The TWS headphones market is a particularly aggressive one. Its increase final yr has carried over into 2021. And one of many extra notable additions because of lively noise cancellation (ANC) assist is Anker’s Soundcore Liberty Air 2 Professional. Obtainable for Dh499 within the UAE, how does it stand out?
Design and construct
Anker has opted for a rubber feeling case with the Liberty Air 2 Professional with a clean and rounded end. Its aesthetic jogs my memory of a pebble with the case additionally in a position to sit flat because of a squared off backside. The case is compact and grippy nevertheless over time, it could appeal to smudges attributable to put on and tear. Whereas we’ve got the white model of the headphones, they’re additionally out there in black. Ease of operation is one other issue that’s accomplished nicely right here. As a substitute of a typical lid, the case of the Liberty Air 2 Professional has a sliding outer panel. There’s a slight indent for added grip which makes it simple to disclose the earbuds. The general end and expertise of the Liberty Air 2 Professional exudes high quality nevertheless, the sliding outer panel does have a little bit of a wobble. This isn’t regarding however price mentioning.
Distributed alongside the sides of the case are varied ports and LED indicators. The rear homes a Sort-C USB port for charging together with a reset/pairing button. On the entrance, you discover battery standing LEDs to maintain you knowledgeable of how a lot juice is obtainable. Talking of battery, the case additionally helps wi-fi charging. As for the earbuds, these too really feel extraordinarily premium. There’s a dual-accented color end to them with simply the correct amount of branding. They’re additionally pretty light-weight nevertheless they’ve a protracted stem design. This implies they stick out a good bit out of your ear which sure customers might not desire.
Carrying over from the design of the earbuds, it’s price speaking about customisation. Soundcore affords an enormous suite of ear suggestions which can be utilized to regulate match. Nonetheless, we really feel the match of the earbuds remains to be subjective due to their design. The half supposed to slot in the ear is somewhat cumbersome which does result in bother at sure instances. Even after adjusting the information a number of instances, the appropriate earbud match higher than the left. This isn’t the earbuds’ fault however somewhat is dependent upon every individual’s ear form.
When these do match correctly although, the expertise is comfortable. They don’t fall off and are perfect for exercising particularly with their IPX4 score. When you can not go swimming with these, some publicity to mild splashes or rain is not going to be an issue in any respect. The earbuds even have touch-sensitive panels for ease of use. Double tapping the left earbud skips ahead whereas double tapping the appropriate earbud pauses or performs a monitor. You may as well configure these gestures to a point utilizing the Soundcore software. Conveniently, the earbuds additionally assist a put on detection function which could be configured from the applying. It really works nicely when putting or eradicating the earbuds in your ear. For many who wish to pay attention with only one earbud, the function works nice too.
Sound high quality and ANC
Inside, you discover 11mm drivers on the Liberty Air 2 Professional with a frequency response of 20Hz to 20KHz. The headphones join by way of Bluetooth 5.0 and in addition assist AAC and SBC codecs. Sadly, we did face some connectivity points with the headphones when utilizing them with a number of gadgets. Generally, this led to solely one of many earbuds working at a time nevertheless after repairing, they labored nice.
The audio high quality from the headphones is nice however not for everybody. Audiophiles particularly is not going to like that sound feels inaccurate. However for the overwhelming majority of listeners, the headphones’ sound signature will really feel interesting. The headphones appear to spice up lows and highs however there’s not a lot emphasis on high-mid or mid-range sounds. That is relevant even for vocal and orchestral tracks. By way of its software, Soundcore does present methods to alter equaliser settings with as much as 16 totally different pre-built ones or by way of a customized expertise. Nonetheless, our listening was accomplished on the default ‘Soundcore Signature’ equaliser preset.
Likewise, ANC additionally boasts a sturdy quantity of customisation choices. You get modes together with ‘Indoor’, ‘Outside’, ‘Transport’ and ‘Customized’. For the perfect expertise, we advocate utilizing the ‘Transport’ mode as a result of it eliminates commonest repetitive rumbles nicely. Nonetheless, ‘Customized’ can be price looking at when in sure noisy conditions. Not like high-end ANC headphones although, you do hear a high-frequency sound when ANC is enabled with no music enjoying. It’s not notably annoying however is a part of the expertise with regards to ANC at this finances. Moreover, sound high quality additionally adjustments with ANC particularly by way of high-frequency response.
With typical utilization, the Soundcore Liberty Air 2 Professional final anyplace between 5-7 hours. This isn’t unhealthy particularly with the three cost cycles out there by way of the case. For long-haul journey, chances are you’ll wish to use one earbud at a time to preserve battery, which clearly eliminates the ANC expertise. Along with the wi-fi charging assist as talked about earlier, you discover a Sort-A to Sort-C USB cable of beneficiant size to cost the case when required. A 15-minute fast cost session right here will get you about 3 hours of use.
For many who prioritise ANC and need an expertise that comes near premium, the Anker Soundcore Liberty Air 2 Professional are it. We agree that there are headphones that undoubtedly sound extra lifelike and supply higher ANC efficiency nevertheless they don’t seem to be priced as aggressively as these. But when ANC or a TWS design is just not a precedence for you, there are higher choices out there available on the market.