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Oppo Enco Air 2 Pro True Wireless Earphones Review: Back in Form

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Oppo Enco Air 2 Pro True Wireless Earphones Review: Back in Form

Active noise cancellation (ANC) isn’t unheard of on true wireless earphones priced under Rs. 5,000, and brands continue to push the boundaries of performance and features in this segment. Indeed, recent models from Realme and OnePlus have proven that functional ANC and decent sound quality are possible even in the budget TWS segment. Throwing its hat into this ring is Oppo with its latest true wireless earphones, the Enco Air 2 Pro.

Priced at Rs. 3,499, the Oppo Enco Air 2 Pro has been launched shortly after the Enco Air 2, and has some significant differences such as a proper in-canal fit and active noise cancellation. Its current price makes it more affordable than the OnePlus Buds Z2, its direct competitor. Is the Enco Air 2 Pro the best value-driven true wireless headset with ANC that you can buy right now? Find out in this review.

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The Oppo Enco Air 2 Pro earpieces are IP54 rated for dust and water resistance

 

12.4mm dynamic drivers, active noise cancellation on the Oppo Enco Air 2 Pro

The Oppo Enco Air 2 delivered fairly average performance for the price, and I have higher expectations of the ‘Pro’ model. The Enco Air 2 Pro has received some key changes in design, specifications, and features. This includes an in-canal fit with silicone ear tips, and a larger charging case.

That said, there are some similarities between the two models such as the design of the earpieces’ stems, the touch zones for playback controls, and the glossy finish on the plastics of the earpieces and charging case. A rather interesting touch is that the ‘L’ and ‘R’ symbols on the earpieces are cut out to form openings for the inner microphones. The earpieces are IP54 rated for dust and water resistance.

The Oppo Enco Air 2 Pro is available in two colours, white and grey. The white version looks a lot nicer in my opinion, because of its obvious aesthetic similarities to the Apple AirPods Pro. The charging case has a translucent upper panel, which I found rather eye-catching and unique. The bottom of the charging case has the USB Type-C port, there’s an Oppo logo on the back, and the front has an LED indicator. The shape and size of the case make it easy to pocket along with other items such as a wallet or smartphone.

The touch controls on the Oppo Enco Air 2 Pro worked well for me. They are customisable using the HeyMelody app (available for Android and iOS). The touch gestures allow you to control playback, invoke the default voice assistant on your smartphone, cycle through noise cancellation and hear-through modes, activate game mode, switch between the two most recently paired devices, and adjust the volume. This flexibility allowed me to control my listening experience without having to access my smartphone too often.

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The top of the charging case has an interesting translucent panel, and the case itself is a convenient shape and size

 

The HeyMelody app shows battery levels for both earpieces as well as the charging case. It lets you enable or disable ANC and transparency modes, and also activate the game mode for which it claims 94ms low-latency transmission. It also lets you switch between three equaliser presets (called Enco Live sound effects), and update the earphones’ firmware. This app is very well designed, easy to use, and worked pretty flawlessly with the Enco Air 2 Pro.

The Oppo Enco Air 2 Pro has 12.4mm dynamic drivers, and uses Bluetooth 5.2 with support for the SBC and AAC Bluetooth codecs. The earphones have a frequency response range of 20-20,000Hz, and there is active noise cancellation and AI-based environmental noise cancellation that claims to offer better audio on calls.

There is also in-ear detection to play and pause playback when either earpiece is worn or removed, and this worked fairly well for me. Additionally, the Oppo Enco Air 2 Pro supports fast pairing and can be used to control your phone’s camera shutter provided you have an Oppo smartphone running ColorOS 11.3 or later.

Battery life on the Oppo Enco Air 2 Pro wasn’t too good, even considering its price. The earpieces ran for around three hours with ANC enabled and the volume at around the 60 percent level. The charging case charged them from empty to full three times over, for a total run time of around 12 hours per charge cycle. This is considerably lower than what the OnePlus Buds Z2 offers.

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The Oppo Enco Air 2 Pro performs impressively, for the price

The Oppo Enco Air 2 Pro delivers good sound quality. Listening to Get Away From Here by Netsky, the earphones had a strong, attacking sound that pleasantly maintained this track’s detail and pace. The sonic signature felt reasonably balanced, although the tight and imposing bass did feel a bit pronounced.

