Active Noise Reduction (ANC) is not unheard of for true wireless headphones priced below Rs. 5000, and brands continue to expand the boundaries of performance and features in this segment. Indeed, the latest models from Realme and OnePlus have proven that functional ANC and decent sound quality are possible even in the budget TWS segment. In this ring, he throws his Oppo hat with his latest true wireless headphones, the Enco Air 2 Pro.
At a price of Rs. 3499, Oppo Enco Air 2 Pro was launched shortly after Enco Air 2 and has some significant differences such as proper fit in the duct and active noise reduction. Its current price makes it more affordable than the OnePlus Buds Z2, its direct competitor. Is the Enco Air 2 Pro the best ANC wireless headset you can buy right now? Find out in this review.
12.4 mm dynamic drivers, active noise reduction of Oppo Enco Air 2 Pro
Oppo Enco Air 2 provided relatively average performance for the price and I have higher expectations than the “Pro” model. Enco Air 2 Pro has received some key changes in design, specifications and features. This includes mounting in the channel with silicone eartips and a larger charging case.
However, there are some similarities between the two models, such as the design of the headphone handles, the touch zones for playback controls and the glossy plastic coating of the headphones and the charging box. A rather interesting feature is that the “L” and “R” symbols on the headphones are cut to form holes for the internal microphones. The headphones are class IP54 for dust and water resistance.
Oppo Enco Air 2 Pro is available in two colors, white and gray. The white version looks much better in my opinion, due to its obvious aesthetic similarities with the Apple AirPods Pro. The charging case has a transparent top panel, which I found quite eye-catching and unique. There is a USB Type-C port at the bottom of the charging box, an Oppo logo on the back and an LED indicator on the front. The shape and size of the case make it easy to put in pockets along with other items such as a wallet or smartphone.
The Oppo Enco Air 2 Pro sensor controls worked well for me. They can be customized using the HeyMelody app (available for Android and iOS). Touch gestures allow you to control playback, call your smartphone’s default voice assistant, switch between mute and listen modes, activate game mode, switch between the two last paired devices, and adjust the volume. This flexibility allowed me to control my listening experience without having to access my smartphone too often.
The HeyMelody app shows the battery levels for both the headset and the charging box. Allows you to enable or disable ANC and transparency modes, as well as activate the game mode claimed by 94ms low latency transmission. It also allows you to switch between three equalizer presets (called Enco Live sound effects) and update the headphone firmware. This application is very well designed, easy to use and works quite flawlessly with Enco Air 2 Pro.
Oppo Enco Air 2 Pro has 12.4 mm dynamic drivers and uses Bluetooth 5.2 with support for SBC and AAC Bluetooth codecs. The headphones have a frequency range of 20-20,000 Hz and have active noise reduction and AI-based environmental noise reduction, which claims to offer better audio for calls.
There is also in-ear recognition for playback and stop playback when the headset is worn or removed and this works quite well for me. In addition, the Oppo Enco Air 2 Pro supports fast pairing and can be used to control the shutter of your phone’s camera, provided you have an Oppo smartphone with ColorOS 11.3 or later.
The battery life of the Oppo Enco Air 2 Pro was not very good, even considering its price. The headphones worked for about three hours with ANC activated and the volume at about 60 percent. The charging case charges them from empty to full three times, for a total operating time of about 12 hours per charging cycle. This is significantly lower than what the OnePlus Buds Z2 offers.
Oppo Enco Air 2 Pro performs impressively for its price
Oppo Enco Air 2 Pro provides good sound quality. Listening to Netsky’s Get Away From Here, the headphones had a loud, attacking sound that nicely kept the details and tempo of this song. The sound signature was relatively balanced, although the tight and impressive bass was a little pronounced.
This helped reveal the character of this drum and bass song, while allowing the vocals and highs to pass without being overwhelmed. Above all, the song sounded nice and was enjoyable to listen to even at 50 percent volume thanks to the sharp and careful tuning.
Increasing the volume to about 70 percent brought out the best in the Oppo Enco Air 2 Pro. The soundproof fit and decent active noise reduction certainly helped. Slower songs like You from Mk.gee sounded engaging and cohesive at this sound level, and the tonality of the headphones was particularly impressive for true wireless headphones in this price range.
However, going somewhere above 80 percent of the volume level usually makes the music sound piercing and a little too offensive. This can be a problem when listening outdoors and needing this volume level, but in most cases you should be happy with the clear and distinct sound, as long as the volume is at reasonable levels.
The active noise reduction efficiency of the Oppo Enco Air 2 Pro was quite good, if not the best, for TWS headphones in this price range. Definitely made it easier to listen both indoors and outdoors. These headphones have successfully managed to reduce many routine background noises such as the hum of a ceiling fan or air conditioner and some traffic sounds. Combined with good passive sound insulation, it managed to muffle most of the surrounding sounds at home or in the office quite well.
The stability of the connection and the quality of the calls were good on the Oppo Enco Air 2 Pro and I had no problems with either while I was with these headphones. The connection was stable and without delay at distances up to 4 m between the headphones and the source device, even without direct visibility between them. The game mode made a slight difference in improving the latency when playing mobile games, but at the cost of a slight reduction in sound quality.
Oppo’s audio product range in India usually offers excellent value for money, although some of the company’s recent releases such as Enco Air 2 are generally quite average. With Enco Air 2 Pro Oppo is back in shape. This is a very good pair of true wireless headphones for the price and comes with useful features such as active noise reduction and application support.
First of all, the sound quality is very good with the Oppo Enco Air 2 Pro and combined with a good ANC, it is among the best TWS headphones you can buy for less than Rs. 5000. The only real drawback is the ordinary life of the battery, which prevents it from being excellent universal. It may be worth considering the more expensive OnePlus Buds Z2 if battery life is a major issue. Overall, the Oppo Enco Air 2 Pro wins my recommendation for this price segment if your priority is good ANC performance from TWS headphones.