. It is especially effective with constant lower pitched ambient noises included noise from planes, trains, and commutes.
The Hush’s active noise cancellation is highly useful and you can certainly tell it is working. It especially shines on constant ambient noises. Don’t expect the same noise reduction quality as in Bose or other higher end and more expensive brands. However, for the price, the CB3 Hush used in this review did a surprisingly good job of reducing outside noise.
A built in microphone is included which allows you to make and receive calls, as well as give voice commands to your smartphone. The microphone audio is nice and clear, allowing the person on the other end of the call to hear your voice with clarity.
The built in 550mAh battery provides 10 to 12 hours of listening time per charge. Plus, a full charge can be completed in 2.5 hours. Simply plug in the included USB charging cable and recharging is easy.
If battery power runs out or if you prefer to save battery power, you can turn off Bluetooth and listen to music by connecting the included 3.5mm audio cable. Having this feature available is especially useful for people, myself included, who tend to forget to charge their devices. The active noise cancelling, microphone, and on board controls will not work when the 3.5mm cable is in use. Basically, with the cable in use, the CB3 Hush becomes a regular pair of wired headphones.
Considering the price tag and the impressive number of features, I didn’t expect the CB3 Hush used in this review to have a great sound. I was surprised, however, at the fullness and richness of the sound quality.
Don’t get me wrong, this is not an audiophile level pair of headphones. The sound isn’t exactly flat and accurate. Still, it is a good sound which is fun to listen to and sounds great on a wide variety of material. The 40mm drivers provide plenty of volume and the sound is clear without being harsh.
There’s plenty of bass on tap, although I certainly wouldn’t call these “bass headphones” or “extended bass headphones”.
Our Verdict on CB3 Hush
If you want to move into wireless Bluetooth active noise cancelling headphones but don’t want to pay the amount of money required to purchase a higher end pair, the CB3 Hush is definitely worth buying.
At under $100, they offer many of the features found in pairs costing twice the price or even more. With a long battery life, active noise cancellation, comfortable wearability, a built in microphone, and much more, the CB3 Hush is an excellent choice for anyone wanting to buy a pair of headphones with the most bang for the buck.