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EarFun Air Pro 3 Review

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EarFun Air Pro 3 earbuds

EarFun Air Pro 3 are well-rounded earbuds under $100 with natural sound and effective ANC. Commuters, students, and casual listeners will find many things to like, sportspeople will miss a more stable fit.

EarFun Air Pro 3 true wireless earbuds are the new company’s flagship, replacing the year-old EarFun Air Pro 2.

In comparison, they are an all-around improvement. While ditching some features (more on that later), you gain access to a companion app with many more possibilities.

They boast the latest Bluetooth 5.3 and LC3 codec, ensuring better low energy (LE) audio quality while using less bandwidth.

But let’s go step by step and answer the question of whether EarFun Air Pro 3 are worth buying or not.

UPDATE 05/09/2023: We made a frequency response comparison between firmware versions 0.3.5 and 0.4.5.

UPDATE 02/10/2023: We made a frequency response comparison between firmware versions 0.3.5/0.3.7 and added new custom EQ settings for ANC OFF and ON modes.

UPDATE 02/16/2023: We made ANC, Ambient sound mode, and passive noise isolation measurements so you can better understand how earbuds perform in noisy situations.

UPDATE 02/07/2024: We recalculated the passive isolation and ANC averages to better represent their actual performance.

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Pros & Cons:

  • Natural sound (after EQ)
  • Comfortable & lightweight design
  • Customization via companion app
  • Bluetooth 5.3, LC3 codec, & multipoint
  • Excellent battery life of over 8 hours per charge
  • Effective active noise cancellation & ambient sound mode
  • Not stable enough for sports activities
  • Background hiss when in ANC mode

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    Sound

    Star Rating
    4.0 Great

    In short:

    EarFun Air Pro 3, out of the box, have a muted, bassy sound that you can quickly fix with the EarFun Audio app. While they lack the airiness of more expensive models, they sound excellent for under $100.

    Here’s a video of EarFun Air Pro 3 audio sample. So, you can hear the difference between EarFun Air Pro 3 sound quality and neutral sound:

    EarFun Air Pro 3 sound comparison

    EarFun Air Pro 3 Sound Quality Test – HeadphonesAddict

    Learn how to understand sound comparisons.

    To nobody’s surprise, EarFun added a bass boost to their new Air Pro 3.

    However, compared to Air Pro 2 or Free Pro 2, they aren’t as boosted in the treble, making their sound slightly darker.

    Thankfully, like all “Pro” models, you get a technically well-performing driver. On top of that, you can drastically improve the sound quality using EQ inside the EarFun app.

    EarFun Air Pro 3 frequency response

    EarFun Air Pro 3 old new firmware comparison (with ANC)
    When using ANC, the latest firmware version 0.3.7 lowered the mid-bass but boosted everything else.
    EarFun Air Pro 3 old new firmware comparison (no ANC)
    Without ANC, the bass has dropped significantly with new firmware 0.3.7, but again you can see other frequencies boosted.
    EarFun Air Pro 3 with 0.4.5 firmware
    The latest 0.4.5 firmware slightly improves the sound when using ANC. You can still use the same custom EQ below.

    Bass: Boosted but still controlled

    There is a clear difference between a sloppy bass performance (Antlion Kimura Solo) and a tight, controlled one. Fortunately, EarFun Air Pro 3 have the latter.

    Despite their boost, which is between 5dB to 8dB above the neutral target (depending on whether you use ANC), bass notes still feel nicely articulate and fast.

    Sure, the bass punch is on the thumpy rather than the tactile side. However, a non-demanding user will still enjoy bass guitar licks and fast drumming on rock or metal tracks.

    Thump comes in handy with electronic and pop music genres, reaching deep into the rumbly sub-bass.

    However, all this energy likes to spill into the midrange, making the sound warm and muffled at times.

    In ANC OFF mode, lowering the 63Hz for about -8dB inside the app helps prevent muddy sound without sacrificing the rumble or warmth.