This helped bring out the character of this drum-and-bass track, while also allowing the vocals and highs to push through without being overwhelmed. Above all, the track sounded pleasant, and was enjoyable to listen to even at the 50 percent volume level thanks to the sharp and careful tuning.

Bumping up the volume to around 70 percent brought out the best in the Oppo Enco Air 2 Pro. The noise isolating fit and decent active noise cancellation certainly helped too. Slower tracks such as You by Mk.gee sounded engaging and cohesive at this volume level, with the tonality of the earphones being particularly impressive for a true wireless headset in this price range.

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Battery life on the Oppo Enco Air 2 Pro is ordinary, but sound quality and ANC performance make up for this

 

That said, going anywhere above the 80 percent volume level tended to make music sound shrill and a bit too attacking. This could be an issue when listening outdoors and you need this level of volume, but in most cases, you should be happy with the straightforward and crisp sound as long as the volume is at reasonable levels.

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Active noise cancellation performance on the Oppo Enco Air 2 Pro was pretty good, if not the best, for a TWS headset in this price range. It definitely made for easier listening both indoors and outdoors. This headset successfully managed to reduce many routine background noises such as the hum of a ceiling fan or an air conditioner, and some traffic sounds. Combined with good passive noise isolation, it was able to drown out most ambient sounds at home or in an office quite well.

Connection stability and call quality were good on the Oppo Enco Air 2 Pro, and I had no trouble with either during my time with these earphones. The connection was stable and lag-free at distances of up to 4m between the earphones and source device, even without a direct line of sight between them. Game mode made a slight difference in improving latency when playing mobile games, but at the cost of a small reduction in sound quality.

Verdict

Oppo’s audio product range in India has typically offered excellent value for money, although some of the company’s most recent launches such as the Enco Air 2 have been rather average on the whole. With the Enco Air 2 Pro, Oppo returns to form. This is a very good pair of true wireless earphones for the price, and comes with useful features such as active noise cancellation and app support.

Above all, sound quality is very good on the Oppo Enco Air 2 Pro, and combined with good ANC, this is among the best TWS headsets you can buy for less than Rs. 5,000. The only real drawback is the ordinary battery life, which holds it back a bit from being an excellent all-rounder. It might be worth considering the pricier OnePlus Buds Z2 if battery life is a major concern. Overall, the Oppo Enco Air 2 Pro wins my recommendation for this price segment if your priority is good ANC performance from a TWS headset.


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Zebronics Zeb-Yoga 3 Wireless Neckband Earphones With 17 Hours Playback Time Launched in India

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Zeb-Yoga 3 wireless neckband earphones have been launched by Zebronics in India. Zebronics says that these wireless neckband earphones offer an ergonomic and flexible design. The Zeb-Yoga 3 come with metallic magnetic earpieces and is designed for durability with superior build quality, according to the company. Moreover, Zebronics claims that these wireless neckband earphones also offer up to 17 hours of playback time and come with controls for media, and volume, and voice assistant support for Android and iOS devices.

Zebronics Zeb-Yoga 3 price, availability details

The Zebronics Zeb-Yoga 3 wireless neckband earphones will be available to purchase at an introductory price of Rs. 699 on the Reliance Digital online store. The earphones are listed on the Zebronics website with a price tag of Rs.1,899.

Buyers will get an option to choose the earphones in Black, Blue, Green and Orange colour options.

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Zebronics Zeb-Yoga 3 specifications, features

The Zeb-Yoga 3 wireless neckband earphones feature 14mm drivers. As mentioned, the neckband earphones come with an ergonomic, flexible, and lightweight design. The earphones weigh just 27g and feature in-ear style earbuds.

Moreover, Zebronics says that the Zeb-Yoga 3 neckband earphones offer up to 17 hours of playback time with a rapid charging feature. A quick 10-minute charge will enable up to 8 hours of usage. For connectivity, they come with Bluetooth 5.0 for connecting your phone or other devices. In terms of dimensions, the Zeb-Yoga 3 measure 111.2×28.2×182.7mm.

