- Great price-to-performance ratio.
- Well-balanced sound profile.
- Excellent battery life for truly wireless headphones.
- Premium look and feel for budget headphones.
- Mediocre microphone performance.
- Disappointing touch-sensitive controls.
|Speaker size||6 mm diamond coated|
|Frequency||20 Hz – 20 kHz|
|Audio Codec Format||SBC, AAC, aptX|
|Input current||5V / 500mA|
|Rated output power||5 mW|
|Battery capacity||55 mA in each earphone|
500 mA in a charging case
|Charge time||1.5 hours for headphones|
2 hours for the charging case using USB
3.5 hours for the charging case using wireless charging
|Working hours||Up to 7 hours on a single charge|
Up to 28 hours with a charging case
By the new year 2020, Anker introduced new, completely wireless Soundcore Liberty Air 2 headphones. The main feature of the device was the use of dynamic drivers with diamond coating. This technology allowed, according to the manufacturer, to increase the dynamic frequency range by 15%, and the developers were able to achieve deep bass thanks to the thermoplastic polyurethane from which the speaker membrane is made.
In addition, this model supports the aptX codec, designed to provide Hi-Res-audio transmission via Bluetooth connection between headphones and a smartphone.
To optimize the sound for themselves, Anker programmers have created a special application HearID. It tests the sound of music in the auricle and allows you to adjust the sound to a specific user.
Each Liberty Air 2 earphone has two microphones equipped with Qualcomm noise reduction technology. There is a mono mode for those who need a handsfree headset.
Another interesting thing: the case supports fast wired charging from USB-C, as well as wireless charging.
Now Anker Soundcore Liberty Air 2 headphones can be found for about 9,999 INR.
The device is in a nice dense cardboard box, inside of which the principles of the HearID program work are painted. I will talk about this a bit later in the corresponding section.
In the plastic bath are two headphones and a charging case. Under it is the simplest instruction, where literally the fingers show the connection and operation of the headphones, security information, and a warranty card. Nearby are a USB-C cable and four additional pairs of ear pads.
Today it is difficult to create devices that would cause any emotions: manufacturers either copy from each other or draw inspiration from the past. In this case, Anker followed the path of copying. There is nothing wrong with that, but it doesn’t add originality to the device.
Here is a compact case with dimensions 55x48x25 mm and a weight of 43 grams. It is made of plastic, and the top is covered with a soft touch, that is, a pleasant velvety material that almost does not slip in the hand. At the top we see the logo of the Soundcore line, in the central part there are three LEDs that indicate the charging of the battery of the case. Bottom – a button to display the charge and a USB-C connector for wired power supply case. Let me remind you that it can charge from wireless charging, which distinguishes this model from many other similar devices.
The lid opens easily, even if you sharply put your hand forward as if throwing a fishing rod. There is a magnetic holder. Headphones themselves do not fall out of place, which is good.
Handprints are almost invisible on the surface of the case. The practicality of soft-touch coverage is in doubt: on the one hand, excellent workmanship, on the other – scratches are inevitable. But it’s better than glossy cases, which on the first day are frayed even on the pockets of clothes.
Appearance and usability of headphones
I forgot to mention that this Liberty Air 2 model is available to the consumer in two colors: black and white. Headphones are black here, and the case is dark grey.
Headphones look about the same as Huawei FreeBuds Lite, that is, these are the plugs with the stalk.
Each earphone has a flat grey plastic insert, and the Soundcore series logo is engraved on it. In the lower part, there is a decorative insert of red color.
Each earphone has a microphone on top and bottom. To indicate operation, an LED on the top of the device is used. In addition, there is a sensor that responds to the installation or removal of headphones from the auricle.
The central surface of the apparatus is sensory. This fulfills various actions. For example, two touches of the right earphone – play / pause, two touches of the left earphone – the following composition. Similarly, the answer to the call or its completion. To activate Siri or other voice assistant software, you need to press the left / right earphone and hold for a couple of seconds. More detailed instructions.
In the auricle, the device sits perfectly. Naturally, it is necessary to select nozzles, but the design itself is extremely convenient: a balance is maintained between when the ears are too tightly inserted into the sink and when they no longer hold. Therefore, I would not actively shake my head. There are no problems with the Air 2 treadmill.
By the way, yes, in the information about the headphones I did not find data on protection against water and dust. You can go in for sports in Soundcore Air 2 (a couple of weeks of testing in a fitness club is good), but it is undesirable to get into the rain.
There is no active noise reduction in this model. Passive soundproofing is pretty good. However, for those who suffer from plugs (it is unpleasant to insert, wear, etc.), this type of ears will not work: pressure is created on the eardrum. This is a minus.
Sound testing was carried out with Xiaomi Note 10 Pro with aptX support.
Volume. At maximum distortion is not observed.
The frequency range, of course, in my ear, is really wide. Both deep lows at the level of 30 Hz are heard, and gypsies in the region of 17 kHz. The mid frequencies are clean and even: rap just perfectly goes. Separately, it is worth mentioning that low frequencies do not press, that is, headphones are suitable for those who do not really like heavy bass.
Modern popular music sounds good, you don’t even have to play with the equalizer. Well, maybe just add a little bottom (at your own hearing). Another caveat: a slight overload is felt at about 12-14 kHz. It is not always felt, but if you listen carefully, it is noticeable.
When watching videos from YouTube, there is no delay, but when playing video from a smartphone, it’s small, but there is.
A program for controlling headphones, monitoring battery power and selecting/setting an equalizer.
It contains a sound adjustment based on the analysis of data obtained by testing your hearing. The application generates certain frequencies at different volumes, and you rate it heard/not heard. The process is quite lengthy, about a couple of minutes in each ear.
The resulting effect is controversial. The difference is either not, or it is minimal: it seems that something has changed, but what exactly is not entirely clear.
HearID has presets and an 8-band equalizer. For reasons unknown to me, frequency adjustment from 3.2 kHz and higher is not performed: you twist the sliders, but there’s no sense. Below 800 Hz, the parameters change. But it’s easier to play with ready-made installations since there are a lot of them.
As a headset
I checked with the LG G6 (the recording went to it) and the Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Pro (Anker Air 2 headphones were connected to it). Both devices support LTE, respectively, the call was made using this technology.
The voice quality is excellent: you can hear clearly, loudly and legibly. But there is a slight overload, it seems to me that the sensitivity of the microphones is slightly overestimated. Below you can download the speech recording.
You can control the battery charge in the Soundcore application. When you connect the headphones to the smartphone, a charge is also displayed.
Officially announced support for up to 7 hours of work. I trust this value since I got about 5 hours at a volume in the region of 50%.
Headphones can be charged 3-4 times from the case. For two weeks of use, I fed the case only once.
The “ears” themselves require a little more than 1 hour of charge, a case by wire – 2 hours, and without wires – about 3 hours.
Let me remind you that Anker Soundcore Liberty Air 2 sold for 9,999 INR. In my subjective opinion, the cost is slightly overpriced.
However, the device has undeniable advantages:
- Convenient and high-quality case
- Wireless Charging
- A good fit of the headphones in the auricle
- Excellent quality when using headphones as a headset
- AptX support
- Long battery life
- Applications that extend the capabilities of headphones
The sound quality in the pros did not record. This is an individual matter. It seems to me that they play Air 2 well. And somehow you can’t say more.
There are dozens of similar wireless headphones (Jabra Elite 75t, Honor Flypods, Elari NanoPods), but you will not mention all in one material.
How do you like the news from Anker and which wireless headphones do you use?
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