    Midrange: Very natural (after EQ)

    While you don’t see many peaks and dips in the mids (with ANC OFF), it sounds recessed.

    EarFun Air Pro 3 buds in case
    Midrange on the EarFun Air Pro 3 can be a bit recessed, but you can wake it up using EQ in the app.

    Lowering the bass and adding some energy into high frequencies helps to wake up the mids.

    The sound gets slightly more dynamic and impactful while guitars start to reveal the gritty distortion that we all know and love.

    Treble: Decently detailed but lacks resolution

    This is where the technical performance of the 11mm wool composite driver inside EarFun Air Pro 3 starts to show its limitations.

    You will still get a well-rounded treble presentation with shimmery, textured cymbals.

    However, compared to more premium true wireless earbuds, the lack of airiness, clarity, and resolution is noticeable.

    That said, you will only notice that when listening somewhere quiet. When outdoors, with lots of ambient noises, the differences between the Air Pro 3 and premium buds become negligible.

    EarFun Air Pro 3 new custom EQs
    The six-band equalizer settings for EarFun Air Pro 3 without ANC (left) and with ANC (right).

    Shimmery treble makes for good imaging, with accurate instrumental placement around you.

    On the other hand, the soundstage is only okay. Nonetheless, it’s big enough to prevent the sound from feeling congested.

    EarFun Air Pro 3 desperately need equalization. But once you tweak all the settings, you’re holding one of the best-sounding true wireless earbuds under $100.

    Comfort & Fit

    Star Rating
    4.0 Great

    EarFun Air Pro 3 have a familiar AirPods-style design that offers superb comfort. On the flip side, they’re only stable enough for regular use rather than workouts.

    The new Air Pro 3 share a similar design to the previous Air Pro 2. Or better yet, Apple AirPods Pro.

    Consequently, you can expect a comfortable wearing experience. There are zero sharp spots or edges that would poke into your ears.

    How do EarFun Air Pro 3 feel in the ears?

    You barely feel earbuds sitting in your ears. Consequently, it makes you want to readjust them because you think they aren’t sitting in there correctly.

    But they fit in just fine. And, eventually, you get used to the feeling.

    EarFun Air Pro 3 nozzle and tips
    The ergonomically rounded shape and soft ear tips result in excellent comfort.

    How secure are they during physical activity?

    Regarding fit and security, earbuds can endure typical use cases like home listening, light walking, and commuting.

    On the other hand, they don’t feel secure enough to stay in during intense workouts. Even running will cause them to slip out of your ears slowly.

    Inside the case, you get 4 pairs of soft silicone ear tips (2 pairs less than with Air Pro 2) that are easily swappable. Unlike the ones from EarFun Free Pro 2, which tend to start tearing.

    Durability

    Star Rating
    4.0 Great

    EarFun Air Pro 3 don’t look like much, but they should survive everyday use. Thanks to an IPX5 rating, they will also survive heavy sweating.

    New EarFun Air Pro 3 are just as durable as any other true wireless earbuds.

    They’re lightweight and made of glossy plastic that’s put together from 3 different pieces. Seams appear well-glued together, so it’s impossible to break them by hand.

    EarFun Air Pro 3 earbud
    The circle on top of the stem indicates the location of the touch controls.

    Earbuds are rated for an IPX5, meaning they can endure heavy sweating and even showering. However, submerging them will damage them permanently.

    As for the charging case, it’s more squarish than the previous model yet still relatively bulky. It will undoubtedly create bulk in your trousers.

    Furthermore, it’s fully plastic, with some soft rubber on the inner side of the lid to ensure earbuds don’t get scratched.

    While the hinge isn’t wobbly, it’s so thin it might be the first thing to break if you drop the case on the floor.

    Battery

    Star Rating
    5.0 Perfect

    EarFun Air Pro 3 lasted 8 hours and 13 minutes in our test, landing among the best true wireless earbuds with ANC for battery life. On top of that, they pack an extra 36 hours inside the case and support fast and Qi wireless charging.