Speaking on the launch, Pradeep Doshi, Director, Zebronics India, said, “We’re always working on upgrading our product portfolio and working in line with our mission of bringing premium to the masses. Zeb-Yoga 3 is the new introduction with peppy colours, so it’s not only about the performance, but it’s also about the style, an identity that you believe in.”


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The new Sony LinkBuds S is not what we expected

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Sony finally unveiled the successor of the XM4 wireless headphones, the Sony WH-1000XM5. Before the announcement, a few leaks suggested that Sony would unveil the XM5 headphones alongside the new Sony LinkBuds S, but it looks like the company needed a week to take the spotlight off of its new flagship headphones. The new LinkBuds S is finally here.

The Sony LinkBuds S has ANC (Active Noise Cancellation) and Ambient mode to help you hear your surroundings and cancel out noise in noisy and loud environments. The new wireless earbuds cost $200, and each earbud weighs only 4.8 g. The earbuds support Sony’s high-quality LDAC Bluetooth codec for a better sounding experience, but the earbuds themselves are more of a traditional earbud, as opposed to the previously announced Sony LinkBuds open ear earbuds.

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Sony says that the “Link” part in the name stands for can link your outside and digital life with impressive features that make the transition seamless (via TheVerge). While it features the ambient mode that can be found on the original LinkBuds earbuds, it’s a completely different set of earbuds.

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Sony LinkBuds S in Black, Desert Sand and White colors
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The earbuds feature a 5mm audio driver, and the sound quality is said to be improved a lot compared to other high-end and premium Sony wireless earbuds. When it comes to battery life, Sony says that it can last for up to six hours with ANC on, and nine hours with ANC turned off. The case can provide an additional 20 hours of playback. The charging case takes up to three hours to be fully charged via a USB-C port on the back. There’s no wireless charging.

The new LinkBuds S is also IPX4 rated, which means that it can survive some splashes of water, rain, and sweat, making it ideal for gym users who want to take advantage of ANC and the ambient mode features. The earbuds are available in three colors, Black, Desert Sand (Cream), and White. The earbuds start at $200, and are already available at Amazon and BestBuy. The Desert Sand color appears to be exclusively available at BestBuy.

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Sony LinkBuds S

The new Sony LinkBuds S comes with an up to 6 hours of battery life, and 20 hours with the charging case. It features ANC and Ambient Sound features, and it has a noticeable improvement in sound quality compared to other competitive wireless earbuds.

Premium price doesn’t mean premium features

It might seem silly, but at $200 the Sony LinkBuds S isn’t just a standard cheap pair of wireless earbuds. The higher price tag means that it packs more features, and while the sound quality is said to be improved, and the ANC, Ambient Mode and microphone are all praised by early reviews, we must highlight the fact that wireless earbuds must have wireless charging capabilities at this price tag.

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Wireless charging is a deal-breaker for me, and I could look past that feature for the traditional LinkBuds that cost slightly less, but it’s hard to overlook it for the LinkBuds S. I only ever charge my wireless audio gear with a cable when I’m in a hurry and they’re out of juice. Cable is faster and more efficient, but wireless charging allows me to throw them on the charging pad during the day and forget about it until I use them, usually at night or late evenings.

If the original LinkBuds and the LinkBuds S were both about $30 cheaper, it could easily be said that it’s to save on costs, but at $200, it’s an entirely different story. Let’s hope that the next generation of these two earbuds will get wireless charging.

I was excited to try these out for their seemingly superior Ambient mode, and while I’m still going to try and take it for a spin, I highly doubt they’ll become my new go-to wireless earbuds, unless the sound quality and overall set of features amaze me to the point that I no longer care about the deal-breaking wireless charging feature.

Sony LinkBuds S alternatives

Depending on your needs, you might be disappointed about the lack of wireless charging, but you might also not understand what this person is complaining about, after all, it’s not something that you might be using and relying on a day-to-day basis, as I do. That’s a fair point, but here are a few alternatives that cost roughly about the same price and come with the feature, making the Linkbuds S a hard to recommend, unless the Sony audio quality, great microphone, and excellent ANC/Ambient features are what you’re after.

