It is becoming extremely difficult to tell the difference apart among the wireless earbud sector. Earbuds are available at practically every cost, with such a variety of functions thrown in for good measure. Being part of a specific platform, along with AirPods for iPhone owners and Galaxy Buds Live for Samsung customers makes it simple to select earbuds that are perfect for you. Anker does not have a smartphone to offer alongside its Liberty brand of earphones, therefore its goal is to provide essential properties at a reasonable cost.
These $129 Anker Soundcore Liberty Air 2 Pro earbuds perform brilliantly in many aspects, so do many competing earbuds in similar price brackets. However, Anker’s superior active noise cancellation, as well as a beautifully designed app, have set its product apart.
Anker’s Liberty Air 2 Pro: Design and build
The earbuds have the identical stemmed shape like Apple’s AirPods Pro, with a silicone ear tip. We’re guessing that the title may not be the only thing Anker was inspired by Apple. The Liberty Air 2 Pro has a textured, matte appearance and a gold fan-like cover over its speakers that serve no use other than to look nice. They are available in “onyx black,” “titanium white,” “sapphire blue,” as well as “crystal pink.” There are 9 various silicone ear tips included in the box, starting from XXXS to XL, to establish the optimum fit and ideally prevent slippage in ones’ ear canal.
Fitting is fundamental with earbuds, not just in ANC but simply for the optimum audio top-notch experience, particularly at lower pitches. Anker includes a Tip Fit Assessment via their Soundcore application to ensure you’ve picked the right-sized tips. This application streams ten seconds of ringtone-style symphonic melodies before displaying the “good seal” or “bead seal” outcome for individual earbuds. Yep, it’s essentially the same as what Apple is doing with the AirPods Pro – Motivation.
Anker’s Liberty Air 2 Pro: Audio Features
There seems to be an audio test called the HearID which suggests that the EQ settings for you are best adapted to map your specific hearing sensitivity at various frequencies. It produces roughly thirty different tunes for each ear as well as tells users to verify whether they can detect the tune or not. Following that, users are shown a chart of their findings as well as an Equalizer setting that has been stored in the application. Our testing resulted in deeper bass but less treble, which made our audio sound richer.
Anker’s Liberty Air 2 Pro: Rechargeable Case
The case, which is massive as well as somewhat stone-like in design, opens and closes with a solid clack. This is somewhat identical to the Galaxy Buds Pro case, it’s indeed longer than it is tall — however, its bigger dimension makes it less portable than other earbud cases. On the front, there are three battery indicator lights and a pairing button around the rear. This might seem like a minor point, but we have grown to enjoy earphones with an actual pairing button. It’s significantly more convenient to operate than touching the earbuds for connecting like users had to do with the Jabra Elite 85t.
Anker’s Liberty Air 2 Pro: Controls
The Air 2 Pro, like other earbuds, provides tap controls while fitted: double-tap on the left bud to skip to the next track, double-tap on the right bud for play and pause, or hold down for two seconds on either bud to swap ambient audio options. It’s nice that now the buds react swiftly to our touches, but we are disappointed by how restricted the settings are. They can all be changed in the application; however, we wish there was a single-tap or perhaps maybe triple-tap alternative.
Each earbud may be used separately from the second one and Anker’s application allows you to turn in-ear monitoring on as well as off. Remove an earbud from the ear, and the music will stop; reinsert the bud, and the music will continue. The in-ear sensor was a little too sensitive for our tastes. When You wear a hoodie, for instance, your song would stop every time the earbud gets knocked by your hood, even though the earbud was still firmly placed in your ear. Our music resumed playing after a fast re-adjustment of the bud, but We eventually switched off the in-ear sensing functionality completely.
Anker’s Liberty Air 2 Pro: Battery Life
The battery capacity is comparable to that of other ANC earphones. Anker promises a battery life of 7 hours with ANC switched off and 6 hours with it switched on. The case has three extra charges that can be refilled wirelessly or through the USB-C connector around the rear. This had more than sufficient energy to get our ears to the degree where they needed a breather from the earbuds’ firm in-ear fit. Whenever the box is hooked into an outlet through USB-C, it can charge in 15 minutes and provide 3 hours of listening time.
SBC and AAC audio codecs are supported by the Liberty Air 2 Pro. They feature 11-millimeter-long drivers and provide treble-heavy audio. While the music seemed rich and immersive, featuring sharp separation, we frequently wished for more bass. Raising the lows inside the application’s Equalizer helped, but somehow it didn’t sound as good as that of the heavy bass that comes from the AirPods Pro. 1970s funky and groove sounded fantastic, but much more recent Rhythm and blues sounded a little lifeless.