    EarFun Air Pro 3 Battery Comparison

    EarFun Air Pro 3 battery comparison

    With the new EarFun Air Pro 3 you get a better battery life than expected, lasting 1 hour more than advertised and much more than most true wireless earbuds with active noise cancellation on the market.

    In our test, at 50% volume, and with ANC enabled:

    • The earbuds lasted 8 hours and 13 minutes before shutting off.

    That’s precisely 2 hours more than their predecessor and only 7 minutes away from matching the best earbuds in this category, Jabra Elite 7 Pro.

    Furthermore, you get all the features that make your life slightly easier. Like the support for Qi wireless charging. They can also do fast charging:

    • Adding 2 hours of playtime in a 10-minute charge.

    Features

    Star Rating
    4.5 Almost Perfect

    EarFun Air Pro 3 earbuds have many well-performing features, from a companion app to clear call quality. The only thing they took away is a play/pause sensor.

    It’s nice to see well-working features in more affordable earbuds.

    EarFun Air Pro 3 app first page
    The first page and all settings inside the EarFun app.

    EarFun Air Pro 3 aren’t the first to do that, but their features perform the best out of all in-ear alternatives under the $100 price range.

    The most notable addition is a companion app. You now have the option to update firmware, customize controls, and adjust the EQ. Everything that generally only premium earbuds can do.

    Inside the control customizer, you can individually select what a specific gesture (single, double, or triple taps and long presses) will do unlike some apps that only offer predetermined commands (looking at JBL and Sony).

    EarFun Air Pro 3 controls
    Control customizer inside the EarFun app.

    Moving forward, a custom 6-band equalizer offers decent freedom in how you want your buds to sound. It’s miles better than whatever JBL, Jaybird, or Sennheiser are offering.

    On the flip side, this time, you don’t get the proximity sensor for the automatic play/pause feature. But if it means you get all the other features instead, it is a worthy trade-off.

    Microphone Quality

    EarFun Air Pro 3 uses 6 microphones and the latest Qualcomm chip to maintain good call quality.

    EarFun Air Pro 3 Microphone Test

    Throughout phone calls, you remain understandable, without any clicks or background distortion usually present in wireless headphones.

    However, your voice comes through very thin. Again, not a significant issue, but those 6 microphones could’ve done slightly better.

    It seems like the ambient noise reduction is where the new chip proves its worth. The mic will keep your voice muffle-free, even when speaking next to a busy road.

    Overall, the Air Pro 3 are more than suitable for making quick phone and maybe video calls. But if you’re a businessperson, look elsewhere.

    EarFun Air Pro 3 mics
    It’s hard to see, but you get 2 mics near the ear tip, and one on the bottom of the stem.

    Noise Isolation

    Star Rating
    3.0 Good

    EarFun Air Pro 3 have a very gentle and shallow fit, so they pass through more outside noise than your average in-ear headphones. However, playing some music masks most of the external noise.

    Measured average noise isolation10,81 dBA

    EarFun earbuds aren’t the best when it comes to passive noise isolation. EarFun Air Pro 3 are no exception, as they are only average at blocking external sounds.

    EarFun Air Pro 3 - Passive isolation measurement
    Based on the blue target line, earbuds start to isolate only from 1kHz upwards.

    Because ear tips are wider, they might prevent themselves from going deeper into your ear canal. Consequently, they block less of what’s happening around you.

    Therefore, you have to play some music to fully mask outside distractions.

    Here’s a table of how effective is EarFun Air Pro 3’s passive noise isolation at blocking specific frequencies:

    FrequencyNoise reduction
    dB SPL
    Noise reduction
    dBA (A-weighted)
    90 Hz1,8 dB-18,8 dBA
    200 Hz2,2 dB-8,6 dBA
    400 Hz5 dB0,2 dBA
    600 Hz4,7 dB2,5 dBA
    1 kHz10,2 dB10,2 dBA
    2 kHz16,8 dB18 dBA
    4 kHz26,9 dB27,9 dBA
    6 kHz14,2 dB14,3 dBA
    10 kHz28 dB25,5 dBA
    15 kHz15,5 dB9,5 dBA
    Average10,81 dBA
    A-weighted values from the International standard IEC 61672:2003

    What about sound leakage?