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Sony WF-1000XM4 Wireless Earbuds

Sony WF-1000XM4 wireless earbuds have one of the best noise-canceling features on the market today, and it has excellent audio drivers that deliver crisp and clear sound.

Apple AirPods Pro

Apple AirPods Pro

AirPods Pro offers Active Noise Cancellation, Transparency mode to hear the world around you, and Adaptive EQ to fine-tune audio to your ears. The earbuds are sweat and water-resistant and last up to 6-hours on a single charge.

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Sony LinkBuds

The new TWS Sony LinkBuds come with a unique ring-like open-ear design that lets you listen to your favorite music, and hear your surround sound. It doesn’t have wireless charging, unlike other earbuds on this list.

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Nothing Ear (1)

Excellent pair of wireless earbuds in a unique transparent design and great battery life. Nothing Ear (1) is also compatible with both Android and iOS, and packs all of the features that you’re looking for in wireless earbuds at this price point.

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Samsung Galaxy Buds 2

Galaxy Buds 2 are the latest TWS product from Samsung, which promises a great listening experience with ANC in a new lightweight design. At $149.99, it is hard to ignore them, especially if you already own a smartphone from Samsung.

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Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro

The Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro has impressive ANC and Ambient Mode features, supports wireless charging, and comes with overall OK battery life. They pair well with Samsung smartphones, as well as other Android devices and even iPhones.

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Vivo TWS 2 ANC, TWS 2e Earphones With Up to 30 Hours of Battery Life Launched in India

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Vivo TWS 2 ANC and Vivo TWS 2e true wireless stereo (TWS) earphones were launched in India on Wednesday. The design of both the Vivo earphones is quite similar, both are equipped with 12.2mm drivers, and they are claimed to offer around 30 hours of battery life. The major difference between the two is the presence of active noise cancellation (ANC) on the Vivo TWS 2 ANC earphones. These earphones were launched alongside the Vivo X80 Pro and the Vivo X80 smartphones.

Vivo TWS 2 ANC and Vivo TWS 2e price, availability

The Vivo TWS 2 ANC price in India is set at Rs. 5,999, and the Vivo TWS 2e price in India is Rs. 3,299. Both the Vivo earphones are available for pre-booking in India, and will be available in Moonlight White as well as Starry Blue colour options from May 25.

It is to be noted that both Vivo TWS 2 ANC and Vivo TWS 2e were launched in China. The Vivo TWS 2 ANC made their debut under the Vivo TWS 2 moniker.

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Vivo TWS 2 ANC, and Vivo TWS 2e specifications

Both Vivo TWS 2 ANC and Vivo TWS 2e are equipped with 12.2mm drivers to deliver strong bass, and come with DeepX 2.0 stereo sound for clear voice. They both offer Bluetooth v5.2 connectivity and support Google Assistant.

The Vivo TWS 2 ANC earphones support aptX Adaptive/ AAC/ SBC codecs, and come with three microphones. They offer a low latency of 88ms facilitated by dual-channel transmission 2.0, and AI Dynamic Low Latency. They also come with a wear detection feature. In comparison, the Vivo TWS 2e earphones get dual microphones and support for AAC/SBC codecs. They offer a low latency of 117ms.

The earphones also come with active noise cancellation (up to 40dB) with three options: high, normal, and low. There is also support for an intelligent algorithm that is claimed to sense changes in ambient noise as well as how you wear your earbuds to automatically adjust the degree of noise cancellation. The Vivo TWS 2 ANC earbuds also come with a Transparency Mode that allows the wearer to listen to the ambient sound.

Both Vivo TWS 2 ANC and Vivo TWS 2e come with the same battery capacity in terms of the earbuds and case. However, there is a minute difference in terms of output. The Vivo TWS 2 ANC earphones are claimed to get 7.3 hours of runtime from buds only. This drops down to 4.3 hours in case of ANC on. The total time delivered by earphones is said to be up to 29 hours with the provided case.

Vivo TWS 2e are claimed to offer 7.6 hours of playtime, and up to 30 hours of total playtime on a single charge with the case. Both the earphones can be fully charged in 110 minutes via a USB Type-C port.


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