If you’re a follower of high quality and premium audio brand then Bang & Olufsen won’t be an alien name for you. Since we’re talking about best in ear headphones under $200, you’re bound to find premium brand like B&O.
Earlier there used to be notion that; don’t even think of buying a Bang & Olufsen product, you can’t afford it. However under its BeoPlay series we see a series of audio products that are affordable in reference to the brand and targeted at much younger audience that cries out for excellently built and superior sounding audio products; but for lesser price. Since the brand is offering supreme audio quality product, they had to cut corners somewhere, hence the wires you get doesn’t tends to be of high quality and is thin. It however tends to retain the brand’s minimalist design.
The earbud housing is made up of 3 different materials, with the outer one being made of metal; while the driver unit covering is made up of plastic that does happens to be slight disappointment. Headphone jack has straight cable rather than angled one, and is prone to internal cable damage while removing and inserting your smartphone from pocket with the earphones plugged in.
Personally I’m not a fan of angled earbud design and B&O H3 happens to be one as the major part of earbuds rests on the outer ears and may not be a comfortable fit for all ear sizes. While the H3 lacks in the build quality department, it definitely makes it up with its sound. You have a balanced sound which is a nice mixture of punchy bass without overpowering other frequencies.