    Sound leakage can only be problematic if you listen in a quiet room, like in a library. Otherwise, people on public transport should hear your music, even at higher volumes.

    Noise Cancelling

    Star Rating
    4.0 Great

    EarFun Air Pro 3 offer an excellent active noise cancellation performance, matching the best at their price range and getting close to premium models. Even transparency mode works excellently.

    Measured average noise cancellation18,38 dBA

    EarFun Air Pro 3 active noise cancelling test

    EarFun Air Pro 3 ANC Test – HeadphonesAddict

    The Air Pro 2 model already have excellent ANC for the price, but EarFun Air Pro 3 manage to go slightly further.

    Their active noise cancellation outperforms the Sony WF-1000XM4 (that cost $250) in cabin noise test. Meaning they eliminate low-frequency noises and some of the highs.

    EarFun Air Pro 3 vs. Sony WF-1000XM4 - ANC comparison
    A thick blue line represents ambient noise, with the red line showing the reduction of it when you enable ANC on EarFun Air Pro 3.

    On the other hand, Sony’s are still slightly better with higher frequencies, which was evident in the traffic noise test.

    As suggested by our ANC measurements below, EarFun’s new earbuds (red) beat Sony’s best TWS buds (green) in low frequencies right up to midrange, where they switch turns. This is outstanding performance for under $100.

    Moreover, their performance is almost identical to the Edifier W240TN, our recommendation for the best ANC earbuds under $100.

    Here’s the table with EarFun Air Pro 3 ANC test results:

    FrequencyNoise cancellation
    dB SPL
    Noise cancellation
    dBA (A-weighted)
    90 Hz29,1 dB8,5 dBA
    200 Hz42,8 dB32 dBA
    400 Hz34,6 dB29,8 dBA
    600 Hz20 dB17,8 dBA
    1 kHz12,7 dB12,7 dBA
    2 kHz15,2 dB16,4 dBA
    4 kHz26,9 dB27,9 dBA
    6 kHz14,9 dB15 dBA
    10 kHz27,5 dB25 dBA
    15 kHz13,2 dB7,2 dBA
    Average18,38 dBA
    A-weighted values from the International standard IEC 61672:2003

    Nonetheless, it depends on the situation, and we would happily use EarFun on our next trip.

    However, if you plan to use ANC somewhere quiet, you can hear some background hiss.

    EarFun Air Pro 3 charging case
    EarFun Air Pro 3 have an impressive active noise cancelling performance for the price.

    How good is the ambient sound mode?

    The transparency mode on EarFun Air Pro 3 works very naturally. That means it doesn’t overly amplify the ambient sounds but keeps them at the same loudness as if you were to speak without earbuds.

    In that regard, they are very similar to the abovementioned Edifier, keeping the voices full. Rather than boosting and making them thin like on Sony’s.

    EarFun Air Pro 3 - Ambient sound mode comparison
    EarFun Air Pro 3 boost the entire midrange, which makes voices sound more natural and full.

    Bluetooth

    Star Rating
    4.5 Almost Perfect

    EarFun Air Pro 3 offer robust Bluetooth 5.3, the new LC3 codec, a Game Mode, and a stable connection. They even support multipoint but provide only an average connection range.

    So far, only a few wireless headphones have Bluetooth 5.3, the latest version of the Bluetooth standard. It should provide a more robust connection but not necessarily the longest.

    The latter is quite evident in EarFun Air Pro 3. In our indoor Bluetooth range test:

    • Earbuds kept working right when we wanted to pass the second brick wall at the 40-feet mark.

    That range is in line with the earbud’s specifications, but others last much longer.

    To conserve energy, you can use each earbud independently in mono mode.

