Have You Heard of Soundcore?
I was hesitant to get true wireless earbuds for a while due to their shorter battery life than the wireless earbuds joined by a cable, but these ones have done well. They come with an app which allows you to adjust the EQ, assign custom functions to the buttons on the earbuds, and check the battery life of each individual ear piece (see attached screenshots). Each earbud has a magnet on the side, which allows you to stick them together.
One feature I love about these earbuds is the ability for me to turn them off outside the case. Most true wireless earbuds are designed to turn on when taken out of the case and turn off when put back, but there is no option to turn them off while they're out of the case. As a result, they lose their battery capacity much faster. What I do with these Soundcore ear buds is I turn them off and put them in a little mesh pouch, and only put them in their original case when they need to be charged. This will preserve their battery life for much longer.
My two biggest priorities when looking for earbuds were their ability to stay in my ears during exercise, and their sound quality. I've never had these fall out of my ears or come loose after rigorous exercise.
With regards to the sound quality, these sound amazing after adjusting the EQ in the accompanying app. Out of the box, these earbuds have an aggressive "smile" curve wherein the bass and highs are boosted to sound more exciting, which is rather painful to my ears. If I didn't have the app to adjust the EQ, I would have returned these. After the adjustments though, these are probably the best-sounding consumer headphones I've bought.
One big issue I have is the fact that you can't adjust the EQ below 100 Hz. The workaround I found was by first bringing the 60 Hz EQ in Spotify down to 0. Second, I went into the Soundcore app EQ and boosted all the frequencies so that the frequencies below 100 Hz were quieter relative to the others, giving me a more balanced sound. I shouldn't have to do that though; Soundcore should really just allow us to adjust the EQ below 100 Hz.
The app has several EQ presets by different reputable mixing engineers, and the one that sounded the most natural to my ear was the one by Darell Thorp. However, I chose to go with my own custom EQ, which I found gave me the most clarity, warmth, and fullness without being too harsh, nasally, or boomy. I attached a screenshot if you'd like to use it yourself.
- Ear buds can be turned off without having to put them back in their case
- Sound fidelity is amazing after adjusting EQ
- Capable of producing deep low-end
- Decent battery life of about 6-7 hours
- Comes with accompanying app that allows you to adjust EQ, assign custom functions to each button, and check battery life
- No way of charging the ear buds without the case, so don't lose it!
- Ear buds don't charge in their case if you don't put them in perfectly
- Wing tips on the ear buds are a bit uncomfortable, regardless of size
- Ear buds have an aggressive "smile" EQ curve out of the box; need the EQ app to sound good
- Can't adjust EQ below 100 Hz
These things bump! Spent a good while looking up different brands but I am glad I went with this. These things are crazy good!
I own the Liberty 2 and the Liberty 2 pro and both are excellent. Is the 2 Pro worth the extra few bucks? It depends. The sound, volume and quality on the Liberty 2 are excellent and the sound, volume and quality on the Liberty 2 pro are phenomenal! you can't go wrong with either one, I am sharing the buds with my wife and thought I would be sending one back, but I never did because they both sound so good. I have tried many, many pairs, including the $50 Jlab buds and there is really no comparison. In my opinion these sound as good or better than the Airpods for a lot less money. What else can I say? They weere easy to connect to my Samsung phone, the range is good; I golf with my earbuds and I can leave my phone in my golf bag while putting and not lose my connection.
The main reason I am writing is because they are a stand-up company. The Liberty 2 was having trouble connecting the left ear from the day I got them, but with a quick reset it would work fine. However, after about 3 months it stopped connecting completely so I contacted the company. Even though I was past the return date, they sent me a return label in an email and as soon as they received notice from the post office that my buds were heading back to them, they sent me a new pair. So, within a week, probably 5 days, I had a new pair and they work great.
My first set, so nothing to compare them to. But they are fantastic! I am really happy with my purchase. Great sound and really comfor
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|Sound||In-ear studio performance sound via 11 mm Astria Coaxial Acoustic Architecture drivers||Pure sound and noise cancelling via PureNote Drivers and Targeted Active Noise Cancelling||Premium sound via diamond-inspired drivers, crystal-clear calls||Premium sound via diamond-inspired drivers||Expertly-tuned sound via graphene drivers||Expertly-tuned sound via graphene drivers, crystal-clear calls|
|Playtime Per Charge||8 Hours||7 Hours||7 Hours||8 Hours||5 Hours||5 Hours|
|Total Playtime with Charging Case||32 Hours||26 Hours||28 Hours||32 Hours||20 Hours||20 Hours|
|Fast Charging||Charge for 10 minutes, listen for 2 hours||Charge for 15 minutes, listen for 3 hours||Charge for 10 minutes, listen for 2 hours||Charge for 10 minutes, listen for 2 hours||Charge for 10 minutes, listen for 2 hours||Charge for 10 minutes, listen for 2 hours|
|Bluetooth||Bluetooth 5||Bluetooth 5||Bluetooth 5||Bluetooth 5||Bluetooth 5||Bluetooth 5|
|Single Use||Both earbuds||Both earbuds||Both earbuds||Both earbuds||Right earbud only||Right earbud only|
|Calls||4 microphones with uplink noise reduction||6 microphones with uplink noise reduction||4 microphones with cVc 8.0 uplink noise reduction technology||4 microphones with uplink noise reduction||2 microphones with uplink noise reduction||2 microphones with uplink noise reduction|
|Other Features||HearID personalized sound, wireless charging, Qualcomm aptX||HearID personalized sound, wireless charging, touch control||HearID personalized sound, wireless charging, Qualcomm aptX, touch control||HearID personalized sound; Qualcomm aptX||Ultra-lightweight build, GripFit technology, BassUp technology||PUSH AND GO technology, touch control|
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