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OnePlus Buds Pro 2 review

Detailed Review of OnePlus Buds Pro 2

It is not particularly creative or clever to characterize the OnePlus Buds Pro 2 as essentially “AirPods Pro 2 for OnePlus,” but it is certainly accurate. These wireless noise-canceling earbuds come with a variety of great extra features, including support for Find My Headphones, personalized sound, spatial audio, and more when paired with a OnePlus phone. You could compare them to AirPods Pro 2 as they share their design and even the same control scheme where you squeeze the control sticks.

I do not mind that the OnePlus Buds Pro 2 resembles the original model quite a bit. I think the two-tone design, which combines a matt earbud portion with a shiny “stick” that emerges downward, looks great, especially in the new green version. The squeezy controls on the stick portion of the AirPods Pro are one of my favorite features, and OnePlus has included them here. Squeeze once to play/pause, hold to switch between transparency mode and noise cancellation, double-squeeze to advance, and triple-squeeze to go back. This is so effective. The 4.9g weight of the buds is also very impressive. It makes them comfortable to wear for extended periods and gives them a sense of security. 

The OnePlus Buds Pro 2 can begin quite pleasantly depending on what you are listening to. The bass is fairly deep, though not particularly heavy, and the treble is bright and sharp. This is fine; many people will prefer it this way. Higher vocals and cymbals hit hard and roll off well. The OnePlus Buds 2 Pro excel at this as the bass guitar gives everything a gritty foundation while never feeling overdone. The soundstage seems to have a little more life and balance when the active noise cancellation is turned off, but it is a double-edged sword as a lot of sounds still get through the in-ear seal. With movies, the spatial audio effect is very powerful. As you look at the screen, sounds fly past your head and move into position in front of you.

When it comes to features, let us start with excellent connectivity. Bluetooth 5.3 is pre-installed, and it includes support for Bluetooth LE Audio. In addition, this system supports LHDC 4.0 and is Hi-Res Audio ready. Connect to a compatible device, such as the OnePlus 11 and you can turn on Hi-Res Audio using a switch in the settings. The active noise cancellation can also be adjusted in a mode that is running at the same time, and it will take care of itself for about 30 seconds while the earbuds are in your ears. In the settings, you can also change the EQ and enable support for spatial audio. There are not any major issues with the Transparency Mode as it does a great job of letting in outside noise but the noise you hear feels quite artificial.

Weight4.9g (buds) and 47.3g (case)
Driver11mm + 6mm dynamic driver
Battery life9 hours (buds) and 30 hours (case)
Frequency range20Hz – 40kHz
Noise cancellationYes
ConnectivityBluetooth 5.3, LE Audio, LHDC
Waterproof ratingIP55

The OnePlus 11 and the OnePlus Buds Pro 2 appear to have the same business model: provide a product that is nearly as good as those of their more well-known competitors but costs less. Although Google’s headphones have stronger ANC, I actually believe that OnePlus’s headphones sound better. If you have the extra cash, the Galaxy Buds 2 Pro from Samsung is far superior in every way. However, the OnePlus Buds Pro 2 is a great alternative. So get your earbuds soon and enjoy listening to music.

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