    How to pair EarFun Air Pro 3?

    • When pairing for the first time, you unpeel the plastic on the connectors, put the buds in the case, and close and reopen the lid. You will see flashing blue LEDs on the buds, indicating the pairing process has been initiated.
    • If you want to pair them to a second device, place them in the case and hold the button in the middle until you see LEDs on the buds flashing in blue.
    EarFun Air Pro 3 button in case
    A button between the two earbuds is used to initiate the pairing process and reset the buds.

    Moreover, EarFun Air Pro 3 support multipoint. You can simultaneously connect them to two devices (your phone and a laptop), and earbuds will automatically switch to a device that plays audio.

    What Bluetooth Codecs Do They Use?

    With Bluetooth 5.3, LC3 has become a new standard Bluetooth codec for Bluetooth devices. It offers better LE audio quality at lower bandwidth, which also means the quality doesn’t deteriorate as much with range.

    • Overall, EarFun Air Pro 3 earbuds have SBC, AAC, LC3, aptX, and aptX Adaptive.

    Strangely though, our Android smartphone doesn’t show that earbuds support SBC or AAC in the Developer options. However, without having one of those two codecs, these buds can’t work with iOS. So they must support it.

    Is There an Audio Lag?

    You shouldn’t see any lag when watching videos on YouTube or social media.

    In contrast, a noticeable lag occurs when you fire up a mobile game. Thankfully, earbuds come equipped with a low latency mode (Game Mode), reducing the lag to 55 milliseconds.

    EarFun Air Pro 3 earbuds on stone
    Thanks to the Game Mode, you can use EarFun Air Pro 3 for competitive gaming.

    Should You Get EarFun Air Pro 3?

    Star Rating
    4.5 Almost Perfect

    If you’re looking for all-around useful and well-performing true wireless earbuds that don’t break the bank, EarFun Air Pro 3 should be on your shortlist.

    They are perfect for commuters, students, and people who seek natural-sounding tuning (after EQ) and good overall technical performance under $100.

    On the other hand, sportspeople might want to look elsewhere. Earbuds have everything but a secure fit.

    Although, if you usually wear AirPods 2 or AirPods 3 and don’t mind the fit, these may also work for you.

    How do EarFun Air Pro 3 compare to the competition?

    • EarFun have a slightly better sound quality (after EQ) than the competition.
    • They boast excellent 8-hour battery life for ANC earbuds, beating most competitors.
    • Active noise cancellation performance is better than most, or at least matched by the best in this price range.
    • Earbuds have an IPX5 rating, about on par with similarly priced ANC earbuds.
    • They’re equally as comfy as some of the comfiest competitors.
    • But they’re easily beaten in stability for exercising.

    EarFun Air Pro 3 alternatives

    Edifier W240TN

    Edifier W240TN on a tree

    The W240TN have a similarly dynamic and fun sound but a worse treble extension, making it darker in comparison.

    Both earbuds are similarly comfy and lack a secure fit, and thread blows in active noise-canceling performance.

    However, Edifier buds have slightly worse battery life at 6 hours per charge and only support the SBC codec.

    Edifier W240TN review

    1MORE Comfobuds Mini

    1MORE ComfoBuds Mini in hand

    They have a pretty balanced sound (if you keep the ANC turned off) but are not as clear and natural as EarFun’s.

    Moreover, their ANC isn’t as strong in comparison, with the battery only lasting around 5.5 hours.

    However, they’re much comfier and stable, suitable for working out and even sleeping if you like to listen to white noise in your bed.

    1MORE Comfobuds Mini review

    EarFun Air Pro 2

    EarFun Air Pro 2 on a rock

    Previous-gen Air Pro 2 have a more distinct V-shaped sound signature than Air Pro 3, but you can’t tweak it due to the lack of app support.

    ANC is quite strong on both, with the new version having a slight edge. Both suffer from a small background noise when using the feature.

    Furthermore, Air Pro 2 lack customizability but has a proximity sensor. And cost $30 less than Air Pro 3.

