The Even H3 are classy $150 headphones that tune sound to your hearing ability

In the last few years, some headphone makers have taken a novel approach to sound quality: don’t just make the best-sounding headphones possible, make the best-sound for *your* ears. The idea is that everyone hears frequencies at varying intensities, so these products are able to adjust a headphone’s outputs to account for your hearing’s strengths and weaknesses.

A startup named Even was among the first to flaunt this ability back in 2016. Its headphones ask you perform a short hearing test to determine your ‘EarPrint’ – a hearing profile unique to you – and modify the sound accordingly. As Even likes to say, the headphones are “glasses for your ears.” It’s particularly useful for older ears that may be less sensitive to high frequencies, but should theoretically provide an improvement for anyone.

The company is now on its third headset, the H3. It’s nearly identical to the H2 I reviewed (and liked) last year, except rather than having earcups made entirely out of wood, the H3 use a plastic frame with an endcap made out of either walnut or black plastic.

That’s fine though, because the headphones sound just as good, while maintaining a classy look that feels well made. More importantly, the H3 is way cheaper. Where the H2 came in at $300, the H3 is $150. Here’s Even’s own description of the differences:

The EVEN H2 and H3 share the same EarPrint technology, 40mm drivers, exceptional battery life and outstanding build and materials. The EVEN H3 comes in 2 different designs – Black and Walnut cups. The EVEN H2 is made entirely our of Walnut. The EVEN H3 also allows you to set your EarPrint through EVEN’s free App, in addition to the EVEN button on the headphones themselves.

I have no reason to doubt Even’s claims; my ears certainly can’t hear the price difference.

The H2 actually sounds surprisingly good even without the EarPrint tuning activated, with a solid soundstage for closed back, on-ear headphones and plenty of treble clarity and bass oomph. I’d be pretty happy if I paid $150 for the H3 without any fancy tuning features.