Making quality true wireless earbuds isn’t for everyone. Perhaps that’s why the entry-level earphone market is teeming with a plethora of options, but in the Rs 10,000+ segment things get tight. A customer paying more than Rs 10,000 is a bit more demanding in terms of audio quality and overall package. Oppo absolutely hit the right notes with the Enco X2 in my opinion, while OnePlus Buds (first gen) were there but no clincher. OnePlus is looking for better experiences with the OnePlus Buds Pro 2. Priced at Rs 11,999, the OnePlus Buds Pro are up against a lot of competition. Can they keep themselves alone? Read our review to learn more:
OnePlus Buds Pro 2 review: design, app support
Nothing has changed in terms of design and appearance of the OnePlus Buds 2 Pro, as they are very similar to the previous generation model. There is a new color for the OnePlus 11. The earbuds have a nice mix of matte and glossy finishes. Not to mention, they remain extremely comfortable to wear for hours. The earbuds have touch controls that are easy to use and have worked well for us.
The charging case features Dynaudio branding on both the lid and the bottom. There’s support for wireless charging along with a USB Type-C port. OnePlus Buds 2 Pro offer the IP55 rating for the earbuds, while the case has to be content with the IPX4 rating. The case is compact and easy to carry.
As with most true wireless earbuds, app support is key to getting the most out of them. With these earphones, it’s the HeyMelody app. You can download the app from Play Store or App Store. You can customize playback controls, ANC mode, transparency mode, equalizer presets, and even enable multi-device connectivity.
You also get a low-latency audio game mode. There is also a white noise mode. You can also do a test to adjust the sound to your ear canal structure. Additionally, you can customize the touch controls on the earbuds with the app.
The earbuds have an IP55 rating, while the charging case has an IPX4 rating, meaning both can survive splashes of water.
OnePlus Buds Pro 2 review: performance, features
OnePlus Buds Pro 2 has many features that users appreciate. For starters, there’s support for Google Fast Pair, which works pretty seamlessly. There’s also Qi wireless charging and active noise cancellation. You also get spatial audio support, but for now it only works with the OnePlus 11. I haven’t tested it with the OnePlus 11R, so I’m not sure if it will work with the other new OnePlus smartphone or not. OnePlus Buds Pro 2 also offer multipoint connectivity, which means you can connect two devices at the same time.
There are three microphones in each earbud, which ensures that the OnePlus Buds Pro 2 handle calls fairly smoothly. Most people on the other end of the line never complained about any echo or that they could feel any kind of distortion.
OnePlus Buds Pro 2 have a dual driver setup of 11mm and 6mm in each earbud. The frequency response rate is between 10-40,000Hz. There is no universal LDAC support, but you can find Bluetooth code SBC, AAC, LHDC 4. We expect LDAC support to come as it is in the Oppo Enco X2, but came in the form of a firmware update .
The Dynaudio collaboration means we couldn’t help but compare these to the Oppo Enco X2. However, these earbuds sound a lot different – and better – than the OnePlus Buds Pro.
I first tried the OnePlus Buds Pro 2 with the iPhone 14 Pro Max and set Apple Music – without the HeyMelody app. The results were extremely overwhelming. Then we switched to a OnePlus phone and the difference in quality is remarkable.
The Dynaudio ensures that the audio output is really good and maybe better than the Oppo Enco X2. The lows and mids sounded better and the overall sound quality is quite punchy.
There is plenty of detail captured by the earbuds across a wide range of music genres. “Calm Down” by Rema and Selena Gomez sounds really peppy on the OnePlus Buds Pro 2 compared to many other earbuds. Freddie Mercury’s incredible vocal range is masterfully captured in the hauntingly melodic Who Wants to Live Forever, and the OnePlus Buds Pro 2 do it pretty well. David Gilmour does some incredible guitar solos on the live version of “Comfortably Numb”. With some headphones in this price range, they leave a lot to be desired. Not the OnePlus Buds Pro 2 as the instrument separation is really well done. There are songs that really don’t need vocals, and Joe Satriani’s “Always with me, always with you” in a song like that. There are a lot of transitions between the minor and major keys, which often sound jarring on earbuds, but I don’t notice such an issue with the OnePlus Buds Pro 2.
The earbuds have a nice overall sound signature that will please almost everyone. But remember that you can get the most out of these earbuds with the HeyMelody app. Without the app support – like we have on the iPhone – the earbuds sound really flat.
When it comes to active noise cancellation, the OnePlus Buds Pro 2 don’t quite play in the league of the AirPods Pro or Sony WF-1000XM4, but they do well in this price range. Both indoors and outdoors, the noise-cancellation will do a pretty decent job. The transparency mode works as it should.
Battery life on the OnePlus Buds Pro is around six hours with ANC on, which is pretty normal. The charging case gives you another 25 hours of battery life, which is pretty good.
For someone who was quite impressed with the Oppo Enco X2, the OnePlus Buds Pro 2 are very similar but each bring their own strengths. I did notice the difference between the two earbuds in bass levels, but that’s no surprise, even though the two brands have a lot in common when it comes to technology.
OnePlus Buds Pro 2 review: verdict
The OnePlus Buds Pro 2 is priced at Rs 11,999, which is Rs 2,000 more than its predecessor and Rs 1,000 more than the Oppo Enco X2. For a buyer looking for good battery life, impressive audio quality, and reasonably good active noise cancellation, the OnePlus Buds Pro 2 are an ideal choice. The audio output will impress even the hardest-to-please buyers, as almost all genres of music sound like a lot of fun on the OnePlus Buds Pro 2. And that’s always a highlight in our book.