    EarFun Air Pro 2 review

    What’s in the Box?

    EarFun Air Pro 3 accessories
    • EarFun Air Pro 3 true wireless earbuds
    • Charging case
    • USB-C charging cable
    • 4 pairs of silicone ear tips (S, M, L, XL)
    • User manual
    • Swab for cleaning earbuds

    Specifications

    Type: True wireless
    Connection: Bluetooth 5.3
    Back design: Closed-back
    Drivers: 11mm wool composite dynamic
    Frequency range: n/a
    Impedance: n/a
    Weight: 1.8 ounces (52 grams) with case
    Mic & Controls: Yes
    Water resistance: IPX5
    Battery life: 8h + 36h in case
    Charging time: 1h – quick charge – USB-C & Qi charging
    Active noise cancelling: Yes
    Bluetooth codecs: SBC, AAC, aptX Adaptive, LC3
    Wireless range: 40 feet (12.2 meters)
    Microphone: 6-mic array
    12 Comments
    1. Hi
      Can you start showing in your reviews ANC graphs similar to this?
      https://www.0db.co.kr/REVIEW_0DB/2579078
      Graph shows db noise reduction across frequency range. It is very useful when objectively comparing different earbuds.
      As you have very good measurement system making this kind of graphs should be possible.

      Reply

      1. Thank you for your suggestion, Ron.
        We measured ANC, ambient sound mode, and passive noise isolation performance using our tools. They’re already included in the article. Hopefully, they’re simple to understand. 🙂

        Reply

        1. Thank you! This is great work.
          A appreciate that you also showed on ANC efficiency graph results from Sony XM4 to give some idea of baseline.
          As Apple Pro 2 or Bose QCII are considered to have industry leading ANC in earbuds it would be nice (if possible) to have ANC measurement from one of those earbuds on all future ANC efficiency graphs to give a good idea how far given earbud is from best possible result.

          Sidenote: When commenting I gave e-mail address but after you responded to my comment I got no notification.

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          1. That’s a good idea. The only problem I see is that the “compared model” would always change, which would make the graphs harder to compare with each other over time.

            Sidenote: That’s weird. Maybe it got stuck in spam inbox?

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    2. i am searching for a bass heavy earbuds. i am looking at the earfun free pro 2 and the earfun air pro 3. what is the better option for the best bass earbuds.

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      1. Hi, Jay!
        I would go with the Air Pro 3. Their bass is of better quality, and you can additionally boost it inside the EarFun app. They’re slightly more expensive than Air Pro 2, but I think they’re worth the extra $20. 😉

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    3. Do they have voice commands answer features for phone calls… Like “Answer” “Ignore” and Do they announce callers… Like Poly 5200 or Jabra Talk 45

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      1. Hello,
        unfortunately, EarFun Air Pro 3 don’t have voice prompts, you can only summon your voice assistant and control music playback from there. Also, earbuds don’t tell your the name of the caller when you receive a phone call.

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    4. New firmware update 0.5.0 has been released. With additional slider in the EQ custom preset. Please give your review and recommendation with the new EQ.

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      1. Hello Maman,
        we unfortunately no longer have the Air Pro 3 in our possession, so I can’t make any recommendations. I can only point you to our article on how to make a custom EQ by yourself 😉

        https://headphonesaddict.com/how-to-equalize/

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    5. “That range is in line with the earbud’s specifications, but others last much further.”
      I would be very interested to know which earbuds bluetooth range laster much further.

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      1. Hello Jason,
        Here are some wireless earbuds at a similar price point we’ve tested that have a longer indoor Bluetooth range than EarFun Air Pro 3 (40 feet):
        – EarFun Air S (50 feet)
        – Sony WI-XB400 (50 feet)
        – Anker Soundcore Life A1 (60 feet)
        – Skullcandy Indy ANC (65 feeet)
        – EarFun Free Pro 2 (50 feet)
        – EarFun Air Pro 2 (50 feet)

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