The active noise cancellation on the Liberty Air 2 Pro surprised us more than any other feature. Beyond Amazon’s Echo Buds, there are not too many solutions at this cost that incorporate it, much alone accomplish it nicely.
Moreover, 3 ambient sound modes come equipped in the Air 2 Pro. Normal mode, transparency mode, and a full noise cancellation mode. There are dedicated controls to tweak the levels of pass-through noise in the active noise cancellation and transparency modes.
You may activate the Transport mode to suppress poor frequencies like train rattles, an Indoor mode for moderate frequencies, an Outdoor setting that Anker claims is optimal for city environments, or create a customized mode to tune in the optimum setting that suits you. We left our ANC on Transport for the majority of my time and found it to be equivalent to the active noise cancellation on the Jabra Elite 85t, a pair of earphones that ends up costing $100 more than Anker.
The noise cancellation helped to block off the surrounding environment, and it was not as effective as that of the AirPods Pro or Galaxy Buds Pro. Furthermore, while the transparency feature is useful, it lacks the earbud-free experience of the AirPods Pro. There seems to be a Vocal transparency option that removes shorter wavelengths while allowing higher frequencies to get through, such as vocals. It was useful for listening for train alerts, but eventually, pulling an earphone out just to hear an alert was significantly more convenient. The Soundcore app, on the other hand, is very well-designed and user-friendly. The software has a plethora of ambient sound settings that are enjoyable to experiment with.
Anker Liberty Air 2 Pro: Terms And Policies
Before you can use any smart gadget, you must first agree to a set of terms and conditions – agreements nobody reads. It would be difficult for anyone to study and examine every last one of such contracts. But, because these seem to be agreements that most individuals do not read and certainly can’t argue, we started counting how many times you have to touch “accept” to use gadgets when we reviewed them.
You must grant the app access to capture audio on your phone if you use the HearID option to create the sound profile for your ears.
The final result is as follows: no required contracts, two entirely voluntary agreements, and one optional authorization.
Since We got bored on the train, we loved opening the application and experimenting with all the interesting transparency options as people conversed all across the carriage. We also had a lot of fun with the Equalizer settings. The software is loaded with appealing colors and is simple to use, which is rather uncommon in the earbud industry.
It’s becoming more difficult to be wowed by a fresh set of wireless earbuds in the market crowded with worthy (and not-so-good) competitors. However, the Soundcore Liberty Air 2 Pro’s affordable $130 price tag drew us in, plus their actual dynamic noise cancellation, as well as excellently developed software, kept us going back for even more. They might need a little additional bass as well as a slimmer casing, but Anker has created a set of wireless earbuds which strike a balance between a more affordable choice and a dependable, all-around terrific earphone that we were happy to place in our ears nearly every day.
Anker’s Liberty Air 2 Pro: Specifications
- → Battery life: six hours ANC on (up to 21 hours with a case; 26 hours with ANC off)
- → Case charging: USB-C, Qi wireless charging
- → Charging case dimensions:0 x 59.7 x 30.0mm
- → Charging case weight:5g
- → Connectivity: Bluetooth 5.0, SBC, AAC
- → Driver size: 11mm
- → Earbud dimensions:3 x 22.1 x 23.1mm
- → Earbud weight:2g each
- → Water resistance: IPX4 (splash resistant)
The Soundcore Liberty Air 2 Pro provides much of everything which puts it in line with several top wireless earphones but at a cheaper price.
The Air 2 Pro is comfortable, has a strong battery life and connection, looks well, and operates well at slightly over half the price of Apple’s AirPods Pro. They also perform considerably better than you’d think for the price, as well as the noise-canceling is shockingly impressive.
The casing is a little larger than the other finest earbuds, the sound is a little bass-heavy, and the tap controls are a little restricted. These also lack smooth toggling and other sophisticated capabilities found in high-end earphones, most of which can be forgiven at $130 bucks or even less.
However, the battery in the earphones and case cannot be changed, leaving them disposable and costing a point.
Advantages: excellent noise cancellation, nice quality, excellent price, decent battery, comfortable fit, plenty of tips provided, decent app, Bluetooth 5, each bud can be used separately, AAC support
Drawbacks: tap controls are a little restricted, there is no smooth switching, the casing is a little larger than ideal, you cannot connect to two devices at the same time, there are no better quality audio standards, and it is just splash resistant and disposable.
Buy Them If:
- You need good active noise cancellation for a relatively low price.
- You like having different ear tip sizes for finding out the best size for your ear.
- You like using the application, app features, and equalizer options.
Don’t buy them if:
- You want treble-oriented sound quality.
- You want a small case – because these come with a huge case.
- You want the pass-through feature – the pass-through feature in these earbuds is not as good as the one that comes in Apple’s AirPods.